This is a decent listing of some great hikes around the world, although most of them are from North America (US/Canada in particular). There's some nifty hikes that most people probably don't know about (or think about) as well as some of the "big ones" (ie. Appalachian Trail).
- The quality of the write-ups of the various trails varies *greatly*. Some trails get little more than a page or two of simply sketched information; others are much more in-depth. Some are told in a straight-forward, here's-the-facts format; others are told as personal stories about hiking a given trail, with some "how to find/guide yourself on the trail" info thrown in. Consistency in the layout/format would make this much more worthwhile.
- NO pictures OR maps! Backpacker Magazine is filled with all kinds of fantastic trail photography, and yet this book contains NONE (other than the cover, obviously). Big disappointment there, especially as just about every hiker/author who wrote a blurb raved about how beautiful particular trails are. So why not show at least one picture per trail listed? Why not include at the very least a basic trail map? (especially given that this is in Kindle format, so one would think that many hikers would find that super convenient on the trail.) Give hikers a taste of what they might be rewarded with for heading to the great outdoors.
- Trail difficulty information could be a lot more thorough, especially coming from a source like Backpacker Magazine. How much elevation gain/loss is there on the trail? What level of conditioning (newbie / beginner /intermediate / advanced / expert) should you have before you attempt any given trail? As noted in point # 1 above, some blurbs are near-nonexistant, while others are a little more in-depth.
While many of the blurbs had info that made them sound interesting, without pictures or maps, I could care less for the book's 'guidance' - because for every trail that sounded interesting, I had to go to Google or Instagram and start looking up pictures. Backpacker Magazine as a publication is a fantastic resource for hiking enthusiasts of all levels, but they really fell short in this book.
There are day hikes. There are weekend trips. There’s even your annual weeklong family road trip to a national park. All well and good. But then there are the once-in-a-lifetime, jaw-dropping, soul-cleansing, tell-all-your-friends, quit-your-job, change-the-way-you-see-the-world kind of trips. This volume delivers 75 of ‘em, hand-picked by BACKPACKER editors who’ve been to some of the most far-flung trails this planet has to offer. From Icelandic volcanoes to the roof of Africa to Canadian wilds, these trips will inspire you to start clearing your calendar post-haste. After all, no one lives forever.