The World’s Worst Backpacker by Ken La Salle
Ken has always wanted to hike the PST trail. It doesn’t stand for Pacific Standard Time, but it’s pretty close. Why doesn’t Ken just do this? Well, several things— he’s a little out of shape, he buys the wrong hiking supplies, his friends and girlfriend don’t want to hike and several other things.
Ken thinks his girlfriend won’t be supportive of his hiking plans, but she is. She even offers to buy him bear boxes to keep his stuff in.
There’s no getting out of it, Ken has to go hiking. He starts practicing by hiking smaller hikes. Some are ok and some are awful. Some things are funny. There are aches and pains and accidents galore. Despite not having everything, Ken still enjoys his backpacking experiences.
What I liked
I like hiking so I liked this book, for the most part. Ken is funny, but he does talk about sex a whole lot.
I haven’t been backpacking, but I do know that it’s not as simple as throwing a water bottle and granola bars in a backpack and walking into the woods. It takes preparation. Ken’s story is a good lesson in taking the correct things and making adequate preparations for a long hiking trip.
What I didn’t like
While Ken is funny, sometimes it seems like a bit much.
There were times Ken was poorly prepared. Maybe he should have known better, but I don’t have enough experience to say whether or not he should have known better.
Pack your pack well.
Would you go backpacking?
If so, what is something frivolous you would take with you?