Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail

Suzanne Roberts


Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail

Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail

  • Title: Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail
  • Author: Suzanne Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780803240124
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback



Day One, and already she was lying in her journal It was 1993, Suzanne Roberts had just finished college, and when her friend suggested they hike California s John Muir Trail, the adventure sounded like the perfect distraction from a difficult home life and thoughts about the future But she never imagined that the twenty eight day hike would change her life Part memoir,Day One, and already she was lying in her journal It was 1993, Suzanne Roberts had just finished college, and when her friend suggested they hike California s John Muir Trail, the adventure sounded like the perfect distraction from a difficult home life and thoughts about the future But she never imagined that the twenty eight day hike would change her life Part memoir, part nature writing, part travelogue, Almost Somewhere is Roberts s account of that hike.John Muir had written of the Sierra Nevada as a vast range of light, and this was exactly what Roberts was looking for But traveling with two girlfriends, one experienced and unflappable and the other inexperienced and bulimic, she quickly discovered that she needed a new frame of reference Her story of a month in the backcountry confronting bears, snowy passes, broken equipment, injuries, and strange men is as much about finding a woman s way into outdoor experience as it is about the natural world she so eloquently describes Candid and funny and, finally, wise, Almost Somewhere is not just the whimsical coming of age story of a young woman ill prepared for a month in the mountains but also the reflection of a distinctly feminine view of nature Watch a book trailer.


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This summer, I journeyed into the hiking-memoir genre, first with Cheryl Strayed's Wild, then with Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and now with Suzanne Roberts' Almost Somewhere. I can firmly say I enjoyed Roberts' Almost Somewhere the most. While Cheryl Strayed goes solo on the PCT in Wild, a memoir about hiking and grief, Roberts hikes with two girlfriends on the JMT, making this memoir more about women and finding their voice/place in the wilderness. Almost Somewhere reads faster with the [...]

I met Suzanne on an airplane and purchased this book right away on my Kindle as we were talking about it. How is that for tech? We were coming home from a writer's conference where Suzanne was on a panel with Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston, and some other women travel writers. So I was really interested to see how this book compared (not fair I know) to Wild, which I gobbled in one sitting. What was missing for me in this book was reflection. I have read a lot of hiking narratives, especially as I [...]

This book is about hiking in the Sierras, so I’m automatically going to like it to a certain extent. Unfortunately, there was also a lot that bothered me. I was eager for descriptions of landscapes, but didn’t feel particularly inspired by any of the characters or their interactions. I never felt like the author underwent any personal growth over the course of the book. Her immaturity as a 20-something would have been fine if there was some sort of character evolution, or even a more balance [...]

"Women don't enter the wilderness in the same way men do; we constantly return to our physical bodies and the ways in which they could be threatened, not by bears or bugs but by men. Our bodies become a filter between us and the landscape, preventing us from enjoying both." I think Roberts hits on an important point here in her travelogue/memoir, which I wish every woman would read. It's an exploration of women, friendship, life on the John Muir trail. Even if you aren't into camping or hiking, [...]

I loved this book. I read it immediately after reading Cheryl Strayed's Wild, and perhaps I was impacted by the fact that I plan on hiking the JMT (and NOT the PCT), but I felt more connected to Almost Somewhere. There are many overlaps in themes, but the two books have significant differences as well.This is another personal journey story. The author, Suzanne, speaks about her experiences on the trail with her two girlfriends, Erika and Dionne. I think if one were to read the first couple chapt [...]

Me: How did your experience on the trail affect the trajectory of the years that followed it?Suzanne: It changed everything. I moved to Colorado and then Lake Tahoe. I knew that in order to be happy, I would need to spend as much time as possible outside in the natural world. Check out the rest of our conversation here:beingandwriting/2

20140808 ◊ Backpacking the John Muir Trail is on my bucket list, so I eagerly dug into this memoir. I found it to be vapid and uninspirational. The author's unflattering remembrances of her college-aged inner monologue while hiking the JMT with two friends was, I'm sure, meant to be gritty and real, but it just wound up sounding petty and painfully immature. I am starting to despair of ever finding a backpacking memoir that doesn't leave a sour taste in my mouth.

I listened to an interview with the author of this book, Suzanne Roberts, on our local NPR station and immediately purchased the book. I am planning a solo hike on the JMT next year, so reading about her experience was relevant and very interesting. Upon finishing the book, I wish I could begin my trek tomorrow.

Suzane does a nice job of vividly describing the JMT with words of her own and with quotes from other nature lovers like John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. Her story is told from a young woman's, recent college graduate, perspective and gives the reader an insight to a woman's experience in the wilderness. She is accompanied by two friends, one who is using the trail as a way to cure her from her anorexia/bulimia and another who is using the trail as a proving ground to her strength/ a stepping [...]

I really love this book! I had to look up many of the locations online so I could get a great picture even though Suzanne's writing was extremely colorful! My only issue, and it is a small one, I wanted to know where everyone ended up. The final paragraph wasn't enough for me.

DNF. This wasd.

There's a certain subgenre of wilderness finding oneself memoir, the going away and finding oneself out in the wilderness, especially for women. It's been epitomized by Wild in recent years, which I read and liked. This trail memoir seemed like it would be similar, if somewhat less intense since Suzanne Roberts does not hike the John Muir trail solo. She's also just graduated college, in a place in her life when she's been doing things correctly but has reached the end of the prescribed line of [...]

Amazing memoir. Really captures the spirit of wonder in nature, and describes the beauty of California. The writing is easy, and flows well. It was an interesting read with plenty of humor, as well as the hard truth of hiking 200+ miles. Beautiful poetic writing with many great quotes from a womans perspective of nature, but intertwined with the soul of others like Muir and Thoreau. Really makes you want to sit atop a mountain and reflect.

Much better than "Wild" wish O found her first, great John Muir quotes and the women were much smarter

This was a laugh -out -loud read for me! Suzanne Roberts' story is honest and inspiring!

I really enjoyed the accounting of their trek, but I have mixed feelings about the subplots with the men that joined them, and the portrayal of female interactions with the men and with each other.

Magnificent and inspiring. This has reinforced my dream to hike the JMT and PCT!

Let me first say that I enjoyed this. I might not place it on my all-time top adventure writing favorites list, but I really enjoyed it. I recommend it, too--it's not always bright and cheery, but it's honest and happy. It's about how three women backpacked the John Muir Trail in 1993, on a 28-day adventure that changed their lives. It may not change yours, but it definitely has points to consider.So, here are my own particular points. Women traveling alone outdoors are a lot more common than th [...]

Why do we go outside? Why do we look at a huge mountain or long trail and say, "Yeah, sure, why not?" Why do we push the limits of our physical and mental stamina? There may be many answers, depending on who you ask. For Suzanne and her two friends (Erika, the athletic, bossy mastermind and Dionne, the fragile but kind bulimic), their reasons for hiking the 211-mile John Muir Trail may differ, but the central driving force is the same: to prove they can. While they occasionally have male compani [...]

Suzanne Roberts' Almost Somewhere is the third I've read in what I call the "woman takes to long-distance hike for personal healing" genre. The first was Cheryl Strayed's Wild and the second Aspen Matis' Girl in the Woods. In the company of two girlfriends, Roberts backpacks the John Muir Trail, considerably less commitment in time, distance, and hardship than walking most or all of the Pacific Crest Trail as Strayed and Matis did, and did primarily solo. In all three memoirs, the protagonist ev [...]

I read this a couple months ago. Others have noted, and I agree, that it could use a little professional polishing. It seemed to be filled with a lot of complaining about Roberts’ hiking partners, and a lot of recounting stories about boys they met on the trail. In most of those places, Roberts laments about how they should’ve been enjoying the hike for the female empowerment and bonding instead of competing for boys. But the boy stories, and complaints about the others, keep rolling in. Tha [...]

At first I found the narrator shallow and grating, but I liked her more the farther I read. She was just being what she'd been socialized to be, and it took a month of female companionship, of life (mostly) apart from the male gaze, to learn that she could be different, and that she'd be happier for changing.Her thoughts on women outdoors are something I want to pursue more; the reading list on page 161 has already been added to my to-read list."Women don't enter the wilderness in the same way [...]

I listened to the audiobook version read by Virginia Wolf.First things first: unless there's another version out there with a different narrator, I do not recommend listening to the audiobook. Wolf has a slight lisp that nearly led me to stop listening within the first hour. She also uses unnatural emphasis at times, and I generally found her style distracting.Now onto the book: I enjoyed it. Suzanne does not hide the ugly side of her personality for the purpose of making a nice story. Instead s [...]

Finished this fun (and often hilarious) memoir of traveling the John Muir Trail in 24 hours. The narrator owns the reality that backpacking isn’t always the REI dream, sometimes it sucks. She also owns that she could be both critical of her co-trip hikers, as well as owning that she may not have been perfect to hike with. She is proof that wanting some sort of epiphany in nature doesn’t always come on demand. A fun, fast read for anyone who enjoys long backpack trip memoirs on the PCT or AT [...]

What a great read! It just grabbed me right from the start. I wish I was on the hike with them. I really felt connected with the story and how hiking the JMT allowed them to see themselves. Throw on the wacky characters they meet along the way and what's not to love. A beautiful and genuine feeling look at female friendship and even the moments it goes wrong. The descriptions of nature will leave you longing to be there.

Not everyone may enjoy this book as much as me, but as a recovering boy/dating addict, I really identified with the author. The Muir quotes were paired perfectly with each chapter, and her musings on hiking mirror many of my own. I was also pleased to read that someone else counts 100 steps and then takes a break when the hiking gets tough. Sometimes that's the only thing that gets me back to where I started!!

Read this on vacation in the Eastern Sierras this summer and it was great to be able to step outside my cabin and see some of the critters and foliage Suzanne wrote about. Excellent juxtaposition between her own experience and her observations of her companions' experiences. One of the best adventure novels I've read!

I really liked this book a lot!!! Page turner without unrealistic drama. Great characters. Relatable. Great writer. I love the way she mixes traditional nature writing with memoir style writing. I also love all the education on Muir and getting a glimpse of what the JMT is like.

I really enjoyed this book. It made me yearn to get out and hike!

What an amazing story of a long hike. I loved any second and youtubes videos and instagram helped my visualise how it really looks on the John Muir trail. 5 stars with out a doubt.


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