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Glenn Jolley S'60
 
Book can be purchased at Amazon - ISBN 13: 978 - 1508418900
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ALMOST THERE: Stories and Musings along the Pacific Crest Trail takes the reader on a journey of heart, mind, and body.  Glenn Jolley, who in the late summer and early fall of 2012, at seventy years of age, solo hiked the Washington Section of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Page by page, the reader experiences the PCT with its challenges and beauty, and is invited into an honest and vulnerable look at one man's reflections on life: relationships, influences, and meaningful moments.

Beginning at the trailhead just yards north of the Columbia River Gorge, the journey covers hundreds of miles, crossing pristine creeks and rivers, trudging up switchbacks to high mountain passes, sloshing across snowfields, and meandering through lush meadows.  And along the way Jolley encounters Trail Angels and other PCT hikers, while reflecting with candor, humor, and gratitude.

ALMOST THERE will inspire the reader to rethink whether a person is ever too old to go into the wilderness.  Indeed, Jolley claims that old men and women ought to be explorers.

Born in 1942 in Southern California, G. William Jolley took to the mountains early in life, never ceasing to find time and place to return, sharing wilderness backpacking with his four children and day hiking with his wife.

At 72, after nearly sixty years of strapping on a pack, he continues to hike in the Olympics and Cascades.  His next adventure will be the 100-mile Wonderland Trail that encircles Mt. Rainier.

He lives with his wife, Carla, and their two cats, Pork Chop and Petal, on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.

In 2013, Jolley solo hiked 800 miles on the PCT from Northern California through Oregon ending at the Bridge of the Gods; last summer, 2014, he solo hiked the John Muir Trail: 230 miles from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney.
 
 
Mt. Adams north from Trout lake   Signage in Goat Rocks Wilderness
     
 
A typical Pacific Crest Trail sign   Boots retired after 500 miles
     
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