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Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail

“You’re hiking how far solo?” “How are you going to hike the entire John Muir Trail when you’ve never even been backpacking before?”

These were the two most common questions that accompanied baffled looks from Christy’s corporate coworkers when she mentioned her plans. Legitimate questions Christy had pondered herself. Yet, she couldn’t fully express the pull to hike more than 220 miles in the California High Sierra Mountains. She only knew that her whole being told her that she needed to. After six months of research, reading books, watching documentaries, and training hikes, Christy began walking southbound on the world-famous trail.

Throughout her wild journey, Christy encountered freezing temperatures, pelting hail storms, and losing her way, but found trail family, incredible views, and experiences that would change her life forever. Hiking up and over ten different mountain passes gave Christy a lot of time to think about why her nine-year marriage was falling apart, gave her the chance to truly embody her individualism, time to make new friends, and the strength she would need on and off the trail. Her life could never again be the same.

This is one woman’s account of the three weeks she spent on the iconic trail.

From Kirkus Reviews: “Teglo's depictions of the natural wonders she viewed on the trail and her campfire conversations with fellow adventurers will motivate even the most devoted couch potato to think about lacing up a pair of hiking boots. An evocative hiking account that offers some powerful lessons."

From Readers Favorite: “Themes of friendship, adventure, nature, and love are brilliantly written."

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– From Backcountry Dirtbag
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"Without sugar coating, Christy openly and honestly discusses the nitty gritty of life lived out of a backpack. Readers will meet new friends as she makes them, they’ll experience her fears with her as she has them, and will find themselves privy to all her doubts thanks to a writing style that holds nothing back. Belief in oneself and a true love for the unique beauty of the trail are woven so seamlessly into this personal account I found myself rooting for Christy in a way that made this book incredibly hard to put down."
Kirkus Reviewer
– From Kirkus Reviews
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"Teglo's depictions of the natural wonders she viewed on the trail and her campfire conversations with fellow adventurers will motivate even the most devoted couch potato to think about lacing up a pair of hiking boots. An evocative hiking account that offers some powerful lessons."
Rabia Tanveer
– From Reader's Favorite
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"...This is the kind of story that I would be proud of sharing with future generations and, frankly, so would any woman who surmounted anything close to this. I loved how each chapter was dedicated to each day in Christy’s life after the author gave a brief introduction to John Muir Trail. The narrative truly depicts how hard the trail was and how it was a trial for her resilience and mental strength. This book would be the perfect guide for people who want to go on the JMT and get an inside look at how tough it could be."
Robbye Faye
– From Captive Dreams Window
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"Teglo does a stirring, inspirational job of setting up the challenges and excitement of the hike. As you read, you feel the strain and anxiety inherent in the hardships and realities of the 211-mile hike, along with the triumphs and phenomena of the experience. As the narrative unfolds, you can easily envision the hurdles, the fear of running out of water, the unexpected freezing nights when your sleeping bag fails to keep you warm and the camaraderie and kindness of fellow hikers. Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail is written in a way that you feel Christy is a friend telling you her story, causing you to feel the adrenalin rush and desire to hike the trail, too."
Romuald Dzemo
– From Reader's Favorite
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"The memoir is gripping and expertly written. The author shares her emotions vividly, infusing the writing with powerful and compelling descriptions, evoking imagery that will captivate the imagination of readers."
– From Amazon
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"I began reading this book on a plane to Glacier National Park. The first few chapters were definitely helpful as I realized we were ill-prepared for the all the hiking we were planning on doing. She gives some great suggestions on what worked for her and what didn’t along with why she chose certain items to pack. The writing is easy to read and at times nail biting. So much is in this book: hiking, life’s perspectives, marriage, self determination, mental strength and so much more! I’m not a big reader but this book definitely had my attention and I highly recommend it to all sorts of readers!"
Tammy Ruggles
– From Reader's Favorite
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"....Teglo delivers an intriguing study on inner and outer strength. I like the honest way she explains her thought processes leading up to the hike and admitting that she had no clue how challenging it would be. She tells us what happened on each day on the trail, a chapter at a time, each chapter more engrossing and nail-biting than the last. The author explains in precise detail the life-threatening conditions she had to endure and survive when things became a matter of life and death. I was surprised by the meticulous way she approached the trip, yet the preparation still seemed lacking, and she did come to realize this but still found resourceful ways to survive..."
– From Amazon
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"I saw this book and after reading the synopsis decided to purchase. This is a story that shows the raw vulnerability of a young woman and how she overcomes fear and comes out on the other side a stronger version of herself...It is a pleasant quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will be looking forward to other books by this author."
– From Amazon
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"Thoroughly enjoyed this book as the author shares her struggles and ultimate triumph in completing the over 200 miles long John Muir Trail. What made this even more intriguing is it was the first time she had ever attempted anything like this. Her attention to detail in preparation for the trip and her sheer determination made the adventure successful... A good read for anybody who would like to attempt this or who just likes sharing in adventures others have taken. The author keeps the reader interested throughout the trip including pre-trip and post-trip time periods."
Jacqui Murray
– From Amazon
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"I picked up Christy Teglo's memoir, Weathered: Finding strength on the John Muir Trail (Perspective Through Adventure 2021) mostly out of curiosity. How does a thirty-something woman who wasn’t a hiker (though she did love the outdoors) decide her first great hiking adventure should be the daunting 220-mile John Muir trail. That is a monster of a hike, started by many finished by few, that starts in Yosemite Valley, winds its way through the California High Sierra mountains, and finishes at Mount Whitney...In the end, she discovers she not only proved to herself she can do anything she sets her mind to, she figures out what to do about her failing marriage and the rest of her life."

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