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Books by Susan Alcorn

Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo

The author’s 700-mile journey on the Norte and Primitivo pilgrimage routes of Spain. Gifts from friends, family, and the trail experience itself will inspire readers to walk these the beautiful, historic paths. 

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Patagonia Chronicle: On Foot in Torres del Paine

The author and her husband take readers along to Patagonia to trek the Circuit Route of Chile’s magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. 

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Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago 

Readers can travel along with the author on a true adventure in Spain enriched with the flavors of contemporary culture and spiced with legends from ancient times.

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We’re in the Mountains, Not over the Hill:

Tales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers.

Three dozen women, in the prime of their lives, take readers  into the mountains and through the valleys, on adventurous backpacking trips. A collection of tales from strong women who have much to share about successful and rewarding hikes.  

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Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo

The author’s 700-mile journey on the Norte and Primitivo pilgrimage routes of Spain. Gifts from friends, family, and the trail experience itself will inspire readers to walk these the beautiful, historic paths. 

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Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo

The most recent review:
Hi Susan,

Earlier tonight, I finished reading Healing Miles. The book was very informative and interesting. Some nights I would Google the names of towns or pictures of the Camino to see more of how they looked. I liked your down-to-earth descriptions of the days and their highs and lows.

You didn’t say the trips were all fantastic each day with never a disappointment or frustrating time. You were honest about saying what went wrong or what you didn’t like or how you and Ralph would have managed the experience better in some ways.  I don’t like stories (or people, for that matter) where they always do everything correctly, all the time, every time with never a mistake or misjudgment. I suspect it’s phony writing.

Yes, you and Ralph did so much correctly by using your experience and good planning and good judgement that your trips turned out well. And more than once.

I learned some Spanish history from Chapter One which was useful for thinking of why the Camino has existed for all these years. It was a good choice to include this.

I know the comment has been made that your book is almost required reading for people thinking of hiking any of the routes; I agree completely. Almost makes me want to get on a plane and head for Spain. Thanks for taking the time to write such a readable book. I know Ralph has been a huge supporter of your efforts with all your books. He is the perfect hiking and life companion. All the best to you and Ralph.

Brian Bender, Napa, CA.

 

 

 

Patagonia Chronicle: On Foot in Torres del Paine

The author and her husband take readers along to Patagonia to trek the Circuit Route of Chile’s magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. 

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Patagonia Chronicle: On Foot in Torres del Paine

Review from Midwest Book Review:
Patagonia Chronicle 
is an engaging travelogue about the 2009 [and 2010] adventure that author Susan Alcorn and her husband had [on] the internationally famous Circuit trail in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia…. recounts a firsthand journey amid nature, wildlife… and tremendous scenic beauty…. chapters are filled with backpacking tips, tricks, and techniques for those who would hike the wilds of Patagonia… an absorbing read from cover to cover, thoroughly recommended for armchair travelers and prospective sightseers alike. MBR Bookwatch: Dec. 2012. Able Greenspan, reviewer.

 

 

 

Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago 

Readers can travel along with the author on a true adventure in Spain enriched with the flavors of contemporary culture and spiced with legends from ancient times. 

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Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago 

Review: Angelika Schneider –Confraternity of Saint James:
When Susan Alcorn together with her husband Ralph leaves her Californian home to walk the Camino Francés from Roncesvalles to Santiago in September 2001, she does so with the intention of having an interesting vacation with the added benefit of improved physical fitness. …

[Camino Chronicle] is also a direct result of her Camino experience. Initially thinking it hadn’t affected her much at all, her outlook changed greatly between the time of walking and writing the book in 2005/2006.
Susan shares her experience by using her journal entries from the walk. These are divided into regional sections. Each section begins with a map of Spain and the Camino, highlighting the relevant part, plus a list of towns and the mileages between them.

With the first-timer in mind, she adds very useful information on how to prepare for the Camino. Among them are a packing list, and a comprehensive action plan of preparing for a longer stay away from home. Answers to frequently asked questions, a short chapter with statistics about the modern day pilgrims, and a comprehensive bibliography complete the book.

The result is a book that will mainly appeal to (American) people who haven’t walked the Camino as it provides practical information combined with the experience of Susan’s walk, and it details the rich history of the pilgrimage.
Angelika Schneider –Confraternity of Saint James, London, England Bulletin 95, September 2006

 

 

We’re in the Mountains, Not over the Hill:
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ales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers.

Three dozen women, in the prime of their lives, take readers  into the mountains and through the valleys, on adventurous backpacking trips. A collection of tales from strong women who have much to share about successful and rewarding hikes.  

 

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Reviews:

“…an intriguing balance between practical tips to get you started and the retelling of adventure in short snippets.” — Outdoor Australia, August/September, 2003

“A passion, by its very nature, is a sexy thing. Alcorn has a passion for backpacking.” — Hill Newspapers, May 16, 2003


“Great Summer Read! The stories are sometimes humorous and other times serious, but most are at the very least inspiring.” — Mammoth, CA Good News, July 24-30, 2003


“Informative, engaging, and inspiring. (Alcorn) reminds women who want to backpack to set their own goals, to savor their successes.” — Montclarion, July 15, 2003
“refreshing handbook of hiking and backpacking for those who know it isn’t over until it’s over.” — East Bay Express, April 30, 2003


Summary: Travel, adventure, women’s interest! True adventures, challenging journeys, and life affirming trips. Three dozen women, in the prime of their lives, take you backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, the Rockies, the Appalachians and more. This compelling collage of stories and advice combines honesty, insight and humor with practical wisdom and proven tips to inspire women and men of all ages. Gutsy women ford ice-chilled streams, clamber up steep mountainsides, chase away hungry bears — or await helicopter rescue. Whether scaling mountains solo or lounging with friends near a crackling campfire, they are reaping the rewards of their strenuous days and soaking in the wonders of nature. “If we can do it, so can you.”

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