There are bits of this book that are uproariously funny ... belly aching and tears streaming funny. There are also very interesting bits of trivia and history sprinkled throughout. For those two reasons I recommend this book. However as a whole I was left wanting after finishing it. There's something about the author's style and I think personality that I didn't like ... there's a sharp, critical bite to most every bit of funny and a lot of anger that seems to permeate his more serious passages. This may work for others but it left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Still, I'm glad I read it and would recommend for those interested in personal accounts of hiking adventures.