Cascade Summer is the story of Bob Welch’s 2011 attempt, along with his brother-in-law, to hike the 452-mile length of Oregon’s mountainous spine. To reconnect with his past. And to better understand 19th-century Cascade Range advocate John Waldo, the state’s answer to California naturalist John Muir. Despite great expectations, near trail’s end Welch finds himself facing an unlikely challenge. Laughs. Blisters. And new friends from literally around the world—his PCT adventure offered it all. But he never foresaw its bittersweet ending. $22.95

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[testimonial company=”UO School of Journalism & Communication Hall of Achievement inductee” author=”Dean Rea”] “Cascade Summer confirms Welch’s place among Oregon’s finest storytellers. No other author twines his love for the state with such a unique blend of humor, history, passion, and profundity. This is no travelogue of a trail, but a human adventure that brings into play unexpected challenges, unexpected heroes, and an unexpected ending. A gold-star read.”
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Editor, Oregon Geographic Names” author=”Lewis L. McArthur”] In Cascade Summer, Bob Welch masterfully captures the PCT I remember from my hiking and mountain climbing days. A marvelous story for outdoor novices, enthusiasts and aficionados!
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Author of Fearless and The Last Season, one of Outside magazine’s Top 10 great adventure biographies” author=”Eric Blehm”] A beautiful story. Part Oregon environmental history, part trail narrative, and part can’t-put-down inspirational—Cascade Summer reminds us that life is about unknowns and we all have our own trail that runs through it.”
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Author of Listening for Coyote and numerous Oregon hiking guides” author=”William L. Sullivan”] Tackling the 452-mile Oregon section of the PCT, Bob Welch delivers a well-crafted tale of blisters, bugs, history, and the Oregon experience.
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Principal researcher, Sunriver Nature Center” author=”Jay Bowerman”] Combines a brisk and readable style with well-researched looks into Oregon’s history, especially through the lens of Judge John Waldo’s journals. Cascade Summer is a welcome addition to the library of anyone who has hiked the PCT, intends to do so, or simply shares a love of wild places.
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Co-editor, The Atlas of Oregon and The Atlas of Yellowstone” author=”James Meacham”] Cascade Summer puts you on the trail. Welch’s humility is striking and his tales entice you. It’s a rich journey into Oregon’s past and the sublime of the Cascades. A must read for anyone who loves Oregon.
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Creator of national award-winning maps of Oregon and the United States” author=”David Imus”] I loved Cascade Summer. Couldn’t put it down. Welch sets out on a bold adventure and, in so doing, inspires others to do likewise.
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Co-founder, SOLV’s Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup” author=”Judith Hansen”] Captivating! Welch plumbs the depths of Oregon’s wilderness.
[/testimonial] [testimonial company=”Solo finisher of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, 1999″ author=”Laura Buhl”] Welch tells a great story of planning and then making an epic adventure reality, reconnecting with the pleasures of one’s youth, and exploring the history of his beloved home state of Oregon through relating Waldo’s nineteenth century travels and efforts to preserve the Cascades. Welch captures perfectly the spirit of the trail: its beauty, the interesting characters one encounters along the way, the fears and disappointments, and especially the excitement and joy.
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