Barb is the author of Zero Days, her account of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her husband and 10-year-old daughter.

As of a couple minutes ago, Barb is essentially unemployed — she’s one of the folks getting their walking papers in the Mercury News’ latest round of layoffs (See RIP Mercury News by a former co-worker if you’ve got a morbid curiosity about what’s going on at Ridder Park Drive these days).

It’s not the sexiest memoir out there, admittedly, but it has the fortunate attribute of being true, unlike so many out there. I’ve come across too many who met her PCT family on the trail. Here’s a review at

So what do you say, folks, how about a little trail angeling for somebody who walked over 2000 miles in a single summer?