Music and Audiobooks for Better Hiking on the PCT

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  1. Viewfinder says:

    You can also find some audiobooks free online. I stumbled upon LibriVox when I was looking for Sherlock Holmes through my library. They have books in the public domain for free. They are recorded by volunteers though, so it might be wise to listen to a bit before you commit in case you hate the reader. Each story in Sherlock Holmes had a different reader, and most of them were pretty good.

    • Alice says:

      Thanks. I’d heard about that project, but haven’t tried it out. I’ll check it out!

      The reader makes such a huge difference. I would listen to anything Michael Page (the Lies of Locke Lamora’s narrator) read, up to and including the telephone book.

  2. Alli says:

    If you liked the Nashville Soundtrack (I loved it) you might try the soundtracks from Inside Llewyn Davis and O Brother Where Art Thou? The films are good too but I’m especially fond of the soundtracks. They actually have the same producer as the Nashville show.

    • Alice says:

      I didn’t know those were by the same person! Love Inside Llewyn Davis. Haven’t listened to O Brother Where Art Thou in a decade — will have to check it out again. That Robert Plant / Alison Krauss album would probably be great trail tunes too.

  3. I’d try to ration myself 3 hours of music per day. My favorite part of the day became the King Sized Snickers + 5 Hour Energy + 3 Ibuprofen + music stretch.

    • Alice says:

      Oh dear god, that sounds like a very jazzed 3 hours. Was it the end of your day, middle, or beginning? Hard to picture continuing after coming down from that.

  4. It varied. sometimes it would be after hiking two hours; other times would be before a climb. I’m sure I spent well over $400 just on 5-Hour-Energy. Probably will find a better use for that money on the next journey. ; )

  5. Lara says:

    Alice! So great to meet you at the Long Distance Hiking event today. I love your solar panel/music and book ideas and have embraced them for myself. Thanks for putting this out there and keep smiling…see you on the trail. Lara

    • Alice says:

      It was so nice to meet you this weekend, Lara! I’m glad to hear you’re excited about trying solar & music on the trail. Do you have a blog for your Oregon hike? I’d love to follow along. Happy hiking :)

  6. vladimir says:

    I just found your website and I love it
    .I always wonder what to listen when I hike or train for a race.

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