Comments and Reviews

"Their story is compelling... Two extraordinary people who talking about getting married, buying a house -- and maybe hiking the Continental Divide. They took along a good sense of observation and more important still, a sense of humor." -- Wall Street Journal.

"The book does more than recount an amazing journey. It integrates critical political issues such as western water policy , fire suppression policy on public lands, the Endangered Species Act, and the role of grazing on federal land, all with a fine sense of history, making for delightful, invigorating reading." -- San Francisco Chronicle.

"The authors took the time to talk to people of many professions along the way.... The book offers spectacular sights and geology, grizzlies and personal stories, history, and the wonder that is part of this magnificent stretch of land." -- Everett Herald (Washington).

"Not only their enviable adventures on the trail but the information they took time to gather about the history and concerns of the people in the area they hiked through give this beautifully written book added dimension and scope." -- Bookman News.

"Romance and curiosity inspired the authors to stride out on the ultimate hike in the U.S. from Mexico to Canada. The long trek took in deserts, mesas, hills, mountains, and plenty of lightning along the spine. Not a trail guide, nor a simple travelogue, it investigates issues, history, and human impacts along the way and tells the good, the bad, and the ugly." -- Scripps Howard News Service.

"An armchair traveler's delight. They not only discuss their plucky adventure, they also discuss controversial issues such as clear cutting, grazing fees, endangered species, and water resources management. Politicians and bureaucrats would be well-advised to contemplate their commonsense thoughts about our land and resources. -- Trenton Times (New Jersey).

"There are any number of amazing and courageous journeys taken... This is the diary of one of them... told with great charm, some irony, and more than a little wit." -- The Travel Book Review.

"The Divide comes alive in this book through the trials, tribulations, and, in the end, personal triumphs of Berger and Smith as they discover the soul of the land they traversed. A remarkable tale of a remarkable journey. -- Milwaukee Journal.

"A grand adventure and a thoughtful examination of the myth and reality of the modern West." -- The Flint Journal (Michigan).





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Where the Waters Divide  
A 3000-Mile Trek Along America's
Continental Divide
 

by Karen Berger and Daniel R. Smith

Published in hardcover by Harmony Books, 1993
Published in paperback by Countryman Press, 1997

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Where the Waters Divide is the story of a mighty long walk along a mighty big mountain range.  

Karen Berger and Dan Smith set out to walk from Mexico to Canada along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. 3000 miles. 6 millions steps. Countless peaks and valleys. Their journey took them from the sere arroyos of New Mexico to the rocky, mountain heights of Colorado to the storied landmarks of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks -- and into the heart of the American West. 

This is the story of their journey, but it is also the story of the land through which they traveled: its history, its natural features, and the environmental and political issues that affect the trails, the water, the mountains and the people who inhabit them.  

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"They should know better than to start out on a hike like this. But we can be glad they did, and that they have written about their experiences so impressively." -- New Mexico Magazine.

"Chock full of great stories about the mountains and the people who have flourished in their shadow for hundreds of years. -- Hartford Courant.

"The authors write of their 1990 journey along the Continental Divide... This 3,000-mile journey along an ill-defined route that can be described as primitive at best in some places, is as much a story of the American West as it is of the author's monumental hike." -- Syndicated review to New Hampshire independent newspapers.

The South San San Mountains in Colorado

"An engaging account of one couple's 3,000-mile journey along America's wild and lovely spinal cord." -- Knight-Ridder Newspapers.

"The (journey) astounds with the sheer magnitude of their accomplishment." -- Montana Magazine.

"Think of the best sight-seeing trip you've ever taken. Doubtless, there was memorable scenery. The companionship was probably another crucial part of the experience. And it's a good bet you learned a thing or to as well. Where the Waters Divide can't give you the experience of seeing the mountains, but its servings of history and science sure make you want to go. -- Concord Monitor, New Hampshire.

"The authors write of their 1990 journey along the Continental Divide... This 3,000-mile journey along an ill-defined route that can be described as primitive at best in some places, is as much a story of the American West as it is of the author's monumental hike." -- Syndicated review to New Hampshire independent newspapers.

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Karen's Outdoors Books

Author Appearances
Learning to Hike
Backpacking basics about hiking worldwide, with 1000 color illustrations
Safe, Sane Stratgies for Enoying the WIlderness with Less on Your Back
Hundreds of Questions and Answers about Hiking.
Field improvisations and creative tips, published in cooperation with Backpacker magazine
Companion to the Trailside Television series. New edition of the best-selling How-to-Hike text.
Companion to the PBS-TV show Trailside
Hiking Guides
Hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide National Scenic Trails
A narrative field guide to the PCT.
Journeys
A coffee table book and a trail narrative
Scuba Diving
Used in YMCA certification classes for SCUBA, this is a complete introduction to the sport.