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The Hairy Hikers: A Coast-to-Coast Trek Along the French Pyrenees Paperback – 2 Apr 2012
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'I wish I had read David Le Vay's book before walking the GR10… It starts out in that [humorous] vein, but as the increasingly hairy hikers progress across the mountains, the writing becomes more introspective and, for me at least, more interesting. The real subject of the book is not the GR10, nor the Pyrenees, but the process of walking and the way it affects those who undertake it for long periods. It is also about walking with someone else for 7 weeks, which means living with them in difficult conditions: a delicate exercise.'(Pyreneanway.com/blog)
'This is a laugh out loud romp… their journey is highly entertaining… and enjoy the madcap adventures that eight weeks on the road with two blokes can bring!!'(Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller)
'David and his friend Rob decide to walk the famous GR10 hiking trail… The pair are fuelled by a degree of mid-life crisis and the need to escape from routine, so the two-month, 530-mile walk along the Grande Randonnée gives them a chance to have fun together, argue about snoring, discover lots of out-of-the-way places, meet characters from around the world, and grow beards. The book is a witty account of their adventures as they trek along the Pyrenees.'(Destination France)
'This is the kind of adventure that many of us can identify with even if we wouldn't aspire to it… there is a human quality of damp undergarments and exhaustion, mingled with occasional hard-won triumphs and lots of cheap red wine, that makes this a very readable account of two men's attempt to re-live their youth and taste the freedom of the mountains and the open road… a test of their mettle, but this is a feel-good story with a gentle middle-aged happy ending.'(The Good Book Guide)
'… a compelling and funny read… '(French Property News)
'an entertaining account that covers every aspect of a mid-life crisis'(French Entrée)
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David Le Vay is a child therapist.
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Top Customer Reviews
As other reviewers have said, the further into the book the more introspective David gets and it's fascinating to see what spending 7 ½ weeks with one other person does to your ways of thinking and coping mechanisms.
If you only read one book about GR routes, or even about walking or travelling then let it be this one. You will not be disappointed. David manages to slip in humour amongst the obvious hardships they face. He makes you want to be there walking beside them. He makes you (or me at least) Google GR routes to find out which one I want to traverse.
I wholly recommend this book, it's engaging and insightful and definitely takes you on an 850km journey!
My one criticism is that there are no photographs of the sights Dave and Rob saw on their journey, but all in all this really doesn't matter!
The resulting book that Le Vay has written is perhaps more about their friendship than the hike itself. Sure, the hike forms a large part of the story but the most engaging parts are when we read about the seemingly mundane things that happened during their journey, things like Dave's worries about his bowel movements, his pancake feet and the pains in his chest, Rob's aching toes, his chronic snoring and his love of the songs of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and their mutual love of hot chocolate and a beer or two after a long day on the road.
I suspect that anybody reading this book to learn about the GR10 could be slightly disappointed because the information given about the route is a little limited - Dave and Rob even skip stages in favour of hitching a lift - but there is enough in it to help anybody decide whether they would want to follow on Dave and Robs footsteps. Previously I have never heard of the GR10 so I just read the book to be entertained and it certainly did that.
It would be easy to lose interest in a book where every day the narrative was - got up, had breakfast, booted up, walked mountains, arrived at overnight gite, ate dinner, etc. but there is always a little something of interest or an amusing tale to keep this book a lively read. One of my favourite funnies was set in the dingy broom cupboard of the Internet café trying to find the @ sign on a French keyboard. Much of the humour comes from him being a self-confessed Mr Grumpy, an insomniac and a social numpty, who spent two months, day and night, in close proximity to his mate, often staying in shared gite accommodation with strangers. I would have found it very difficult and he did struggle at times, but it made a very funny read, especially his description of the orchestra of sleeping sounds from his travelling companion.
As you would expect from two blokes alone in the mountains, proudly growing their beards and turning a little feral, talk often turned to farts and with a spot of wild camping, pooing in the woods got a mention too. While some may find this distasteful it amused me no end. It was one of those books I read with a grin.
The writing gave me the impression they were a likable duo who had fun on their adventure, despite the pains and issues they faced, and came out the other side of their mountains appreciating not only what they had achieved, but also the things that are important in life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As someone who has walked The Coast to Coast Walk and Offa's Dyke Path I look out for such books but this one would I believe entertain a reader who has never done a long distance... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stuart Duncan
Read it on my kindle. It has so much information of places etc that one day I will have to get it as a book so that I can note down the places and hopefully one day visit them too.Published 11 months ago by aila johnston
As a travelogue this is okay describing the day to day experiences of two hikers in the Pyrenees. However, I can't say I find the author very likable. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Corinna
Ok but got bored with the constant referral to drinking and should have been more information about the great walk.Published on 22 May 2015 by David Sanders
A light hearted and easy to read account of the long trek through this part of France. I enjoyed the sense of humour which the writer kept even during the tough times. Read morePublished on 17 April 2015 by jenni
Great fun to read...................amazing that they survived as they seemed a bit inept!Published on 9 Oct. 2014 by Lizzie
I was really enjoying reading this book(until). I can understand maybe taking a short cut here and there, but taking a ski lift, bus and a few thumbs up to hitch a ride in a car... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by David Milton
My husband bought me this book as we have done part of the GR10 and hope to complete it one day. I am a keen walker and I grew up in the foothills of the Pyrenees so I was looking... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by LaRoux
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