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Susan Alcorn's Biography

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San Francisco Bay Area
Jan 2008

Susan Alcorn is a long-distance hiker. She began her wilderness adventures at the age of 48 in order to climb California's Mt. Whitney, at 14, 496 ft. the highest mountain in the U.S. outside of Alaska.  That initial backpacking trip led to many other trips into the Sierra Nevada, and to her collecting women's stories for her book We're in the Mountains Not over the Hill: Tales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers.

In 2001 Susan and her husband Ralph decided to walk the ancient pilgrimage trail across Spain known as the Camino de Santiago.  That 450-mile journey led to her newest book, Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago. Since that time, she has returned to Spain several times as well as to France and Portugal to walk various other traditional pilgrimage routes.

In January 2007, Susan fulfilled another dream -- she and Ralph went to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and go on safari in Tanzania. She considers it a trip of a lifetime -- that it was a great privilege to be able to see the spectacularly beautiful country and magnificent animals as well as to meet many of Tanzania's warm and friendly people.

Her long-distance hiking, and her related writing, continues. In 2010 she completed backpacking the last of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the 2,650 mile trail that goes border to border from Mexico to Canada while traveling through California, Oregon, and Washington.

When she's home, Susan spends her time writing about her life on the trail and the wisdom that comes from it.  Her current major project is spreading word about Patagonia -- the southern regions of Chile and Argentina -- with which she has fallen in love.


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