Crossing Divides
Crossing Divides

Crossing Divides

A Couple's Story of Cancer, Hope, and Hiking Montana's Continental Divide

By Scott Bischke, Foreword by Katie Gibson


304 Pages, 6 x 9

Hardcover, $24.95 (CA $27.95) (US $24.95)

Publication Date: April 2002

ISBN 9780944235393

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Artfully blending Scott Bischke and his wife Katie Gibson's agonizing struggle against Kate's advanced, recurrent, "terminal" cancer, this is the story of their three month, 800+ mile hike along the Continental Divide Trail across Montana. Numerous themes and parallels weave through the book: several encounters with grizzly bears, for example, provide an avenue for metaphorical comparisons between the fear of grizzlies and the fear of cancer. Similarly, Kate's ability to persevere through the toils of a long-distance hike provides a constant parallel to her ability to persevere against cancer. Other themes include the importance of a dogged spirit in battling cancer and the importance of wild country in revitalizing the soul.

Author Biography

Scott Bichke and Katie Gibson have traveled across the globe to places like New Zealand, British Columbia, Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, and Belize, and they actively participate in volunteer efforts for the Montana Wilderness Association, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, and the American Cancer Society, as well as other worthwhile organizations. Scott is a writer, environmental engineer, fly fisherman, and photographer. They live in Bozeman, Montana.