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Nothing says hiking inspiration more than first hand reports from the trail.
And if you're like me, you can't get enough of them!
Here, in no particular order, are a few sources I've found that I'd like to share with you.
Hope you enjoy them!
Hiking inspiration is a highly prized commodity for women hikers.
I know, because I get lots of email, and some of my favorites are from women asking for some book recommendations for upcoming "milestone" hikes.
For instance, here's Mary's request:
"Wow! I just discovered your website and, believe me, I am thrilled."
"I am an avid hiker and for my 60th birthday this year, I have convinced fourteen women to go to Colorado to do a couple of "fourteeners"."
"Do you have any suggestions for prior reading for us on hiking--either fiction or nonfiction and preferably something about women. Thanks."
And here's my answer:
"Hello Mary! Thanks for your email. I'm jazzed just thinking about what a great time you will have, celebrating your birthday in such a fabulous way!
Here are a few suggestions. I wasn't sure if you wanted adventure stories, or inspiration, or how-to, so I threw in a bit of all three.
Here's a book with a special "60th" twist:
Here's a book I still like to dip into, season after season: a compilation of essays, edited by Adventura Books.
Since you have a lot of women in your hiking group, the stories might resonate differently with each of them. It could be a great topic of discussion around the evening meal!"Gifts of the Wild
A collection of women writing about the Southwest (and edited by women) is a juicy read, too.
Finally, read my review of a book to inspire you to get wild, stay wild, think wild every day of the year: 1001 Ways to Live Wild.
Please let me know which suggestion you found most inspiring, okay?
Famous female hikers are hard to find, but I did my best for you!
And I just finished this book about Emma Gatewood (of Appalachian Trail fame), which completely answered the question "Why did she just take off down the trail in her late 60s and never look back?"
It's a great read and would make an inspiring gift for any woman itching to try long trail hiking.
If you're endeavoring to inspire the next generation of hikers, read my review of a new children's book entitled When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike.
In my own small way I try to inspire other hikers to explore, expand, and extend their hiking goals by posting regular inspirational quotes, photos, questions and links to hiking information and tips on the Hiking For Her Facebook page.
And if you need a fresh answer to the question "Why hike?", read some suggestions here.
My goal is always the same:
I want all women to see the wild places, to be inspired by the strength in their legs and the ability to feel awe at the sight of mountains, glaciers and the moon conspiring to make life a grand adventure.
Nothing motivates me more than reading email from women who are either out on the trail, just returned from a tough hiking trip, or planning a big hiking adventure.
In fact, I love to do interviews with women who have done trips to destinations that most of us won't do.
If you've got some hiking wisdom (what I like to call "trail pearls"), please send them to me and I'll share with our virtual hiking sisters.
Thanks in advance!
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