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How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking

How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking

Diana Helmuth

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2022 National Outdoor Book Award Winner in Instructional Outdoor Adventure Guide
  • Refreshingly approachable guide for aspiring backpackers and casual hikers of all stripes
  • Colorful and humorous illustrations throughout
  • Relatable, rising female voice in outdoor literature
Part critique of modern hiking culture and part how-to guide, How to Suffer Outside is for anyone who wants to hit the trail without breaking the bank. Diana Helmuth offers real advice, opinionated but accessible and based on in-the-field experiences. She wins readers’ hearts and trust through a blend of self-deprecating humor and good-natured heckling of both seasoned backpackers and urbanites who romanticize being outdoorsy, plus a helpful dose of the actual advice a novice needs to get started.

Featuring illustrations by artist Latasha Dunston, each chapter focuses on a critical topic: gear, food, hygiene, clothing, and more, along with useful checklists and resources. Humorous, philosophical, and practical, How to Suffer Outside teaches casual walkers, hikers, and campers of all stripes how to venture outdoors with confidence.

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