The best books for women who love the outdoors

The Books I Picked & Why

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

By Ben Montgomery

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

Why this book?

Grandma Gatewood is the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone. She accomplished the feat at age 67 and then went on to hike the trail another two times! But when you read this book you realize that she is a woman of endurance in more ways than one. A very inspiring read.


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Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

By Will Harlan

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

Why this book?

Carol Ruckdeschel is one of the foremost naturalists of our time. The majority of her learning did not come from books or classrooms but from tens of thousands of hours spent outdoors studying animals and their environment. A book that leaves you feeling more wild.


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Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

By Kara Richardson Whitely

Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

Why this book?

Hikers come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Kara proves that the summit does not belong to people who look like Patagonia models, but to anyone who is willing to carry their weight and offload their burdens. An inspiring read for anyone who wants to climb Kilimanjaro and individuals who have dealt with eating disorders.


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A Beautiful Work In Progress

By Mirna Valerio

A Beautiful Work In Progress

Why this book?

The author of this book is an amazing combination of personable and empowering. She takes readers on her journey from a city kid growing up in NYC to a trail runner who explores the most scenic trails in the US. When you are finish you will feel like you have a new friend and some new inspiration.


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Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail Heather Anderson

By Heather Anderson

Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail Heather Anderson

Why this book?

This is the story of Heather’s Fastest Known Time on the Appalachian Trail, but it is also the story of a woman learning to dig deeper and find confidence and contentment off the trail. It will make you realize that you have reserves that you have not yet tapped.


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