Here in the PNW, we have a certain reputation with the general public. We have the brewery reputation, the creative/artsy reputation, and the outdoorsy "let's go outside" reputation. The problem is that even those of us who were born and raised here don't always have the proper skills to make nature trekking safe or even remotely fun. Whether you are a bonafide couch potato, who has been ignoring the outdoor requirements of your own state, or you're an honorary Pacific Northwesterner ready to act the part, How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking will help you fill in all those getting-back-to-nature goals. Everything from gear and clothing to make your journey more comfortable and practical to navigating safely while correctly pooping in the woods (Wait! There are rules to this?!). If you need to know it, it's in here. Happy trails! Recommended By Corie K-B., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
- 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.
About the Author
Diana Helmuth has hiked extensively throughout the western US, Europe, and Chile. She studied cultural anthropology at University of California–Berkeley and the American University in Cairo. When she’s not on the trail or writing, she builds things in startup land and produces the occasional podcast. Helmuth lives in Oakland.
An illustrator and painter, Latasha Dunston earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Her clients include Otterbox, Range magazine, Craghoppers, SNEWs, and the Denver Art Museum. Dunston is based in Denver.