- File Size: 2060 KB
- Print Length: 359 pages
- Publisher: Diane Spicer (June 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GUHMNSI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hiking For Her's Best Tips For Women Dayhikers: Everything You Need To Know To Hit The Trail Kindle Edition
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The targeted audience is women dayhikers, ranging from beginners through intermediate level – particularly those wanting to learn (and make it easier!) to better enjoy the hiking experience. Despite the title the information presented is clearly relevant to all hikers. The emphasis that is unique to this book is the attention paid to the needs and concerns of female hikers in a range of ways from equipment (females are different shapes from the men who design gear…), physical strengths, mental attitudes, nutrition, all the other girl-stuff - pretty much the full range of considerations. This is good for female hikers. For any male hikers out there, if you hike with females or want to get your better-half interested in hiking - this is a good book both for yourself, and your future hiking partner. If you're a male leading a mixed team of hikers, this inside knowledge will be invaluable! Don't be put off by the word 'women' in the title.
There is a lot of information in this book. All of it is good. Rather than simply listing bulleted points, Diane has described important points in a logical sequence, and in the way you would expect them to be explained face-to-face. I think this is a very good aspect of the book. It illustrates the depth of knowledge needed to help develop a love of hiking, without overloading the senses with facts and scaring people by appearing too overbearing. It is a friendly book to read.
The structure of this book assists greatly in breaking up the information presentation. The first section on 'Before Your Day Hike' sets out equipment, mental, and physical preliminaries over 5 chapters. The second section 'During Your Hike' over 3 chapters deals with the mechanics of being on the trail, and the final 'After You Hike' deals with topics few other books consider – getting yourself back into shape physically and mentally and deciding – what to learn and where to go from here? In this sense, it is a very encouraging book for the hiker starting out.
Each chapter is presented in an informative yet informal way that demonstrates an ability to communicate and share information without lecturing or being too didactic. Diane always describes things in a way that encourages questions, rather than 'do as I say'. Yes, there is a lot of information in each Chapter (isn't that the point of buying a book?) but each Chapter has a clear structure culminating in a Chapter Summary, Take away points; and Further Resources. Diane also provides a free update service as the book gets revised.
For the experienced hiker there may be some technical sections that are underplayed such as Navigation (one of my pet loves), however the book provides resource links and encouragement for those interested in developing these skills and - honestly – these extra levels of detail could (and have) formed entire books by themselves. I think the balance is right, given the target audience. I am a very experienced hiker, and I found lots of cool points and pieces of information to file away into my mental database. We are always learning.
And I'm so glad I did.
Diane did something different in this book that I've not seen done in a book geared towards women in the outdoors, she wrote the book as if she were sitting in your living room with you going through gear and sharing her stories and experiences from decades on the trail.
This is simply a must-read for every outdoor woman, I'll be recommending it to my family and friends and any woman who I hike with.
Here's what I enjoyed about the book.
I liked the section on finding the perfect hiking bra, no seriously, nobody talks about this but Diane did!
I also appreciated that she had a section discussing intuition and the importance for us to use and trust our intuition on the trails, this is great advice for any woman who hikes solo or even with a group.
I'm glad that Diane included a section about hiking nutrition as well, this is so important but often overlooked when hikers are simply trying to cram whatever calories they can to fuel their next section. She even goes into the best chocolate for hikers, what's not to love about that?
I also enjoyed that she ended each chapter with recommendations, I take her recommendations seriously. Diane knows what she's talking about!
In this book Diane talks about everything from hiking boots and backpacks to stretching and the 10 Essentials. I can't wait to read her other e-books.
- I loved the ability to click on links throughout the book that would provide more detailed information if the reader so chooses, which lends itself to a more personalized reading experience.
- The chapter on gear was a huge help. There are so many choices out there and the author makes it easy to understand what is or isn’t necessary for your hike of choice. A major part of the gear buying process is “cost vs. durability” and that is a continuous theme throughout this section that we are reminded of often. Cheap is expensive (and could even be dangerous). Every single aspect of the gear buying experience is laid out for the reader, which makes it easy for someone like me who gets overwhelmed with all of the options available. The specific gear recommendations given (with explanations as to why they are recommended) were definitely a bonus.
-The trail food section was also eye opening. I never gave much thought as to what I was eating on the trail, and the explanations of what your body needs are given in an easy to understand yet scientific manner. I’ve certainly found areas of my trail diet that need improvement, and I am excited to see how that changes my stamina, mood, and enjoyment on the trail.
-There is not only practical information to keep you safe, but tips to make you comfortable.
- One thing that is often overlooked is after hike care, and the author gives some great tips to keep you hiking.
- I loved the “keep learning” section and I’m certain that other readers will too!
All in all, the author has thought of literally everything, and even aspects of my hiking life that I thought I had on lock down I will re-assess. This book is an irreplaceable resource for both new and seasoned hikers. As someone who has logged plenty of miles, I still had a lot to learn. I will recommend this book to any beginning hiker with confidence that they’ll start off on the right foot!