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Going Alone: Women's Adventures in the Wild

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
While many dream of solo adventure, these talented and adventurous women show how it’s done. Whether hiking in Nepal, caving, sailing through choppy ocean waters, or discovering Alaska on foot, the women in these essays eloquently convey not only the thrills of the solo adventure, but also examine the complicated motivations and fears that can accompany such journeys. With ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 13th 2004 by Seal Press (first published April 22nd 2004)
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Nov 02, 2014 Nola rated it it was ok
This is a collection of essays about various outdoor adventures by women alone. I’m not sure I quite see the point of the alone part of the criteria. It certainly limited the stories available and made them seem forced. There was one absolutely charming story that conveyed the writer’s character and place in life with affection. It told of both her first backpacking trip alone and her most recent. The first trip was a charming fiasco underpaid by the idiocy and fearlessness of youth where she wa ...more
Sep 23, 2007 Jenny rated it it was amazing
This book of short stories of women facing the greatest fears of their lives-- being alone and surviving the wilderness gave me strength to test myself by doing a night hike to see the sunrise alone in Mt. Hood National Forest. If you need a kick in the butt, this is for you! Inspiring!
Sep 14, 2011 Leslie rated it it was ok
Rogers' collection of essays from women who journeyed solo in the wild is interesting enough, but there's not enough variation amongst them to make for truly intriguing reading. Given the dearth of outdoor stories by and for women, it's worth a look.
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Jul 30, 2016 Hella Comat rated it really liked it
Stories by women who have hiked, kayaked, biked and more on their own. I liked the stories of biking in France (lots of getting lost but being found by kind locals) and hiking the Pacific Coast trail (18 weeks and didn't finish!). Not so much the caving (exploring and charting unknown parts of an extensive cave system) or hiking in Antarctica (granted a short hike on her own) because I'd never attempt those - too scary and cold!
May 25, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
I've done five or six multi-day solo backpacking trips now and this is the book I needed to tell me it was really okay, I could do it. Going Alone is a collection of essays, some better than others, for multiple sports and skill levels, so you've got one woman soloing for several days up Half Dome and another going on a day ski with her Siberian Husky, a PCT hiker, a sailboat, and one woman's hilarious story of her first night in the woods out back of her house when she was nine. I'm planning to ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Daisy rated it liked it
It was good in parts, it was not as good in other parts, but that is what happens with books of personal essays written by multiple authors.

I don't rock-climb, so the essay on rock climbing alone was too technical for me; I love the idea of bicycling through France on my own; and I think a lot of kids can relate to sleeping out in the backyard at some point - they just don't usually do that alone.

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Apr 18, 2009 Arlene rated it it was ok
This is not a good book to read right after reading Into the Wild. No way close to the story telling and after reading the struggles of Into the Wild, this is cake walk. The shark story was a turn off as I have sailed and boated in the Carribean and could not feel for this woman. These stories were too short. Couldn't get into the women's psyche. But I am jaded since I just read Into the Wild.
Feb 26, 2009 Jeanine rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book of stories by women who have gone on adventures alone.
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