Are you, or is someone you know, a hesitant hiker? If so, this book is an excellent guide for anxious outdoors enthusiasts, or for people who want toAre you, or is someone you know, a hesitant hiker? If so, this book is an excellent guide for anxious outdoors enthusiasts, or for people who want to encourage family or friends to join them on hikes. Sarah D Tiedemann, the author, describes herself as a fearful, controlling, and anxious person who nevertheless manages to survive – and enjoy – the numerous hiking and camping trips she goes on with her intrepid husband, Nick. Sarah's husband provides a perfect contrast to her hesitant hiking style, and in fact, she describes the two of them as “polar opposites.” Nick's lack of hesitance when it comes to their outdoor adventures serves as a comparison to Sarah's perspective. If you're a hesitant hiker, Nick will give you an idea of what more daring hikers are like. If you're like Nick, the stories will help you to understand how two very different people can still manage to enjoy an outdoor adventure.
The book is a lighthearted exploration of Sarah's various anxieties and how they are triggered by her hiking experiences, with the intention of encouraging other hesitant hikers to get out of their comfort zone and enjoy nature. It's divided into sections according to all the different stresses that an outdoor adventure provides: flora/fauna, other people, weather conditions, and nighttime worries. It also explores fear in general, travel concerns, and the particular challenges of being a woman in the outdoors. The author shares her extensive requirements for her outdoors first aid kit and her meticulous methods for planning travel. Her attention to detail is impressive, and you'll surely learn something new.
The author is uniquely qualified to write on this topic because of her own lifelong experiences with anxiety: she tells stories of recoiling at the thought of germs on a bar of soap at a young age and of agonizing over the possibility of a home intruder as a child. Her worries began at a young age, and they continued into adulthood as she joined her husband on hiking trips. This book includes a selection of her outdoors experiences and how she got through them.
The stories are based in North America – bears, mountain lions, and poison oak are all mentioned – but these are simply examples of common anxiety triggers that can easily be transferred to outdoor environments in other parts of the world. The author includes plenty of personal stories so you can learn from her own experiences, and she includes sections on what to do and what not to do in each situation. Just as important, she includes statistics on things such as animal attacks, to help the reader put into perspective just how likely – or unlikely – an encounter will be. Considering that I've spent hours exploring the woodlands of England on my own, I don't really consider myself to be a hesitant hiker. In fact, I've walked two National Trails all by myself. I'm a huge fan of solitary hiking. However, I'm considerably more hesitant when I think of doing the same in the North American wilderness, so I found this book to be interesting and useful. The author prepares for things I'd never thought of.
If you or someone you know needs some extra encouragement to step out of the comfort zone and into the outdoors, this is the perfect book. As the author says, “I'm never regretful that I faced my fears.” This could be the book that gets you out of the house and into nature. ...more
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