Spring hiking season is just around the corner and a newly published book, A Woman's Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Handbook by Ruby McConnell has everything you need to get ready for a summer full of adventure! I was lucky enough to score an early copy and have been reading it cover to cover this week and dreaming about testing out all of the tips, recipes, and new techniques I've been reading about.
A Woman's Guide to the Wild is divided into 11 chapters covering topics like where to go, what to pack, survival skills, lady matters, and much more.
In the introduction to her outdoor handbook, Ruby describes a feeling that I can relate to as an outdoors woman.
"Regardless of how much time I spent outside, how far into the backcountry I went, or what kinds of challenges I took on, there seemed to be an underlying current—a low hum of voices from the media, the mainstream, and men—insisting that the wilderness was no place for women." - Ruby McConnell
In A Woman's Guide to the Wild, Ruby champions the woman adventurer with her experience and knowledge of all aspects of the great outdoors. Her book provides a manual to for both the accomplished and aspiring outdoors woman, with everything she needs to stand toe to toe with even the most rugged outdoorsmen.
The Illustrationsby artist Teresa Grasseschi on the cover and throughout the book are lovely. Teresa's art depicts much of the advice in the book, from the different ways to build a fire to how to master backcountry orienteering.
I am finishing up the last edits for A Woman's Guide to the Wild today and thought I'd share one my favorite pieces in celebration! This began as a cover option. We brought it back for the interior cover page and I will be forever swooning over its lettering. I can't wait to show you more peeks inside as the release date creeps closer. You can pre-order on Amazon now! Link in ze profile. #wildwomanbook #sasquatchbooks #rubymcconnell
The Expert Advice from Ruby in A Woman's Guide to the Wild, is supplemented by short sections from female outdoors experts who add their unique perspective and advice on the topics. These sections are great because they are informative and also introduce the reader to other women who are doing great things in the outdoors!
The Female Perspective Ruby brings to the subject of the outdoors is something I never knew I was missing in the other outdoor books I've read. There are many things that an outdoorsmen forgets to consider when sharing advice about the wild. For example a man will outline how to us the bathroom in the backcountry, how far from water you need to be, how deep to burry your business and packing out your toilet paper, but Ruby brings it home for women by sharing how to avoid peeing on your hiking boots (seriously, I could have used this advice on my first backpacking trip).
The Resource Section at the end of A Woman's Guide to the Wild provides a great list of online resources for where to get the gear you learned you needed while reading the book, where to find woman's outdoor organizations, and links to other outdoor resources.
I gladly give A Woman's Guide to the Wild my recommendation for woman who love the outdoors or are wanting to get outside more. It is entertaining and full of great tips and advice for the outdoorsy (I even caught my boyfriend reading it).
Some trails are familiar, like a pair of cushioned slippers formed to your feet. Each turn is comforting and warm, as known as the pages of your favorite book. Some trails are rocky and wild, proving to you with every mile both the thrill of nature and your own limitations. For different experience levels, locations, time constraints and moods, there are likely to be a variety of trails near you that meet your needs. With some helpful resources and considerations, finding the perfect hiking trail is easy.
From hiking dog jealousy to estimating the calorie-to-weight ratio of entire grocery stores, outdoor adventurers have unique experiences all around.
Here are just a few to make you laugh, paired with watercolor interpretations of outdoorsy absurdity.
My first pair of sturdy, quality hiking boots changed my outdoor experience. Before them, I tumbled around awkwardly in slippery, ill-fitting, non-breathable (and somehow also non-waterproof) boots, coming away from hikes happy but covered in scrapes, bruises, and favoring tender limbs. My arches would ache, and eventually, the dull pain would spread to my leg joints. Then I bought “my blue boots.” The most significant outdoor purchase I had ever made, I was unconvinced that they would be worth it. Now, without a doubt in my mind, I can say they were absolutely worth the price.
|Small||4 - 6.5||2 - 4.5||35 - 37||20.5 - 23|
7 - 9.5
|5 - 7.5||38 - 40||23.5 - 25.5|
|8 - 10.5||41 - 45||26 - 28.5|
13.5 - 15
|11 - 13.5||46 - 49||29 - 31|
|Small||N/A||N/A||N/A||20.5 - 23|
6 - 8.5
|5.5 - 8||39 - 41||23.5 - 25.5|
|8.5 - 11||42 - 44||26 - 28.5|
12 - 14.5
|11.5 - 14||45 - 47||29 - 31|
|WOMEN'S||FITS SIZES||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||2 - 4||Length: 26"||Width: 15 ¾"|
|Medium||6 - 8||Length: 26 ½"||Width: 16 ½"|
|Large||8 - 10||Length: 27 ⅛ "||Width: 17 ½"|
|X-Large||10 - 14||Length: 27 ¾"||Width: 18 ½"|
|2X-Large||14 - 18||Length: 28 ⅜"||Width: 19 ½|
|MEN'S / UNISEX||CHEST TO FIT||US Sizes (Inches)|
|Small||34 - 37||Length: 28"||Width: 18"|
38 - 41
|Length: 29"||Width: 20"|
42 - 45
|Length: 30"||Width: 22"|
46 - 49
|Length: 31"||Width: 24"|
|2X-Large||50 - 53||Length: 32"||Width: 26"|