How to suffer outside : a beginner's guide to hiking and backpacking
- 796.51 H481 (CEN)
Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, 
222 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"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."--
- Introductions: who am I , and why do I believe in you ?
- Gear: let's spend $2000 in the name of minimalism
- Clothes: how to not get killed by your jeans
- Shoes: how to walk upright with 15,000 helpful inserts
- Shelter: bury yourself alive in hot green nylon
- Food: pop-tarts are good for you now
- Water: A.K.A. "poison control"
- Maps: discovering it's easier to find your way out here than in life
- Hygiene: or, complete lack thereof
- Poop: yes, it deserves its own chapter
- Crisis: how to act natural when you're pretty sure you're about to die.