Must-Read Wilderness Books for adventurous women

A reading list for nature lovers

There is nothing like adding a bit of hiking-inspiration than reading a few good books. I am nearly done with Wilder by Cheryl Strayed, and I felt compelled to share a few favorites and must-read wilderness books. Pour yourself a cuppa, curl up under a blanket and enjoy.

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

You saw that coming in the intro, huh? Wild by Cheryl Strayed made me laugh, broke my heart, and filled me with hope all at once. Cheryl Strayed hiked over a thousand miles from Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert, after her life shattered to pieces when her mother died. She ventured into the wild with nothing to loose in order to find herself.

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” 
― Cheryl Strayed

The Girl Outdoors by Siân Anna Lewis

The Girl Outdoors by Siân Anna Lewis is a book for every woman out there who is ready for an adventure – even though you are entirely new to the outdoors. It is pretty much your go-to handbook for finding your next outdoor experience in a beginner-friendly way, and the book covers pretty much everything from suggested activities, essentials kit lists, global adventures, happy nights around the campfire and more. You can also follow her excellent blog right here.

Dirt Work by Christine Byl

Dirt Work by Christine Byl is another fascinating read of a woman heading off into the wild – and staying there. In this book, she tells her story about working as a “traildog” in Glacier National Park. Christine shares her experiences, thoughts, and reflections about returning to the trails year after year, until it became a home.

Christine Byl first encountered the national parks the way most of us do: on vacation. But after she graduated from college, broke and ready for a new challenge, she joined a Glacier National Park trail crew as a seasonal “traildog” maintaining mountain trails for the millions of visitors Glacier draws every year. Byl first thought of the job as a paycheck, a summer diversion, a welcome break from “the real world” before going on to graduate school. She came to find out that work in the woods on a trail crew was more demanding, more rewarding—more real—than she ever imagined.

quote from Amazon

More must-read wilderness books

There you have it, three different but all awesome women writing about different aspects of outdoor life. Do you have any good suggestions? Please feel free to reach out in the comments. I am always looking for an excellent book to read!

Before you go, you might also like my post about becoming a travel and outdoors writer, including where to find paying jobs – a perfect read if you want to get paid to write.