How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking


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$18.95  $17.62
Mountaineers Books
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6.06 X 8.45 X 0.64 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Diana Helmuth writes about urges: to travel, to be in nature, and to feel understood. Her first book, How to Suffer Outside, was a National Outdoor Book Award winner, and her freelance work can be found in various anthologies, travel guides, and humor magazines. She studied anthropology and Arabic at UC Berkeley, and can often be caught moonlighting in Silicon Valley's start-up land, or producing the occasional podcast. She was born and raised in Northern California.

An illustrator and painter, Latasha Dunston Greene earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Her clients include Otterbox, Range magazine, Craghoppers, SNEWs, and the Denver Art Museum. Dunston is based in Denver.


Her perspective is a breath of fresh air on the whole fresh-air-and-nature thing.... Were I a bookseller, I would press this book on customers regardless of their interest in backpacking. I would recommend it for the voice and storytelling.--Susannah Felts "BookPage (starred review)"
Fun illustrations by Latasha Dunston, useful backpacking know-how, and supply lists educates readers and hopefully inspires neophytes to throw caution to the wind and get outside on their first big backcountry adventure.--Wendy Altschuler "Forbes"
What makes this backpacking guidebook unique is its approachable, realistic and conversational tone.... "How to Suffer Outside" is fun and fascinating, whether you're looking to go backpacking this weekend, later this year or not at all.--Andrea Marks-Joseph "Real Change"
Whether you are a bonafide couch potato who has been ignoring the outdoor requirements of your own state, or you're an honorary Pacific Northwesterner ready to act the part, How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking will help you fill in all those getting-back-to-nature goals.--Corie K-B. "Powell's Book Buying Team"
Funny, relatable and great for any outdoors person on your list, from the casual walker to the experienced backpacker.-- "Bay Area News Group"
Funny and philosophical.... [How to Suffer Outside] teaches adventurers young and old how to hit the trail without breaking the bank and includes plenty of the helpful advice (plus checklists and resources) every novice needs.-- "Sierra"
Backpacker Diana Helmuth talks about the realities of getting on the trail in her hilarious book "How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking". Diana is skilled at making even the most mundane subjects funny, interesting and informative for everyone.-- "Wild Ideas Worth Living"
An ideal DIY instructional guide and manual for aspiring hikers and novice backpackers, "How to Suffer Outside: A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking" is especially 'user friendly' in tone, commentary, content, organization and presentation.-- "Midwest Book Review"
The writing style in this how-to book forges a different path from other works on backpacking. You might say it is cheeky - witty, smart, and often opinionated. If you've been dreaming about giving backpacking a try and need a little nudge, author Diana Helmuth is there to give that nudge.-- "National Outdoor Book Award Judges"
[How to Suffer Outside] had me giggling out loud as I read it, but it was also filled with so much practical information and fun illustrations that it's a keeper. Humorous, honest, and useful, this book combines personal anecdotes with research and input from other people to provide reassurance and information about everything you could want to know.--Jamie Herndon "BookRiot"