41 day hikes and overnight trips in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
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Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States: 2nd Edition based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I was so excited to get this book. I read Cheryl Strayed's, Wild, years ago and have always been a car camper and seeing the movie recently made me think, hey- maybe I can do a overnight hike or two every year! I was SO disappointed to read a section on "women hikers" in the introductory part of the book wherein it stated, “Statistically, the Appalachian Trail is one of the safest places a woman (or a man) can be in the United States. But there have been some problems with harassment, and there have been some cases of violence, even a few tragic murders. Play it safe. Don’t hike alone. Be sensible- inappropriate clothing may attract the wrong kind of attention…” I mean, are you kidding me with this? Victim blaming in a book about the AT? I was utterly disappointed and alerted all my friends via social media about this disgraceful part of the book. What is "inappropriate clothing"? What do these two male authors think women are going to wear on the AT? Stilettos and mini-skirts? This is straight up victim blaming language and it made me stop in my tracks. I will use this book for the information on overnight hikes, but I strongly urge the authors to correct this language. How about just talking about safety in general on the AT and not making this a "women hikers" specific section? Or telling hikers "don't assault or harass people- they are just trying to have a nice time on the trail like you are- live and let live." Why put it on women to "cover up" which is what it seems like they are saying...