Solo On Her Own Adventure: Women Going It Alone in the Outdoors

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Overview


Back by popular demand, this second edition of Solo adds new stories to the ones readers already love—women pedaling across New Zealand, hiking in the Adirondacks, bodyboarding with dolphins off the California Coast, and driving through the northwestern United States. With plenty of alone-time to contemplate the world, the authors share their adventures, which are collectively humorous and exhilarating, suspenseful and defiant, tranquil and enchanting.
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Editorial Reviews

Utne Reader
The beautifully wrought prose of Another Wilderness comes alive not so much through the author's machisma as through their willingness to explore fear, pain, and the complicated motivations that occasionally cause them to go beyond what is reasonable and safe.
Utne Reader
The beautifully wrought prose of Another Wilderness comes alive not so much through the author's machisma as through their willingness to explore fear, pain, and the complicated motivations that occasionally cause them to go beyond what is reasonable and safe.
Kirkus Reviews
A very impressive collection of travel pieces by women who took to the byways—road, river, and trai—with only themselves as company. Rogers has gathered here almost two dozen adventures that sparkle with insight into what it means to solo in the great outdoors. Sometimes the journeys are made in hopes of finding an answer, or at least a moment of clarity, regarding one of life's travails. Sometimes they're an act of fleeing—from lovers or family or personal demons. E.A. Miller draws a bead on the pretenses that had shaped her camping background: Was she really so adept in the wild, and if she was, then why did she keep asking herself what the men in her family would have done under a specific circumstance? 'Without an audience . . . I was at a loss, unable to frame my own experiences,' she writes, until she decides to just enjoy herself.

Then there is Bridget Quinn's wonderful attitudinizing, be it on ski slope or city street, and Susan Ewing chasing antelope in Montana while at the same time being pursued by 'the sordid siblings, Go-For-It and Fear,' a couple of Furies who attend most solo exploits. Ann Baker goes on a pilgrim's progress through the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, hoping to touch 'the chain of wisdom' and spirituality crafted over the last couple of thousand years by the Buddhists of the region. There's not a whole lot of humor here to leaven these often trying episodes, but each piece is a revelation, affording a palpable, honest foray into the writer's personality, into how she contends with inner and outer bogeys, how her thought processes and survival instincts unfold. Crackingly good writing throughout, a heady stew rich with savory chunksof information for those, women or men, wishing to go it alone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051378
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Series: Seal Women's Travel Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Gifts of vacant land 1
Singlehanded TransPac 13
Equipment and pretense 25
The cliffhanger 35
I did Iditasport 45
Icebergs in my dreams 61
Above treeline 75
Antelope, Annie Oakley, and the screaming demons 89
The wind on my face 99
Cycling the Koru 113
On wind and work 135
Crocus sieberi 141
The moment of understanding 149
We are not alone 155
Night above Sasho 169
Living by mountains 179
Climbing with Margaret 193
November sojourn 201
At my own speed 209
Altitude adjustment 217
Alone again 227
An unladylike journey 237
Navigational information for solo flights in the desert 251
Princess of the tides 263
Flying to wild places 271
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  • Posted March 9, 2010

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    Not all who wander are lost

    Never hike alone. How many times have I been admonished not to hike solo? This advice has come from people I respect and I would like to comply, but I can't. The joy and ultimate purpose of the walks I take is to let my mind wander and to take time to allow the tape to run clean and make room for new impressions. This meditative state is hard to achieve when there is another consciousness crowding in on your thoughts. So, even though my father warned me against walking alone on the misty shores of Southeast Alaska when I was a teen, I still wandered away from civilization to absorb the cool breath of the forest. This is why I love these stories by other women who for some reason can't deny their need to experience life on their own terms and to test their own limits. That is what going solo means. You have no one to blame for mishaps and only your own inner river to listen to for advice. It is the path to self-growth and understanding taken by one woman who must ski in Yellowstone in the dead of winter alone, and another who becomes the first woman to sail from San Francisco to Hawaii in the Pacific Cup(a blue water crossing I've dreamed of making myself) solo. There are many more adventures in this anthology that call for a much higher degree of personal fortitude and courage than I have ever mustered on any of my experiences in the wild. This is one of several collections edited by Susan Fox Rogers that stands out on travel narratives shelves as quality examples of women who are not only stretching their limits, but teaching us all how to be brave and true to ourselves.
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