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“An invaluable guide…Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity.” —Booklist From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of all body types, sizes, and backgrounds. In a book brimming with heartfelt stories, practical advice, pers “An invaluable guide…Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity.” —Booklist From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of all body types, sizes, and backgrounds. In a book brimming with heartfelt stories, practical advice, personal profiles of Fat Girls Hiking community members, and helpful trail reviews, Summer Michaud-Skog creates space for marginalized bodies with an insistent conviction that outdoor recreation should welcome everyone. Whether you’re an experienced or aspiring hiker, you’ll be empowered to hit the trails and find yourself in nature. Trails not scales!        


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“An invaluable guide…Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity.” —Booklist From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of all body types, sizes, and backgrounds. In a book brimming with heartfelt stories, practical advice, pers “An invaluable guide…Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity.” —Booklist From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of all body types, sizes, and backgrounds. In a book brimming with heartfelt stories, practical advice, personal profiles of Fat Girls Hiking community members, and helpful trail reviews, Summer Michaud-Skog creates space for marginalized bodies with an insistent conviction that outdoor recreation should welcome everyone. Whether you’re an experienced or aspiring hiker, you’ll be empowered to hit the trails and find yourself in nature. Trails not scales!        

30 review for Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Stewart

    ** Thanks to NetGalley, Summer Michaud-Skog, and Timber Press for this ARC ** Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-Skog is a lovely collection of photography, advice, and short essays about hiking, biking, and rock climbing as a fat person. Written by the creator of Fat Girls Hiking (https://fatgirlshiking.com/) and featuring content from a variety of other activists in the sphere of outdoor activity, this book was inspiring, beautiful, ** Thanks to NetGalley, Summer Michaud-Skog, and Timber Press for this ARC ** Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-Skog is a lovely collection of photography, advice, and short essays about hiking, biking, and rock climbing as a fat person. Written by the creator of Fat Girls Hiking (https://fatgirlshiking.com/) and featuring content from a variety of other activists in the sphere of outdoor activity, this book was inspiring, beautiful, and supportive. It made me want to get outside! I had not ever had to think before about the challenges of accessing specific outdoor gear, like sleeping bags, as a fat person, and finished this book feeling newly comfortable with the idea of approaching activities like hiking as a beginner and in the body I have. 4 stars - I really liked it! Publication Date: March 29th, 2022

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy :: leavemetomybooks ::

    I loved this book so much. Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability is a combination of practical advice + gorgeous photography + motivation + encouragement + guide book + activism + self help + memoir all wrapped up in a message of body acceptance and positivity. It includes stories from multiple women of various sizes from different backgrounds, and every single one of them is inspiring. Nature does not belong to white people in smaller bodies, and Summer I loved this book so much. Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability is a combination of practical advice + gorgeous photography + motivation + encouragement + guide book + activism + self help + memoir all wrapped up in a message of body acceptance and positivity. It includes stories from multiple women of various sizes from different backgrounds, and every single one of them is inspiring. Nature does not belong to white people in smaller bodies, and Summer Michaud-Skog and her fellow hikers are doing amazing work reclaiming space for people in larger bodies or with mobility issues to comfortably and confidently spend time outdoors. * thanks to Timber Press for the NetGalley review copy. FGH publishes on March 29, 2022.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea (Hammock and Read)

    I really enjoyed this as it gives ideas for what to wear- their group- group members - van life and hikes that are great hikes. I'm really glad more and more people are getting out in the outdoors since they are for everyone and from reading these stories I really hope people remember everyone is welcome and its everyone's public land. I really enjoyed this as it gives ideas for what to wear- their group- group members - van life and hikes that are great hikes. I'm really glad more and more people are getting out in the outdoors since they are for everyone and from reading these stories I really hope people remember everyone is welcome and its everyone's public land.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Whitter

    Reading this book was a gift. It felt like a book I could’ve written myself. I felt seen and understood. It’s part memoir, part guidebook, a collection of profiles, and an intro to the outdoors for folks who feel it’s not a space they belong in. The author of the book and founder the Fat Girls Hiking community, Summer Michaud-Skog is self-described as midsize fat, white, and queer, but throughout the book, she makes sure to make note of her privilege and how certain experiences may be/feel less Reading this book was a gift. It felt like a book I could’ve written myself. I felt seen and understood. It’s part memoir, part guidebook, a collection of profiles, and an intro to the outdoors for folks who feel it’s not a space they belong in. The author of the book and founder the Fat Girls Hiking community, Summer Michaud-Skog is self-described as midsize fat, white, and queer, but throughout the book, she makes sure to make note of her privilege and how certain experiences may be/feel less safe, less appropriate, etc for folks of more marginalized identities. Fat Girls Hiking is full of beautiful pictures, acknowledgment and awareness for the Indigenous peoples of the land we’re residing on and exploring, and stories that prove representation matters. I cried my way through the book and read it all in one day. This book is meant for fat folks, for queer folks, for folks of color, but it shares a meaningful message that all folks could read. It would maybe give them an awareness of how the outdoors is meant for everyone. I loved this book so much. *Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Fat Girls Hiking rekindled my desire to get out in the trees again. I have been a large person my whole life and have felt society exclusion from many activities available to straight size people. This book makes me feel seen and is wonderful encouragement for women of all sizes and abilities to get out and enjoy nature (or what ever it is they want to do). Fat Girls Hiking offers readers a chance to see themselves in places that main stream media often excludes them from. Part outdoor guide (the Fat Girls Hiking rekindled my desire to get out in the trees again. I have been a large person my whole life and have felt society exclusion from many activities available to straight size people. This book makes me feel seen and is wonderful encouragement for women of all sizes and abilities to get out and enjoy nature (or what ever it is they want to do). Fat Girls Hiking offers readers a chance to see themselves in places that main stream media often excludes them from. Part outdoor guide (there are lots of tips, advice and even trail reviews), and part self help book and part biography. The author shares what she has learned about accessible hiking options and how she came to start the FGH group that now has chapters all over the country. There are also community profiles from other FGH members and their experiences. You are sure to see yourself reflected somewhere in this book and be sure the check out the Resources at the end to keep the good vibes and motivation going. Find your community.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Love this book! Anyone who wants to start hiking or being outdoors more and thinks they don't belong should pick it up. It is geared towards more beginner hikers, but I did pick up some tips, such as - I should start carrying a whistle! I did skim through some of the sections, it's a guidebook and not something that would be read cover to cover necessarily. Some of the content didn't interest me, such as guides for trails in different states and info on "van life." Most relatable quote: “I would o Love this book! Anyone who wants to start hiking or being outdoors more and thinks they don't belong should pick it up. It is geared towards more beginner hikers, but I did pick up some tips, such as - I should start carrying a whistle! I did skim through some of the sections, it's a guidebook and not something that would be read cover to cover necessarily. Some of the content didn't interest me, such as guides for trails in different states and info on "van life." Most relatable quote: “I would often be sweaty, out of breath, and the slowest person on the trail, but when I made it to the summit or waterfall or whatever my destination was, it always felt like another seed of trust planted within me.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela Kaesheimer

    I loved this! I loved the testimonials of so many people sharing why they love hiking and being out in nature. Going in, I wasn't sure how much of the book would be "tips and tricks" but I enjoyed the balance given between advice/knowledge sharing, trail reviews, and testimonials. I will definitely be recommending this to anyone I know that enjoys the outdoors. Every time I picked this book up I found myself thinking of my own hikes and hoping to come across an FGH group the next time I'm out an I loved this! I loved the testimonials of so many people sharing why they love hiking and being out in nature. Going in, I wasn't sure how much of the book would be "tips and tricks" but I enjoyed the balance given between advice/knowledge sharing, trail reviews, and testimonials. I will definitely be recommending this to anyone I know that enjoys the outdoors. Every time I picked this book up I found myself thinking of my own hikes and hoping to come across an FGH group the next time I'm out and about. So wholesome. Representation matters and I think this book does a great job of uplifting the voices of underrepresented outdoorsy folks.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I gotta be honest, this really didn't work for me. I was hoping this book would be full of hiking guides, gear guides, and tips on getting out in nature. Instead, it focuses on the personal stories and experiences of several members of the FGH group. Just not a great read. I gotta be honest, this really didn't work for me. I was hoping this book would be full of hiking guides, gear guides, and tips on getting out in nature. Instead, it focuses on the personal stories and experiences of several members of the FGH group. Just not a great read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pip

    Hiking is for everyone! I love the focus of this book, especially the emphasis on accessibility and diversity. There have been so many times I wished for trail guides like the one included - hiking shouldn't just be for those who are the right shape and have the right money. When I was pregnant, postpartum, hiking with a toddler, or simply days when my chronic illness was too much, I benefitted so much from hikes in the woods, but without knowledge of what trails had good cell service, benches, Hiking is for everyone! I love the focus of this book, especially the emphasis on accessibility and diversity. There have been so many times I wished for trail guides like the one included - hiking shouldn't just be for those who are the right shape and have the right money. When I was pregnant, postpartum, hiking with a toddler, or simply days when my chronic illness was too much, I benefitted so much from hikes in the woods, but without knowledge of what trails had good cell service, benches, bathrooms, were easily accessed, I stuck to the few I knew. I would love to see more guides of this type! The focus should be on the journey, on the hike, and not on anything else! Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Fat Girls Hiking has, at its core, a message that I can’t support enough: hiking and the outdoors is for everyone. The focus on diversity and inclusivity is a highlight of this book, and the book contains many helpful advice and trail guides. Whether a person has some hiking experience or none, there’s something to learn from the author and the many guest writers that feature throughout the book. Even though the title focuses on hiking, the book covers so many more activities. The photography an Fat Girls Hiking has, at its core, a message that I can’t support enough: hiking and the outdoors is for everyone. The focus on diversity and inclusivity is a highlight of this book, and the book contains many helpful advice and trail guides. Whether a person has some hiking experience or none, there’s something to learn from the author and the many guest writers that feature throughout the book. Even though the title focuses on hiking, the book covers so many more activities. The photography and formatting in the book were beautiful. Despite this, I wish that there had been more focus on making this a guidebook. The personal stories included are interesting, but it wasn’t what I was expecting based on the title and the description. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    YES. This book is fantastic and needs to be talked about. The instructions given inside this book include many details to help anyone who has not seen themselves represented in outdoor spaces know where to start and what to expect. I've never seen a book before with so many women who I can relate to physically, enjoying outdoor spaces. I have experienced my own discrimination being a fat person in the outdoors. I have also been told people aren't inviting me out to participate in outdoor activit YES. This book is fantastic and needs to be talked about. The instructions given inside this book include many details to help anyone who has not seen themselves represented in outdoor spaces know where to start and what to expect. I've never seen a book before with so many women who I can relate to physically, enjoying outdoor spaces. I have experienced my own discrimination being a fat person in the outdoors. I have also been told people aren't inviting me out to participate in outdoor activities because they assume I can't do it or wouldn't want to. I have curves, and I like to be in nature. It was refreshing for me to see groups of other women in this book who look like me, who enjoy exploring nature, and are showing up and helping bring some size diversity to outdoor spaces. #representationmatters

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

    This book is packed with advice for folks looking to get out hiking - and I was delighted to hear about FGH & that there's a chapter not that far from me! I enjoyed this and could see it being a useful reference for someone not used to hiking. The revolutionary thing is that this gives us fat folks permission to take up space on the trails, hike in clothes that fit properly & feel good on our bodies (because we all know the outdoor companies do NOT market to us), to hike slow, to enjoy the exper This book is packed with advice for folks looking to get out hiking - and I was delighted to hear about FGH & that there's a chapter not that far from me! I enjoyed this and could see it being a useful reference for someone not used to hiking. The revolutionary thing is that this gives us fat folks permission to take up space on the trails, hike in clothes that fit properly & feel good on our bodies (because we all know the outdoor companies do NOT market to us), to hike slow, to enjoy the experience, to listen to our bodies. I love the emphasis on accessibility for all - there's honestly so much to love in here & if you are a hiker of ANY kind, I would highly recommend it for the straightforward advice on how to make group hikes more inclusive. I was provided a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but I'll be buying a copy for myself anyway.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-Skog is a true gem of a book. Its premise is to be a guide for inclusivity in hiking for bodies that don’t conform to the basic body standards; this includes people who aren’t in thin bodies, have chronic pain & disabilities, use mobility devices, and need access to gender neutral bathrooms. The author is so relatable because she went on this same journey herself with her body size not fitting socie Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-Skog is a true gem of a book. Its premise is to be a guide for inclusivity in hiking for bodies that don’t conform to the basic body standards; this includes people who aren’t in thin bodies, have chronic pain & disabilities, use mobility devices, and need access to gender neutral bathrooms. The author is so relatable because she went on this same journey herself with her body size not fitting society standards and dealing with chronic pain. I really enjoyed reading this book as I can relate to disability and chronic pain that keeps me from doing certain things that I like to do such as hiking. It showed me that I am not alone and that I don’t have to miss out on the things I enjoy because there are ways to prepare both mentally and physically to better enjoy a hike in a different body that isn’t pushing myself. The book encourages the mindset of hiking as a form of relaxation, enjoyment, and community. You can do the activity by setting up accommodations to support yourself and the book gives you tips and tricks to do this. The included personal stories from the people in the hiking group touched me at my core and were enlightening. They demonstrated that hiking is not just for those who are athletic, able bodied or white, cis-gendered. The stories encourage doing what feels best for you, such as hiking in a skirt, not worrying about buying or wearing the most expensive gear, and being free to document (photograph) yourself as you are in nature. They also share stories of plus sized rock climbing, van life, biking, and even activism! The inclusivity shown throughout the book made my heart sing with joy! It was a delight to see so many pictures of women of different body types and skin colors out in the beauty of nature enjoying Mother Earth and the community of one another. The book also has numerous reviews of trails from across the United States that have been reviewed by the people in the hiking group. They include helpful information such as distance, elevation gain, cell service, ADA accessibility, if a trail is dog friendly, bathroom availability, the park address, how to find the trailhead, what native land(s) the trail is on, and trail description. I really like that this book exists as a resource for those that are marginalized. It’s great to have a guide like this written by an author who also understands the struggle because she lives it. I hope to see more editions to this. Bravo!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wrapped Up in Books

    Fat Girls Hiking is an outdoor community that promotes body liberation and fat activism. (Please note, I use the word “fat” throughout this review and I use it with love). I was not previously familiar with this group but I was immediately on board with their mission and I want to be friends with everyone involved. I even found out there is a chapter in my town! 😍. I requested an advanced release copy from Netgalley because of the title alone, and I’m please to find out that fat girls who love h Fat Girls Hiking is an outdoor community that promotes body liberation and fat activism. (Please note, I use the word “fat” throughout this review and I use it with love). I was not previously familiar with this group but I was immediately on board with their mission and I want to be friends with everyone involved. I even found out there is a chapter in my town! 😍. I requested an advanced release copy from Netgalley because of the title alone, and I’m please to find out that fat girls who love hiking is actually a whole movement. This is more of a coffee table style book and not a memoir, although there are several personal testimonies from group members. We also get treated to beautiful photos of women of all body styles enjoying themselves outside. One aspect of the group that I love is that there is no expectation that you should have fancy workout clothes and gear. Just be comfortable! The gals in the photos have quirky cool getups that are more in line with something I would wear while hiking. I just found it refreshing. That being said, almost all of the women being interviewed said they wished there was hiking apparel with inclusive sizing. (Major business idea for anyone out there who is looking to start a company.) The book contains tips that perhaps would apply to any hiker, but I found them to be particularly helpful for fat hikers. For instance, you don’t need expensive shoes but you do not sneakers or boots that support your ankles, and if you are in a wet place, that are relatively waterproof. The author recommends keeping a second pair to change into after the hike, such as some flip flops. Why didn’t I think of this before? Taking off my heavy sneakers and wet socks and slipping into flip flops must feel so good. Another tip was regarding finding backpacks that fit, and the suggestion was to check the men’s section and consider a extender for the hip belt if you use one. Also, trekking poles are a great investment if you have chronic pain or otherwise need to take some strain off your knees and back. There’s a great section on respecting the land that we are on. And a chapter on dealing with bugs and humidity. The author covers it all! Comes out 3/29/22 from Timber Press.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This book is a welcome addition to the health and wellness, body positivity, fierce human non-fiction out there. Fat Girls Hiking is a great guide to getting outside and enjoying the beauty of nature. It also falls prey to the very pitfalls it tries to avoid - it's hard to have a guide to inclusive hiking for "any size or ability" when there aren't many locations that truly are inclusive. This book shares different people's stories about how they got out into nature despite their sizes or abiliti This book is a welcome addition to the health and wellness, body positivity, fierce human non-fiction out there. Fat Girls Hiking is a great guide to getting outside and enjoying the beauty of nature. It also falls prey to the very pitfalls it tries to avoid - it's hard to have a guide to inclusive hiking for "any size or ability" when there aren't many locations that truly are inclusive. This book shares different people's stories about how they got out into nature despite their sizes or abilities or geographic locations. The lack of diversity in the outdoor industry is a huge obstacle. People other than fit, white, and physically able are rarely shown in catalogs, advertising, and video of outdoor activities. Just knowing that there are other people out there who don't fit the mold is liberating. Fat Girls Hiking also offers reviews of certain hikes/parks and there are beautiful photographs. Sadly, most of the hikes that are highlighted aren't accessible to people needing assistive technology. People who can walk may do OK, but if you're in a chair, you're going to be out of luck more often than not. I would love to see more accessible trails, especially at the bases of mountains or more challenging trails, so that more people can get out and about. Ability is one of the hurdles I hadn't given a lot of thought to, privileged person that I am. Also the thought process that causes so many of us to see hiking as a challenge to be conquered - summit every time, hike 10 miles, bikepack your next adventure - can cause people to feel like failures when they don't meet that goal. This book tries to say, "so what if you don't achieve /x/, if you're outside and happy." But a lot of contributors fell into that trap themselves, and I found that sad rather than empowering. I do that, too, and now realize I have to work harder to accept what I can do rather than wish for what I can't. Bottom line, I think this is a great start for people who have been feeling held back by their bodies or minds when it comes to getting outside and enjoying the nature that can be found all around. It also lets us see how far we still have to go. My thanks to Timber Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Big thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review! I wish this book came out a few years ago to help me on my journey in the world of hiking. This book is a guide for hiking - whether you're plus size, new to hiking or have a disability that may limit your hike. Not only does this guide give you tips on the best way to start hiking, but it also emphasizes on not getting stuck on how far you can go. It's helpful that they included a section on what to wear. Pickin Big thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review! I wish this book came out a few years ago to help me on my journey in the world of hiking. This book is a guide for hiking - whether you're plus size, new to hiking or have a disability that may limit your hike. Not only does this guide give you tips on the best way to start hiking, but it also emphasizes on not getting stuck on how far you can go. It's helpful that they included a section on what to wear. Picking out a backpack for a hike is scary and so are finding the right shoes that would be beneficial for you to your hike. It's not a one size fit all. The guide contained reviews and locations to hikes that might seem intimidating, but you hear about their personal experience. It helps that its personal, because you realize that you may have the same struggle, but it's worth it for the view at the end. Most of all, it's good to know you're not alone. This guide isn't focused on the fitness or weight loss of hiking - or getting prepared by going to the gym every day like I did when I first started. This guide is about connecting with the outdoors. It also talked about the struggles of being overweight in a society that pushes diets. As stated earlier, this guide couldn't come out soon enough. The pictures were amazing, it showed the trails, the end game and the inclusive reviewers. It was diverse and refreshing, not fat shaming or participating in diet culture. I think this guide will help a lot of people, it's informative to all sizes and abilities capable in the world of hiking. Makes me want to go to trails they reviewed, but most importantly it makes me want to get outside with the right equipment and nutrition to see the beautiful ways that Nature presents itself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    muddypages - Jenny

    ⛰Fat Girls Hiking by Summer Michaud-Skog⛰ First, thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was a bit apprehensive to request this one based on the title and the use of the word “fat” but I overall enjoyed it and glad I took a chance! Fat Girls Hiking is a book loaded with hiking tips, trails, rating of trails and little stories of real life hikers. Each of the personal stories in this book included the pronouns b ⛰Fat Girls Hiking by Summer Michaud-Skog⛰ First, thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was a bit apprehensive to request this one based on the title and the use of the word “fat” but I overall enjoyed it and glad I took a chance! Fat Girls Hiking is a book loaded with hiking tips, trails, rating of trails and little stories of real life hikers. Each of the personal stories in this book included the pronouns by which the women prefer to go by and include their struggles with learning to be the “fat girl” hiking. Many of these stories I could relate to because I myself am a big girl and love to hike. I could relate to almost each and every single woman. This book is LOADED with amazing photographs and I really felt empowered as I read it. I applaud this book for trying to normalize fat girls hiking and building up body positivity . You don’t have to be fit to hike or to love hiking. I myself have trouble using the word fat. Even writing this review I caught myself changing the word fat to big. It’s been such a derogatory word for so long and I’ve personally struggled with it in my life. While reading this book, I didn’t look at the word “fat” the way I have my entire life which to me, was a freakin’ breath of fresh air 🖤 Trails NOT scales! <——LOVE THIS I am giving this book a solid 4.5 stars. I like that it included simple hiking tips but wish there were more personal stories included. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 • AVAILABLE March 29, 2022 • 224 pages • Informative • Slow-Medium Paced #bibliophile #hiking #bodypositivity #outdoors #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #photography #mountains #trails #books #read #goodreads #netgalley #arc #goodreadschallenge #fatgirlshiking #trailsnotscales #informative #inclusive

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashleah

    Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability is a outdoors guide and reference book by Summer Michaud-Skog. The eBook version is around 262 pages. Michaud-Skog is the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community, and this book is full of heartfelt stories, practical advice, and personal profiles of members of that community. It also includes helpful trail reviews! I really appreciate that the author has created a safe space for folks with marginalized bodies, and Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability is a outdoors guide and reference book by Summer Michaud-Skog. The eBook version is around 262 pages. Michaud-Skog is the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community, and this book is full of heartfelt stories, practical advice, and personal profiles of members of that community. It also includes helpful trail reviews! I really appreciate that the author has created a safe space for folks with marginalized bodies, and especially with the empowering idea that outdoor recreation should welcome everyone, no matter what they may look like or what kind of previous experience they have had in that sphere. The cover art is beautifully illustrated and includes women with larger bodies, one wearing a headscarf and another with a differently-abled body as well. The book is dedicated to friends and family of the author, but also "to every fat person who was told they couldn't or shouldn't and did it anyway, I'm proud of you." There are multiple color photographs throughout the book that show people with bodies similar to my own, and I have never felt so seen. Chapters detail how Michaud-Skog founded Fat Girls Hiking, a helpful guide on how to hike, how to find joyful movement while simultaneously dealing with fitness trauma, and pitfalls of hiking like bugs or humidity. It is so important to have information on accessible trails with inclusive information, including whether bathrooms at a trailhead are gendered or gender neutral. The prose is easy to read and parse. There are also multiple profiles of community members, to showcase the importance of multiple perspectives, along with several reviews of trails across the United States. Lastly, there are tons of resources in the back of the book in case you want to read further about body liberation, fat activism, fat positivity, and outdoor recreation. Special thanks to Timber Press and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    analu

    *thank you NetGalley and publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have no desire to really be a hiker, but I really like to dance and do physical activities and for a long time everyone told me that I was not qualified for many activities, including dancing (and I am learning how to free myself through dance now). I think this book is helpful not only to the fat people who want to do hiking, but for every person, especially us that are fat, who wants to move their bodies and wer *thank you NetGalley and publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have no desire to really be a hiker, but I really like to dance and do physical activities and for a long time everyone told me that I was not qualified for many activities, including dancing (and I am learning how to free myself through dance now). I think this book is helpful not only to the fat people who want to do hiking, but for every person, especially us that are fat, who wants to move their bodies and were not allowed, or just don't allow themselves. We have every right to do any exercise we want, to simply shake our beautiful bodies if it will make us comfortable! We need to be more gentle with ourselves, and we need to celebrate our bodies. And that's what this book is about. I loved all the personal stories, a big thank you to all those people who took the courage to share, especially the BIPOC ones. It's important that we can see all different bodies taking the places that usually only white people, especially cis and heterosexual men, have occupied. Thank you Summer Michaud-Skog for such a beautiful work like this one! “There is no single way for people to enjoy outdoor or physical activities. When I was able to allow myself to participate in physical activity in a way that met the needs of my body on any given day my perception completely shifted. I realized physical activities didn't have to be hard or challenging of uncomfortable, although sometimes they were. I could honor the needs of my body on a hike, go as slow as I wanted, and take as many breaks as I needed.”

  20. 4 out of 5

    Justina &#x1f3fa;

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. This was a five-star read for me and exceeded my expectations. Firstly, I want to credit the author for her writing style. While reading it felt like a friend talking to you and at no point was I ever confused about the subject matter or topic being discussed. Everything was explained well and even someone with no hiking experience could pick up this book and be inspired to get outdoors. Throughout this book there are profiles of n Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book. This was a five-star read for me and exceeded my expectations. Firstly, I want to credit the author for her writing style. While reading it felt like a friend talking to you and at no point was I ever confused about the subject matter or topic being discussed. Everything was explained well and even someone with no hiking experience could pick up this book and be inspired to get outdoors. Throughout this book there are profiles of not only hiking trails but people who shared their story of how they found the outdoors. I found this enlightening as well as incredibly interesting because of how different every person was, whether it be their location, age, ability etc. I feel as though most people who read this book can identify with someone within these pages which is so important in the outdoor industry due to its complete lack of diversity in every possible aspect. This book is a breath of fresh air and really breaks through so much of the noise that the outdoor industry pushes. Another aspect of the book that I really loved were the acknowledgments of First Nations and the importance of accessible trails. As someone who is able bodied, I personally had never thought about accessibility. This book makes me rethink trails and had me looking from a different point of view and I love that! Finally, the resources at the back of the book are incredible. Book and movie recommendations for anti-racism and fatphobia, as well as suggested articles and places to find community are just the cherry on top. I didn’t expect that, and it was the perfect ending. I recommend this book to everyone who loves to hike, wants to hike or is curious enough to explore hiking from a different lens.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anabel Unker

    *I received a copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for this opportunity.* FAT GIRLS HIKING is an anthology of hiking tips, personal essays, and ADA trail reviews. A companion to Fat Girls Hiking (FGH) on instagram (@fatgirlshiking), this book has the feel of more of a collaborative effort between the author and founder, Summer Michaud-Skog, and her community. Michaud-Skog and her publishing team has done an amazing job *I received a copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for this opportunity.* FAT GIRLS HIKING is an anthology of hiking tips, personal essays, and ADA trail reviews. A companion to Fat Girls Hiking (FGH) on instagram (@fatgirlshiking), this book has the feel of more of a collaborative effort between the author and founder, Summer Michaud-Skog, and her community. Michaud-Skog and her publishing team has done an amazing job of making a truly beautiful book-- the graphics and photographs highlight the powerful anecdotes and Michaud-Skog's writing. This book is not so much a detailed guide as a piece of inspirational literature. It covers so many topics of outdoor enjoyment-- hiking, biking, rock climbing, and van life-- and the way people in the FGH community have carved a place for themselves and their fellow fat and disabled ladies. The book also addresses many of the issues deeply ingrained in outdoor communities-- racism, fatphobia, and ableism-- in sensitive and meaningful ways. Several of the anecdotes discuss the difficulties of not only being fat and in the outdoors, but also the additional complexities of being a person of color in the outdoors and/or being disabled. If you're looking for more in depth information on the technicalities of finding a properly fitting backpack or sleeping bag, this is not the book for you. However, if you're looking for inspiration on enjoying the outdoors and a community of supportive women, then search no more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ainun Zahra

    ✨Original rating : 3.7, rounded up to 4. The concept behind the book is brilliant. I'm a very adventurous person and I love the idea of hiking. Unfortunately, there aren't many mountains in my country, so I don't get to experience it as much as I want. I've always loved being close to nature and explore rocky roads, isolated places far from the maddening crowd. As a person who is obese and suffering from asthma, I often feel the need to keep up and not cause inconvenience to other people, the sil ✨Original rating : 3.7, rounded up to 4. The concept behind the book is brilliant. I'm a very adventurous person and I love the idea of hiking. Unfortunately, there aren't many mountains in my country, so I don't get to experience it as much as I want. I've always loved being close to nature and explore rocky roads, isolated places far from the maddening crowd. As a person who is obese and suffering from asthma, I often feel the need to keep up and not cause inconvenience to other people, the silent urge to prove that I'm good enough, especially while travelling in a group. I received plenty of rude comments, people smirked at me, judged me based on my appearance, some even laughed and mocked me after I successfully returned from a hike. It used to bother me in the past but I've learned to let it go. Because my passion for travelling will forever be my first priority. To read about similar experiences from other people, it was so freeing. I had no idea about Fat Girls Hiking community, it's beautiful - the connections these people share. I wish I could join them too! Reading about the struggles others went through and how they overcame the obstacles is empowering and comforting. I adored the photographs that were included. So many stunning places left to see! The trail reviews will be of great use to beginners. If I get to visit America in future, I will definitely try to visit all of them. The book might get a bit boring near the end, especially if you don't live in the same place and sound repetitive but I enjoyed it all the same. Recommended!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-Skog is the most encouraging book for women to get out and walk, hike, and gather in the outdoors. I enjoyed this informative book with beautiful photographs and a friendly approach to an outdoor activity that should be acceptable for all. Many women who are considered overweight are often excluded or discouraged from hiking in groups or even thru-hiking longer distances. If you feel unaccepted by t Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability by Summer Michaud-Skog is the most encouraging book for women to get out and walk, hike, and gather in the outdoors. I enjoyed this informative book with beautiful photographs and a friendly approach to an outdoor activity that should be acceptable for all. Many women who are considered overweight are often excluded or discouraged from hiking in groups or even thru-hiking longer distances. If you feel unaccepted by the stares of others as you walk a trail, hike, or get in line for an adventure park, this book is for you! The author also realized the need for more trails to be available for those who have a disability. Many outdoor walking, hiking, and adventure trails still have not made these activities easily accessible according to the ADA guidelines. This is not a "Let's Get in Shape", or a group dieting movement. It is for the acceptance of living as you are and being accepted in outdoor activities, hiking, or walking trails. There are FGH chapters available for joining. The author has organized information resources for parks, trails, and groups. The book has personal profiles of some of the members of this growing group of women that is a joy to read. Publication Date: March 29, 2022 Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and author for the opportunity to read this new book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    Fat Girls Hiking is part inspirational book to get people of limited mobility or just increased size motivated to go out and try hiking. The book champions going at your own pace and wearing what is comfortable while not letting others intimidate you while you spend time with nature. The book also has these little inserts about other hikers and their stories to help inspire. These women come from varying backgrounds and life experiences but they all found that hiking was something they could do. Fat Girls Hiking is part inspirational book to get people of limited mobility or just increased size motivated to go out and try hiking. The book champions going at your own pace and wearing what is comfortable while not letting others intimidate you while you spend time with nature. The book also has these little inserts about other hikers and their stories to help inspire. These women come from varying backgrounds and life experiences but they all found that hiking was something they could do. I love that there is a mix of ethnic backgrounds in the women that are highlighted showing that this is not just a white person experience. At the same time they do highlight the need to be and feel safe. There are places where a person of color or LGBTQ person might not feel or be welcome. Finally there are trail reviews. Different people highlight trails that they enjoy and talk about the accessibility of the trail and what to expect. With everything that is going on getting outside and hiking has become more popular, this book is needed to let people know that experiencing nature is not owned by any one person or group and anyone can go for a hike, even if it is only really short and takes a long time. The self care you get from going out there will give you more than you thought possible.

  25. 5 out of 5

    m

    wow. wow wow wow wow wow. what an incredible book. i first want to thank net galley and the author for the privilege of reading this. as a larger woman myself, and also an avid hiker, i have never felt so seen before in my entire life. from a multitude of captivating and unique stories, to basics to think about when hiking/respecting our environment, to other nature related topics, this book was a gift from start to finish. not only did i learn more about hiking etiquette and things to keep in m wow. wow wow wow wow wow. what an incredible book. i first want to thank net galley and the author for the privilege of reading this. as a larger woman myself, and also an avid hiker, i have never felt so seen before in my entire life. from a multitude of captivating and unique stories, to basics to think about when hiking/respecting our environment, to other nature related topics, this book was a gift from start to finish. not only did i learn more about hiking etiquette and things to keep in mind when hiking, but i felt a sense of community and camaraderie when reading the contributions made by the points of view in this book. this movement is incredible, and the importance cannot be understated. everyone should feel included in thinking about hiking and nature, and this book helped me move towards that mentality. additionally, there needs to be improvements in accessibility so even more people can be included in these spaces. i think this is a great read not just for fat women, but for everyone, especially people who spend a lot of time outdoors. there were also great recommendations for places to explore; i know i will be making trips to some of the places mentioned in the near future!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was a solid 3.5 stars for me. Great photography and I really enjoyed the empowering messaging about Fat liberation and reclaiming the power of existing in nature even in a body that is not represented in "outdoor recreation." This book had down to earth practical advice that has me genuinely excited to get outside this year and do some hiking. However, there were some issues I had with the book. The chapt I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was a solid 3.5 stars for me. Great photography and I really enjoyed the empowering messaging about Fat liberation and reclaiming the power of existing in nature even in a body that is not represented in "outdoor recreation." This book had down to earth practical advice that has me genuinely excited to get outside this year and do some hiking. However, there were some issues I had with the book. The chapter on "van life" in the book while obviously a passion area for the author felt very out of place. Additionally while I liked a lot of the community profiles and they featured interesting and inspiring people they tended to cover a lot of the same material and topics. I am also a fat person I know that finding inclusive sizing in exercise and outdoor hobby specific clothing can be difficult but by the end of the book I was really frustrated that it was a topic brought up by the author as well as nearly every community member. Overall I do recommend this as a great resource for any marginalized person (though specifically fat person) looking to reconnect with nature and get outside.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Despite the title, this has something for just about anyone in just about any activity. The author and featured guest essayists (local chapter leaders who are included in 2-5 page narratives) are involved in handfuls of activities: hiking, and also kayaking, biking, rock climbing, backpacking, weightlifting, and more. The advice is most appropriate for people looking to take walks/hikes in nature spaces, but is loosely applicable to most other types of activity: where to look for necessary gear, Despite the title, this has something for just about anyone in just about any activity. The author and featured guest essayists (local chapter leaders who are included in 2-5 page narratives) are involved in handfuls of activities: hiking, and also kayaking, biking, rock climbing, backpacking, weightlifting, and more. The advice is most appropriate for people looking to take walks/hikes in nature spaces, but is loosely applicable to most other types of activity: where to look for necessary gear, what gear you can get away without, online sites to find advice and company, general motivation. Although the title and main focus is on participants with larger bodies, there is specific mention of a few chronic illnesses and other marginalized groups. In general, again, the advice is appropriate for most people with any kind of physical limitation and from any group not commonly portrayed in mainstream fitness-oriented media, and even for able-bodied, mainstream readers who are just generally brand new to hiking. Focus on the subtitle; recommended for all public libraries where hiking materials circulate.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review! This book really intrigued me because, even though I’m a thin person, my ability is variable and I want to spend more time outdoors. I grew up canoeing and camping so I hope this book would help inspire and give me advice on how to continue that journey as an adult. My main critique of the book is that it is billed as “An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability” but contains mostly p Thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review! This book really intrigued me because, even though I’m a thin person, my ability is variable and I want to spend more time outdoors. I grew up canoeing and camping so I hope this book would help inspire and give me advice on how to continue that journey as an adult. My main critique of the book is that it is billed as “An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability” but contains mostly personal essays. I enjoyed this content but it wasn’t what I expected. I also would have enjoyed more “how-to” content. The author’s perspectives and tips for finding good, comfortable gear were really interested and I think if this segment were expanded it would have been really helpful to a lot of people. I loved the photography throughout the book - it had me itching to pull out my hiking boots. I imagine it will look stunning in the physical book. I also really liked how the community profiles were spaced throughout the book rather than grouped together. I think if it had been the latter I would have skipped over many of them. It was great that so many community members had additional outdoor interests - kayaking, bikepacking, rock climbing - as this really connected the book to the wider world of outdoor recreation. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to following Fat Girls Hiking on social media.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    While I love the premises of the book and enjoyed reading it., I was a bit disappointed in all the references to the attitudes of other people to fat people, how fat girls get stared at on the trail, how manufacturers need to step up their game for plus size outdoor wear, etc. it seemed like every story highlighted this, as if a list of topics to write about was given to each participant to cover. I consider myself “one of you” but I have not experienced these issues, largely because I don’t go While I love the premises of the book and enjoyed reading it., I was a bit disappointed in all the references to the attitudes of other people to fat people, how fat girls get stared at on the trail, how manufacturers need to step up their game for plus size outdoor wear, etc. it seemed like every story highlighted this, as if a list of topics to write about was given to each participant to cover. I consider myself “one of you” but I have not experienced these issues, largely because I don’t go looking for them. I like the idea of a comfortable hiking group that respects everyone’s ability because I have gone on “beginner” trips that are planned for “the whole family” and been unable to keep up with the guide. I agree that it is hard to find technical gear in our sizes, but that is true of all manufactured clothing. Everyone (young, old, tall, short, fat, thin) has a different body shape. Letters to the manufacturer will highlight your concerns or learn to sew your own. Lastly, I love all the recommendations in the book and may download the Kindle version as this book is heavy to carry but beautiful to look at.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MookNana

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Fat people are so often excluded from athletic pursuits/spaces, so often discouraged from movement, and so often completely unacknowledged in guides that it feels an act of rebellion to make a guide specifically catering to us. I hope so many people can get this book and see themselves on the page and realize that they have just as much reason, and right, to pursue hiking (or anything else they jolly well please!) as anyone else. This is a wonderful combination of a p I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Fat people are so often excluded from athletic pursuits/spaces, so often discouraged from movement, and so often completely unacknowledged in guides that it feels an act of rebellion to make a guide specifically catering to us. I hope so many people can get this book and see themselves on the page and realize that they have just as much reason, and right, to pursue hiking (or anything else they jolly well please!) as anyone else. This is a wonderful combination of a practical guide to hiking, especially issues unique to hiking in a larger and/or different abled body and/or as a member of a marginalized community, as well as trail reviews, personal memoir, profiles of other hikers, and a self-care guide. It's a deeply affirming and inspiring read, even for someone as "indoorsy" as myself. On top of all that, the photography is stunning! I'm looking forward to getting my own copy, and I would love to see this in community libraries! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

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