Fat girls hiking An inclusive guide to getting outdoors at any size or ability

Summer Michaud-Skog

Book - 2022

"In the tradition of Workman's Every Body Yoga, we're bringing a proud, plus-sized, body-positive attitude to the world of hiking and outdoor recreation. Summer Michaud-Skog, founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community, offers a book brimming with heartfelt stories, practical advice, personal profiles of FGH community members, and trail reviews. It all serves to spread the Fat Girls Hiking message of inclusivity in the outdoors. Equal parts empowering and impassioned, personal and p...ractical, this book adds an important voice to the conversation about diversity in the outdoors, raising visibility of hikers who have too long been marginalized. As the Fat Girls Hiking motto goes, "Trails Not Scales!""--

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Handbooks and manuals
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press [2022]
Physical Description
250 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Main Author
Summer Michaud-Skog (author)
  • Introduction
  • How to use this book
  • Fat girls hiking: how it all began
  • How to hike
  • Finding joyful movement: fitness trauma, team sports, and fat athletes
  • Bugs and humidity: or why I didn't start hiking sooner
  • Body liberation and nature: the power of words
  • Van life on the margins: redefining success
  • Fat activism online: bigots, bullshit, and boundaries
  • When we were animals: that essential connection
  • Change always comes: the restlessness inside.
Review by Booklist Review

Given that, as body-liberation activist Michaud-Skog states, "being out in nature is proven to make people happier," there need to be resources available to help hikers of all sizes and physical abilities embrace the outdoor lifestyle. The founder of Fat Girls Hiking, an outdoor community with chapters across the country, Michaud-Skog has provided just such a resource with this invaluable guide. The text includes a wealth of firsthand lessons learned through trial and error (what to wear, how to choose a backpack, and how to be mindful of safety), as well as advice on self-care (honoring your body), and an introduction to fat activism. Michaud-Skog draws on members of the community who contribute "Trail Reviews," which help new hikers choose trails at the appropriate level of difficulty. "Community Profile" testimonials highlight unique experiences while reinforcing the message that you are not alone, that an extended community of support is available to all who need it. Well-chosen color photographs--featuring fat hikers--make this guidebook visually impactful and welcoming. Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity with a clarion call to the outdoor industry: increase diverse representation and offer plus-sized apparel and gear.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.