I received a copy of this hiking book from the author for the purpose of reading and reviewing it on my website.
I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email a few weeks back from a fellow hiker from the States – Sarah Tiedemann – who was wondering if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her hiking book – Traveling with Baggage: A Guide for the Hesitant Hiker.
I love to read and I love hiking, so this was a no-brainer for me.
Troubled by severe anxiety from an early age for a variety of reasons, the essence of Sarah’s book revolves around breaking away from your comfort zone and allowing yourself to be vulnerable to get the most out of your experience.
In her case, the experience comes in the form of hiking and camping; something she shares a love affair with her husband Nick.
Polar opposites in their approach to life (Nick is an all-in, no fear kind of guy according to Sarah), they complement each other well as they tackle the outdoors together on a regular basis.
The book is broken down into four sections:
- Part One: A Little Background
- Part Two: Why?
- Part Three: How?
- Part Four: You
Most of the book’s content is featured in Part Three and is a blow-by-blow description of what you would typically encounter in the outdoors.
From preparation and humans to the weather, fear and being a woman in the outdoors, Sarah does a mighty good job of discussing the various elements associated with each theme, and also offers some solutions that she finds useful.
What I found really engaging about the book was that in one way or another, I could relate to some of the things she was saying.
She mentions that she is almost OCD when it comes to planning her gear list prior to a trip. I’m similar in the fact that I really like to pre-plan my gear list; particularly when it is a multi-day hike. I’d like to think that others are much the same.
As mentioned at the start of this hiking book, Sarah’s message of escaping your comfort zone and trying something new rings loud and clear.
She implores the reader to change the way they perceive themselves or forever be trapped in constant fear of ‘the next monster in the closet’.
Furthermore, she makes no bones about the fact that she is still a work in progress. But, if you are/were in a similar situation to her, you couldn’t but feel empowered by her plea to do something about it.
Sarah’s hiking book Traveling with Baggage: A Guide for the Hesitant Hiker can be found on the Barne’s and Noble’s website.
In the event that that doesn’t work, please email her at: [email protected]. If you say you read about her book on The Hiking Society, she will offer you free shipping.