| Yes, the world really does
need another hiking book—especially Smart & Savvy Hiking: What
Every Woman Needs to Know on the Trail.
As a young girl growing up in the Colorado mountains, then a hip outdoors
writer, and now the mother of three small children, author Kim Lipker
has personally faced every question women ask on the trail. Her “girl
talk” covers such topics as comfortable and protective fabrics and
clothing—all the way down to bras, panties, and socks; on-the-trail
toilette; pregnancy hiking; bringing kids along; choosing companions
wisely; avoiding violence; and overcoming the fear of getting lost.
She extends the five senses to seven
and shows how to use them to truly experience nature. A special section,
“Journaling the Journey,” offers written exercises that turn hiking
into personal transformation. And the book’s “Smart & Savvy
Life List” showcases vacation-destination trails. Most of the book
is geared to day hikes, but “After Sundown” provides great detail
for overnight backpacking. Altogether, inside these pages lies a whole
new world of safety, pleasure, and reward for novice and seasoned hikers
alike. (Men will pick up some tips, too.)
About Kim Lipker
Kim Lipker grew up in Colorado loving the outdoors from an early age. She is the author of four books for Menasha Ridge Press, 60 Hikes with 60 Miles: Denver and Boulder, Day & Overnight Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, Smart & Savvy Hiking: What Every Woman Needs to Know on the Trail. and The Best in Tent Camping: Colorado (with Johnny Molloy). She also wrote The Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns in the Rockies (Hungry Minds). In addition to writing books, Kim writes a regular parenting column and other features for Rocky Mountain Parent Magazine. For the Web site Away.com, she contributes features, ratings, and reviews covering parks, active sports, and outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains and Hawaii.
Considered an expert on the Rocky Mountains by her guidebook peers, Kim has been at the writing thing for a while, having had her first news article published at age 12 and later earning a journalism degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Kim lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her three children, Anna, Alex, and Emma. For more information on her upcoming projects, visit her blog at trekalong.com/lipker.