Special Collections holds hiking guides, book arts, stories, and more written by women in the PNW outdoors. This page has a handful of examples from the library catalog. The list is not exhaustive; use the UW Libraries Catalog to search for more books and other resources on your own!
Women in Pacific Northwest History by Karen J. Blair (Editor)
Call Number: HQ1438.A19 W65 2001
Publisher Synopsis: This new edition of Karen Blair's popular anthology originally published in 1989 includes thirteen essays, eight of which are new. Together they suggest the wide spectrum of women's experiences that make up a vital part of Northwest history.
Gifts of the Wild by Adventura Books Editors; Kris Wiltse; Faith Conlon; Ingrid Emerick; Jennie Goode
Call Number: PS648.O88 G54 1998
Publisher Synopsis: This collection brings together 46 stories, written by women and organized around 12 themes that illustrate our connection to the outdoor world. The diverse stories record and celebrate the wilderness experience, and range from lyrical meditations to bracing adventure travel tales. The authors, including E. Annie Proulx, Jessica Maxwell, Lorian Hemingway, Ann Linnea, Jean Gould, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Judith McDaniel and Pam Houston, honour the wonder and beauty of nature and encourage other women to do the same.
Searching for Fannie Quigley by Jane G. Haigh
Call Number: F912.M2 H35 2007
Publisher Synopsis: At the age of 27, Fannie Sedlacek left her Bohemian homestead in Nebraska to join the gold rush to the Klondike. From the Klondike to the Tanana, Fannie continued north, finally settling in Katishna near Mount McKinley. This woman, later known as Fannie Quigley, became a prospector who staked her own claims and a cook who ran a roadhouse. She hunted and trapped and thrived for nearly forty years in an environment that others found unbearable. Her wilderness lifestyle inspired many of those who met her to record their impressions of this self-sufficient woman, who died in 1944.
Spirit of the Siskiyous by Mary Paetzel
Call Number: QH104.5.S545 P24 1998
Publisher Synopsis: For twenty-five years, Mary Paetzel roamed the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon, tracking rare plants and insects and recording her experiences in a series of illustrated journals. A rugged land of peaks, canyons, and rushing rivers, the Siskiyous are renowned for their unusual plant life. Traversing logging roads in an old Volkswagen bus and hiking the high country, this self-taught naturalist came to know the Siskiyous as few ever have.
Solo by Susan Rogers
Call Number: PS648.O88 S65 1996
Publisher Synopsis: Until recently, there have been few accounts of women going it alone, though many women have dreamed of doing so. In this collection 23 women share their solo travel experiences--adventures that run the gamut from roadtripping through the Northwestern United States to biking the famed Iditarod trail in Alaska.
Pacific Crest Trail by Karen Berger; Daniel R. Smith
Call Number: GV199.42.P3 B47 2000
Publisher Synopsis: For many people, the Pacific Crest is the ultimate long-distance hiking trail. Beginning in the dry valleys of southern California, it follows the crest of the snow-capped Sierras, and ends in the ancient forests of Washington's Cascades. Along the way, national treasures such as Yosemite, Crater Lake, and Mount Rainier make this trail one of the premier hiking destinations in the world. But hiking is about much more than getting from A to B. This book begins where basic trail guides and maps leave off.
I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail Storey
Call Number: GV199.42.P3 S76 2013
Publisher Synopsis: With comfortable urban lives in Houston, Texas, and career and life goals mostly accomplished, Gail D. Storey and her husband were in their fifties when they decided it was time to test themselves on a new path--a 2,663-mile path known as the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada. I Promise Not to Suffer is Gail's light-hearted yet heart-felt memoir about her and her husband's adventures and misadventures, deepening marriage, and reflections on being irrevocably changed by life on the trail.
Season of Adventure by Jean Gould (Editor)
Call Number: GV191.64 .S43 1996
Publisher Synopsis: This work celebrates the travelling experiences of 28 older women, ranging from 50- to 90-years-old, who find themselves at the far ends of the earth, bird-watching in the Galapagos, trekking by horseback through Montana, chasing lemmings in Alaska or hiking in the Pacific Cascades. Their stories diplay a keen awareness of culture and landscape to prove that the spirit of adventure does not wane with age.
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