Women Who Hike: Walking with America's Most Inspiring Adventurers

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by Heather Balogh Rochfort, 2019. Paperback, 224 pages.
A celebration of athleticism, wisdom, and skill—Women Who Hike profiles over twenty of America’s most inspiring women adventurers ranging from legends to the rising stars of today. The book is both inspirational and aspirational as each adventurer tells her story in her own words through featuring their favorite hike, highlighting personal challenges, accomplishments, and philosophy, as well as providing readers with practical how-to suggestions on maximizing not only their own potential in hiking but in life. The profiles are complemented by stunning color photographs. Each profile includes a map of the hike being profiled, hike specs, miles and directions, GPS coordinates to the trailhead, and a sidebar of something noteworthy about the hike, the location, or the adventurer.

Featured adventurers: Ingrid Backstrom, Teresa Baker, Gina Bégin, Katie Boué, Jainee Dial & Lindsey Elliott, Caroline Gleich, Sarah Herron, Shanti Hodges, Kristin Hostetter, Jen Hudak, Rue Mapp, Hilary Oliver, Haley Robison, Elyse Rylander, Shawnté Salabert, Ambreen Tariq, Kalen Thorien, Mirna Valerio, Jolia Varela, and Pamela Zoolalian.

About the Author
Heather Balogh Rochfort, a freelance writer in the outdoor industry, is a regular contributor to Backpacker magazine and is the founder of, one of the most widely-read websites for outdoor women in Colorado. She is also the author of the book Backpacking 101, a how-to guide for backpacking beginners that was released in May, 2017. She recently appeared on the Weather Channel as their hiking expert and was featured on Frommer’s Travel Show as well as the She Explores podcast. She regularly speaks at local schools and on panels to promote conversation regarding women in leadership roles in the outdoor industry. Balogh Rochfort lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, dog, and soon-to-be baby girl who is set to arrive in late 2017.