Our community of Misadventurers is vast. We are a community of professional and recreational athletes, of backyard explorers, intrepid thru-hikers, wildlife lovers and poetry enthusiasts. We are insatiable wander-lusters, tiny-house builders, natural-foodies, eco-gear junkies, and DIY-ers. We are travel writers and scientists. Our community is filled with movers and shakers excited to share our love …

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In honor of our latest print issue, we’re giving away a copy of A Woman’s Guide to the Wild! Head to Instagram to enter. (Review originally published February 18, 2016.)   +++ In the introduction to her book A Woman’s Guide to the Wild: Your Complete Outdoor Handbook, author Ruby McConnell describes her motivation for writing …

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I’m the first person to admit it: I’m addicted to buying Lonely Planet guidebooks. When I’m preparing for a trip, one of the first things I do is head to BookPeople, my lovely local bookstore, to snap up the latest version of my chosen travel bible. I love perusing a freshly-cracked Lonely Planet: gazing at …

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The narratorial voice of Welcome To The Goddamn Ice Cube is as cold as the title suggests, and as cold as the place Blair Braverman, our guide and author, keeps coming back to. Malangen, Norway is a small spit of land north of the arctic circle (“north of the moral circle,” one leering man tells …

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Book Review: Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby By Margot “Em Dash” Atwell Gutpunch press, 2015 Part how-to, part history lesson, part encyclopedia, part compilation of essays, this book truly lives up to its subtitle: it’s a crash course in roller derby. Full disclosure: I played roller derby (not …

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Breaking Trail (2005) is not your “average” climbing book – cold and full of technical details. Blum’s first book, Annapurna (1980), certainly communicated humanity while detailing the specifics of the climb. But Breaking Trail is Blum’s true memoir. Each chapter begins with a glimpse into Blum’s dysfunctional childhood in a Jewish family in Chicago. Forbidden …

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In Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, Kate Bolick dives into her desire for for a life that transcends marriage and allows her to flourish on her own terms. I must confess that I relate to Kate Bolick’s sentiments almost absolutely; I wrote this review in a grateful and delighted state.   When I …

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Annapurna: A Woman’s Place journals the 1978 women’s climb to Annapurna I in the Nepal Himalayas. Annapurna I stands at 8,091 meters (or 26, 545 feet) and is considered the deadliest mountain over 8,000 meters, with 53 fatalities. The introduction discusses past and present challenges for women alpine climbers–not only the general challenges of a massive …

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Diane Cook’s Man v. Nature came out last year, but as happens with many short story collections, you may have missed it.  If so, I recommend you change that immediately. This debut collection is comprised of twelve stories, each terrifying, funny, surprising, and, no matter if set in some dystopian future, a school gym, or …

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