Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)

I learned to wander. I learned what every dreaming child needs to know-that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it.

--Beryl Markham
  West with the Night
  First person to fly solo
  from east to west
  across the Atlantic
  Ocean, in 1936.


We need to keep breaking down the myths about what women can't do. It hasn't been that long since women were first allowed to run the marathon in the Olympics. It's important to keep expressing ourselves physically.

--Ann Bancroft, 1955-
  Explorer and
  first woman to reach
  the North Pole.


There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

--Friedrich Nietzsche,
  German classical
  scholar, philosopher,
  and critic of culture.


When one tugs
at a single thing
in nature,
he finds it
attached to
the rest of the world.

--John Muir, 1838-1914




The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger, Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.


Gail Bosio and Mary Powell enjoy a small fire under a tarp shelter

Gail Staisil of Midland
and Mary Powell of Flint
relax under
a tarp shelter
on a cold, snowy
April day south of the
High Country Pathway
in Montmorency County, '02.
(Photo by Mary Powell))



Bush skills

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2002-2006

Last updated on December 11, 2006

Contents of page

   Bush women
      Equipment vendors

Looking for
wilderness tripping
equipment and
For 100's of sources for wilderness tripping equipment and supplies, visit the sources for gear page on this Web site.

Need help
finding a book?
Trying to buy a new or used copy of a book, but can't locate one? Want to find a library somewhere in the country that will lend you the book at no cost? Then visit the handy book finder page on this Web site.

a book, catalog,
or Web site.
If you know of a useful outdoor-related book, catalog, or Web site not listed on this Web site, e-mail the book's title, subtitle, author, publisher, date of publication, and short description; or the catalog's address and phone number; or the Web site's URL to Michael Neiger at mneiger@hotmail.com.

** Recommended


Adventures in Good Company

Backpacker Magazine's Guide for Outdoor Women
   Covers topic such as health, gear, chat, etc.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)
by the Michigan DNR
   Learn how to become a better outdoorswoman
   by attending a BOW workshop

Canyon Calling

   Search engine for feminists

Flygirls of Michigan


Melpomene Institute
   Resources for working moms

Michigan Outdoors Women's Club MOWC

The Outdoor Women
   Skills and other outdoor information for women

Senior Women Web
   Resources for women over 50

Sisters of the Earth Adventures
   Michigan-based outfitter

Title Nine Sports

Wild Women Expeditions: Outdoor Vacations for Women

Woman Directory

Woman Tours

Women and the Outdoors

Women Climbing


Women in the Outdoors
   Select "women outdoors"--FAQ and more

Women Outdoors

Women-Friendly Guiding Services

Women's Outdoor Life

Womens Sports Foundation

Women's Wilderness Institute

Working Moms Refuge
   Resources for working moms






A Woman's Reach--Mountaineering Memoirs, by Nea Morin (1963)

Adventures in Good Company--The Complete Guide to Women's Tours and Outdoor Trips, by Thalia Zepatos (Eighth Mountain Press, 1994)

Adventurous Women--The Inspiring Lives of Nine Early Outdoors Women, by Dorcas S. Miller (Pruett Publishing Co., 2000)

All the Poweful Invisible Things--A Sportswoman's Notebook, by Gretchen Legler (Seal Press, 1995)

Annapurna: A Woman's Place, by Arlene Blum (Sierra Club Books, 1980)

Another Wilderness--New Outdoor Writing by Women, by Susan Fox Rogers (Seal Press, 1994)

Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road, by Cameron Tuttle (Chronical Books, 1999). The road trip hand book that's strictly A.A.A.--Attitude, Adventure, and Ass-kicking good times!

Backpacking--A Woman's Guide, by Adrienne Hall (McGraw-Hill Professional, 1998)

Basic Essentials of Women in the Outdoors, by Judith Niemi (ICS Books, 1999)

Becoming an Outdoors Woman--My Outdoor Adventure, by Christine L. Thomas (Falcon Publishing Co., 1997)

Beyond the Limits--A Woman's Triumph on Everest, by Stacey Allison (Delta Trade, 1993)

Cabin at Singing River, by Chris Czajkowski (Raincoast Books, 2002)

Call of Everest--The First Ascent by an Indian Woman, by D.K. Khullar (Vision Books of Print)

Canoeing--A Women's Guide, by Gullion (Ragged Mountain Press, 1999)

Canyon Solitude--One Woman's Solo River Journey Through the Grand Canyon, by Patricia C. McCairen (Seal Press, 1998)

Climb of my Life--A Miraculous Journey from the Edge of Death to the Victory of a Lifetime, by Laura Evans (HarperCollins, 1996)

Climbing High--A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy, by Lene Gammelgaard (Seal Press, 1999)

Climbing: Training for Peak Performance by Clyde Soles (Mountaineers Books, 2002) (12-06)

Deep Water Passage, Ann Linnea (Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Inc., 1993)

Diary of a Wilderness Dweller, by Chris Czajkowski (Orca Book Publishers, 1997)

Facing the Extreme, by Ruth Anne Kocour (St. Martin's Press, 1998)

The Female Athlete's Body Book: How to Prevent and Treat Sports Injuries in Women and Girls, by Gloria Beim, M.D. and Ruth Winter, M.S. (McGraw-Hill, 2003)

Getting Out, by Gwendolen Gross (Holt and Co., 2002)

Gifts of the Wild--A Woman's Book of Adventure, by Igrid Emerick (Seal Books, 1998)

Give Me the Hills, by Mirium Underhill (Viking Press)

Guide to Women's Studies in the Outdoors--Review of Literature and Research with Annotated Bibliography, edited by Nina Roberts (Pearson Custom Publishing, 1997)

Journey on One's Own, by Zepatos (Eighth Mountain Press, 1992)

Just Us--Adventures and Travels of a Mother and Daughter, by Melissa Balman and Gina Ingogla (Faber and Faber, Inc., 1998)

Leading Out--Mountaineering Stories of Adventurous Women, second edition, by Rachel da Silva (Seal Press, 1998)

Leading Out--Women Climbers Reaching for the Top, by Rachel da Silva (Seal Press, 1992)

Magnificent Mountain Women; Adventures in the Colorado Rockies, by Janet Robertson (University of Nebraska Press, 1991)

More Women Travel, second edition, by Jansz (Penguin Books, 1995)

Mountain Summers--Tales of Hiking and Exploration in the White Mountains from 1878 to 1886 as Seen Through the Eyes of Women, by Peter Rowan and June Hammond (Gulfside Press, 1996)

Mountaineering Women--Stories by Early Climbers, edited by David Mazel (Texas A&M University Press, 1994)

Off the Beaten Track--Women Adventurers and Mountaineers in Western Canada, by Smith (Coyote Books)

Outdoor Woman--A Handbook to Adventure, by Patricia Hubbard and Stan Wass (Master-Media Publishing, 1992)

Regions of the Heart--The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves, by David Rose and Ed Douglas (1999)

Safety and Security for Women Who Travel, by Swan and Laufer (Travelers Tales, 1998)

Solo on Her Own Adventure--Women Going it Alone in the Outdoors, edited by Susan Fox Rodgers (Seal Press, 1996)

Tents in the Clouds--The First Women's Himalayan Expedition, by Monica Jackson and Elizabeth Stark (1956)

To the Summit--A Woman's Journey into the Mountains to Find Her Soul, by Margo Chisholm and Ray Bruce (Avon Books 1997)Wind in My Hair, by Brigitte Muir

Travelers' Tales: Gutsy Mamas--Travel Tips and Wisdom for Mothers on the Road, by Bond (Travelers Tales, 1997)

Two in the Wild--Tales of Adventures From Friends, Mothers, and Daughters, edited by Susan Fox Rodgers (Vintage Books, 1999)

We're in the Mountains, Not over the Hill--Tales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers, by Susan Alcorn (Shepherd Canyon Books, 2003)

West with the Night, by Beryl Markham (North Point Press, 1982)

Woman Angler--An Introductory Handbook for Women Who Want to Fish, by Laurie Morrow (St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1999)

Woman's Place is On the Water--And How to Beat Men at Their Own Game, by Marjorie B. Sandell (Muskie Memories Press, 1992)

Women and Wilderness, by Anne LaBastille (Sierra Club Books, 1984)

Women Climbing--200 Years of Achievement, by Bill Birkett and Bill Peascod (Mountaineer Books, 1990)

Women on the Rope--The Feminine Share in Mountain Adventure, by Cicely William

Women Outdoors--The Best One Thousand Nine Hundred Books, Programs, and Periodicals, by Jennifer Abromowitz, 1990)

Women's Travel in Your Pocket--Accommodations, Nightlife, Tours, and Outdoor Adventure, USA and Worldwide (Ferrari International Publishing, Inc., 1999)


Additional book titles for bush women:

Adventurous Traveler Com
   Select "activity/location" and search "women how-to" or "women adventure"




   Women's fitness apparel, footwear, and workout gear

Alpine Woman

Amazon Bookstore Cooperative
   Feminist bookstore, not Amazon.com

   The ultimate source for women athletes

Devi Outdoor
   Women's apparel and footwear;
   outdoor essentials; hiking, camping,
   climbing, and water sport gear

Isis for Women
   Technical outdoor apparel for women

Mountain Women

Moving Comfort: fit for women
   High-performance athletic gear for women


Outdoor Divas (12-06)

See Jane Run Sports
   Athletic gear for women

   Sport and lifestyle apparel for women

She Gear
   Clothing, equipment, and adventure gear for women

Sherpani (12-06)

Stonewear Designs
   Active-lifestyle clothing for women

Terry Precision Cycling
   Bicycles, gear, and apparel for women

Title Nine Sports
   Clothing and accessories for women

Tomboy--Fitting Women for the Outdoors

Two Roads Fitness
   Clothing for active women

Womens Outdoor (12-06)


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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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