Diana Helmuth


How to Suffer Outside:

A Beginner's Guide to Hiking and Backpacking

There's a right way to go backpacking, and then there's the "that's probably good enough way." This is about the latter.

Featuring the art of Latasha Dunston.

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"The Top New Adventure Books to Read Right Now"

Forbes, August 2021


"Her perspective is a breath of fresh air on the whole fresh-air-and-nature thing...Were I a bookseller, I would press this book on customers regardless of their interest in backpacking. I would recommend it for the voice and storytelling: Here, stay inside if you want. Turn off Netflix, and read this"

- Susannah Felts, Starred ReviewBookPage, September 2021

"When I think of backpacking, I think of young, wealthy, white students traveling for long periods of time and escaping the day-to-day reality with which I am familiar. I did not expect for the author to acknowledge and challenge this perception at all — and certainly not with such relatability, authenticity and wit. There were very real issues I wondered if she would explore: the financial barrier to entry, the whiteness of it all, the privilege of taking extended time off from work, the safety aspects of being a woman outdoors alone, the fact that people die out there! Helmuth addressed them all and even raised some I hadn’t considered. 

-Andrea Marks Joseph, Real Change, September 2021

"Many people claim they venture into nature to find themselves, but Diana Helmuth doesn't buy it. In How to Suffer Outside, her helpful and hilarious guide to all things backpacking, Helmuth proposes a different reality...With empathetic, good-natured humor, her book critiques modern hiking culture while outlining everything beginners need to know"

-Angela Lutz, Starred Review, Shelf Awareness, September 2021

Upcoming Tour Dates

Thursday, September 2, 2021:

The Mounainteering Club, Seattle, WA

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Thursday, September 23, 2021:

A Great Good Place For Books, Oakland, CA

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