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We're in the Mountains -- Not Over the Hill
  Tales and Tips from Seasoned Women Backpackers
by Susan Alcorn - ISBN 0936034025 - a book about backpacking and backpacking women

Quotes from these backpacking women: Jenny Jardine, Laurie Foot, Emma Gatewood, Irene Cline, Isabella Bird, Kathy Morey, Frandee Johnson, Susan Alcorn
A soon to be backpacking classic - ISBN 0936034025

in the mountains cover image

Table of Contents

Excerpt from How To Section

Excerpt from Preface

Excerpt from Stories section



Winner of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association 2005 Book Award for best Travel/Adventure Book:

To quote some of the book event flyer "A true, emotionally honest collection of stories of strong, gutsy women, all in the prime of their lives, who continue to challenge themselves in the wilderness.  You'll be inspired and entertained by the anecdotes of such record holders as Irene Cline (the oldest woman to walk the entire Appalachian Trail), Emma Gatewood (at the age of 67, the first woman to thru hike the Appalachian Trail), Laurie Foot, (first woman over 45 to hike/bike the American Discovery Trail (Trans-U.S.)) and Isabella Bird, (who was hiking for adventure 125 years ago).  We're in the Mountains, Not Over the Hill recounts Ms. Alcorn's and more than 30 other women's adventures."

"Whether the women are scaling mountains solo at 14000 feet or lounging with friends near crackling campfire, they are enjoying the rewards of their strenuous days and soaking in the wonders of nature."

"We're in the Mountains, Not Over the Hill  offers entertaining reading and "how-to" information.  It's a fascinating book for armchair adventurers and backpackers, whether new or experienced.  Author Susan Alcorn likes to encourage women to backpack -- particularly those of middle age who have much to gain from the challenges and rewards of the wilderness.  She assures them: "If we can do it, so can you!""

Bear Story Excerpt from the book chapter titled Brains or Bruin:

"... A faint sound woke me.  I looked up.  There not four feet from us, was a bear nosing at Ralph's backpack.  I was instantly incensed. "How dare she bother our pack!"  I yelled at the bear in my best teacher's voice, "Get out of here!"

The bear took off in the darkness.

"Where did that voice come from?" I wondered.  After all the years I had spent anticipating and dreading this moment, how could it be indignation, not fear, that I felt?

... I realized that, for the brief time that the bear and I had looked into each other's eyes, we had understood each other.  I had sensed that she had not been trying to hurt us; she had wanted food.  I wanted her to get out of my space."

Bookstores: How to order

You can order this book on backpacking women,  ISBN 0936034025  through Ingram,  Mountain N' Air Books, or directly from us. Call or email customer service for discount schedule (1-866-219-8260 or email backpack45 at

We're in the Mountains back cover

Emma Gatewood first hiked the entire 2160 mile Appalachian Trail at the age of 67.  She last hiked it at the age of 76.

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