Going Over the Mountain: One Woman's Journey from Follower to Solo Hiker and Back

Christine Woodside began her outdoors journey in her twenties, following friends and a boyfriend who came up with the idea. From that first trip, Chris grew into an avid outdoorswoman, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with her husband and two friends. By her mid-30s she began taking her daughters, who taught her about herself not only as outdoorswoman and mother but a woman in general. Another decade on, she decided she needed to explore alone for a while. The rough-hewn, grubby feminism that developed over the course of Chris’s personal and professional time in these wild places changed her—and maybe her daughters—forever. Going Over the Mountain charts that course with insight and humor that any reader and outdoors lover can appreciate.

Christine Woodside is a writer, historian, and editor. Her previous book is Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books.She is the editor-in-chief of Appalachia,the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club. She was editor of the adventure anthology No Limits But the Sky: The Best Mountaineering Stories from Appalachia Journal and New Wilderness Voices: Collected Essays from the Waterman Fund Contest,a book of work by emerging writers. She lives in Deep River, Connecticut.