Summer Michaud-Skog with Lindley Ashline — Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability

“An invaluable guide… Kudos to the author for changing the narrative on inclusiveness, breaking down stereotypes, and building body positivity.” —Booklist


Third Place Books welcomes the founder of Fat Girls Hiking Summer Michaud-Skog to our Lake Forest Park store! A tireless grassroots organizer working to get folks of all backgrounds on the trails, Michaud-Skog will be presenting her book Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability in conversation with Lindley Ashline. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Copies of Fat Girls Hiking will be available for purchase at the store. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Fat Girls Hiking. . .

From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of all body types, sizes, and backgrounds. In a book brimming with heartfelt stories, practical advice, personal profiles of Fat Girls Hiking community members, and helpful trail reviews, Summer Michaud-Skog creates space for marginalized bodies with an insistent conviction that outdoor recreation should welcome everyone. Whether you’re an experienced or aspiring hiker, you’ll be empowered to hit the trails and find yourself in nature. Trails not scales!        


Praise for Fat Girls Hiking. . .

“Summer Michaud-Skog introduced me to an entirely new way of thinking about outdoor recreational culture; she encouraged me to take up space and honor my needs in ways that I had never been exposed to before. She has created a revolutionary community in Fat Girls Hiking and I am so excited that you are holding this book, about to receive similar gifts.”
—Layla Cameron, Director, Fat Hiking Club

“I’ve been waiting for a book like this! Summer Michaud-Skog…has blessed us with this invaluable volume full of trail reviews, advice, stories and profiles, alongside beautiful photographs.”
Ms. Magazine

"[This book is] marking the next chapter in her movement…her book helps empower people to find their own connections to the outdoors, making the community of hikers even bigger.”
—Teen Vogue

Summer Michaud-Skog is the founder of Fat Girls Hiking, a hiking community centered on a body liberation mission to get folks of diverse backgrounds out on trails no matter their size, ability, or experience level. With more than 34,000 Instagram followers, and 29 (and counting) official chapters across the country, FGH continues to grow by the day. “Trails Not Scales” is their motto, and it’s all powered by Summer’s grassroots efforts, tireless work ethic, and gregarious, welcoming attitude. Not only is Summer a self-starting leader of a vital community, she also holds a degree in creative writing and is a photographer.

Lindley Ashline creates artwork that celebrates the unique beauty of bodies that fall outside conventional “beauty” standards. Ashline is a photographer, author, cat mom, entrepreneur, musician and activist, and lives outside Seattle, WA with her spouse, feline overlord, embarrassingly large washi tape collection and houseplant jungle.

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