Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

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On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Why do "outdoorsy people" seem to more frequently talk about the outdoors rather than live it? (Please read)

Why do outdoorsy people always seem to talk about the outdoors rather than just wandering through it? Always people conversing about the latest gear, clothing, or 500 dollar GPS watch. Admittedly, I'm not any better. Proving that I'm out there by displaying my Instagram photo of nature's trivial concur. Do any other people that like nature and the outdoors feel this way?

(Hopefully, this didn't sound like a Kurt Cobain ranting haha)

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