She Explores Limited Edition Poster Offer
She Explores: Limited Edition Poster
When You Get It Through Us
Chronicle Books has teamed up with twenty indie bookstores across the United States to share a special limited edition poster from She Explores, and we're one of them!
The book's release date is March 26, and when you order She Explores from us, you will take home a limited-edition poster featuring the beautiful cover photo by Karen Wang.
The fine print: This promotion is available for in-store or online pre-orders, but the poster must be picked up in-store only (we cannot ship them.) Poster available while supplies last.
The Cover Photo: Backstory from photographer Karen Wang
Karen’t photo is strong, confident and beautiful, but the story behind it is one of making mistakes, learning, and growing.
“I took this in August of 2015 on Vesper Peak [in Washington] during my preparation for the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. This was before I really had any outdoor friends, so I would just go out every weekend by myself to train, test gear and see what my feet felt like with long mileage. I was also a little obsessed about taking photos and generating content for my Instagram. I was still pretty early in my backpacking and even on this trip, I still wasn’t aware about Leave No Trace (LNT), advocacy or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the outdoors.”
Karen was a beginner, building up her strength and her knowledge. She knows much more now and is happy to share her lessons with others.
“In fact, I was so ill-prepared for this one that I barely researched the route and ended up scrambling a sketchy ridge and had to set up camp on nondurable surface as it was getting dark and I saw not a soul out there. I had to pitch my tent as I felt that was the safest decision to make at that moment and did not feel comfortable going further by myself. I took the photo that evening as I barely slept that night on the other side of where I pitched, facing the rock and snow into the moonlight.
“The next morning, I attempted to climb Vesper Peak and failed. Honestly, I didn’t even know if I was on the right route and called it quits to come back down and crawled down on all 4 limbs in order to stay low. It was probably one of the sketchiest trips I’ve done alone.
“I feel like it just goes to show you how much we don’t know in the beginning but have all made mistakes and will continue learning through them. We all mess up and need to be taught in order to respect these places.”
See more of Karen’s photography on her website, www.karenkwang.com.