"That Eleanor Garrell Berger
is an accomplished essayist is very evident by her light
yet detailed anecdotes that teach principles about
countryside walking and life. That she could string
all the various aspects of preparing for and then the
actual journeying together into a book that informs and
delights while sprinkling all with humor is a mark of her
master craftmanship "
Douglas Kashorek, The Lake Champlain Weekly,
September 29, 2010 . . .
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"Plattsburgh Resident Writes
Travelogue for Ramblers and Armchair Travelers"
Robin Caudell, Staff Writer, The Press-Republican,
September 21, 2008 . . .
Eleanor "Elle" Garrell Berger's Stepping Out: A
Tenderfoot's Guide to the Principles, Practices, and
Countryside Walking is a
must-read for the novice, seasoned rambler, and
armchair traveler. . .
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Eleanor Garrell Berger confesses that she is no athlete,
although she does walk one to three miles a day. And, in
particular, she loves walking in the countryside and
encourages others to do so. But first, potential walkers
must ask themselves: How many days do they wish to walk?
How fit are they? What kind of terrain can they
comfortably manage? Do they prefer to walk alone or with
company? How much will they be able to carry? The
answers to these questions will help determine travel
plans. Berger discusses proper footwear and other
accessories and also offers advice on planning a ramble
and staying in accommodations on the trail."
June Sawyers | Special to the
September 7, 2008
“In Stepping Out,
Eleanor Berger shows you how long-distance walking in the
UK can be much more fun than hiking in
Wilderness—especially if you’re of an age where
‘wrinklyness’ or even ‘crumblyness’ has set in.
Out highlights this unique national heritage
and brings walking to life for those who are past hiking
‘the hard way’ or
may never have considered hiking at all.
“Read this book and be
Paul H. Millmore,
author of South Downs Way - National Trail Guide
This detailed travelogue is
based on the author’s experience walking more than 1000
miles of pathways . . . over the past few years. . .
Berger notes that this book is not for you if
you prefer bushwhacking to walking on well-trod paths, or
like digging your own latrine.
Neal Burdick, Editor-in-Chief, ADIRONDAC,
Eleanor Garrell Berger, writer and radio
commentator, has just published Stepping Out: A
Tenderfoot’s Guide to the Principles, Practices, and
Pleasures of Countryside Walking. Seasoned
ramblers, novices, and even armchair travelers can enjoy
Eleanor’s perspective as she shows us a path to trying
something new, living in the moment, and enjoying the
world around us.
Brooklyn Friends School Newsletter,
Out’ is a must-pack paperback!
Eleanor Garrell Berger has created a thoroughly
comprehensive and informative guide to countryside
walking which everyone from novice to expert can enjoy.
Her writing style is personal, candid and
entertaining, making the reader feel as though they were
old friends chatting face-to-face about her travel
adventures. Rich with tips, tricks and delightful
insights, ‘Stepping Out’ will make even
the most sedentary individuals want to grab a walking
stick and go, go, go!”
Lori St-Germain, Marketing
& Development, North Country Cultural Center for the
Berger leaves no stone unturned as she takes the novice
walker/hiker through every step of the process from
buying boots and choosing gear, to planning the
itinerary, dealing with bad-tempered B&B hosts,
weathering rain and blisters, and even taking care of
nature's call in nature. The best thing about the book
for this ex-pat is that I recognized my native England
on every page from the landscapes, history and
idiosyncrasies to the weather, regional jargon and the
"proper" way of behaving. She has captured it all with
not only delightful humor but with love."
Anne Easter Smith, author of A
Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York
Out is the most delicious trail mix I've
tasted in a long time! Don't take a hike without
reading this beautifully
written book first! Eleanor Garrell Berger is one of my
Nancy Slonim Aronie,
author of Writing from the Heart: Tapping the Power
of Your Inner Voice
"I began reading your book
as soon as we got into the car and was delighted by
your entertaining and down-to-earth style of
writing. . . Even if we never make it to
England, there are lots of good, practical, and
philosophical tips in Stepping Out for
any rambler anywhere. . . I have always loved
the idea of walking to a B & B every day. . .
Reading a chapter ("step") of your book was a treat
for me every night at bedtime, as were the bits of
English culture, and even the obstacles, that
occasionally presented themselves in your path. One of
the passages that really spoke to me was the account
of your stay at the Black Sail Hut Youth Hostel . . . I
will pass Stepping Out to my
70-year-old mother, who walks several miles every
like a personal conversation, Stepping Out sparkles
with wonder and wit, spiced with reality...my hiking
boots have seen better days, but you have made me yearn
for cooler weather, a wool sweater, and a younger dog to
accompany me on a trek in our local woodlands."
New Jersey Knitter
about trekking through Britain was a godsend. We were
recently given a copy of Stepping Out as a bon
voyage present and actually read it before leaving. We
found it to be most beneficial and inspiring, and I
want you to know how much it meant to us on our recent
adventure walking around London and Wales with our
Upstate New York
"This is a delightful book to sit
back and read or to take on a journey. The author's
comments about the joys of walking are enough to
inspire even this stay-at-home to get up and out and
enjoy the benefits of fresh air, walking and seeing
the world. I liked the fact that the author is an
unapologetic fan of comfort, rather than a heroic
athlete, so it is easy to identify with her. Her
practical hints, whether they are about the right
socks or packing with a what-if mindset, are extremely
useful and often amusing. It was a real pleasure to
get to know the author as she went about her journeys.
"P.S. I loved the illustrations, too.
This would make a great gift for walkers or
non-walkers on your gift list, for birthdays or any
03 July, 2008