The Great Alone by Kristin HAnnah

The Great Alone is a book about learning how to survive in the tough Alaskan environment. Will reading it motivate you to get outside more?

It’s easy to lose motivation, making it difficult to find the energy to get out of the house. Reading books about the great outdoors is one the best tricks to inspire yourself to get your butt outside and enjoy the benefits of being in nature

Reading a book about the outdoors is motivating because it gets your imagination going. You start remembering how great it is to be outside and makes you want more. 

This post reviews The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. This book is likely to inspire you to spend more time outdoors and possibly sharpen your survival skills!

The Great Alone Kristin Hannah cover
The Great Alone Kristin Hannah snowman image

The Great Alone: the Plot

The Allbright family rushes off to Alaska wildly unprepared because Ernt, the father and a former POW, believes this new beginning will help him get better. Young Leni, the main character, is thrown into a situation where she must learn how to survive in Alaska and to deal with her father’s abusive tendencies. The story follows Leni as her family adapts to life off the grid and adjusts to the Alaskan Environment. Read more about the plot here

  • Story
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Will it motivate you to get outdoors?

I grew up in a rural part of Southeast Alaska and thought The Great Alone captured the struggles and the types of people you will find there quite well. Sometimes it felt like the author was describing parts of my childhood to a T. Some of the characters were exact replicas of the folks I grew up with.

This book made me think about my childhood a lot and brought out my inner secret desire to live off the grid. It definitely made me want to spend all my time outside!

After listening to it, I would start conversations with my BF about living off the grid here in Arizona (I don’t like to be cold, so going back to Alaska is out of the question). It made me wish I didn’t have to have a job! For me, this book was extremely motivating to get outdoors more.

The Great Alone Kristin Hannah off the grid

Is The Great Alone worth the Read?

Before I tell you if this book is worth reading or not, I want to mention that this book is tragic. Leni is faced with terrible situation after terrible situation. There are good, more uplifting parts but overall it is not a happy story. If you are looking for a feel good read, The Great Alone is not it. But if you are looking for a great story, with interesting characters and some motivation to get outdoors, then yes, it’s definitely worth a read!

Hikes to inspire you to get outside

Reading about other people’s hikes and looking at their great photos can be so motivating. You think I want to do that! Check these out for more inspiration:

Hike to the Lookout, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Why hike to Tom’s Thumb with you can hike to the Lookout? The views are even better, the trail is fantasic and there are less people!

Piestewa Vs Camelback? Which Should You Hike?

Piestewa vs Camelback? Not sure which one you should hike? Read this article to help you decide. Hint: they both have pros and cons!

Natural Tunnel Via Dirt Road Trail Hike, South Mountain Preserve

Hiking to the Natural Tunnel via the Dirt Road Trail starts out lame (you’re on a dirt road) but quickly turns into a sweet hike. Learn more!

Latigo Chuckwagon Loop Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Latigo Chuckwagon Loop Hike is the best hike starting from the Brown’s Mountain trailhead. It is not as busy and has great views!

Sunrise Trail Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Sunrise Trail Hike has a lot to offer: some elevation but not too much, SUPERB views, and not too far outside the city! Read more here.

Forest Road 2076 Hike, Tonto National Forest

The Forest Road 2076 hike starts out pretty lame but then opens up to huge views as you hike out of the wash. Plus you most likely won’t see another soul!

136th St Express Trail Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The 136th St Express Trail Hike is easy, high on the solitude scale and has mountain views in all directions. Great for those more chill days!

136th St Express/Cow Poke Loop Hike, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Create a scenic 4 mile loop with the 136th St Express/Cow Poke Loop Hike. It’s beautiful over here and there are fewer people too!

Free Hiking Goal Tracker [Downloadable Excel Sheet]

Do you have a hiking goal you are working hard towards achieving? Or do you go on a lot of hikes and want to keep track of them? Start tracking your hiking goals today with this free Hiking Goal Tracker!

Hiking to Brown’s Ranch, McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The remains of the old Brown Ranch are limited and the area is protected. But hiking around this area is still excellent. Expect great views and cool desert landscape.