Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel by Jason Robillard (PDF, EPUB, MOBI)

Jason Robillard released his newest book online for free! 

Download Free E-book: Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel: A trail running, ultramarathon, and wilderness survival guide for weird folks by Jason Robillard (PDF)

If you like the book, please, consider a donation to Jason. You can do so on his website Barefoot Running University - Squirrel Wipe Donations.

Excerpts from the book:

Trail running has been a major passion of mine for years. It has been such an obsession, my wife Shelly and I quit our jobs as high school teachers to chase the adventure of discovering new trails throughout the country. That journey proved to be a life-changing experience. It affirmed our love of the trails, streams, mountains, and other natural phenomena that blanket the landscape. It also taught us many lessons about life in general and trail running in particular.

I’m a teacher at heart. I couldn’t experience all that I’ve experienced without sharing with the world. My goal is simple- I want to get people outside. I want people to escape the concrete jungle. I want people to experience the natural wonder that surrounds us. I want people to explore the forests, canyons, and mountains. I want people to reconnect with nature.

This book will provide a basic introduction to the various elements of trail and ultramarathon running. It’s not an exhaustive collection of every bit of knowledge that exists, rather it’s a primer. It’s a tool that will give you a foundation that will allow you to build your own experiences.

Why DO People Run Trails?

Most runners don’t seem to gravitate toward trails until they’ve already gained some experience
as a runner. The reasons for exploring trail running are as varied as the individuals that take the
plunge into the wilderness. Here are a few:

  • Runners want to reconnect with nature. Our hurried, frantic lives are filled with noise, clutter, and busy schedules. The quiet solitude of nature provides a welcome reprieve from the daily grind.
  • The trails are easier on your body. Road running requires monotonous movements repeated time and time again over an unforgiving, unchanging surface. Trail running, with endless variety, often-times softer surfaces, and more dynamic movements gives the body a welcome break. 
  • Obstacle courses and mud runs no longer offer enough challenge. While these man-made runs offer interesting challenges, climbing over walls, negotiating balance beams, and crawling through mud only provides a finite replay value. Trail running offers an ever-changing obstacle course crafted by Mother Nature.
  • Adventure. Trail running can be quite dangerous depending on location. The possibility of great bodily harm or even death can be exhilarating. 
  • Glory. Okay, there’s not too much glory in the trail running world. But there is camaraderie.
  • Camaraderie. By virtue of venturing into dangerous locations, trail runners tend to live by a code. We look out for each other. This results in a sense of fellowship that’s difficult to find in other variations of running.
Taken from: Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrell by Jason Robillard