August 18, 2016

I have previously written about my trip to Kauai, and how I have visited before but then, was a much different, much less adventurous person and how this trip really helped me to appreciate all the growth I have made, accomplished in the last twelve years, since that last visit. It was on the trails, here on the Garden Island that conjured up those feeling amongst the most rare and beautiful views ever seen. 

Prior to the trip I had done much research and made a short list of hikes I wanted to do while visiting. There are as followed:

Wailua Falls. Double waterfall just a 30 minute drive from the Poipu side of Kauai, and even closer to the Lihue airport. The viewpoint at Wailua Falls is much trafficked and popular, but if you are a hiker, I encourage you to make your way down to the falls. There are three kn...

August 16, 2016

Trail Tuesday Gear Review & My, @Im_NicoleMarie’s love affair with this versatile, double duty hiker by @MerrellOutside, the Capra Waterproof. We at @WomenWhoHike are big fans of the Capra lineup by Merrell, because of the solid and trusty sole, great arch support, a vast lineup of color options and long, comfortable wearability. This shoe does it all… including getting wet, as seen here. While this shoe isn’t your classic hydro hiker, it is great for mixed terrain hiking while hiking, backpacking and camping and is great for all sorts of different locations and adventures. I recently got these just before Hawaii and also wore them while camping in the backcountry of Mt Charleston Wilderness in Nevada where crossing of streams was in order on the way to find camp. This shoe features a waterproof leather up...

August 10, 2016

Before visiting Kauai, ‘The Garden Island’, I did much research about trails and views I wanted to seek out prior to my arrival. When hiking, especially an unfamiliar place and ridden with tourism, you can never be too prepared. There are a quite a few waterfalls on the island of Kauai, but I learned once getting there a couple of them have since been closed due to injuries and even occurrence of deaths. So, Wailua Falls is one that remains open and is much trafficked down to the base of the falls. There is a popular viewpoint at the top of the falls that has a concrete fence and much of the trail needed to reach the base is behind a green colored chain link fence. A bit further before the viewpoint is where we started where there is no fence to breach. It is well known that the quickest and most used way...

August 2, 2016

In selecting a pack, I first started at REI where I was measured by an employee who recommended this pack for me for my size and stature. I personally love the Deuter packs, which are specifically designed for women and all have top of the line suspension and strap systems that are both comfortable and reliable when on the trail. Not only have I done treks with this bag, but it made it all the way up the Mist Trail, Little Yosemite and Clouds Rest last year without struggle or residual pain after the long trip and miles put on. Even, I was surprised after having been used to experiencing ‘backpacker pains’. Design highlights on this ACT Lite 45 + 10  include the ‘SL’ fit engineered specifically for a woman’s frame and range of motion, the ‘Air Contact System’ which helps the body to sweat less while trekki...

July 20, 2016

It’s that time of year, where hikes turn into overnights and earlier this month, I made the trip to do an overnight at Santa Cruz Island, which had long been on my bucket list. Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the Channel Islands National Park. If you are making plans to visit, I highly suggest perhaps looking into camping in one of the three campgrounds located on the islands. To arrive at the islands, you can take the Island Packers boat from the harbor in Ventura. The boat ride is one hour and there are specific limitations to what and how much you can bring with you on the island, which is all spelled out here, on the Island Packers website

I booked my campsite for the evening of July 4th, and not much was available besides group camping (up to 15 people per spot) which is a smaller, but more sprea...

July 19, 2016

This is the BioLite KettlePot and pairs with the Bio Lite CampStove, which I bought last year. Recently, I have been using more of the Bio Lite products and became a big fan of this one while on my overnight backpacking trip to Santa Cruz Island. What’s nice about the KettlePot is the large size (1.5 liter capacity), which may look inconvenient to pack, but the camp stove packs up INSIDE the pot perfectly which actually ends up taking up much less space than some of the alternatives including hauling around a traditional camp pot. One of the things I like about the pot is the handle which folds back in tightly around the pot for storage and are lined with silicone to prevent heat transfer. Not only can you heat up food in the kettle, but liquids as well, and the lid that comes along with it and can be used...

July 16, 2016

Its that time of year where us women who hike are outdoors during the summer season, hiking, adventuring and camping. The heat is upon us and since we at Women Who Hike are all about empowerment and part of being empowered is knowing before you go and having this knowledge keeps us and our loved ones out of harms way. This diagram shows the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do for yourself or a fellow hiker should any of these signs and symptoms should occur. Stay safe out there and hike on ladies!

July 6, 2016

Visiting the Channel Islands has been on my bucket list for 2016, and I finally found a way to put it into my busy schedule, and as luck would have it, right around a holiday weekend. I not only booked an overnight camping spot on Santa Cruz Island (the largest of the 5 islands) but also went for a day trip, here on Anacapa Island. 

I, Nicole, am really one to do my research before traveling or hiking anywhere. But, when trying to find in depth details on Anacapa, there wasn’t much out there. So, I am hoping my write up will help others in deciding, planning and visiting Anacapa Island. Anacapa is the closest to the mainland here in SoCal, and can be visited by booking a seat on the boat through Island Packers. Island Packers also does trips to Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. I was actually quite impressed with...

June 30, 2016

Munra Point has been on my bucket list for quite some time. This past year, I have been seeing the Munra become a popular destination thanks to instagram. It is located along the Columbia Gorge, on the Oregon side and a 6 mile hike to the top which doesn’t seem like a lot, but most of the hike you are on all fours due to the steep grade to the official summit. 

While visiting Oregon this past month, I decided I would finally get this one done and also took along two of our Women Who Hike members along with me. We got caught up in a little rain as we began which cleared up for most of the hike going up. 

At one of the forks in the trail going up, we took ‘the hard side’ having been told… ‘look for the ropes’. Yes, this is yet another one of those PNW hikes where you need the use of a rope to get to higher gro...

June 28, 2016

Trail Tuesday Gear Review… & lets talk being in the wild. We at @WomenWhoHike are all about ‘know before you go’. And this book, A Woman's Guide To The Wild, by Ruby McConnell has some helpful tips for those of you who are new to the backcountry, camping and backpacking. Sure, a lot of what you learn about these things you will learn by trial and error, but having had this book years ago, perhaps I would’ve experienced less error. The book has chapters such as Setting Up Camp, Building A Fire, First Aid & Safety, Navigation, and other chapters about food, trail manners and lady matters… yes, as in how to camp when you’re in the midst of ‘that time’ of the month. 

Many of the details throughout the book may be considered basic to someone who has spent ample time in the outdoors, but for most of our #WomenWho...

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