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...

June 22, 2016

Every hike is an adventure… and some days, no matter how much planning you do there will be times where perhaps you bite off a little more than you can chew. This is exactly what I think of when I explain and reminisce on my long awaited Abiqua Falls visit. I had decided while on this recent trip, visiting my family and friends in Oregon that I would finally make the drive and visit this epic and much photographed waterfall. I have long used All Trails when recording my track while hiking to make sure I take the right trail in order to end up at my desired end goal. So, I set off last week on a Tuesday morning where the skies filled with storm clouds and just as I started my hike down to the falls, it started DUMPING rain. I got about 2 miles down the trail and then realized there was no way the track I wa...

June 21, 2016

The Deuter Speed Lite 20 is currently my go to daypack. After having worn out my Camelbak, I @im_nicolemarie decided to go for something a little different, partly because I love this color but also because I am a huge fan of my Deuter ACT Lite 45 for backpacking. Deuter makes packs specially designed for a woman, and I stand by their product, structure and materials after having used my ACT Lite for a three day backpacking trip in Yosemite last year. So, when picking a new day pack, I knew I wanted to stay with the Deuter brand. The Deuter brand is dependable, reliable, and well established having been founded in 1898. The Speed Lite 20 bag is especially lightweight, weighing just 1lb and has breathable air-mesh shoulder straps for comfort and quick drying, and are also contoured to best fit a woman’s fra...

June 7, 2016

Trail Tuesday Gear Review: Bio Lite Power Light. This is a product that I, @im_nicolemarie never leave the house without. I have a story about how I have come to now rely on this product and a cautionary tale to all you solo and women hikers out there who may run into the very same situation I got myself into recently: 

No matter how much you hike, how much gear you own or how experienced you are you will undoubtedly one day find yourself on a trail or peak where you don’t have something you need. I, @im_nicolemarie am a stickler for having always mapped out my hikes as well as record my track when I am out on the trail. Recording your track is always a good idea, in case you happen to go off trail or miss a directional step along the way. So, recently I went out on a hike in the late afternoon and prepared...

June 4, 2016

We heard it was National Trails Day... So we went and did some venturing on one of the most beautiful trails here on the west coast, at Red Rocks Canyon in Las Vegas, NV. I, Nicole here at Women Who Hike visit Nevada often for work, so I have been called to this area where the scenery is breathtaking, the trails all a different variety, each with their with unique features. Red Rocks Canyon is a National Conservation Land that is one of 873 federally recognized areas and is part of 32 million acres of National Monuments, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Historic Trails and Conservation Lands of the California Deserts. The National Conservation Lands are uniquely diverse and include Red Rock Deserts (seen here), Indian Dwellings and Alaskan Tundras just to name a few. These lands, mo...

May 3, 2016

This is the Merrell All Out Crush shoe from Merrell. This shoe is made for the trail runner but we at Women Who Hike love it for getting out and hiking trails that are mixed terrain as well as any outside adventure that may include some scrambling across and over rocks. I, Nicole wore these twice recently at Red Rocks Canyon in NV and Joshua Tree. If you have ever been in either area you know that your hiking adventure takes you up and over rocks, boulders and these shoes are highly reliable when going down hill or doing some light climbing when going up for the best views. We also love these shoes because of the breathable mesh, perfect for those warm temperatures that are happening now and through the summer. My feet have always felt totally comfortable in them and they will continue to be a go to for th...

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