Hello all! My name is Lindsey and this year I am launching a pilot season of my Thruhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a thruhiking prep program! Over the last few years I have discovered that while I have a deep love of all things planning not everyone feels that way. I hear from folks, time and time again, that they would love to take on a thruhike but the logistics of planning it are too much for them. Even folks who do successfully get out on trail admit that the planning process was so painful it negatively impacted their thruhike. And then there's me, over here just planning trips for the fun of it. So I figured - why not share the skills and experience I have and help get people out on trail? 

In 2013 I completed the Appalachian Trail and in 2016 I thruhiked the Pacific Crest Trail. I have hiked the Wonder...

September 17, 2019

As summer comes to a close, we’re reminiscing on one of our favorite hiking trips... in Idaho! We spent a week in Idaho starting our trip in the Sawtooth Mountains and ended our trip in Sun Valley. The highlight of the trip was getting to hike and backpack in the Sawtooth National Forest along the White Clouds Loop.

September 10, 2019

We are super excited to introduce you to an all new hiking boot and shoe from Merrell. To win the all new Zion hiking boot or shoe enter our social media giveaway now through September 16th. We recently took the Zion Mid Waterproof hiking boot for a weekend trip to the desert for some hiking and camping.

We expected cooler temperatures, so the first thing we noticed about the Zion was the ventilation features. The Zion features a ballistic mesh and leather upper with a breathable lining. M Select Dry is also employed to let moisture escape and it works to keep moisture out as well. The full grain leather is also waterproof. 

I’m a huge fan of a mid boot that is lightweight and the Zion really delivers! The Zion is built on a running platform and it fits and feels like a sneaker that is made for casual and to...

September 6, 2019

Today we have two very awesome Feature Friday stories and they are both centered around women in conservation. First up is @easternsierracc, a development and leadership program run by women that offers and provides outdoor opportunities and transformational experiences on our trails and in the outdoors.

ESCC is a young adult development and nature-based leadership program committed to building a more equitable and inclusive community.

Our Wilderness Trips are an introductory and immersive experience that includes an 8-day backpacking trip led by and for affinity spaces of women, women of color, or LGBTQ+ communities. It is entirely free of cost to participants with gear and transportation provided. Participants learn the requisite skills for hiking and backpacking with integrated components of environmental...

September 6, 2019

One of our favorite things about being in the outdoor and recreation space is getting to connect with other women who also use these spaces for all different reasons. One of those women is Lindsey Davis of Wylder Goods. “Hiker, biker, skier, climber…no matter the pursuit, every action we take in the outdoors puts us in direct contact with an ecosystem working very hard to support life. We fish, farm, grocery shop, are vegan, vegetarian, or hunt to feed ourselves — all surviving on and sharing the same living systems with each other, and wildlife.”

Lindsey is a woman who hikes, and also a first generation hunter, and we are happy to feature her here at @womenwhohike and tell you about Vol. 4 of Modern Huntsman where she is part of an ambitious collaboration of over 20 female writers, photographers, hunters,...

August 16, 2019

Today’s Feature Friday is both a story, and an opportunity that we can’t wait to tell you all about. Meet woman who hikes, Marinel de Jesus @browngaltrekker. Marinel is an avid backpacker/hiker who left her 15 year career as a lawyer in DC to start Peak Explorations which focuses on the inclusion of indigenous women in the trekking tourism industry. Her work led to her move to the Andes mountains in Cusco, Peru and she is now working closely with the porters in the Cusco region to empower and advocate for better working conditions on the treks such as the Inca Trail. Marinel recently launched The Porter Voice Collective to provide a platform that aims to listen to, celebrate, amplify and elevate the voices of porters in Peru, Nepal and Kilimanjaro. The mission is to create a certification for fair and equi...

August 13, 2019

We’re teaming up with Deuter USA again just in time for backpacking season! We are giving away the Futura Vario 45 + 10 SL backpack to one of you lucky ladies. The Futura 45 + 10 SL is one of several backpacking bags in the Deuter line up that I @Im_NicoleMarie have tried and tested! It just got back from four days in the Sawtooths, and I can’t say enough good things about all its features and the Air Comfort System!

The Futura Vario features the ergonomic Aircomfort Sensic Vario mesh back which allows for optimal ventilation and the Vari-Slide system which allows quick and exact adjustment for every torso and back. The Active-Fit shoulder straps adjust automatically and the Variflex ECL hip fins make for comfortable carrying as you move through the mountains! 

In addition to great gear for the tra...

July 23, 2019

It’s Trail Tuesday and today we’re sharing a new Women Who Hike perk, from Backpackers Pantry. It’s backpacking the season, and we’re scheming on what foods to bring on our packs for long days in the backcountry. We have been faithfully eating meals from Backpackers Pantry for about a year now and we’re about to tell you why we love their food as well as their company ethics!

First off, Backpackers Pantry meals are freakin delicious. I @Im_NicoleMarie first made the switch as I was changing my diet last year to be gluten free with more clean eating. Nutrition is paramount at Backpacker's Pantry. Their standard for each meal is protein, carbs, and fat- all in a healthy balance. They believe in good, clean ingredients with no alternatives. Each of their meals contains real, plant based ingredients with no roo...

July 8, 2019

This month and all summer long we will be participating in the Why I Hike campaign! For nearly 100 years, Eddie Bauer has been inspiring and enabling people to live their adventure. The #WhyIHike campaign is a time where we can all share what inspires us to get outside and hike. Whether it’s a multi-day trek or tackling a local trail, there are plenty of reasons why people go hiking. Some hike to disconnect while others hike to make connections. Some hike for physical health while some hike to find inner healing. For some it’s a personal challenge, while many are taking on the larger challenge of making the outdoors a more welcoming place for all.

All this month and through the summer we will be sharing more of our #WhyIHike stories here at @womenwhohike. We also want to encourage you all to seek out the st...

June 11, 2019

It’s backpacking season and we couldn’t be more excited to break out some of our favorite gear- both new and old! I @Im_NicoleMarie am a huge fan of browsing, researching and buying new gear from backcountry.com. From the comfort of my own home I can shop a wide array of apparel and gear for hiking, backpacking, and adventure travel. No matter where I am headed or what I may need, I know that Backcountry has it… and they deliver! Literally!

I’ve been a customer of @backcountry since 2015, and today I am sharing the Backcountry love by offering you, #womenwhohike, 15% off your first purchase at backcountry.com. Promo Code: WOMENWHOHIKE (no expiration date).

Some of my go to gear for hiking and backpacking this season is:

Deuter Aircontact SL 50 + 10L

Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Platinum

Garmin In Reach


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