January 29, 2020

It’s that time of year when pictures of those infamous crystal blue waterfalls start permeating your newsfeed. A clear reminder that Havasupai permit season is upon us. I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful place last May with a group of three other women. Yet access to this place is not as simple as just showing up or signing online to grab a permit last minute. Permits sell out almost immediately each year and, from firsthand experience, it is a very overwhelming and stressful experience. That’s why I compiled some tips here to hopefully help others avoid even just a little bit of stress. 

Pre-Permit Launch: 

In order to save precious time on February 1st, create an account on HavasupaiReservations.com prior to permit date. On the site they also remind you to do this prior to the permit launch as it i...

January 8, 2020

If you live in an area where the temperatures get cold in the winter, you’ve probably heard the saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”

If you’re a Minnesotan, you’ve probably also groaned or rolled your eyes a little when people say that to you in January. Never fear, in addition to previous posts about warm layering tips, here’s a handy list of things I’ve used to stay warm or comfy on the trail!

Here's 10 Tips to Keep You Toasty this Winter

HAND WARMERS

Chemical hand warmers are great for keeping all sorts of things warm when it’s cold, including your phone battery. Use two if it’s really cold. My adventure buddy gave me this tip right before we hiked up Eagle Mountain in the BWCA in single digit temps and it totally saved my battery. For a more eco friendly version, and if you hav...

January 3, 2020

We are very excited to announce a partnership with WHOA travel for 2020! Whoa travel is a boutique high adventure travel company for fun adventurous women by fun adventurous women. WHOA travel is all about coming together and encouraging each other to step outside of our comfort zones and take on the world! 

“With every adventure we take, we give back by connecting with local women to make a positive impact. We don’t do just trips, we create experiences and friendships that will change the way you view the world and yourself forever.” -WHOA travel

Here is more about WHOA travel from their founders, Allison and Daneille:

“Hi! We’re Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton (aka Dallison) and we’re the founders of WHOA travel— an adventure travel company for women by women that brings adventurers toge...

November 8, 2019

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month and today we are sharing the story of Jaylyn Gough and her org @nativewomenswilderness. Native Women’s Wilderness was created to inspire and raise the voices of Native Women, to encourage a healthy lifestyle grounded in wilderness, and to educate Natives and non-Natives about the rich beauty and heritage of the Ancestral Lands beneath our feet.

Yá'át'ééh! My name is Jaylyn and I’m the founder of NWW. You can say that I'm a kid straight off the Rez. I grew up on the Navajo Reservation, where you flicked baby rattlesnakes at each other and where boys tried to put black widows in the girls black hair. I was adopted at a young age by an incredible woman, a woman who taught me how to love and explore the land. You see, the land was our playground. The stick...

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 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...

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...

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