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...

January 29, 2019

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to visit South Dakota. That may sound shocking, and may even take a few of you by surprise, but I have always been enamored by the landscapes and history that makes up the Black Hills region of South Dakota. I have been trying to plan a trip here for years, so when the opportunity presented itself from Travel South Dakota, even in the dead of winter, we jumped at the chance. So, earlier this month (mid January) we made our way to Rapid City for what was the beginning of a weekend full of hiking and adventure, and the very best food and breweries that South Dakota has to offer.

We arrived late night to Rapid City and checked into the Hotel Alex Johnson, right in the heart of downtown Rapid City. Before calling it a night we walked a few short blocks to Murp...

December 5, 2018

The holiday season is here… and we are giving away a few awesome items from our Women Who Hike collection that you can now shop on the Wylder Goods website.

I @Im_Nicolemarie have been shopping Wylder Goods, an online marketplace for outdoor women since it’s inception. They’re responsible for a few of my favorite things in my wardrobe and gear closet including my @bribol earrings, @patagonia jackets and of course the original @wyldergoods trucker hat (seen here) as well as other things like outdoor inspired home goods, stylish reusables and the @sarahvirginiauhl calendar, which we gifted to our entire ambassador team last year!

There is some great new stuff in the store this year, just in time for the holidays! One of the standouts is the National Parks Of The USA book which I have gifted to my nieces and ne...

July 2, 2018

I’m still just like any girl when it comes to planning for and packing up for a trip. It’s all about the shoes, and I know that whatever adventure I headed out on, Merrell has me covered. Last fall, Elisabeth and I started trip planning for six weeks on the road all throughout the desert Southwest. Our road trip would span through most all of the Southwest states, including California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona and we would be doing a little bit of everything which meant I needed a variety of footwear for what we would end up calling ‘The Southwest Road Trip.’

Out focus on this trip was public lands, which meant lots of different kinds of travel and exploring. We would be backpacking, car camping, hiking through water and up mountains, as well as hiking down into and alongside the tall canyon walls that...

May 23, 2018

We have a special event happening July 28 and 29th in Washington with the ladies of She Moves Mountains. Join us for a weekend of climbing, camping, hiking and yoga at Mt Erie on Anacortes Island. 

Earlier this spring, I got to do a sport climbing clinic with the ladies of SMM and I want to share my experience: 

"I’m not a regular climber. These days my shoes and harness will go months without being touched or worn. But, when I got the opportunity to climb at Smith Rock with the ladies of She Moves Mountains, I knew it was time to get them out and dust them off. I started out the morning feeling intimidated, feeling scared and feeling uncomfortable. I knew the ladies among me were much better climbers than I was, but instead of dismissing me they fully embraced me. I started out the day feeling stressed out...

April 30, 2018

A few years ago I started hiking all of the high peaks in Southern California. While it might seem that Southern California is a lot of urban trail, we actually have quite a few mountains at and above 10,000 feet. In fact, two years ago I decided I would hike the six highest: Mt Wilson, Cucamonga Peak, Mt San Bernardino, Mt San Antonio (aka Mt Baldy), Mt San Jacinto and Mt San Gorgonio, one after another, one per week for six weeks. It was also then that I decided… why not do three of them in one day; 24 hours. Honestly, it sounded fun. I knew it was and would be a challenge, but I am one of those people that is always up for a challenge.

The three peaks I would be doing in one day (24 hours straight) would be the three highest here in Southern California: Mt San Antonio 10,069ft, Mt San Jacinto 10,833ft an...

April 11, 2018

Whenever I mention that I am from Oregon or traveling back to it, most people respond with what is often the same thing. Of course they say, “Oregon is so beautiful,” and then it’s followed up with something about Portland and hiking The Gorge. Both of these places are awesome, unique and have great hiking, landmarks and waterfalls, but when I travel back to Oregon, you won’t really find me in these places. 

I grew up near Eugene, Oregon which is the cascades region of the state. Eugene is just on the other end of the highway from another well known place with beautiful hikes and trails, Bend, Oregon. But, between these two places are the trails that I actually hike when I come back to visit, including a few somewhat hidden gems that remain unknown to folks who mostly come to visit and hike around the Portl...

So you want to do a thruhike, eh? Have you been bringing thruhiking up for years, telling anyone who will listen that someday you want to do a thruhike? Or have you been hiding the desire deep down in the folds of your soul, barely letting yourself believe that you want to thruhike? Either way let’s stop saying you WANT to thruhike and start saying you’re GOING to thruhike. You’re GOING to do a thruhike! Wow, congratulations, that’s awesome! 

You might have your eyes set on the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian trail, or perhaps something a little shorter like the Colorado Trail or the Florida Trail. No matter which thruhike you’re planning on doing it is a huge undertaking and there are a couple of major questions that people usually ask: How do I prepare for a thuhike and how do I afford a thruhike?...

March 20, 2018

Last summer when I got involved with @LifeStraw, they asked me if I would join them in Kenya this year as part of their Follow The Liters program. I have been using my personal water filter from LifeStraw long before I became an ambassador for them. In fact, when I attended my first Outdoor Retailer show, they were the first booth I visited. Why? Because they are a company that is truly impassioned and committed to doing good, a company who believes in and stands by their mantra, “doing good is good business.” As a person who long ago committed my life to living my life with purpose, I couldn’t be more grateful to have teamed up with LifeStraw and I proudly stand behind every product and every mission that they are taking on, including this one, the Campaign To Reach 1 Million. 

When I got on the ground in...

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