After completing the Three Saints Challenge last year, I knew that my next big challenge would be hiking Cactus To Clouds. Cactus To Clouds is considered the 5th hardest day hike by Backpacker Magazine. The Cactus To Clouds hike leads you to the top of Mt San Jacinto, 10,834 feet. There are several different ways to get to the top of what we in Southern California call San J, but the hardest, most difficult route is from Cactus To Clouds, which starts in the town of Palm Springs at just 434 feet.
Besides the extremely difficult 10,400 foot climb, this hike presents other obstacles, including when to do it. Temperatures throughout the ‘Cactus’ portion of the hike can be well into 100 degrees as early as spring here in Palm Springs. There is a small window of there being enough daylight and also limited snow...
We are teaming up with REI Outessa for our biggest, most awesome giveaway yet! We are awarding one lucky lady and a friend or family member of her choice to attend an REI Outessa Retreat.
Outessa is a series of outdoor events designed for women where you’ll discover something amazing—an outdoor skill, new friends, a fun challenge, and in the end, a greater appreciation of yourself. Created by women for women, Outessa Retreats are the perfect way to explore the outdoors in an epic setting where encouragement and new friendships abound. You’ll customize your entire three-day itinerary, filling it with your choice of activities, discussions, classes and even a glass of wine. You’ll learn, grow and seize life. Bond with amazing women, insanely good s’mores and a full range of activities for your body and mind....
These are three things that can, will and most assuredly happen to you when attending Outessa. The tears for me, were tears of joy and letting things go. The laughter was being around so many fun loving women and the playing… well, with the locations, classes and activities that Outessa has planned for you, you will most definitely play… hard.
I came to Outessa Kirkwood as one of the REI Outessa Ambassadors with Lifestraw. Both REI and Lifestraw are doing exciting things for us adventure folk and the Outessa weekend is definitely an experience worth getting excited for. I was probably one of the first to arrive on Thursday, as I surveyed the hard work being put forth by the folks at REI. You could tell they were excited and mindful to every little detail, as I watched them set...
The women hiking community is amazing. I’m just like all of these women. We all start somewhere, and you know not to sound cheesy but, we all blaze our own trail. No matter what kind of lifestyle and hiker we are, no matter how skilled we are, we all start somewhere and we go to the trail for the same things. It’s why @WomenWhoHike is so important to me because it has given me a platform to elevate other women and to let their voices also be heard because their voice is just as significant and important and inspiring.”
Last week I @Im_NicoleMarie recorded a podcast for She Explores If you happen to be headed to any trailheads this weekend, I hope you give it a listen LINK HERE. During the one hour call, Gale and I could have and did talk about so many different things. About hiking. About m...
It’s Trail Tuesday…and a New Year here at @WomenWhoHike! So, I @Im_NicoleMarie think there is no better time to talk about safety and survival basics while on the trail. When it comes to hiking, no matter where or how far you’re going, you should always carry the 10 Essentials. These are basic safety standbys than you can and should throw in your pack when going out into the woods or even a close urban hike.
So, what are the 10 Essentials? They are:
1 Navigation (map and compass)
2 Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
3 Insulation (extra clothing)
4 Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5 First-aid supplies
6 Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7 Repair kit and tools
8 Nutrition (extra food)
9 Hydration (extra water)
10 Emergency shelter
When it comes to these 10 items there is much to browse and choose from...
Today we kick off our first ever #wwhchallenge! Last month we asked you to think about a goal you could set for yourself at the first part of 2018. When we started to think about this challenge and how we could include EVERYONE within the Women Who Hike community, it was hard to pick a specific goal that would ensure participation and success for everyone. So, we decided to let you pick your own goal.
We’ve already heard so many awesome and unique ideas and we’re excited to follow all of your journeys for the next 30 days during the #wwhchallenge. So… how does it work?
You, followers and members of @womenwhohike can participate and will be entered to win a Deuter bag of your choice by setting your own personal goal and then using the #wwhchallenge hashtag to announce your goal and by continuing to use the #...
We’ve teamed up again with the ladies at Wylder Goods for a holiday gift guide that includes gear and apparel for the trail, travel and camping as well as some items for bringing the outdoors in. Together with the women of Wylder Goods we have curated an amazing list of hand-selected goods for adventurous and environmentally conscious women. These gifts will be a sure fire way to bring some holiday cheer to the rowdy and radiant women in your life!
Gifts for Women Who Hike - Under $50
Wylder x Stanley Adventure Mug - The small but mighty custom Wylder x Stanley mug collaboration is ready for a single shot of espresso, whiskey on the rocks, or a perfect portion of oatmeal for the mountain. Choose from 3 rad designs: the fish, skull, or bison.
Sarah Uhl Mountain Calendar - 12 months of art in the wild, this be...
One week ago, many of us who value public lands were devastated when we learned that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat’l Monuments would be shrunk and stripped of its protections. Many of you have heard myself, @Im_NicoleMarie speak of these places. But today, I feel that it is important we hear from someone else. A native woman. A woman who this land means a lot to. I think that it is important at @womenwhohike to amplify the voices of other women. So, I hope you all take a few minutes to read about Jaylyn, @NativeWomensWilderness and what these lands mean to her and her heritage.
“You could say I'm a kid straight from the ‘rez’, I grew up on the Navajo Reservation. I was adopted at a young age by the most incredible woman, a woman who taught me how to love and explore the land. The land was ou...
We are teaming up with the ladies from HikeItBaby for the 10K Women Trail Project. This is an initiative funded by the REI Force of Nature grant to get women and girls hiking all across North America and we want to see YOU, the #womenwhohike community join us in getting on the trail with your friends, family and local communities so that together we can hit this goal of 10K women on the trail in 2018.
So… how does it work? To participate, register (link in bio) and pick a trail to hike every month for a year, then invite your fellow women who hike to join you. This can be done by using our Facebook groups, all of which can be found on our website. Log your hikes and make sure to add in the number of women you’ve inspired to get out on each hike.
When women come together for a like passion and goal… we can mo...
If you didn’t plan in advance and make it into the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse… Not to worry! Thanks to today’s technology and the age of sharing there are plenty of ways to check out today’s event online and on social media.
Here are just a few ways you too can view this once in a lifetime event:
Instagram & Instagram Stories- These are two things that we at Women Who Hike use to share our hikes, travels and happenings. We also are watching you on your own stories which in addition to being included in on the fun, helps us to find new places to explore and hike. While many of those viewing the Eclipse may be out of cell phone range, we’re sure there will be plenty of captures that will be shared today, tomorrow and all throughout the week! Check out your friends, search hashtags such as #t...