January 29, 2017

The country of Ireland has long been a place I wanted to, and also needed to visit. Nearly 10 years ago, my youngest sister moved to the midland region and quite fell in love with the region and has stayed put ever since. Knowing I was making this trip, like all my other trips working and otherwise, I began to research what to do for the short periods of time I could carve out both for solo adventures as well as a few where I dragged my family along for. Let it be known, they too were grateful and enlightened by stepping outside their comfort zones and embracing the greatness of nature. 

Cliffs Of Moher

First stop after a late night flight into the Shannon Airport was the Cliffs Of Moher. The Cliffs are iconic here and frequented by tourists. At more than 700 feet high over the ocean floor, they are a must s...

December 28, 2016

Its been an adventurous and highlight packed year, and one of my favorite things to do is visit waterfalls. Having been lucky, growing up in the Pacific Northwest, being impressed with a waterfall doesn’t come easy. We are so blessed in Oregon to have so many great accessible waterfall hikes for all skill levels. 

So, when I was planning my travels to Utah, there was one waterfall in mind I just had to see. It also being a Wednesday, this waterfall trip just fell perfectly into place. You have probably seen dozens of photos here, this first set of falls located deep in a very tall slot canyon located in Southern Utah and near Zion National Park. I had the day to myself, and couldn’t resist this short out and back hike on my way into Zion. 

The Kanarraville Canyon Falls Trail is located just of the 15 in the...

December 14, 2016

I finally made it to Zion. This is a hiking trip that has been planned a few times this year, and has regrettably had to be cancelled. So, given the year is quickly running out on us, I decided to make the trip, albeit, still ended up shorter than I originally planned. Leading up to a hiking trip like this, I often reserve doing the research until I know I am 100% going. So, it wasn’t until two nights before I realized just how cold it would be during the two hiking days I planned on. 

The first day, upon arriving in Utah, I went to Kanaraville Falls. I will certainly be blogging about this hike at another date, but even the stifling cold water you have to hike through to reach the falls, didn’t stop or slow me down from seeing this wonder. 

Because of the chilly temperatures, I decided camping could best be...

November 23, 2016

For some time now, the ranges and rock formations of Alabama Hills have been on my radar and weeks ago, I finally made some time in my schedule for a quick overnight with friend Breanne and photographer Brandon for some exploring, hiking and camping under the stars and moonlight of the Eastern Sierras. Alabama Hills is a a range of hills and rock formations near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in Lone Pine, CA. If it sounds or looks familiar its because it has played host to several iconic movies such as Tremors, Tombstone and many other westerns. 

Perhaps the best part of this area is that it is BLM land, which means the land belong to US, to you. And that means, dispersed camping. No reservations needed when pitching a tent here. We came during the week and explored the entire area and only came ac...

October 26, 2016

This year has been especially busy for me, and more so the last couple of months. I happen to currently be moving which, with my leisure and work travel is taking longer than most moves would normally take. This month, I had pencilled a trip to Zion with friend and fellow adventurer Breanne, but as the date grew closer other things popped up pushing this trip back once again. So, instead of Zion I used the dates to visit my hometown in Oregon during the peak of fall. Last year when I visited I had just missed the ‘blooming’ time and the leaves were mostly on the ground. But this time, the trees were lively and colors so vivid, I swear there has never been a more beautiful fall in the PNW. 

The day I was set to travel out, was the day the ‘big storm’ rolled in. The one that drew record winds and tornadoes of...

October 12, 2016

While in Puerto Rico, we learned of yet another chance to adventure with Women Who Hike partner, Merrell, @merrelloutside. The people and opportunities we have had thus far with Merrell have been nothing short of amazing so we jumped at the chance to be able to participate in the Tough Mudder as part of Team Merrell in the Tri State area while visiting New York City. 

I, Savanah, have never had any grand desire to visit NYC, although when my cab left the airport I was in awe of my surroundings. It truly is a site. The hustle and bustle of the city that feels so alive is magic. I was surprised to find myself greeted by friendly people everywhere I went. When I checked into my room the sun was going down over the Hudson River and all the buildings were glowing and reflecting coral shades of light. I set out m...

October 10, 2016

Earlier this year, I decided as a personal challenge I would hike six pack of peaks all over again. Doing this, with my life and schedule is quite difficult since I often travel and have to be ready to leave town at a moment’s notice. So, when the opportunity knocked to finish three in 24 hours: San Gorgonio, San Jacinto and Mt Baldy, I jumped at the chance. 

The 3 Peak Challenge is through the Adventure 16 store. There are several options in taking the challenge which conveniently serves all skill levels: 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days or 24 hours. The total trek: 39 miles and 11,600 feet of total elevation gained. So myself, and three other women signed up through the West LA store and started planning. 

Anyone who has tried to plan things amongst women, especially working women, know that its a challenge in it...

October 6, 2016

We at Women Who Hike were lucky enough long ago to connect with the folks and hard working team over at Merrell. We have been long wearing Merrell brand hikers and were overjoyed at the chance to be able to work with their product as well as their upcoming Womens Initiative for 2017. Not only does Merrell have a wide range of shoes and sandals made for the outdoor woman (and man) in mind, but they also have a exciting, good looking and functioning line of apparel for all activities and climate in mind. 

So, a few months ago, we, @WomenWhoHike along with the guys from the @Brod_Trip were invited to shoot and showcase the product for next year’s catalog, with Puerto Rico for the shooting location. Puerto Rico is home of the only rainforest belonging to the US Forest Service, spanning 29,000 acres. 

Our tr...

September 26, 2016

When moving to California, I @im_nicolemarie was well aware I was moving to an unfamiliar territory without the comforts of home (Oregon) that I was used to. I moved here right out of high school and not by choice, but because of circumstance. Luckily for me, since then I have lived in a few different places and travel often for work, getting me out of the ‘rat race’ that is equated with SoCal and the Southern California lifestyle. 

So, when I began taking up hiking again on a regular basis, I started logging more and more hikes in SoCal that actually to my surprise and stubbornness, I enjoyed. And the more hikes I did, the bigger and grander and harder I wanted them to be. This is definitely a trend here in SoCal and people like me have taken on challenges such as the 52 Hike Challenge and 6 Pack...

August 26, 2016

ATTENTION LADIES: In our next step to reach more of you, Women Who Hike, we are announcing our plans to further connect and bring together more women who hike, starting with the following states: Arizona, Colorado and Texas… with more to come!

The number one question we get asked here at Women Who Hike is “where do I find other women to hike with” and “when are you coming to _________?” We have been hard at work trying to answer these demands from you, the Women Who Hike community, so here we are: We are prepared and planning to come your way! 

We are seeking women who share a passion for the outdoors and a sense of community, while being aware of the feelings of others around them, knowing that every woman has a unique story of their own to share with this community of hiking women. After all, sharing our s...

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