March 6, 2018

With the change of seasons upon us and spring and summer hiking and backpacking coming, there is no better time to check out what’s new in packs and upgrade your gear. Lucky for us, @Deuter has released a newly updated line of colors, venting and suspension that I @Im_NicoleMarie have already gotten to try and test and I am passing one off to one of you lucky women who hike! 

Pictured here is the Speed Lite 24L SL which is a lightweight bag made especially for women, its actually the lightest bag from Deuter in their hiking series collection and it comes in a variety of sizes: 22, 24 and 32L. I was lucky enough, long ago to be fitted for my first pack at my REI Co-Op and matched with a @Deuter and have been using them ever since. What I love about Deuter is their commitment to innovation, technology and com...

February 20, 2018

Trail Tuesday Review & Promo, LifeStraw. I, @Im_NicoleMarie have been using the LifeStraw product for years, and I always have my personal water filter along with me for both travel and the trail and keep it packed along with the 10 Essentials when hiking and backpacking. Since then, the @LifeStraw product has evolved to include more great product for both travel and the trail, including the LifeStraw Go Bottle (pictured here), LifeStraw Play for kids, the gravity powered LifeStraw Mission, the LifeStraw Flex great for backpacking and the Universal Cap which is fitted with the same filter found on the LifeStraw personal water filter that will fit on just about any water bottle you already own.

In addition to reliable, affordable, tried and tested product, LifeStraw is also in the business of doing good. Thi...

February 6, 2018

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...

January 16, 2018

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...

December 26, 2017

Just in time for the holiday season, hydroflask released two limited edition collections that you’ll want to take along for the trails and travel. We’ll be giving away TWO of these to TWO lucky winners.
The Atmosphere Collection is a 32 oz wide mouth bottle featuring a clean design with a tonal logo and matching translucent strap and boot for a unique, fun, and of course durable bottle for on the go adventures. (picture 2 in set)
The PNW Collection is a 40oz bottle and comes in an ombre color collection, inspired by the landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, in Bend, Oregon where Hydroflask calls home. (picture 3 in set)
Each bottle from hydroflask is made from 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel, is BPA and Phthalate-Free and has TempShield insulation which eliminates condensation and keeps beverages cold u...

December 19, 2017

Its another Trail Tuesday Review and Giveaway (on our social media) here at WomenWhoHike! When it comes to gear and doing reviews I feel that it takes more than one or two but a few trips before knowing if a piece of gear is going to make it into the regular rotation, and here at WomenWhoHike we only review our ‘go to’ products. 

This winter, I am smitten over this Kuhl Spyfire jacket and am excited to tell you all about it AND give one away to one of you lucky women who hike. @Kuhl was born in the mountains of Utah and their innovative designs and technical fabrics have been enhancing movement and outfitting adventures for 30 years. Every pattern, design and sample sewing teams are in house… so when you buy Kuhl, you’re getting the real deal, an original design that you won’t find anywhere else. 

The S...

December 12, 2017

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...

December 5, 2017

We’re keeping our Trail Tuesday giveaways going today thanks to @BioLite. We will be giving away not ONE but TWO BioLite Powerlight Minis to you and one to gift to a friend, family member or fellow woman who hikes (to win, details) 

Last year I, @Im_NicoleMarie wrote a review for this product, the Powerlight Mini and one year later it is still a staple in my backpack and camping supplies when I hit both the road and the trail. The Powerlight Mini is an ultra slim multi use clippable lantern that can be used to light up the trail and will also charge your phone while on the go and off the grid. 

The light emits 135 lumens and will glow on the low setting for up to 52 hours. In addition to the white light as shown it also has a setting for red night vision and red/white strobe. I am all about products tha...

November 28, 2017

The holiday season has begun and every Tuesday through the end of December we will pairing our usual Trail Tuesday review with a giveaway. Some of these giveaways next month will even be a product for both you AND a friend. 

To get things started, we are giving away a $300 gift card for the Merrell website. Not only will you be able to snag a pair of shoes for the trail, but also be sure to check out the apparel from Merrell. There’s jackets, mid layers, pants, shorts, sweaters and so much more! Today, I @Im_NicoleMarie am sharing my favorite things from my year of adventuring with @Merrell. 

They are:

-Moab FST (also comes in a waterproof and mid style)

-Micro Lite Puffer Jacket (also available as a vest, great for layering)

-Chateau Mid Pull Waterproof (these have been a go to for traveling and casual fall fa...

November 14, 2017

Perhaps one of the most key pieces of equipment this season is my Kahtoola microspikes. There is snow on the ground, even in SoCal, and its a safe bet no matter where you are going, that with snow, comes a bit of ice. One of the most common questions we get at @WomenWhoHike is about what to get and where to go to get started hiking in the snow. Being from Oregon and having some experience in different types of snow, trails and climates and my @Kahtoola microspikes provide me much versatility for hiking during the winter season, more so than snowshoes or crampons. In places where the snow stays powder, snowshoes are a good choice (and in fact, very fun) but here in SoCal much of our trails that get snow get hit with the sun quickly, turning it from a powder to ice chips or a sheet of ice. For that reason, m...

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