Meet our #GWHAmbassadors: Avery Nicol

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Name: Avery Nicol

Hometown/Current Home: Pauma Valley, CA/ Morro Bay, CA

What chapter are you an Ambassador for?: Girls Who Hike the Central Coast

How long have you been apart of Girls Who Hike for?: 1 year

How did you find the Girls Who Hike organization?: I had been scrolling through my IG feed and came across the profile for the central coast and determined that this was my kinda tribe!

What made you want to become a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: After relocating up to San Luis Obispo from San Diego back in March, I had been on a mission to get outside and hike as many trails as I could to get the lay of the land. I found myself going on solo day trips most of the time as I hadn’t made a solid group of adventurous girlfriends who could join me. It has always been a priority for me to be surrounded by a supportive cohort who appreciates nature. When I saw that they were looking for ambassadors for Girls Who Hike I jumped on the opportunity to meet positive likeminded folks who want to explore just like me.

How did you get into hiking?: I am very fortunate to have always been surrounded by beauty. I was born in Montana, and felt invigorated by its rugged wilderness but also felt a simultaneous sense of peace while spending time outdoors fishing, hiking and camping. Since then, I have lived in San Diego on an avocado farm, went to school in scenic Monterey Bay and now live within walking distance of Morro Rock in Morro Bay. Additionally, most of my closest girlfriends have been into fitness and use this time to have meaningful conversation which is something my soul longs for. 

What's your favorite thing about spending time in the outdoors?: My absolute favorite thing about being outside is that it’s a true opportunity to ground myself and get in tune with my own mindfulness. I usually just put my phone on airplane mode so I don’t get tempted to engage in technology distractions and be more in the moment.

List three things you can't go hiking without:

1) First Aid Kit (including Alba Botanica 50+ sunscreen!)

2) My cozy women’s Camelback with sufficient water (nice to pick up trash along the way)

3) Fully charged iphone for snapping pics

What do you love the most about being a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: I think the best part about becoming an ambassador for GWH is that we get to meet women of all cultural backgrounds who share an enthusiasm for life. They are generally appreciative of the flora and fauna on the central coast just like me!

What advice would you give ladies who are new to hiking?: The best piece of advice I could give is to just say, “yes!” It can be really easy to just lounge on the couch and think of excuses to not be outside; I should know, I fall into that routine regularly ;-). That’s when I remind myself that I have never regretted going on a hike! Without exception, I always feel better afterwards; mind, body and soul.

Instagram: @avery.nicol

You can learn more about Avery's group hikes by joining the Central Coast chapter at http://www.facebook.com/groups/girlswhohikecc/

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Meet our #GWHAmbassadors: Naomy Ramirez

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Name: Naomy Ramirez

Hometown/Current Home: Fullerton/Calimesa

What chapter are you an Ambassador for?: Inland Empire!

How long have you been apart of Girls Who Hike for?: I have been a GWH member since January 2017.

How did you find the Girls Who Hike organization?: I had a friend who invited me to go to the Channel Island Trip originally scheduled for March 2017. She told me to request to join so that I could buy a ticket off another girl. Honestly, I only joined GWHLA to attend that trip, but when the trip was rescheduled I got curious about the community. I had decided to dedicate myself to hiking in late 2016, and felt really alone in my ventures. But with GWH, I was floored by the community of hiking WOMEN that existed and I could not leave. Ironically, the trip never happened, but luckily for me, I found something better--an organization that empowers and connects women by creating a save space for women in the outdoors.

What made you want to become a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: Hiking/Backpacking has really enriched my life. I have been fortunate to do so much in my first year of hiking and what I have experienced besides the beauty that is nature, is that there is beauty in so many people. Trail Magic is so real!! Being an ambassador really allows me to mentor new hikers and also facilitate the positive connections between members that also makes hiking so wonderful. I love sharing my passion with others, and hope I can hp create a lovely experience for them as well.

How did you get into hiking?: Truth be told, I actually got into backpacking before I got into hiking. And just like so many other women before me, I got into hiking because of a boy! Womp womp! Haha, I planned a trip to Havasupai in August 2016 with no idea what I was doing, but it ended up being what got me hooked. Poor guy is no longer in the picture, but my wanderlust is still going strong!

What's your favorite thing about spending time in the outdoors?: Being outdoors allows me to be stress-free. It was the most liberating thing to experience when I did not even consider myself a stressed person. But to be in the fresh air, use my body to move through beautiful landscapes, and clear my mind of the day-to-day worries, really is my favorite thing about being in the outdoors. But let's be real for second...I also love not having to shower when I am in the backcountry, HAHA! Anyone else feel me? Put my hair in braids, wear a hat, put my home in a pack, and LET'S GO! #noshame #babywipesarelife

List three things you can't go hiking without: Besides the Ten Essentials? My buff (or bandana), a hat, and....SOUR PATCH KIDS!

What do you love the most about being a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: So far, leading group hikes! The ladies are so positive, friendly, and welcoming--it truly is something special to partake in.

What advice would you give ladies who are new to hiking?: I would advise new hikers to be really over-prepared. Research the trailhead locations, bathroom options, directions, etc. Take that extra food, water, and clothes! Invest in a proper first aid kit. You never know when something can go wrong, and it is better to be prepared than to not have what you need. Also, don't be shy! I booked a backpacking trip on the Trans-Catalina Trail with another GWHLA gal that I met on the island and not before!. We spent six days hiking together and is now one of the dearest people I know and my trail sister for life. You never know the wonderful people you will meet!

Instagram Handle: @thegnomadheart

Blog: www.thegnomadheart.com

You can join Naomy on her group hikes through the Inland Empire chapter at http://www.facebook.com/groups/girlswhohikeie/

Meet our #GWHAmbassadors: Carolyn Fox

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Name: Carolyn Fox

Hometown/Current Home: Simi Valley, California / Las Vegas, Nevada

What chapter are you an Ambassador for?: GWHNV

How long have you been apart of Girls Who Hike for?: About 7 months

How did you find the Girls Who Hike organization?: I was following lots of hiking groups on FB and IG, GWH was the only one that I followed pretty closely.

What made you want to become a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: I had already led a few hikes. I also really love the desert and love showing people why the desert can be such an amazing place despite what people most commonly think.

How did you get into hiking?: My first hike was when I was three. I was in a backpack my dad wore while hiking in Yosemite National Park. Needless to say, it just kind of stuck. I guess I'm lucky, I didn't have to learn to love it, I was born loving it.

What's your favorite thing about spending time in the outdoors?: I am a very stressed out person, and for some reason it all goes away when I hit the trail. I feel this euphoria when I'm in the wilderness and I can usually forget all of my problems and focus on the task at hand. It's become addictive. I love it!
 

List three things you can't go hiking without:
1.Now, a paper map (it can never fail me like my other phone, GPS, and such has)

2.Water (at least 3 liters at all times, especially in the desert)

3.My rosary (You never know when you're going to have to pray yourself out of it, and I have)

What do you love the most about being a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: I love teaching and showing other girls how amazing hiking can be. I have been able to get people who would have never set out on a dirt path to love it. I enjoy inspiring others to do the impossible. The love for hiking can be contagious, and you'll catch it from me.

What advice would you give ladies who are new to hiking?: "Too much is never enough!" This is a phrase my roomie and I coined over the summer. We are mostly referring to hiking, water, sunscreen, and snacks.

I have a YouTube Hiking Channel. My Beagle Charlie wears a GoPro when we hike.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTu0rY1jKYJ3kYNu4x51LPg

IG:  @2Beagles.1Jeep

 

You can check out Carolyn's upcoming group hikes by joining the Nevada chapter at http://www.facebook.com/groups/girlswhohikenv/