My Honeymoon: Hiking Isle Royale

What's your idea of a perfect honeymoon? A romantic beach getaway? A dreamy European vacation? A mountain retreat? 
Girls Who Hike Kentucky Ambassador, Amber Mudd, shares her experiences from her honeymoon backpacking Isle Royale National Park, one of the least visited National Parks.

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Half Dome: How A Marmot and a Mountain Helped Me Move On

Have you ever hiked Half Dome? Is it on your bucket list?
In this blog post, Girls Who Hike Los Angeles Ambassador, Mia, tells the story of her first summit of Half Dome in which she found strength after sexual assault and empowerment from a humbling climb and a willing listener.
As Mia says, "Half Dome, and the conversation I had with that marmot changed my life. It’s the best thing that I’ve ever done for myself. It was the last piece that was missing. I am so grateful to this group, to that marmot, and for whatever forces put it all in motion. A year before Half Dome I had been a shadow of myself, I had gone almost a week without talking to anyone other than my dog, I had been afraid to make eye contact with anybody, including myself in the mirror. Half Dome helped me remind myself that I was strong, capable, and powerful by myself."

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Hiking: A True Test of Relationships

The outdoors has a way of testing and revealing the truths in our relationships. In this blog post, Girls Who Hike South Carolina Ambassaor, Kailani, discusses how the outdoors has influenced all kinds of relationships in her life.
As Kailani says, "the woods have a funny way of bringing out the real, true soul in people - and I would learn quickly if this relationship would last. I mean, think about it - you’re stuck in the woods with someone for hours. You need to trust, lean on, and encourage this person because both of you need to make it out alive. You’re without cell phone reception and you’re forced to have genuine conversations… you are going to know if you’re compatible. Trust me."

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Overcoming Group Hike Anxiety

Girls Who Hike Inland Empire Ambassador Naomy talks honestly about group hike anxiety and how to overcome it. As Naomy says, "A lot of people are surprised when they find out I struggle with anxiety, especially now as an Ambassador. But don’t get me wrong, it took me a long time to overcome that initial fear of committing to a hike, especially with strangers. In fact, I STILL feel this way at times before my official meet-ups. But it gets better each time. I close my eyes and just jump right in. I fight these invisible battles with myself every single time and force myself to overcome because I know that it will be worth it. It gets easier each time..."

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Leave No Trace: Gear Guide

In the hiking community, we frequently stress the importance of leave no trace ethics on the trails. However, we less frequently discuss the importance of extending our environmental friendliness into our behaviors and actions off the trail. In this blog post, Girls Who Hike Utah Ambassador, Patrycja Witt, talks about ways you can reduce, reuse, and recycle backpacking gear in order to practice the leave no trace mindset at home.

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Same Trail, Different Seasons: Tomales Point Tule Elk Reserve

Have you ever hiked a familiar trail and had an entirely new experience from the first time you hiked it? Girls Who Hike SF/Norcal ambassador, Amanda Bartnell, highlights how the trails can throughout the year. 
As Amanda says, "in the past, I’ve found myself sticking my nose up at hikes that I’ve already completed unless they’re particularly spectacular. But recently I’ve discovered how much can change along the same trail in different seasons..."

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Meet our #GWHAmbassadors: Tara Moya-Mendez Becker

Meet Girls Who Hike South Carolina Ambassador, Tara Moya-Mendez Becker!

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Experiences as A Girl Who Hikes Georgia

Girls Who Hike Georgia Ambassador, Shelby DeCusti, talks about her experiences as a member of Girls Who Hike Georgia.
As Shelby says, "I, Shelby DeCusati, became a member of Girls Who Hike in May 2017. I was the girl who always found myself being completely restless and anxiously awaiting my next adventure. Living in the southeast, I found it difficult to find women who were as inspired or passionate about exploring the outdoors..."

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Reservations for a Visit to Paradise: Havasupai Falls

On February 1, 2018, Havasupai Permit reservations will open. To ensure you have all of the information and are prepared to book at 8 a.m., Girls Who Hike Arizona Ambassador Lisa Perez highlights all of the important details of reserving a Havasupai permit! 

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Making The Most Out of Girls Who Hike

Are you a new member of Girls Who Hike? In this blog post, Girls Who Hike Colorado Ambassador Sierra Hodges gives a step by step guide for getting involved. As Sierra says, "I know as a new member of Girls Who Hike it can be a little intimidating. It can be especially overwhelming if you just joined a chapter with a ton of members. Here are some suggestions on how to get the most out of your new found GWH membership!"

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