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