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/