Meet the Ambassadors: Meg Farrell, New York State
Name: Meg Farrell
Hometown: Fulton, NY
What chapter are you an Ambassador for?: New York
How long have you been apart of Girls Who Hike for?: Only 4 months! I just moved back home after spending two years in Ireland.
How did you find the Girls Who Hike organization?: I was bummed to be leaving Ireland because I had finally found a couple of friends to hike regularly with me. Moving back to New York, I knew that my hiking buddies would be far and few between. I started Googling anything with “New York” and “hiking group” together, and I found my savior — Girls Who Hike.
What made you want to become a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: I just love to get outdoors, and I wanted to make as many excuses as possible to not only ensure I remember to get outside, but to get other ladies out with me! I know what it’s like to be passionate about hiking, but not have friends who are always available and who feel the same. I just knew I wanted to help spread the GWH Mission: To connect women with other local women to hit the trails together.
How did you get into hiking?: My parents taught me to love the outdoors before I could walk! We were always camping or canoeing, so it was just natural with me. When I decided to enroll as a freshman at SUNY Plattsburgh in New York State, I snagged one of the thirty spots available to incoming freshman in their “Odyssey” program. We spent a week exploring in the Adirondack Park, and it was here in 2007 that I hiked my first High Peak. If you’re familiar with the Adirondacks, there is a challenge to become a “46er” — where you hike all 46 high peaks in the ADKs which have an elevation of at least 4,000 feet. My goal is to get all 46 one day!
What's your favorite thing about spending time in the outdoors?: The simple, pure serenity of it. We all have our demons, and being in the woods or on a summit clears them all away.
List three things you can't go hiking without: That’s a tricky one — I’m always over-prepared. But, I guess the top three things on a day hike would be water, snacks, and my iPhone. (Safety first! And for Instagram of course.)
What do you love the most about being a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: Since I’ve become an ambassador, I absolutely love that I have been making real connections with women all over the country. If I could help out with the GWH organization as full-time job, I’d fully commit. Aside from the connections I’ve made, I also love that a few of my closest friends have decided to become GWH members. I was with a couple of them when they witnessed their first summit view, and it’s something I’ll probably never forget. I love that my excitement has transpired to them, lighting their own curiosity and eagerness to hit the trails.
What advice would you give ladies who are new to hiking?: If you’re interested in hiking, just do it! If you’re inexperienced or would feel more comfortable starting with a group, check the Events tab in the Girls Who Hike Facebook page for your state. We have a chapter in nearly every state now, and it’s our job to make you feel comfortable! Don’t worry about having the name brands or the latest gear. As long as you have your Ten Essentials, proper footwear, water, and snacks, you’ll be okay.