Girls Who Hike Los Angeles Ambassador Sasha Pechenaya gives a thorough review of her favorite hiking day pack! As Sasha says, "It was exactly 1 year ago that I went on my first official hike with GWHLA with just a water bottle in hand. Trailing behind the ladies, I couldn't help but think how "official" everyone looked "hands free" with some blue tube contraption coming out of their back. The next day, I went to REI (Recreation Equipment, Inc) to purchase what would be the first of many backpacks I would trial throughout the year..."Read More
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."
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..."Read More
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!"Read More
Havasupai has quickly become one of the most popular hiking destinations in the United States. While it's famous for its gorgeous waterfalls, teal blue pools, and red rock backdrops, it is notoriously hard to obtain permits. To help make sense of the process and alleviate the stress of permit applications, Girls Who Hike Inland Empire Ambassador, Naomy Ramirez, writes about the permit application process and gives tips and tricks for success!Read More