Posts tagged outdoors
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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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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10 Accessible Adventures in National Parks

Have you found your park? Girls Who Hike Tennessee Ambassador, Victoria Godwin, shares 10 accessible adventures in National Parks throughout the country. As Victoria says, "One of my favorite things about the National Park system is that it offers something for everybody, no matter one’s background, interests, age, or abilities. While many parks have facilities that were built before the creation of the ADA act in 1990, the National Park Service strives to create parks and facilities that can be enjoyed by all, including those with permanent or temporary disabilities, limited mobility, hearing/visual impairments, and their companions. This list is by no means exhaustive, but provides a snapshot of some of the diverse experiences the parks have to offer!

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"Please, Feed the Hikers": Backpacking Food to Satisfy

Are you looking for new ideas for backpacking food? Girls Who Hike Central Coast Ambassador Avery Nicol shares a few tips for new backpacking foods and where to buy them! As Avery says, "During my last backpacking trip we felt like we went a tad overboard, not only did we bring too much food but the grub we did bring didn’t do the trick to appease my rumbling appetite. With that being said, here I have compiled a couple links to tasty meals and treats that you can throw in your pack that will make a cookout fit for a queen (or king) and make your grocery trip a breeze."

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