Let me just start this post by saying - I looooove granola. Crunchy, sweet, carby goodness, AND super easy to make (thank goodness, because store bought gets expensive really quick). Granola can be a great option for hiking and backcountry trips because it’ll provide quick energy, packs up light enough, and can be a cheap(er) alternative to other hiking foods. Not to mention, what Mountain Chicks doesn’t love some homemade goodness while away from home?
In March of 2017 I was lucky enough to be invited by a Mountain Chick who won a permit to backpack the core zone of the Enchantments from June 21-25th. The Enchantment wilderness outside of Leavenworth, Washington is highly protected and if you are lucky enough to score a permit for an extended stay; here is some trail beta and logistics from my experience.
So I have a list. It’s written on a notepad that I snagged from a hotel room years ago. The list contains about 15 different locations I want to travel to at some point in my life. I’m constantly adding and subtracting from this list, but always try to keep it around 15-20 destinations so I can turn those dreams into goals. Honestly, I want to see all the places, and do all the things, all around the world, but until I’m ready to leave life behind, I’ll stick to what’s currently on the list. Iceland actually wasn’t on it.
Well, here it is! The end of my seven week road trip through the Western United States. I’m a little bit funny in that I love adventure, but I’m also very much a homebody. I’ve been half way across the world and been content to come home after two weeks.
With my 29th birthday approaching this week, I have been very aware of the fact that my 20’s are quickly slipping away. That, and how my undying love for jelly donuts are bringing the gym and I closer together.
Tis the season? Not quite, but with cool weather and the changing leaves, who wouldn't want something warm and hearty to enjoy under the stars?
I like to travel, especially with my husband. We’ve taken boats, trains, planes, cars and even bikes to all different types of destinations. But putting on some good hiking boots, slappin’ on my backpack, and trekking across a country by foot is by far my favorite way to travel.
How many of you Mountain Chicks celebrated National Public Lands Day? We did! Arizona Ambassador Lauren wrote this blog for you women who hike that are looking to learn move about how to serve the public lands that serve you.
Need we say more? These brownies will give you women who hike and camp the chocolate fix you're looking for.
It’s Fall! You know that that means. Changing colors, cools weather, maybe some sweaters. For this Mountain Chick, though, it means it’s hiking season. I’m based out of Arizona, so in the summer heat, I resort to late night camping in the hopes of escaping the sun for a little bit while still being outside, which usually results in me picking out a campsite, waking up in the A.M., then realizing that my midnight vision of what I thought the site actually looked like, is completely different.
I’m all about exploring unfamiliar places. I mean, I’m in the desert, so “yay” to seeing more than cactus and dirt. Iceland really didn’t make my list until earlier this year. I had a friend visit in late Fall, early winter, which looked like a wonderful time, but that snow life is not for me. Then after a quick Google search, I’m seeing waterfalls, mossy fields, glaciers, horses, sheep, volcanoes- pretty much everything a Lord of the Rings fan could ask for, minus the elves.
Who's ready to get to cookin'? They say if it's too hot, get out of the kitchen, so we moved to the campfire. Gather around folks! The #MtnChicksCampfireKitchen is open! Every Friday from now until whenever, we'll be dishing up our favorite outdoor recipes to fuel your adventures. Happy Foodie Friday to all you women who hike and explorers alike. This first recipe comes from Illinois Ambassador Jenn.
I'm on a plane you know. Not just any plane though, I'm on a plane to Iceland. Ah yes. Iceland. Did you know that Iceland is green and Greenland is ice? The irony, right? That's not what I'm getting at, though. This blog is your guide to Banff National Park.
Growing up in the city never led me to believe that one day I would be a tree loving, Jeep riding, mountain dweller. But that’s bullshit. I knew on some level that I belonged in the wild. I can remember sitting in my grandparent’s backyard in the outskirts of Chicago, digging up rocks and dirt with a shovel and a toothbrush, thinking I had hit the archaeological jackpot. If I wasn’t outside, I pretended I was.
There are hundreds of reasons to get outside and spend some time on the trails; the endorphins, the exercise, the time spent with friends (to name just a few of my favorites). But as I’ve continued to grow in my capabilities as an outdoors(wo)man in my home province of British Columbia, I’ve found another motivating factor sneak its way in - accomplishment.
When you think “vacation”, I’m sure you are picturing blue skies, a blazing sun, sandy beaches, a Mai Tai in one hand, and if you’re me, a chicken wing in the other.
So flying to an island south of the Arctic Circle, which starts with the word “ice” if you didn’t catch that, is out of the question, ESPECIALLY during winter. I mean, how are you supposed to wear your bikini on a beach like this?
We got lost on winding gravel roads, cars ran out of oil, everyone ran out of water, we endured over 9 hours of intense heat, got sunburn, swam in a lake fed by irrigation water, and got bitten up by mosquitos.
Feeling myself emotionally attached to these hiking socks as I put them on. Finding myself already quite attached to these boots, these boots that are the best I’ve ever owned! These boots that have kept my feet dry and warm ankle deep in a creek or rivers edge shooting the photographs I am falling so in love with.
Washington Ambassador, Sulee, here! It's summer time, that means Mountain Chicks are out in full force at all the hiking trails. For the crazy dog parents such as myself, you know my dogs go with me on just about every hiking/backpacking trip! However, hiking and backpacking with dogs comes with great responsibilities because it is no longer just about the women who hike.
Leave No Trace principles are standards all Mountain Chicks must live by. It's important to keep the environment in the same condition, or better, as when you found it. In today's blog, Oregon Ambassador Logan goes explains the principles and importance of them.
SoCal ambassador, Micha here! One of the biggest challenges with backpacking is knowing what to pack, and just how much. Dehydrated food bags can be confusing with their multiple servings and the need to mix a certain amount of water. Not to mention the weight of having to carry a stove. So, what’s a Mountain Chick to do? Pack PROBAR!
All yes. Tamolitch Pool. Aka Blue Pool in good ol' Oregon! You know Mountain Chicks hit that ;). Read about Washington and Oregon Ambassadors Jessica and Madi's adventure to the Blue Pool and some other OR gems. As told by Jessica. Enjoy!
Hey Mountain Chicks! Colorado ambassador Sarah here. I can’t tell you how many times people have reacted with shock and confusion when I say “Yes, I backpack/hike alone.” Usually, a response sounds something like “But aren’t you afraid?”, “What if something happens?”, “But we love you and don’t want to see you get hurt”. Really?!?! I mean, it’s 2017 and women are capable of far greater things than just backpacking alone and yes, “I love you too”.
Hi Mountain Chicks! NorCal ambassador, Molly here. Alright, so you’ve made it to San Francisco and amidst all the city lights, drag shows, overpriced restaurants, fellow tourists and concrete hills you require some nature time, as all Mountain Chicks do. Well you’re in luck because the Bay Area is chalked full of national and regional parks with fantastic views with a solid variety of levels.