I have a soft spot for road trips. While I love nothing more than being fully immersed in the wilderness, hiking a trail, there’s nothing like not having a care in the world and watching views pass by in the comfort of your car.
Why hello there. Founder Dani here! Whether you’re going hiking this weekend or starting the 52 Hike Challenge next year, it can be difficult to know what exactly to put in your day pack. As a Mountain Chick myself, I remember the days when I first started hiking and I brought everything under the moon with me on trail. Too many snacks, sunglasses I wouldn’t wear, a change of clothes, a blanket- why? To be honest, I couldn’t really tell you why. I guess a part of me was reliving my childhood years when I would have all the different colored markers and be the one kid that had a mini stapler. Yeah. That was me.
I’m a sucker for pine trees. I usually spend most of my Arizona days up North because there’s something about being surrounded by the little green Arizona has that I just love. Maybe it’s because Christmas is my favorite holiday and I’m all about that Christmas tree life... Yeah, that’s it. But hey, can you blame me? They make for great photos.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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”.
I remember the first time I went hiking; I had no idea what I was doing. I had recently moved to San Diego in 2013 and my new roommate suggested that I join her on this hike to Iron Mountain. I didn’t really think anything of it, and all she told me was to bring water and wear some sturdy shoes. Let’s just say that I was huffing and puffing for the first quarter mile.