Not All Who Wander Are Lost: A Blog for Adventurous Women

Anna Claire Eddington

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Adventure Travel and Social Media

Posted by Anna Claire Eddington on Mar 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In our opinion, adventure travel is about much more than just taking a trip.

It’s about dreaming of a destination, diligently researching travel plans, and stressing about your luggage.

It’s about immersing yourself in new place- its food, culture, customs, and sites- and exploring a new side of yourself.

It’s about sharing your photos and memories, and recognizing how your travels have impacted your life. 

women using an ipad and sharing stories about recent travel

So yes, adventure travel is more than just taking a trip. That’s why we’ve been dedicating more time to social media- it lets us interact with adventurous women and help develop a network that supports every stage of adventure travel, from the dreaming to the jetlag. 


Facebook: Our Adventures in Good Company Facebook page is the primary way that we share all the amazing things going on at AGC, along with any helpful tidbits we think you’d like to know. We like to share photos from our recent trips and as well as travel inspiration- quotes, destinations, and photos. Anyone can follow us and "like," "comment" or "share" the posts that peak their interest. And we love it when people do those things! Our followers' interaction with our Facebook posts helps inform our opinions about which trips, destinations, and ideas people are most excited about. Follow and interact with us, we love to keep in touch! 

The Friends of Adventures in Good Company page is a little different. It’s a closed group, meaning that only people who request membership and are approved can be involved in the conversation. This is a hub of community conversation and is run by YOU rather than US. Looking for rain pants? Ask for recommendations here. Find a really great deal on flights? Tell your friends here. Need help deciding which AGC trip you should take next? Poll the group. Everyone in this group is a woman with an interest in adventure travel so you have a carefully curated group of woman who can help you navigate the world of adventure travel. 

Instagram: Instagram is a great spot to share your own adventure photos and see other women’s adventure travel experiences all around the world. On our AGC Instagram account we post stunning photos about our trips and other inspirational adventure travel pictures. We also like to follow you in return to keep up with you and share your photos with our audience! 

Hashtags: Any time you post a picture from an AGC trip to social media, consider adding #myAGCtrip to the caption. Not only does it mark you as a member of our travel community, it helps connect you to us and other women who have traveled with AGC. You can search this hashtag to see how other women have experienced an AGC trip.


As we continue to support women on and off the trail with our social media efforts, we hope you'll join us and find inspiration and excitement for your own adventure travels. 

Topics: miscellaneous, marketing

Training For a Hike On and Off the Trail

Posted by Anna Claire Eddington on Mar 5, 2018 11:33:20 AM

Training For a Hike On and Off the Trail 

Three women walking to train for a hike

Hero images/ Getty images

If you think that the only way to train for a hike is by going hiking, you’re not alone. But if you’re just getting back into hiking or are planning a longer hiking trip than you’ve tried before, proper off-trail training is important.

A combination of strength training, cardiovascular exercisebalance and stretching can add up to a well-tuned happy hiker. We've pulled together some of our favorite fitness tips and resources with the help of long-time AGC guide Claire Lukas. 


Strength Training

Why: Strength training provides core strength to keep you upright and balanced.  It improves bone density, increases the strength of connective tissue, muscles and tendons.

Here are a few of our favorite resources for strength training:

Strength Training for Hikers (video)

Top Three Exercises for Hikers (video)

Training on the Trail (article)



Why: Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise (cardio), is any exercise that gets your heart rate to beat at a higher rate than normal and your breathing rate to increase over a sustained length of time.  Find something that you enjoy and mix it up. 

 Here are some suggestions for hiking-specific cardio training that you can do on your own, in a gym, or outdoors. 

Stairmaster - Treadmill - Bike - Hike - Swim - Stadium stairs

Total Body Hiking Workout (article with pictures)

Hiker-Specific Treadmill Workout (article)



Why: Our brain depends on three different signals to get its information. Adding exercises to strengthen your core, legs and ankles will improve your balance and stability, reducing the risk of ankle rolls and knee damage on the trail. 

These are some of our favorite resources for balance training:

Unstable and Imbalanced: A Hiker's Workout (videos)

Hiking Training (article)

Balance Training Exercises (video)



Why: Stretching is another important component to a successful training program and probably the most ignored. Here are a few websites with helpful stretches and suggestions for dynamic and static stretching:

Stretches for Before a Hike

Yoga for Hikers and Backpackers

Stretches for After a Hike

Use a Foam Roller to Ease Hiking Muscles  


You know your body better than anyone. Finding what feels good to you is the most important part of a training program.  Whether it’s at home, at the gym or on the trail, your training routine should be something you look forward to and that prepares you to be a happy hiker.

For a more in-depth looking at training for hiking download our hiking e-guide, prepared and practiced by AGC guides. 


Requisite disclaimer: Any exercises you read about on this site are to be attempted at your own risk. It's always a good idea to do weight lifting movements with a partner and/or spotter. Any action taken based on the contents of this website is to be used solely at your own discretion, risk and liability. Always consult appropriate health professionals before proceeding with any action related to your health and exercise. While the information provided in this article is believed to be accurate, the author assumes no liability for the use or misuse of information.

Topics: health and fitness, trip preparation, hiking trips

Seven FAQs about Leave No Trace

Posted by Anna Claire Eddington on Feb 14, 2018 11:34:13 AM

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You’ve heard of Leave No Trace (LNT). You take only pictures and leave only footprints. But you probably still have questions about how to follow LNT guidelines in less obvious ways. You're not alone! 

Here are the seven LNT-related questions that we most commonly get asked and our responses to them.

  1. What do I do with my toilet paper?

We get it- sometimes nature calls and the only resource you have is a small shovel and a tree. Responsible outdoorswomen have three options:

  • Pack it out. That means that if you choose to use real toilet paper you should put it in a plastic bag when you’re done and dispose of it once you’re back in civilization.
  • Use natural toilet paper. Believe it or not, natural toilet paper is as sanitary as regular toilet paper when done correctly. Popular options are flat stones, smooth leaves, and snow (a snow wipe is one of life's great experiences!) and they negate the need to bury or pack anything out.
  • Bury it. This option is a barely an option at all because it’s hard to do correctly. It’s acceptable to bury your non-scented toilet paper alongside your waste when you’ve dug a proper cathole (6-8 inches deep), but only in areas where it can easily break down and decompose. That means that areas like deserts, glaciers, or frozen tundra are off limits. But if we’re being honest, almost NOBODY digs a deep enough hole and what we often see is animals who have dug down two inches and brought your TP to light. 


  1. Banana and orange peels are biodegradable, can I leave them behind?

Biodegradable, yes. Native, no. Most of the tasty natural snacks we bring into the woods aren’t native to many natural environments and therefore aren’t suitable food for local wildlife. An apple core isn’t going to dramatically disrupt a local ecosystem but it is, ultimately, harmful to wildlife because animals would otherwise forage and eat a nutritious diet derived from their natural environment. Feeding wildlife damages health, alters their natural behaviors, and exposes them to a dependence on humans.

Ask yourself this question: Would this [insert biodegradable item] be here if I weren’t?

  1. What do I do when I find trash on the trail?

First off, you make a mental note of how it has disrupted your wooded bliss and re-vow that you won’t be a trail litterer. Secondly, if it’s safe and sanitary to do so, pick it up and pack it out. Every little bit helps so do what you can. If you come across waste that is too large for you to remove make a mental note of its location and report it to the park staff or landowner.

  1. Will it really make a difference if I take just one pinecone (or rock, leaf, flower, etc) home as a souvenir?

It likely won’t make a dramatic difference in the ecology of the region if you take one natural souvenir, but if every person who walks a particular trail takes something home then that could lead to a massive disruption in the local ecosystem. The plants and animals that make up that ecosystem each have a particular role to play and our mere presence is disrupting their natural pattern and lifecycle. Adding to or taking away from a natural environment, no matter how small, exacerbates that impact. At the end of the day it’s the principle of the matter.

  1. What do you do if the snow pack is too deep to dig a cathole for human waste? 

We try to avoid these situations on our trips (let’s not be uncomfortable just for the sake of discomfort!) but we still get the question.

Burying your poop in seasonal snow is, sadly, not sufficient… so you’ll have to pack it out. This is because the snow prevents biodegradation and once the snow finally does melt it will be like you had never buried your poop at all. If the ground is frozen or the snow is too deep to bury your solid waste in a hole that is at least six inches deep, packing it out is the right choice.

  1. When is it okay to gather firewood for my campfire?

We love campfires, especially when there are s’mores involved. But as beloved as they are, campfires DO leave a trace. To minimize the impact, LNT says that you should only collect wood that has already fallen and only if there is a substantial amount of fallen wood in the area. This ensures that the micronutrients that are released into the soil as wood decomposes (and that small insects and animals feed upon) remain plentiful, avoiding large-scale disruption of the ecosystem.

  1. I’ve been told it’s okay to poop on the beach below the tide line. Is that gross?

Wow, so many questions about poop! But it’s better to know. Gross is a subjective question, so we’ll just address the ethics of it. It is in accordance with LNT teachings to dispose of human waste in the ocean but only when there is significant wave action and/or currents. That means not in eddies, streams, or standing water where people might camp, cook, or clean. Think of the beach as getting two flushes a day!

The upside to this is that you’re not contaminating land and it’s easy to wash your hands afterwards! The downside is that privacy is hard to come by and you’re likely to get wet if you’re doing this correctly.


Those might be the most popular questions about LNT, but what other questions do you have? No question is too ridiculous, and together we’re able to better mitigate our impact on the environment.




Topics: outdoors tips