The Adventuress is a blog for women with adventurous spirits. It's a source of inspiration, planning, tips, and advice from experienced travelers and outdoor adventurers with the extra flair of being for women and by women only.
GPS devices are the topo maps and compass bearings of modern hikers. While they aren't maps in the traditional sense, they offer a resource for keeping track of your route and analyzing data like pace, elevation, time and distance. Gadgets with GPS systems can provide easy-to-use information on where you are, where you’ve been and where you're going.
I'm sitting here looking at a lot of snow and dreaming about being on the Appalachian Trail instead! It does seem like a long time from now but it'll be here quickly. So, to satisfy that urge to backpack, this time of year is when I begin to take a look at my 'stuff' to see what needs repair, replacement, or maybe just some good old fashioned cleaning and rehabbing!
'Ten Tips' is the perfect companion for every female hiker. It offers well-crafted, not-so-obvious tools that hikers of all experience levels can use. From lacing up your boots the first time to thru-hiking a major trail, this piece will make hiking even more enjoyable.
In our February newsletter, we talked about buffs- what they are, their many uses, and that we are starting to offer them as an option for women who go on a trip. But we had no idea where they came from until we received this email from our local partner in Spain.
Rain pants are an essential piece of outdoor gear, especially but not only for hiking trips. But do you always need them? The following two emails and responses might prove useful. As always, the answer is - it depends!
After the last blog post about How to Stay Warm in Winter a reader asked that question. And in this winter of unrelenting polar vortices and plunging temperatures, it's an important consideration.
Plunging temperatures this week may have you convinced there is no alternative to staying indoors with a good book until Spring. Think again! Staying outdoors and active improves your mood, fends off winter weight gain, and keeps your vitamin D level high. Of course you won’t want to stay outdoors if you’re cold, but follow these 5 simple tips and you’ll be able to play outdoors all day.
We always have hiking poles on the packing list of any hiking trip we offer. Here are the most common questions we get.
Hi Jan! I’ve been looking into boots and I was checking out the Keen’s Targhee II Mid Hiker that you prefer. The guy at REI suggested I go with something a bit more stout (backpacking boot vs hiking boot) since it is a multi-day backpacking trip, rather than just a day hike. Do you have an opinion on that mindset? Let me know what you think. Hi Beth Wow --- asking me if I have an opinion is sometimes quite dangerous --- and (surprise, surprise) I do have an opinion. The Grand Targhee II mid hiker is actually a pretty 'stout' boot and is considered a backpacking boot and not just a hiking boot. Unless you have some medical issues with either your feet or your ankles the lighter you can go, still maintaining support both in the ankle area and on the sole of the boot --- the better. My preference is to have some ankle support (so the mid height is perfect) and have a sole with at least a 1/2 shank support and thick vibram (or vibram-like) soles. Many backpackers are good with the lower shoe-like profile of other boots that are even more lightweight. The Keen company has actually added a great innovation to their Grand Targhee II hiking shoe --- a tightening mechanism that holds the heel in place much better than before. You may even want to give them a try. We will also be carrying 30 pounds or less which makes a difference. Perhaps the guy at REI is not familiar with Lightweight Backpacking and is thinking heavier loads? I've actually not heard of anyone thinking the Grand Targhee II is not a backpacking boot. I'd also like to interject that recently a couple of the women who have taken the Intro trip and have continued to do the Appalachian Section trips with me have gone from the heavier, full leather (really stout) boots to either the Grand Targhee or the Asolo boot that is similar. Best scenario --- buy the boots that feel the best in the store and take some hikes in them. If you find that for some reason you feel you need a heavier (or even a lighter) boot then REI will take them back as trade in. Remember --- no matter which boot you purchase to get at least 1/2 - 1 size larger than you normally buy and do purchase a pair of Superfeet (or the equivalent) to use as the inner soles. The inner soles of even the best boot are not sufficient for comfort --- just toss 'em! You'll love the Superfeet! I love these kind of questions! --- can't wait to hear more of the story. Jan P.S. Just so you know, I checked with my local REI store and spoke with their 'shoe person' and she was quite surprised that you received this advice. Their training is in line with what I also advocate --- the lighter the better (barring any medical/physical issues) and the 'stouter' boot is generally recommended only for carrying 60 pounds and/or for winter and over and even then, they still feel that you should purchase the lightest weight boot your feet can handle. I would take this guy's advice 'with a grain of salt' though. Have a gear question? Ask Jan, our very own gear head!
We are all huge fans of using trekking poles on almost any hiking, trekking or backpacking trip. They so clearly contribute to your safety (by improving your balance and stability) and health (by saving stress on your knees), plus conserve your energy by transferring some of the work to your arms and chest, that we can't imagine why anyone would choose not to use them. Yes, they may take a little getting used to and instruction is helpful when you're first starting, but that should not deter you.
One of our guides just returned from the Canadian Rockies Hiking holiday, a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies, and wrote "A participant suggested a topic for a blog...basically, it was 'why we are carrying all this stuff and wearing hiking boots when others are wearing flip flops and not carrying a damn thing' ".