Hiking friends are the best kind of friends to have.
I think it’s because they ‘get it’…they understand the need to bag or peak, or seek solace in nature.
A few weeks ago I was feeling kind of discouraged. As you probably noticed Hike Like A Woman grew really big, really fast. I wasn’t prepared for the growth at all. I was excited to see it…but I was also kind of bummed out. The fast growth meant that people were tossing negative vibes our way without even understanding what our community is all about.
While I was trying to sort all of this out a thought came to mind.
Outdoor women need each other. That’s why we’re here.
We need friends who know our heart. We need friends who boost us up, not criticize us and put us down.
My very best friends in the whole world have been friends who have hoisted up a pack and climbed a mountain with me.
They are the friends that encourage me.
They are friends who support our goals, dreams, and passions and they do it while having genuine conversations in the outdoors.
I thought and thought about what makes those friends, my hiker friends, my skier friends, my snowshoe friends my very best friends.
It’s because there’s something awesome about being in the wilderness together.
The mountain is a huge equalizer.
Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate between race, religion, political affiliation or socioeconomic status. We all get sunburns. We all get blisters. We all get hungry, and tired and cranky. We all experience the good with the bad, the climb with the view together.
When you’re climbing a mountain no one cares what kind of a car you drive or how much money you have in your savings account.
When I’m surrounded by nature with my hiker trash friends I’m less caddy. I’m less judgmental, critical and gossipy. Nature brings out the best in me.
I think it has something to do with shared experience- we all smile when we see a beautiful view or watch a toddler walk down a trail for the first time. We all laugh at silly jokes and sigh when our children start whining halfway through a hike.
And that’s the whole point. We need that positivity, that strength. We need that bond.
It doesn’t matter whether we’re on the same trail or just connected via the world wide web thousands of miles apart.
Some of the best days I have are the ones where it’s me and a bunch of my tired Mom friends schlepping our kids up a mountain. We need each other, and those are memories that I cherish.
Do you think that outdoor women need each other?