2018-2019 Ambassador Team
Hometown: This is really tough. I’ve moved around a lot. Let’s go ahead and put where I am now – Herndon, VA.
Occupation: I’m currently a student studying Public Health and Communications plus I’m a CPR/First Aid Instructor, but my last real job was as the Nurse Educator for a hospice in San Francisco. I’d research, write and deliver seminars about end-of-life issues to audiences (health care professionals and community members) of 3-1500. I loved it. I’ve also been a nurse for almost 20 years.
Favorite Local Hike: I love to follow the trails at Sky Meadows up to the AT and follow that to Harper’s Ferry. It’s a good couple of days and it’s beautiful!
Hometown: New Canaan, CT (currently in Eugene, OR)
Occupation: Financial Analyst
Favorite Hike: Spencer’s Butte (featured in my picture). Not only is it my favorite hike, but it also is part of my favorite skyline, which can be seen from downtown Eugene, OR.
Name: Victoria Fulfer
Hometown: Narragansett, RI
Occupation: Ph.D. Student in Oceanography
Favorite Hike: Escoheag Falls in RI, Mt. Moosilauke in New England
Name: Sam Palmer
Hometown: Mission, British Columbia
Occupation: Stay at home Mom
Favourite local hike: Sandy Cove. It’s a short one, but the beach is magical!
Name: Jessie Pulley
Hometown: Charles Town, WV
Occupation: Veterinary Nurse & Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Favorite Local Hike: Raven Rocks, Bluemont, VA
Name – Lauren Fraser
Hometown – Soldotna, Alaska
Occupation – Web Designer
Favorite Local Hike – I love them all! I enjoy getting above treeline, so I tend to choose hikes that get you out of the trees quickly.
Name : Allison Gonzalez
Hometown : Brentwood
Occupation : Customer Service Manager
Favorite Local Hike : Redwoods Regional Park, Oakland
Name: Jana Strahan
Hometown: Wheatland, WY
Occupation: Farmer, knitting instructor/youtuber, essential oil consultant
Favorite local hike: Anything in the Snowy Range west of Laramie. I love the mountains, the aspens and the alpine lakes!
Name: Cheryl Ridlon.
Hometown: Jemez Springs, New Mexico!
Occupation: I do investigations for the federal government, but my heart is in volunteering with the fire department as a firefighter and chaplain.
Favorite Local Hike: Just one?! Cerro Grande is my all time favorite “backyard hike”, or Wheeler Peak for a more adventurous all day or weekend hike.
Name: Kristen Kupperman
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Favorite Local Hike: Portage Pass
Name: Laura Saufley
Hometown: Greenville, NC
Occupation: I work night shift as an RN plus I homeschool my 5 kids–both jobs keep me super busy!
Favorite Local Hike: Define local? LOL! Our family lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for almost ten years and I still consider that our home away from home. When we visit, we love to hike along Skyline Drive. There are so many beautiful waterfalls and the hikes to them are relatively short and easy for kids. Hikes along or to water are my favorite!
Name- Emily Marquis
Hometown- Salida, CO
Occupation- Celebrant, Yoga Instructor & Life Coach
Favorite Local Hike- S Mountain or Tenderfoot
Name: Elizabeth (Liz) Scott-McKean
Hometown: Lakewood, Colorado
Occupation: Associate Managing Director at Miners Alley Playhouse
Favorite Trail: Abyss Trail
Name: Francis Vaughan
Hometown: Garner, NC
Occupation: Senior Manager, Customer Service
Favorite Local Hike: I love hiking in the NC mountains. There isn’t much that makes me happier than driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopping at various spots along the way. The smell, the views, the flowers and trees are all spectacular. If I had to choose one place about it would be Crabtree Falls. The hike is only a few miles long but worth every step.
Name: Kathryn Jones
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Occupation: Stay at home mom and part time teacher for VIP KID and Tinkergarten
Favorite Local Hike: I love so many local hikes, but my favorite has got to be the quarry trail at Ruffner mountain.
Name: Sierra Woods
Hometown: Mitchell, SD
Occupation: Cardiac & Interventional X-ray Technologist / Part-time blogger
Favorite Local Hike: Meadow Falls Trail in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest (near Silver Lake)
Name: Madelene Elfstrom
Hometown: Virginia native living in Mesa Verde Colorado
Occupation: Wildland Firefighter
Favorite Local Hike: Just moved to this area but I really like the Spruce Canyon Trail
Name: Kimberly Coats
Hometown: ?? Born in Chicago, raised in Kansas City, my go to “hometown” is Las Vegas, my new hometown Savery, WY
Occupation: Director of Marketing & Logistics for Africa Rising Cycling
My favorite hike: Bristlecone Trail at Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas you can’t believe you’re only 20 minutes from Vegas and it’s so peaceful. It was my “UNVegas” hike.
2017-2018 Ambassador Team
Name: Mickey Sanderson
Hometown: O’Fallon, IL
Occupation: Aside from being a mom of four amazing kiddos, I run two small home based businesses and a small blog. I am the owner of Switchback Kinetics, Arrettia Mae’s Closet on Etsy, and Hikeitmomma.
Favorite Local Hike: My favorite local hike is probably Vedawoo. There is a few different trails that I can choose from. The scenery is always changing and that is why I love Wyoming. There is always a new backdrop on the trail.
What Hike Like A Woman means to you & why you wanted to be part of this team? There is not a simple answer, Hike Like a Woman had an answer to all my prayers. A community of strong brave women. The words, “like a girl” or “like a woman”, stereotypically mean weak, timid, afraid, inhibited or inferior. I firmly believe that girls and women are extremely strong! Women are courageous, they have tenacity, they have willpower, drive, determination, brilliance, and devotion. They’re empowered, uninhibited, outspoken to a fault, brave, and sometimes fighting for their lives or the life of a loved one. That’s what it means to me, to fight, to survive, to hike, “Like a Woman.” To me, Hike Like a Woman was a community where I could find other women who shared my love for the outdoors. Somewhere to read stories of experiences and always found new advice. Hike like a woman to me was a place where I found like minded women who are not afraid to brave the outdoors with their children or solo, no matter what anyone says. I wanted to be a part of Hike like a woman because I wanted to contribute to the bigger picture and help other women learn how to hike longer and recover faster. I wanted to share with other women how to get outdoors with their children. Also being a mother of an Autistic child, I want to be an advocate for therapy from unrestricted outdoor play. It changes my son’s life the moment we take him outdoors. I want to share with other families like ours just how much taking your children outdoors for even an hour, is the best thing we can do to help them grow.
Name: April McPherson
Hometown: Running Springs, CA, now rooted to Cedar City, UT (I’m a S. CA transplant now in S. Utah!)
Occupation: Part office manager, part photography teacher, and part musician
Favorite Local Hike: This is such a hard question but honestly, I think I’m going to have to go with the Ashdown Gorge area of Southern Utah. Hiking through the gorge is unreal and you almost always see no one!
What Hike Like A Woman means to you & why you wanted to be part of this team: HLAW is an environment (or rather a way of life!) scattered worldwide that allows me to connect with like-minded and genuine women that I otherwise would never know existed. That’s a very powerful impact that I think we all need and that’s what drove me to want to be a part of this team. Not only can I develop my skills and get advice/feedback from others, but I can share my knowledge as well. It’s truly inspirational!
You can also find me here: https://www.aprillouisephotography.com/
Lori RobertsAmbassador- Canada
Name: Lori Roberts
Hometown: Surrey, BC Canada
Employment: Education Assistant/Surrey Schools (I work with the biggest school district in BC under the direction of the teacher; working with students that have special needs) My ideal job would be working with kids or at risk youth in an outdoor school or as a Park Ranger.
Favorite hike: Garibaldi Lake in Squamish, BC. It’s 18 Kilometers /820 meters elevation of forest, mountains ending with a beautiful glacier fed turquoise blue lake.
I started hiking 6 years ago when my mom and I went on a road trip to meet family in Smither’s & Old Hazelton, BC, Canada. I meet a glacier there named, Roche de Boule that I fell in love with and knew in that moment hiking was my calling. It reminded me of my younger days when my dad took me hiking on the local mountains. Since then I have hiked every weekend in the spring, summer, and fall and snowshoed in the winter. I started blogging my hikes because I love writing and I wanted to get people outdoors.
I have some fears (jagged peaks, drop offs and log crossings) and I’m usually the slowest in any group. I enjoy my time walking through the tall timber and taking photographs along the way. Sometimes it takes me a few tries but eventually, I make it to the top. I hope and think I have inspired women to get out and hike. It doesn’t matter if you are slow or over weight. I invite people, mostly women and some men that I don’t even know to come with us. I started with one lady and together we built up a hiking group of like minded people who just need nature time. Each week I find trails, climb the mountains and enjoy my friend’s company.
One summer I was hired by one of our local on line trail guides, Vancouver Trails, to blog for them. Since I’ve been hiking, many good things have happened. I met the love of my life at the summit of a beautiful mountain and met people on the trails who are following me. That’s always exciting.
I wanted to be part of Hike Like a Woman’s community & team to spend my life inspiring women to get out and see the beauty that I see, to walk the twisted paths and to hear and breathe the sweet sounds nature has to offer. I feel honored and grateful that I have been chosen to be an ambassador for Hike Like a Woman for 2017-18. My goal is for you to live life now and get outside no matter what shape you are in, no matter if you’re overweight or slow. Just go…just see…Make today the day you Hike Like a Woman!
Lori aka Hiking for the Scaredy Cat
Name: Christina Brickwedde
Hometown: Timonium, MD
Occupation: Fundraiser in higher education
Favorite Local Hike: Big gunpowder falls infinity trail!
What Hike Like A Woman means to you & why you wanted to be part of this team: Hike Like a Woman means being myself. Sometimes, I think we’re pulled in so many directions that we don’t know who we even are or want to be. But when I’m on the trail, it’s really clear. And when I’m with women who understand that – who see the power in simply ‘taking a walk’ – I can be myself then, too. And there really isn’t a greater gift than that.
Felicia Leo KempAmbassador
Name: Felicia Leo Kemp
Hometown: I still consider Houston, TX my “hometown” (born and raised there), but our little family is settled in Elk Grove, CA.
Occupation: Legal/Compliance Analyst
Favorite Local Hike: Anything in Yosemite!
What Hike Like A Woman means to you & why you wanted to be part of this team: HLAW showed me how a community of women with a shared interest can gather around and lift each other up! Once we’re adults, it’s hard to find anything similar, unless that shared interest is mommy or profession related. Those groups are great, too, but I want to be a part of a group that is focused on having fun in a healthy way!
You can also find me here: www.familytrailtime.wordpress.com
Name: Nikki Carson
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Favorite Local Hike: Summit Lake
What HLAW means and why I want to be a part of the team: Most outdoor groups are geared towards men and it does not feel very inclusive. The outdoors are something everyone can enjoy, and if we can break down some of the barriers and showcase women getting out and DOING it, it will inspire more women to overcome fears and insecurities that society has instilled in them, and get out and experience what the great outdoors has to offer. HLAW is working towards this goal and I am very excited to play a role in that.
Elsye Chardonnay WalkerAmbassador
Name: Elsye Chardonnay Walker
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Girl Friday
Favorite Local Hike: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
What Hike Like A Woman Means To You: Hike like a woman to me means a place to share magical adventures with other like minded women. Sharing empowers others!
I wanted to be part of this team because other women inspired me to go after my outdoor dreams, time to pay it forward!
Name: Marianne Hoffman
-Mother of 2 grown kids.
-Grandmother of 3 gorgeous granddaughters who share my love of hiking and adventure.
-Dog lover and owner of Durfey the labradoodle and Hokee the rescue mutt.
-Completed the Camino de Santiago in June 2016. (I highly recommend it!)
-Avid knitter and square foot gardener.
-Certified Master Food Preserver.
-Weekend road biker.
Here’s the truth: I’d rather be outside than inside any day of the week!
Name: Crystal Osborn
Hometown: Longwood, FL
Occupation: Blogging Mom and Assistant to Real Estate Agent Husband
Favorite Local Hike: Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, FL
What Hike Like A Woman means to you & why you wanted to be part of this team:
The best way for me to describe Hike Like a Woman is Empowerment. For so many years I was told I couldn’t do something or wasn’t good enough to do it because I was a woman. Being raised in the south this is something I’ve dealt with on a day to day basis. However, after becoming a mom to a beautiful little girl I told myself, “enough is enough”. I wanted to show my daughter that as a woman you can do anything you set your mind to. My husband and I have also discussed how we wanted to raise our daughter with the love for the outdoors. We wanted her to grow up knowing there’s more to this world than just seeing it on television, to go out and explore it! So, when my daughter was 6 months old we ordered a baby carrier and began hiking. In the beginning, all the “nay sayers” would comment that hiking is a man’s hobby, or there’s no way I would continue to hike after a few weeks. But I persisted and started to find other amazing women that had a love for the outdoors like myself. That’s when I found Hike Like A Woman Podcast! As soon as I heard the first episode I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a part of this amazing group of women. It was then and there that I started researching and found the Ambassador program. As soon as I read about it I knew I wanted to be an Ambassador, to share my story, and help spread the knowledge of women in the hiking community to others. I am very excited for what this coming year will hold, and can’t wait to share more of my adventures with all of you!
You can also find me here: http://www.osbornfamilyhikes.com
Name: Jessica Hubbard
Hometown: Fruitland, Iowa
Occupation: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County/Musser Public Library/ Red Cedar Photos/Freelance Writer
Favorite Local Hike: Wild Cat Den State Park is my favorite local place to hike.
What Hike Like A Woman means to you & why you wanted to be part of this team: The idea, the word hiking can be an intimidating one. I have long envisioned the hiker as a certain person with a certain look, a look I definitely didn’t think I had. They were the person who raced to the summit of an amazing mountain top without skipping a beat and not even breathing heavy. Definitely not me. I’d trudge along and take breaks (and breathe heavy) and sometimes wonder why I was even making the attempt, but every time I made it to my destination, I’d remember this was the reason why.
I could do it, I did do it and there would be more moments like this.
The Hike Like A Woman community has inspired me, encouraged me, empowered me; reaffirmed that I don’t have to be intimidated by the idea of hiking. Women from all walks of life are hiking in different places at different paces. I believe being a part of the HLAW team will offer a connection with women who share a passion for hiking and the outdoors; a place where I can share my experiences and learn from others. And, ultimately, help me gain the knowledge, the tools and skills to encourage and support other women in my community to get outside, to hike and connect with the natural world around them.
You can also find me here: https://justmemylifeandi.wordpress.com/
Name: Sarah Kyllo
Hometown: Philomath, Oregon
Occupation: Academic Advisor
Fave Local Hike: Bald Hill (it’s close with nice views of the valley and Mary’s Peak) but if 2 1/2 hours away is considered local, then Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park. It’s steep and hard but the views are amazing.
What HLAW means and why I want to be a part of the team: Hike Like A Woman is a place where women of all ages, shapes, and backgrounds can feel empowered to get outside and try new things or skills. It is a place to learn, ask questions, to grow, to share, and to build a community of people who care about our trails, woods, natural places and each other. In a culture where woman are constantly told to act a certain way and look thin and fit, it’s great to be a part of a group like HLAW that doesn’t narrow itself to what a small segment of females actually look like. I feel the most alive when I am outside adventuring and exploring and I want to share this with other women who feel the same. It seems like there is an almost overwhelming amount to learn as I try out new things (backpacking, mountaineering, etc.) and I often feel like an imposter but having a group like this reminds me that we all start somewhere and that there are women who want to support and guide each other.
You can also find me here: http://sarahkyllo.wordpress.com
Name: Meg Atteberry
Hometown: Denver, CO
Occupation: Freelance Writer
Favorite Local Hike: That’s a tough one! There are far too many to choose here in Colorado, but my favorite one that I’ve done this year has been to Gore Lake in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness. It’s a 11.5-mile strenuous hike to a high alpine lake. The destination is well-worth the effort.
HLAW Love: Hike Like a Woman is a place where real women can connect through the love of the outdoors. I love building community and I’m excited to be a part of Hike Like a Woman’s Ambassador team. My mission is to inspire others to take a leap and step outside of their comfort zone. Have an adventure, get dirty, take on a challenge and have fun doing it! You never know what you’ll discover along the way.
Find Me Here: www.foxintheforest.net
Name: Jacquelyn O’Connor
Hometown: New Ipswich, NH
Occupation: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Favorite Hike: Kidder Mountain in New Ipswich, it’s short, but provides great views looking towards Boston and Southern NH and five minutes from my house.
Hike Like a Woman means giving the strength, power, and tools to women to get outside and explore the great outdoors. I know so many women who want to hike or do outdoor activities, but do not want to do it alone. Hike Like a Women shares their love out of the outdoors and teaches other women how to get out more and enjoy the great outdoors.
I wanted to be part of this group because I strongly believe being outside is good for the mind, body, and soul. I try to encourage as many people as I can in my professional and personal life to get outside more. This group allows women to empower each other to get outside more and I feel privileged to be chosen as part of this movement.
You can also find me here: www.gettinglosttogether.com
Bozenka RaichAmbassador-New Zealand
Name: Bozenka Raich AKA Bosh
Hometown: Wanaka, New Zealand
Occupation: Carer in a rest home, Events Coordinator/Assistant and or any role to do with events, Personal Assistant and all around funny person (no not an occupation but I can’t help being cheeky!)
Favorite Local Hike: The Routeburn Track in the South Island of New Zealand. It passes through the Mount Aspriring National Park and the Fiordland National Park. This hike was my second overnight and it will forever be one of my favorites due to its spectacular scenery and the four great women I was with. It is a must see for everyone!
What Hike Like A Woman means to me and why I wanted to be part of this team: I stumbled across Hike Like A Woman on Facebook and it called out to me. Once I read all about the group on the website I knew I just HAD to be a part of this inspirational, incredible community. I am not an advanced hiker having only just discovered my love of the mountains and the great outdoors in 2014 when I moved to New Zealand from Australia. Hike Like A Woman makes me feel it’s ok to be me no matter what my level. The group of women encourage you and support you no matter what your background. I don’t need expensive equipment or to have done this from when I was 2 or even to have grown up in the outdoors. No matter who I am this community of women inspires me and brings together people from all around the world. I wanted to be an Ambassador and part of the Hike Like A Woman team because I want to be able to inspire others just like these gorgeous women do. To put a smile on someone’s face or a boost in their step, to be able to reach out to others and let them know no matter who you or where you are getting outdoors can make you feel alive again even if it is one step at a time. The world truly is an amazing place and with a community of women having your back, you can live your dream of conquering those mountains!
Diane ShearerAmbassador-South Africa
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation: Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Favorite Local Hike: Bell Traverse in the Drakensberg. Although it’s not one of the most difficult hikes in the Drakensberg it is very exposed with a couple of scary sections and AMAZING views.
What Hike Like A Woman means to you & why you wanted to be part of this team: One of my favorite things about hiking is sitting around a campfire (or gas stove) and swapping stories about everyone’s past hikes and adventures. Well, Hike Like A Woman is the second best thing! I love reading about everyone’s adventures and thoughts from all around the world, It gives me a serious case of itchy feet.
I am often the only girl when I go hiking which is really awesome when I see the look on the boys’ faces when I scramble up the mountain faster than they can. I spend so much time with the boys that I often forget I am a girl and I think the boys do as well because I have often been called the Alpha Male of the group. Being part of the Hike Like A Woman community with badass, supportive, outdoorsy woman really gives me the support I need as a woman and a sense of belonging.
As Hike like a woman ambassadors, our love for the mountain often finds its way onto a page. I am a bit of an unconventional Hike Like A Woman Ambassador because as an artist the natural world has always been one of the biggest inspirations for my art. I love spending time in the outdoors and have been hiking, camping and climbing things since I was a kid. I love to explore the world and tell stories about my experience through drawings. Hike Like a Woman is full of women that love to create stories (art) that fellow nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can relate to and enjoy.
Find me here:
Name: Tanya Roerick
Hometown: West Bend, WI, but now residing in Bemidji, MN
Occupation: Wildlife Biologist
Favorite Local Hike: Any trails at Itasca State Park!
What HLAW means to me and why I wanted to be apart of this team: I’m so happy to be part of this team of bold, adventurous women! I love that this group not only encourages women to get outdoors, but provides support, information, and classes to make it happen! This group brings together women from all walks of life and makes anything seem possible! I love sharing my outdoor experiences and knowledge with others as well as learning new skills along the way! I’m excited to encourage more women to get outdoors and explore!
Laura FriesenAmbassador- Canada
Name: Laura Friesen
Hometown: Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation: Blogger, hairdresser, part-time berry farmer, lifelong student….
Favourite local hike: My favourite local hike isn’t really a hike at all, rather, it’s wandering around my parents’ farmyard with my Great Dane where we enjoy exploring the yard, trees, fields, and berry orchard. Living in rural Saskatchewan means I don’t have easy access to hiking trails but I still have a ton of opportunities to get outside!
What Hike Like a Woman means to me and why I wanted to be a part of the team: I’ve spent most of my life feeling thoroughly average. I’ve never been the best, the fastest, or the most athletic. For a long time, I thought this meant I was destined to be excluded from anything remotely physical and certainly didn’t think I belonged in any type of outdoor adventure sports. As an adult, I decided to just start doing more of the things I enjoyed, regardless of my skill level. I took up running and yoga. I took surf lessons in Costa Rica. I learned to SCUBA dive. And I talked my boyfriend into doing a 4-day backpacking trip in the Canadian Rockies. I was hooked. And while I have yet to master any of the above activities, they have each brought me so much joy, especially hiking. For me, Hike Like a Woman represents exactly this, the idea that the outdoors are for everybody and that you don’t have to be an expert before you even try something. I love how this community inspires and motivates without judgment or exclusion. I wanted to be on the team so that I could do my little part in encouraging other women to get outside and explore this beautiful world, no matter their background, experience, or skill level.
Find me here:
Name: Heather Smith
Hometown: Logansport, Louisiana
Occupation: Pre-K Teacher
Favorite Place To Hike: All of Arkansas
What Hike Like A Woman means to me: Hike Like A Woman means a community of women who help each other, encourage each other, and help others just get out there and face their fears. That is why I wanted to be a part of this team! It is amazing when women help empower other women. Where we lift each other up instead of tear each other down.
2016-2017 Ambassador Team