How To Use Bear Spray

In 2000 I was living and training for biathlon in Canada. On July 6th, I had a good friend and teammate get attacked and killed by a black bear in Quebec. One minute she was out on the run through the trees; the next minute, we were all getting phone calls about Mary Beth’s death. I […]

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How To Have A Stress-Free Hike

The internet is bursting right now with studies showing that time spent hiking in nature reduces stress. It’s true nature is affordable (albeit not professional) therapy. But I have to be honest, sometimes hiking is stressful. I want to say that every time we hit the trails, we have zen-like experiences wandering through the mountains, […]

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How To Keep Your Car Safe At A Trailhead

Have you ever wondered how to keep your vehicle safe while it is parked at a remote trailhead? Let’s be honest. We like to think that our local trails are safe, but every year theft and vandalism occur at trailheads. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to end a leg-busting hike, to […]

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13 Questions I Ask Myself Before Every Hike

I remember this hike like it was yesterday, even though it was years ago. I confidently led a convoy of hikers to a new-to-me trailhead far from home. I was positive that I knew the route to get to the trailhead when we took off. Boy, was I wrong. There were U-Turns, dirt roads, and […]

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Tents vs Hammocks

Welcome to Get Real With Rebecca. This is the place where Hike Like A Woman founder Rebecca Walsh answers your questions about hiking, camping, backpacking, life, small business ownership and work life balance. On today’s show we answer a reader question all about whether or not it’s better to tent camp or hammock camp. Believe […]

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How To Poop In The Woods

Welcome to Get Real With Rebecca. This is the place where Hike Like A Woman founder Rebecca Walsh answers your questions about hiking, camping, backpacking, life, small business ownership and work life balance. On today’s show we answer a reader question all about “where do you go” and talking about how to do your business […]

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The Complexities of Friendship

In the past few weeks, I’ve been called all sorts of horrible things via email, private message and publicly by women who I once considered to be my close friends. They are women who I let into our Hike Like A Woman ambassador team and some into my leadership circle. They are women who I’ve […]

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Why You Need to Plan A Girls Weekend Now

Why you need to plan an outdoor girls weekend now! @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet This weekend I’m skiing into a backcountry cabin with a group of friends. We’re leaving our children with our spouses and venturing out into the wild unknown. Sure, we’ll only be a few miles from our SUV’s parked at the trailhead. […]

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How to Plan a Gear Swap

How to plan a gear swag @hikelikeawoman #gear #tradinggear #outdoors Click To Tweet Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in gear? For most of us this would be awesome, right? But there really can be such as thing as too much gear. If you add growing kids into the mix it can get a […]

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What to do when your car breaks down at the trailhead

Recently I was exploring a new trail with my kids.  We were only about 20 minutes from town, but we had taken a gauntlet of old, barely-maintained forest service roads to get to the trailhead.  It was a maze that would make it easy to get turned around and lost if you didn’t have a […]

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7 Things Keeping Us Inside (and what we can do about them)

The past two weeks have been crazy around here! Moms Who Hike is up and running and taking off. A few big opportunities landed on my lap in September. I was asked to teach online outdoor education classes and am knee deep in preparing curriculum and shooting video. I’ve also been asked to represent an awesome […]

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7 Ways to Make Outdoor Friends

Monday’s blog post started a great discussion on our facebook page. Melissa wrote, “I wish I were local to you! Or could find outdoor people here. I took my kids rock scrambling yesterday and the only comment I got on the photos was ‘well your kids sure are daring’. Sigh. Nobody wants to come with […]

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7 Ways to Reduce Risk in the Outdoors

Is it safe to explore outdoors? Is it even worth it? Is it safe to play outdoors? No, really is it safe to hike or camp or backpack? Today on the blog, Risk in the Outdoors…#hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Hiker Killed and Partially Eaten By Grizzly Bear on Yellowstone National Park…. The animals that are […]

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How to Plan A Night HIke

When it comes to hiking and other outdoor adventures I always like to hike in the morning. Here in the Rockies getting an early start means reducing the risk of being chased off of a mountain by afternoon lightning. It also means that I can get my kids down for their afternoon nap. But about […]

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7 Ways to Find Happiness

I better start this post with a little disclaimer, I’m not a mental health professional, nor am I an expert in any way on depression. But, I do know that happiness is something that I strive for. Not that fake, oh-look-at-me-and-my-oh-so-perfect-life type of happiness. But the type of happiness that comes with self-acceptance. Last week my […]

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Balancing Cell Phone Use In the Backcountry

I’ll be the first to admit that I rarely hike, camp, backpack, mountain bike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe without my iPhone, my camera, and my GPS. I fight the need to document every adventure and track every route. I want to say that this is just the nature of the beast when it comes to […]

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7 Outdoor Pet Peeves (and what we can do about them)

I like to keep it positive around here, but every once in a while I encounter something on the trails that makes me downright angry. Here’s the deal. I believe that most of us try hard to be good stewards of the environment. We try to pack out our garbage, clean up after ourselves, reduce our […]

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7 Reasons Why I Hike

Why do YOU hike? Is it for any of these reasons? http://hikelikeawoman.net/2015/09/7-reasons-why-i-hike/ @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Have you ever looked up at a mountain and felt very small? Have you ever climbed to the top of a peak, looked down and felt invincible? Do you crave that feeling you get when you are miles and […]

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3 Tips to Prevent Pre-Hike Crankiness

Do you hike with a child or someone who acts like a child? If you do this post is for you. Monday morning was chaos at our house. I blame Sunday. I’d been out of town all weekend for work, when I got back into town the fridge was empty so I fed my kids […]

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How to Become an Outdoor Mom

You’re at 10,000 feet, 4 miles away from your car at the trailhead and your 8-month-old baby suddenly starts screaming at the top of her lungs. You check her diaper, offer her a snack and a drink. You check her clothing to make sure she isn’t over or under dressed. You cuddle with her. Sing […]

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3 Simple Tips for Hiking with Kids

I’ve gotta be honest here…it’s easy to get caught up in the wild world of kids daypacks, raincoats and boots and forget all about the basics when it comes to hiking with kids. But in reality all you need are 3 simple things for a great time on the trails with little ones. Check out […]

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Why I Put My Babies “At Risk” By Taking Them Hiking

About a year ago I read the book ‘Up: A Mother and Daughters Peakbagging Adventure’ by Patricia Ellis Herr. In the book Herr recounts several instances of people making snide comments about how children shouldn’t be bagging peaks. When I was reading the book I had a hard time grasping this concept. I’ve rarely encountered […]

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Why Do You Hike?

Recently I asked Hike Like A Woman facebook fans why they hike. The response was overwhelming. Reading why people hike brought about a surge of gratitude for our small community. It’s a place where we can share emotional responses to why certain things move us or make us feel the way that they do. For […]

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Essential Gear For the Outdoor Mom

I’m a sucker for a new piece of gear BUT there’s just something about an old piece of gear that is full of memories and completely reliable no matter how much use and abuse it goes through. Since we hike and write trail guides I put my gear through fair amount of abuse on a regular basis, […]

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