That one time we saw a bear

Wildlife sightings can be fun and sometimes scary, especially if you are hiking in an area that has large dangerous animals that you are not used to seeing. Ambassador Jessica discusses when she had a bear encounter in Vermont. That one time we saw a bear #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet Growing up in rural Iowa […]

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I met Mr. Dreamy on Mount Slesse

Mara here. My grandmother once said to me, “How are you going to find a man hiking all the time?” Well Meme, Ambassador Lori did just that! So if you are single and looking, don’t let people tell you have to put yourself out there in order to find a man. Well, you can do […]

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When 12 Miles Isn’t Enough: Dispatch from the CDT

This post isn’t sponsored but it does contain a few affiliate links. We love it when you shop through them because the few pennies that we earn from each sale help keep HLAW up and running. Thank you! When 12 Miles Isn’t Enough: Dispatch from the #CDT @hikelikeawoman #thatsWY #wyomingtourism Click To Tweet A few […]

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Trekking in Iceland

I believe it’s the treks that don’t go as planned that make the best adventures, and the best for story telling. Welcome Contributor Joey Holmes to the blog today. She talks about an epic trek to Iceland that did not go as she saw it would. And it left her yearning for more outside her […]

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Klondike Letters Project

Have you ever wanted to communicate with your future self? Tell yourself, don’t forget this part of your trip. Or remember how amazing this part was? The Klondike Letters Project is a program where hikers write post cards to themselves from atop Chilkoot Pass, and then receive that note a year later. Reader Corrie Francis […]

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Recommended Hikes in Southwest Montana

I’m super excited to have my friend Amelia with Tales of a Mountain Mama on the blog today with a special post all about kid-friendly hikes in Southwest Montana. Take it away Amelia… Recommended #hikes in #southwest #montana with @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Over the past few months, we have been traveling and […]

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Fear vs A Force Of Nature

Today’s post is sponsored by REI. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Fear vs A #ForceOfNature @hikelikeawoman in partnership with @REI #sponsored Click To Tweet Sometimes as an outdoor woman, it would be easy to listen to the naysayers who believe that we shouldn’t be adventuring unless “protected” by a big strong man. This […]

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Fire Towers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I love fire towers! And I’m excited to welcome Michelle to the blog today with a post all about fire towers in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re a local or planning a trip to that area put these places on your “must see” list. Fire Towers of the Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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From 0-100 Miles. How Each Step Transformed Me.

From 0-100 Miles. How Each Step Transformed Me. @hikelikeawoman #womenwhoinspire Click To Tweet Please welcome Jordan to the website today with a tales of transformation and a story of determination. Reading her story hit close to home for me…how often do we fight against feelings of insecurity? Too often. Jordan’s story will leave you smiling, […]

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A Dislocated Shoulder in South Africa

A Dislocated Shoulder in South Africa @hikelikeawoman #teamHLAW #firstaid Click To Tweet I remember sitting in my NOLS Wilderness First Responder Class silently hoping that I’d never encounter or have a dislocation in the backcountry. I remember talking about applying gentle traction to realign bones and the pain the patient would endure from such an […]

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Backpacking with the Bugs

I’m excited to have the amazing Mara on the blog today with a little story about when flies came buzzing into her backpacking trip causing quite the stir. Have you ever had to cope with bugs on a backpacking trip? #backpacking with the bugs @hikelikeawoman #teamHLAW Click To Tweet I absolutely love backpacking, but at […]

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Top Tips for Safe Solo Hikes

Top Tips for Safe Solo Hikes @hikelikeawoman #teamHLAW Click To Tweet  Safety. It’s something that’s always in the back of my mind, especially when I head out into the backcountry. Safety from wild animals and predators. Safety from extreme weather.  Safety from hazardous terrain. Safety driving to and from the trailhead. Safety from people who […]

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Trip Report: Montgomery Pass

Please welcome Amanda to the website today with an awesome trip report from Montgomery Pass trail in Colorado. I think that after reading this post and checking out her amazing photos you’re gonna wanna add this trail to your “must-hike” list.  ~~~ Let me start by saying that prior to Colorado, we lived in Louisiana.  […]

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14 Backpacking Tips You Need For Your Next Trip

A few weeks ago I went backpacking with a few friends. In the group we had several experienced backpackers and several novice backpackers. Some of us hadn’t been backpacking since having kids, so we had to dust off our packs and dig out our water filters. Because our group was so diverse I published a packing […]

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The Truth About Fear in the Outdoors

The Truth About #Fear in the #Outdoors @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet When I was a tween my favorite movie was Iron Will. It’s sappy, feel-good, Disney movie about a teenage boy who enters a dog sled race hoping to win money and save his mother’s farm. One particular quote from this movie became my mantra […]

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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 Teach a Child to Love the Outdoors

How to Teach a Child to Love the Outdoors @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet A few days ago I was walking through the Kmart parking lot with my kids. Yep, I said Kmart…we live in Wyoming and sometimes we shop at Kmart. We’re classy like that. All of a sudden an old, filthy, greasy McDonalds bag flew […]

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Four Words We Need To Hear More Often

4 Words We Need To Hear More Often @hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Have you ever had one of those moments where you say the wrong thing? Yesterday was a pretty typical day for me but I said something that I regret. Here’s the story. I took my kids out for a little snowshoeing on one […]

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What Happened When I Skied in Yellowstone

I love to hike but I have to confess that my first true love is with the sport of nordic skiing. There’s just something about the sound of the snow gliding underneath my skis, it’s magical. What happened when I #skied in #Yellowstone. #hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet Cross-country skiing (and biathlon) pretty much defined me […]

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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 Awesome Outdoor Dates

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our anniversary. It was a big one. 10 years to be exact. A whole decade. Almost 1/3rd of my life. I suddenly feel old. Our marriage really wasn’t supposed to last. You see, I married my ex-boyfriend. It just felt like the right thing to do at the time. […]

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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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What I’ve Learned from Anish

What I’ve Learned from Anish #hikelikeawoman Click To Tweet By now I’m sure you have all heard of Heather ‘Anish”Anderson and her recent unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail. She hiked 2,189-miles in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. There was no team hooking her up with Big Macs and protein bars, shuffling her pack […]

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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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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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What Climbing Four 14ers Taught Me About My Friends

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ― Jim Rohn Click To Tweet When I brought up the idea of climbing four 14-ers in one day to my local hiking group I wasn’t sure if it would be something that anyone else would be interested in attempting. My post […]

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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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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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How to Cope with Altitude

Full disclaimer here: Everything I’ve learned about altitude, acclimatization and mountain sickness comes from NOLS, the Altitude Org & my own experience. I’m not a doctor or a scientist but I do live at 7,200 feet, regularly climb mountains above 12,000 feet and take out of town guests from low areas into the wilderness. This […]

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