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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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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No bad weather, just bad gear debunked

Have you heard the phrase, “There’s no bad weather, just bad gear”? Do you agree with it, or have you had all the right gear and still wished to not be in the elements? Hike Like A Woman’s Brand Partnerships & Sponsorship Team Leader Annie writes about running into weather that no gear would have […]

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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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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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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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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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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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