Women Backpackers

Grab your bear can or camp chair, kick your feet up and chew the fat about anything Sierra Nevada related that doesn't quite fit in any of the other forums. Within reason, (and the HST rules and guidelines) this is also an anything goes forum. Tell stories, discuss wilderness issues, music, or whatever else the High Sierra stirs up in your mind.
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Re: Women Backpackers

Post by maverick » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:44 pm

Sorry about your bad experience Snowy, I really admire your tenacity to carry on.
You must be a very strong person, and have a great love for nature to continue on
with your backpacking trips.
I hope our paths cross one day in the back country!

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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, an HST member: http://reconn.org

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Re: Women Backpackers

Post by balzaccom » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:10 pm


No offense intended! My wife loves to read---she's in two different book clubs--but what she reads is in a whole different class from what gets posted here. And yes, that includes my posts!

To be fair, she will check the boards from time to time if it's about a trip we are going to take (she is certainly interested in what to expect on our trip to Machu Picchu!) but I really only meant that she generally likes to read literature, not blog posts!

Hope nobody else was offended. I like what people write here, or I wouldn't participate!

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Re: Women Backpackers

Post by LMBSGV » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:51 pm

The organization that WD referred to might have been Call of the Wild. You can find out more here:

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Founder Carol Latimer also wrote "Wilderness Cuisine," one of the best backcountry cookbooks.

My wife doesn't post on any forum. It's just not what she's into. I also wish more women did post here.

I've met a lot of women going solo. They all have a certain confident attitude, which is quite refreshing - no anxiety questions about bears or how far is it to this lake. They seem really happy to be hiking in the Sierra. Since I am so obviously married (I usually end up mentioning this in the conversation plus the obvious wedding ring) and due to being older, I guess I don't appear threatening so I've had a lot of wonderful meeting on the trail conversations.

Snowy, I'm very sorry to hear of your bad experience. Like Maverick, I'd love to cross paths in the backcountry someday.

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Re: Women Backpackers

Post by Snow Nymph » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:37 pm

thanks, Maverick and LMBSVG. My friend always said "Don't stop climbing!" I'll see you out there one of these days! :nod:
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison

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Re: Women Backpackers

Post by hikerchick395 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:24 am

I have solo backpacked a few times when I had no interested partners. I go on the majority of my day hikes by myself.

I also do all of the planning for the hikes and pick where to go.

Not much harrassment all these years in the high country...more at the arts and crafts shows I attend. Sometimes a bit of admiration from the mens when they've found out I was dayhiking a bit of a distance...Island Pass, Dusy Basin, Bullfrog Lake, Minaret Lake and a solo dayhike up Whitney. And I have heard comments about my stupidly large backpack. Whatever, I like it.

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Re: Women Backpackers

Post by madeintahoe » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:32 am

I started Backpacking at age 15..and have loved it since! I finally went on my 1st solo trip in 2004..it was something I always wanted to do..I was curious if I would like being out there by myself and just the over all experience without any other humans...my husband did insist on me taking one of our doggies Lucy with me :)
I went to a place I was very familier with and knew there would be others around in case of an emergency..I felt totally comfortable with all of it and never felt in danger or never harrassed by anyone.

For me it was a wonderful special experience....I loved that I could stop and rest as long as I wanted to..not worring about if you are taking a break to long if you had your friends with you.
I would for sure do it again..but only go to an area I am familier with...I have to say I do prefer to backpack with my husband or friends a bit more than going solo..it's just so much fun especially at camp to have your family and friends to share it!

Snowny...You are awesome continuning after that horrible experience...I will help carry some of your stuff..so you Kerstin and I can go on a much over due pack trip this summer :nod:

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