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Jan 5
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A Beginner’s Guide to Solo Female Backpacking & Camping

Woman wearing plaid with blonde hair and a tan backpack walking on a path between fields of green plants and mountains in the distance. Headshot of Alisha, a blond woman smiling while wearing sunglasses. Blue Nomadic Network logo on right corner.
Date:
January 5, 2023
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Location:
Online
Attending:
7

Event Host:

Cali O’Connor

The whisper of wind in the trees, the magical cascade of leaves cartwheeling to the ground in the fall, the fresh smell of pine in a sunny meadow, a cool dip in an alpine lake, a sky full of stars like you’ve never seen, the thrill of spotting a deer or mountain goat (or, heck, even an armadillo) in the woods along the trail, waking to wildflowers just outside the door of your tent…this is the ethereal joy of backpacking in the wilderness, and all of it can be yours when you ditch urban parks and campgrounds and plan to spend a few nights sleeping outside, everything you need to survive carried on your shoulders.

But wilderness backpacking (also known as trekking & camping) can seem daunting, even frightening, especially if you plan to hit the trail solo instead of with friends or family. After all, it’s up to you and you alone to stay safe and healthy out there whether you’re hiking and camping far from civilization for one night …or ten!

But a solo female backpacking trip is absolutely worth it!

The sights and sounds of nature, the chance to reflect, relax, accomplish something, and witness spectacular sights seen only by those willing to make the effort is not only the pinnacle of nature therapy, but it’s also exceptionally fun and meaningful.

So if you want to try backpacking but aren’t sure how, or maybe you’ve backpacked a few times before but always with other people and you’d like to hit the trail on your own, it’s important to know how to stay safe in order to have a stellar time (as someone who identifies as a woman or not).

In this event, we’ll chat about how to do just that so you can hit the trail with confidence, no companion required!

Join us to learn…

  • What is backpacking/trekking?
  • How to build the necessary skills to go backpacking solo (the things you should know before you set out on your own)
  • Safety techniques & tools
  • What to pack when you’re on your own
  • Picking the perfect trail for your first solo excursion
  • How to ease into solo female backpacking if you’re nervous (with tips and tricks to build confidence)
  • How to get out there and enjoy yourself!

Featured speaker: Alisha McDarris

Alisha McDarris (@veganwanderer) is an experienced backpacker, outdoor journalist who writes for publications like Backpacker, Outside, Popular Science and more, and founder of the outdoor adventure blog and YouTube channel Terradrift where she and her husband share tips, gear guides, and destinations to encourage people to get outside and explore more sustainably. She’s also the educator of the new Terradrift course “Backpacking 101: An Introductory Guide for Beginners.” And she’s hiked, traveled, and backpacked solo many times and always enjoys it.

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Date:
January 5, 2023
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Location:
Online
Attending:
7

Event Host:

Cali O’Connor

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