Backpacker Magazine Article Lists Eleven Key Tips for Female Hikers
The above is a link to a Backpacker Magazine article listing eleven key tips for female hikers. Well I’m not a female hiker. But I do meet and counsel many aspiring female hikers. And these tips sound spot on. Perhaps my favorite would be the advice to “Be pragmatic, but not wary.” Yes, obviously women have to be a bit more pragmatic on the trail. It is great that they can hitchhike to town for resupply so easily; but it always must be remembered that they are more likely to encounter predators. One great thing is that the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail communities have gotten so wide and deep that women are likely going to be around others (if they choose) when it is necessary to hitchhike into town.
This article is especially important given that women are the fastest growing hiking demographic.
Bill Walker is the author of several popular hiking books including Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago, and Getting High–The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.