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August Hiking News And Views
August 20, 2019
August 2019: A Note From Diane
Hello! So glad you're here for another round of hiking news as this month wanes.
I've been squirreling away some great stuff for you: new resources, reasons to wear I.D. on the trail, how the Girl Scouts are getting into high adventure, a new research study, and the best news of all: outdoor retailers who are finally getting the memo on how real women hikers are shaped and what they need.
Plus, a new giveaway you’re going to love.
Ready to hit the trail with me? Let’s go!
GIRL SCOUTING & THE NORTH FACEThe North Face just announced a multi year, outdoor adventure themed, partnership with GSUSA, called Move Mountains.
Part of that collaboration is the launch of twelve new Scout badges a girl can earn for backpacking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, snowboarding, trail running and other outdoor sports. Hurrah!
I have fond memories of earning badges, anyone else?
NEW FROM HIKING FOR HERIt's always fun to create new articles based on questions I receive in my inbox.
Here is the latest batch for you:
TEN REASONS TO WEAR I.D.A company called RoadID (no affiliation with HFH) offers ten reasons to wear an identification badge on your wrist, phone, fitness tracker and/or your canine trail companion.
My favorite on the list: it puts crucial information into the hands of first responders if you can’t answer questions or provide contact information.
But all of us can benefit from the reassurance of having names, phone numbers and medical details with us.
Whether in the form of a fancy badge, or an old school piece of paper, please consider adding this to your pre-hike routine - and letting your trail buddies know where you stashed it :)
HIKING FOR HER AUGUST GIVEAWAYLike to use trekking poles? Never tried a pair? Want to go as lightweight as possible?
This month’s giveaway has you covered regardless of your previous experience with hiking poles: Montem carbon fiber poles.
ARC’TERYX BIG NEWSThere are a few pieces of hiking gear and outdoor clothing that I won’t compromise on, including my Arc’teryx Beta jacket for extremely wet conditions. It’s 5 years old and still performing well.
So I was pretty excited to see that the company, known for bombproof but sometimes pricey options, has decided to set up a gear recycling hub.
Pretty simple plan: trade in your used gear (if it’s in good condition) for 20% of the original value (given to you as a gift card), via mail or by walking into an Arc’teryx store.
The company will clean and repair it, and put it on sale for another hiker to enjoy at a discount. This puts the possibility of owning technical gear & reliable outdoor clothing into everyone's hands.
And you can smile about the fact that you’re robbing the landfills, thanks to this new program.
KUDOS TO THESE BRANDS!!Did you know that the “average” (if there is such a thing) American woman stands 5’3” tall, weights 165 pounds, and wears a size 16 to 18?
Here’s something I bet you’ve already noticed: most outdoor brands don’t make high quality, durable and trailworthy clothing above a size 14.
Finally, some good news to share about four well known and trusted brands:
Marmot has announced a new line of women’s outdoor clothing for Spring 2020, with sizes up to 3X in tops and size 22 for lower body garments.
So, yes, there’s a wait time, but soon you won’t have to skip Marmot styles.
MOVE OVER, GORETEX?You may want to skip this if a brand new eco-friendly fabric (free of fluorocarbons) to keep clothing, gear and footwear dry doesn’t make you smile. Or check out this Swiss company called HeiQ’s new durable water repellency (DWR) breakthrough, which will hit the market soon.
HIKING RESEARCH NEWSA new study based on female hikers gives evidence for something we already know is true: immerse yourself in nature on a hike and give technology a break in order to recharge and refresh your brain.
Or, in the technical terms of the researchers:
“Higher order cognitive functions including selective attention, problem solving, inhibition, and multi-tasking are all heavily utilized in our modern technology-rich society. Attention Restoration Theory (ART) suggests that exposure to nature can restore prefrontal cortex-mediated executive processes such as these.”
Read the entire study, entitled Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings, here:
Creativity Study: PLOS
Thank you!I want to say thanks to everyone who takes the time to reply, send useful links, share, comment and sometimes even compliment (blush) in response to this newsletter.
The very best part of my day is interacting with hikers around the world, and I wouldn't keep pouring time and love into Hiking For Her if it wasn't for knowing that you're out there somewhere on a trail, too.
Please don't hesitate to contact me so we can e-meet each other and celebrate our commitment to this wonderful sport of hiking!
It's as easy as hitting reply :)
Happy trails to you,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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