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Why bother to sign up?

Okay, fair enough.

Maybe you're wondering:

"Why would this free Happy Trails newsletter be of any use to me?"

Well, here's what a reader named Giuliana has to say about it:

"I always look forward to your messages in my inbox.

Some make me laugh, others make me think deeper,

but I always end up learning something new about being in the woods with

Mother Nature, especially as a female solo hiker."

Something for everyone,
free every month!

I'm guessing that no matter where you fall in the spectrum of outdoor enthusiasts, you'd be open to some of the best hiking tips for women hikers.

There are so many ways to hike!

  • beginner
  • casual day hiker
  • intermediate backpacker
  • seasoned, hard core trail lover
  • back country explorer
  • solo hiker
  • slackpacker
  • thru hiker
  • section hiker
  • and more...

And I'd love to share fresh hiking and backpacking news with you!

Why share all this
free hiking information?

Because I am completely, shamelessly addicted to hiking.

And I tell anyone who will listen about the good stuff I learn about hiking.

My hiking addiction means that I:

  • read everything I can get my hands on about my favorite sport: hiking newsletters, websites, blogs, books, magazines, forums, gear reviews;
  • try out new gear every season (and it's mostly gear that I purchased with my own hard earned money, so I'm not biased);
  • pour over hiking guides,
  • create long lists of hikes I can't wait to try;
  • hike every week (work schedule and weather permitting), so I have lots of ideas on maximizing trail time and minimizing recovery time;
  • learn a lot about being a prepared, strong, smart hiking woman simply by being out there, hiking and bush wacking and scrambling and exploring and keeping notes on what to improve!

All of that devotion to hiking adds up to a woman who is bursting to share with other hikers.

Thus, Happy Trails newsletter!

And to show you how dedicated I am, here's a photo of me in my "office" (on Banshee Peak, near Mt. Rainier).

Woman hiker in a long sleeve white shirt and hiking hat gazing at Mt. Rainier with her backpack beside herDoing some seriously deep thinking about the next issue of the Happy Trails newsletter!

Now you're in the picture

So here's where you come into the picture.

Ask yourself:

  • Where do you get your up to date information on hiking?
  • Who do you turn to when you have a hiking question?
  • When you need new hiking gear, do you have a trusted source for reviews?

Everything I share in my Happy Trails newsletter is useful to female hikers of all ages:

information about the latest hiking gear, the newest research findings in nutrition and medical research (yes, I admit it - I read geeky medical journals), and great places to explore.

Although it's packed with information, this brief monthly update is quick to skim and digest, so reading Happy Trails won't eat into your trail time.

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What to expect in
the Happy Trails newsletter

Here's a sampling of what you will find in a quick-to-read format.

Enter for a chance to win a giveaway

All it takes is an email address to enter for a chance to win something useful for the trail.

  • See the current giveaway here.

Book, video, research or resource reviews

I might critique the book I just finished about the outdoors, or a book I know is important for skill building.

Maybe I'll provide a summary of a research article on hiking nutrition.

Or share a hot tip on a brand new hiking resource.

And I'm always on the look out for sources of hiking information, making your suggestions for a review in the newsletter both welcome and appreciated.

New gear and gadgets

So much fun, new and high tech stuff, so little time.

Some of it is over-the-top expensive, some of it is just hype, but once in awhile I stumble across something worthwhile.

  • It could be something as small as a new remedy for bug bites, or something as big/expensive as a camera or pack.

I will only pass along what I myself have tried, or what someone I trust on the trail has tried.

Sometimes I write a thorough gear review. Other times I'll give it a shout out for you to try.

And it doesn't always have to be geeky or expensive hiking gear to be trail worthy.

Even a bandanna is considered a worthy piece of gear when used in a unique way, in my opinion.

News from the hiking world

You might miss this news, because it's not "mainstream" and won't be shared on your usual news feeds.

Information like:

  • the newest national parks and recreation areas
  • hikers doing great things
  • trail rerouting or closures
  • trail system expansions
  • gear company trends and shifts
  • opportunities to get involved in hiking advocacy, mentoring, or trail work
  • volunteer vacations to give back to the hiking community
  • gear deals and discounts
  • new maps and apps

And so much more, it's mind boggling.

Trail tips for you
in the Happy Trails newsletter

Here's where I share the latest resources and founts of knowledge that I've discovered:

  • websites
  • blogs
  • videos
  • people
  • places
  • insights I've stumbled across in my virtual and physical wanderings

Along with seasonal tips and hacks to make your trail time more enjoyable and safer.

Gotcha covered! It's a joy to do this for you, my virtual trail buddy!

The latest articles on this website,
all in one place

You won't miss a thing if you subscribe to the Happy Trails newsletter, because all new articles are in one handy spot.

  • You can read them at your leisure.
  • And bookmark the ones that are most helpful: how to hike, hiking gear reviews, safety tips and more

Ask a hiking question, get an answer!

 Send me your question, and I can share it, along with my answer.

  • If you're wondering, plenty of other hikers are, too!
  • Let's enjoy each other's curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

And it satisfies my retired teacher persona, too. I'm very familiar with question and answer sessions from my decades in the classroom.

Share your insights

If you've got a hot tip or some trail advice, I'd be happy to share it with our community of trail buddies.

Don't be shy - pay it forward!

Another quote from a newsletter reader

It's fun to find out how this bounty of hiking information is being shared and used, as in this testimonial:

"I want to say how much I enjoy reading your newsletter. It is always full of useful information ...

I belong to 5 different hiking groups. We hike all year long in all kinds of weather... we use your information and survive our day hikes."

~Cindi Shanika

The name can be prophetic!

As you can see, I'm always busy gathering hiking tidbits to keep all of your trail time happy -  and that's exactly how I arrived at the name Happy Trails.

By using all of the monthly information at your fingertips, you'll hike with a smile on your face.

So please consider joining me every month virtually via the free Happy Trails newsletter.

  • I will NOT sell or share your email address. There's nothing worse than getting unsolicited newsletters or spam.

And as easy as it is to sign up, I make it even easier to opt out if it's not your cup of tea.

  • Just follow the instructions at the bottom of the newsletter, and your email address will be purged from the mailing list.

Female hiker wearing a sun hat, sleeveless black shirt and hiking pants, standing with her hands in her pockets atop a boulder field on a mountain slopeOutstanding in my boulder field. Won't you join me?

More ways to stay in touch

Hiking For Her does not do the Facebook, Instagram, X thing ;)

But there are lots of HFH Pinterest pages filled with useful information on female hiking topics to explore.

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I'll see you next month! 

-Diane, Hiking For Her

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