About girl gotta hike

 
 Girl Gotta Hike and friends at Sam's Point Preserve, Shawawngunk Mountains, NY.

Girl Gotta Hike and friends at Sam's Point Preserve, Shawawngunk Mountains, NY.

Girl Gotta Hike encourages women of all ages to get away from the grind and connect with the ground – to immerse yourself in nature as an antidote to a busy city-life. It’s your resource for information, encouragement, camaraderie and confidence that will help you reach your own personal summits. From short day hikes near home to multi-day (or months-long) backpacking trips, the Girl Gotta Hike community has your back and will be cheering you on every step of the way.

By sharing the stories of fellow female adventurers, Girl Gotta Hike celebrates the strength it takes to endure and conquer the specific challenges women face both on trail and in day-to-day life. Media recommendations showcase what other awesome women have written, filmed and created about their adventures. Video and blog posts provide tips on anything from gear choice to navigating trailhead logistics to ensuring safety on the trail.

Many women have wanderlust for the woods but find that taking time for themselves in this era of over-connectedness is a challenge unto itself. By purposefully stepping outside and breathing in open air, Girl Gotta Hike believes the mental and physical benefits of hiking help us to recharge and be more present in the everyday at work, at home and with our relationships.

Girl, go hiking!

 

 

About Melissa "Click" Goodwin

 
 Melissa at the end of her 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail journey, Sept. 5, 2011.

Melissa at the end of her 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail journey, Sept. 5, 2011.

Founder girl gotta hike, freelance photographer & nys certified Hiking guide

• Homebase: Brooklyn, New York

• Long distance hiking trails completed: The Appalachian Trail (2011), The John Muir Trail (2016), The Long Trail (2017)

• Catskill 3500 Peaks bagged: 27 of 35 (plus all 4 winter peaks)

• Dayhiking and overnight miles to date: too many to count!

• Recent Trek: Everest Base Camp, May 2018

As a city-dweller who also loves being outside in nature, it takes real desire to navigate getting out town and into the woods. It’s a challenge that I enjoy conquering because I know the rewards are sweet.

I will talk trail with anyone who asks. After returning from my six-month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, my husband and friends noticed how much I loved offering my hiking advice to others. After willfully lending gear and taking friends and acquaintances out on overnights, they encouraged me to share my knowledge with other adventurous women in a more public forum, but for a few years I hesitated, focusing on what I “should” be doing to make money while living in a big city.

And then it hit me – life is short and the only thing I “should” be doing is what I love.

I love sharing my experiences through my photography. I love writing. And I absolutely love encouraging other women to get out and hike. The camaraderie in the hiking community is incredible and the friendships born on trail are some of those that I cherish most. I want nothing more than to be outside taking photos and teaching other women that they have the power within themselves to accomplish their dreams too.

Welcome all to Girl Gotta Hike.

To see more of Melissa's photography, click here.