Trail Mavens

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR URBAN WOMEN

Skill-based camping and backpacking trips for groups of extraordinary women. Ready to build fires, read maps, pitch tents, hike, laugh, and drink wine around the campfire? Join one of our weekend adventures.

Field Notes: Hendy Woods

We took a lot of notes on our last Trail Mavens trip to Hendy Woods. Put together the brains of eight smart, opinionated women, and you'll wind up with stories, recommendations, and ideas for days. Here are a fraction of our takeaways from the trip, distilled.

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Trail Mavens Take On Hendy Woods

We just got back from a weekend adventure in Hendy Woods State Park with the outstanding, smart, funny women you see pictured below. We'll give you the full trip recap ASAP, but until then, here's photo and video evidence of our Mendocino-kayaking, wine-tasting, bacon-cooking, map-reading, blackberry-picking, swimming-hole-lounging, fire-building, car-dance-partying shenanigans.

Field Notes: Mount Tam

In case you missed all the details when we first sent them out, here's our recap of the inaugural Trail Mavens trip this part April!

The Mavens

 Mamie

Mamie

 Marian

Marian

 Teki

Teki

 Jenny

Jenny

 Rio

Rio

 Kelly

Kelly

 Kiely

Kiely

 Sasha

Sasha

The Pictures

The Highlights

  • Hiking the Steep Ravine trail to the ocean.
  • Successfully building a roaring fire in spite of extremely damp weather.
  • Popping popcorn and making quesadillas over said fire.
  • Waking up to a perfect, cloudless Bay Area morning with views for miles.
  • Strategizing the ultimate splashless outdoor squat.

A Taste of the Takeaways

To Connect: Women Get It Done

To Watch: North of the SunFabulous Fashionistas

To Visit: Steep Ravine cabins

To Read: The Signature of All Things

To Explore: Tenderloin TourWild SF Tour

To Give Back: Glide volunteering

To Be Proactive: getyourshittogether.org

To Eat: Raw vegan banana ice creamoven-baked maple bacon

Trail Mavens Toolkit: Identifying Poison Oak

If you're reading this, chances are you live in coastal California. And if you live in coastal California, it's extremely likely you've been around poison oak, or maybe been subjected to the itchy, bumpy torture that is exposure to urushiol oils. I have once, and the worst part is, I didn't even get it from touching the actual plant. I got it from touching someone else who touched the plant: all the pain of dermatitis, none of the outdoors fun. Point being, the oils are sneaky and tough to wash off. We'll get into poison oak treatment in a future post, but for now, we'll focus on figuring out how to avoid its treacherous leaves. And what's the first step in avoidance? Identification.

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Henry Coe Backpacking: Swimming Holes, Sleeping Bag Dance Parties, and Stars

We just got back from an epic weekend in Henry Coe State Park with eight amazing women: teachers, marketing pros, program managers, a writer, a culinary school grad, a public health guru, and one lady who can quote practically every line from 'Empire Records.' In short, it was pretty darn stellar. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here's a selection of iPhone trip shots, plus a music video.

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Trail Mavens Product Review: The pStyle

I don’t remember when I first became interested in FUD’s, but I do remember why. It’s because I wanted to be able to pee like a guy. And why not? For a Trail Maven, the primary upside of peeing outside is that you don’t have to wait in line. The downsides include having to search for enough cover so you don’t moon anyone (try doing that in a field), a lack of control over where your pee goes (who hasn’t accidentally peed on their own shoes?), and drip-drying (which has never gotten me anywhere close to dry). 

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Trail Mavens Product Review: The Go Girl

FUD. Never heard of it? That stands for female urination device, and encompasses the gamut of products that help women everywhere pee standing up, thereby avoiding backsplash on our pant legs/poison oak on our tender parts. This week, we'll be reviewing the Go Girl, which always reminds me of this Pitbull anthem, but is so, so different. The Go Girl is a flexible silicone funnel which, when used correctly, will jet your pee out in front of you in a neat stream. 

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