There are a couple things you'll notice on first meeting Christina: her huge eyes, her bright-as-a-lighthouse smile, and her infectious laugher. Talk with her for a few more minutes, and you'll likely a) want to be her best friend, and b) have been invited in to an experience she's created to bring people together.Read More
This past weekend, eight intrepid women (including two first-timers!) came together and camped in the pouring rain in Big Sur. Did El Nino get us down? Absolutely not! Hikes were conquered, fires were built, edible plants were consumed, and not once did we stop laughing.Read More
I met Cynthia - better known as Cindy - on Trail Mavens' annual Labor Day trip to Yosemite. On Sunday, the day of our epic 15-miler from our campsite to Nevada Falls to Glacier Point, I was lucky enough to find myself next to her for a good chunk of the day, and we discussed our professional lives, motherhood and family, and everything in between.Read More
Five miles into a hike on Yosemite’s Mist Trail, I stopped and panted, wondering whether I should (or could) continue for the rest of the planned twelve miles. I tried to fend off disappointment in myself as I pondered, recalling a similar crossroads I encountered twelve years prior during my first ever backpacking trip.Read More
If you've ever been on a Trail Mavens backpacking trip, you know we generally eschew freeze-dried foods in favor of slightly heavier (but WAY more delicious) 'real' food - think actual vegetables and stuff you'd eat at home in your kitchen - and you've probably tried our nutty veggie couscous.Read More
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --
Camping reservations at California state parks are up more than 20 percent over the past five years, with an increase in year-round camping as well. The majority of campers are men, but a growing number of women are also ready to take on the wild and San Francisco's Sasha Cox is ready to help with an organization called Trail Mavens.
Cox said there are three main barriers that stop many would-be female campers. They don't have proper gear, they don't have friends who want to camp and they don't have the necessary skills or at least they think they don't.
In my last blog post all about the touchy-feely of my three-day solo backpacking adventure, I alluded to sharing the nitty gritty of my trip. Here's how I prepped for a solo jaunt in Desolation Wilderness!Read More
A little over two weeks ago, I posted the following pic and text on Instagram:
"Yo guys. I'm standing at my trailhead, about to start a three day solo backpacking trip. Turns out, running a business is hard - yes, I'm aware this is a news flash only for me - and I've been craving some srs headspace to figure out what's next. Ironically, this is my first trip alone; usually I've got a posse of awesome ladies or @amatthiah with me. I'm excited to meditate by Lake Aloha, read the sh*t out of all the Brene Brown books on my Kindle, and hopefully reemerge Wednesday with a little more clarity. Special bonus: I get to break in my new 65L Aura pack (thank you @ospreypacks). Four hours of daylight left. Here I go! 👋🏼"Read More
A few weeks ago, we got back from a late-summer adventure in Big Sur with nine amazing women: authors, lawyers, nurses, techies, and entrepreneurs. It was *hot* out, and we spent most of our time hiking with insane ocean views.Read More
I'm beyond excited to publish our second Maven profile today on the blog, mostly because the woman it's about - Jennel McDonald - was an incredible inspiration to me and the other women on our adventure.
It might have been Jennel's first time backpacking, and we covered some very legit terrain, but her enthusiasm and easy laugh were a constant, and it just made her so darn fun to be around.