As a woman, I’m often asked why I take solo hikes. Why be on your own? they say. Aren’t you afraid to go hiking alone? The answer is both simple and complex. I hike alone for the serenity and quiet of the journey. Being afraid doesn’t come into play. Being out in nature allows me the time to contemplate my …

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It was a hot, humid, ‘dog days’ of August morning in Central Park. I walked along with my friend Alexandra Simon, a working mom who juggles home, kids, work, and dog.  She is a bright and direct woman who believes that “when you’re a woman with opinions, life is always more difficult.” It’s easier to go …

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I grew up on Syokimau Farm in Kenya, not far from the Ngong Hills. My mother and I lived in a converted chicken slaughterhouse on the former sisal plantation about 15 miles south of Nairobi. The whitewashed walls were high and the building cavernous. A swing hung from the ceiling in my bedroom and the …

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This morning, I pulled on my wool socks Dug out of a box on the shelf, a hope in vain To hamper the damp Oregon chill, This ever-present, wet weight seeping in Through my open window.   I fitted each foot into a sock, A cloud of dust releasing from the heel, And I saw …

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Another installment of our Q&A advice column. If you have a question you’d like answered, email us at hello@misadventuresmag.com and our resident sage, Katie, will give it her best shot. Dear Katie, I spent a good chunk of last Saturday chopping vegetables, salting them, squeezing brine out of them, and then stuffing them into a …

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If you don’t know about She Ventures, you should. Founded by Georgina Miranda (the woman who brought us the outdoor online marketplace, Altitude Seven), She Ventures aims to connect women leaders in the outdoor industry with their communities. That confluence not only energizes the industry, but underscores the inequality of representation and lack of focus …

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A new, amazing chapter in life began for me the second I broke the bonds of earth. No, I don’t fly airplanes. I’m not your typical pilot. I fly something else… something more simple, hardly sophisticated. Something that leaves me suspended above the earth by nothing more than a few strings dangling from a piece …

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Some years ago, my husband at the time, Sebastian, and I decided to spend our second anniversary backpacking in the wilderness. We would celebrate our love in solitude, as far away from ringing phones, television, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter as we could get. We were young, naïve and arrogant—maybe not masters of the Universe but at least in …

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It’s official: I have made it to the age where my social media feeds are full of engagement rings, weddings, and babies. Don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating all of these events…but at the same time, it often seems that society doesn’t see a woman as a whole human until she has checked off …

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“What goes up must come down,” Sir Isaac Newton famously observed. Though rarely questioned, ‘Squash’ Falconer decided to put that rule to the test. A few years ago, the adventurer, mountaineer and motorcycle fanatic became the first British female to climb Mont Blanc and paraglide from the summit, after riding 1,200 kilometres from the UK …

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