I talk a lot about Women Who Explore. Like… a LOT. It’s a bit of an obsession, but the healthiest kind possible. Before I get into this training getaway in Vegas, let me give you a bit of back story.

I’ve done a lot of solo camping and hiking. I’m not the greatest. I never have the best gear. My socks almost never match. Hiking solo has been my thing mostly because I’m a introvert and being alone in the wild is the best thing ever, but it’s also pretty damn hard to find another hiking/camping/adventuring female to go with on a regular basis.

Last summer, I had this thought that I couldn’t be the only woman trying this alone. I couldn’t be the only one that isn’t a pro and trying to find other relatable women in this space. I was torn between wanting to be authentic but also not wanting to look like an idiot. I’ve been scolded before when I did things “wrong”. It became my mission to see if there was a group that would embrace my love of the outdoors with all my inexperience and not make me feel silly. A safe space to ask the stupid questions and also feel empowered to try new things. If something like this didn’t exist, I was determined to create it.

In my search, I stumbled upon Women Who Explore. The group turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. Not even a hint of pretentiousness. It was perfect timing as it was only a month or two later that they posted on Instagram that they were looking for ambassadors. I wasn’t sure exactly what they were looking for or the responsibilities involved, but I knew I wanted to be a part of it. So I applied.

I believe the first round was a 2 minute video submission about why I was interested in becoming an ambassador. I procrastinated (of course) and sent the video in minutes before the deadline. It felt like forever before I got an email letting me know that I was a finalist. I now know that thousands of women applied so I’ll forgive Lindsay and Jenny the time it took to get back to us! After another round, I finally got the news on December 5, 2017, that I was accepted. This was the first time I’ve applied for something like this. It now seems like I’ve been a part of this incredible group of women forever.

Since then, I’ve obsessed over the Women Who Explore: Arizona Facebook group, organized hikes, kayaking trips, attended the Jasper getaway, will be hosting 2 getaways this summer and helping with another, filming, and scouting Iceland with Lindsay. Needless to say, I’m a pretty happy gal who has found her people.

Now on to Vegas. Lindsay and Jenny have hosted 2 getaway trainings for ambassadors. They went through the does and don’ts of the trips and helped equip us for any and all eventualities. It was also an incredible bonding experience with 8 other women. We laughed, we cried, we grew closer (and we may or may not have had some fun on the Vegas strip. shhhh). I can’t wait to share similar experiences with women who attend the getaways I’m hosting (Joshua Tree and Tahoe).

This is the tribe I have been searching for. I’ve never felt so supported or accepted by any other group. If you have signed up for a getaway, you’re in for a real treat. If you haven’t yet, I suggest you do. Or just hit up a free meet up! Those are being organized all through the US and Canada. Ask any ambassador and we will hook you up!

FYI – The props below will be joining me on my getaways. Also… I may or may not have purchased a unicorn maskimal. Just sayin’.