The ladies of Hike365 are proving that hiking is cool. They wear pink cheetah print tights on the trail. They push through elevation, distance and scrambling without breaking a sweat. They can name the mountains and lakes around them and whip up a mean homemade macrobar. They rattle off tips on the gear you need and the best places to buy and they are sticklers for safety. They also believe in exploring nature 365 days of the year.
Amy Victoria Wakefield, Meghan Hockaday and Jocelyn Jacobson are the young women behind Hike365 — what they’re calling the only all-girls hiking community in Alberta. Wakefield, a professional photographer and artist based in Canmore, started Hike365 after recognizing the need. “I was hiking a lot and sharing photos on social media and girls kept asking me about where I was going and for advice.” Wakefield began floating the idea of an all-girls hiking group on social media in March 2014 and by May she had organized the first adventure — a full-day hike at Wasootch Ridge, 45 minutes outside Calgary. Within two days of posting the event, over 20 girls had registered.
The team hasn’t looked back since. Available spots for the free monthly hikes fill up almost immediately, as does the wait list. Women from Canmore, Calgary, Edmonton, Waterton, Red Deer and Lethbridge have all taken part. “We’ve had everyone from geologists, engineers, investment bankers and cupcake-makers. The conversations are always so interesting because everyone is so different, but everyone is so happy to be out here,” says Wakefield.
Read the full story by Felicia Zuniga in the Calgary Herald.