Find your tribe. It’s everywhere in the outdoors community. Women standing, arms raised, backs to the camera with some epic mountain background. The message? Play with your gal pals in the outdoors. Be free! But for the majority of us, those images evoke a feeling of loneliness. I felt truly isolated. There were no infinite number of gal pals I could call to go get into some outdoor adventure with. For the longest time I wondered: Where is my tribe?
However, I’m not one to sit on my laurels and watch the world go by. So I pulled up my big girl pants and did something about it. I started reaching out to find my adventure pals in any and every way imaginable. It wasn’t long before I virtually bumped into Mo Palepale, the magic behind Adventure Some Women a women’s outdoors community. She’s the kind of gal who ends a business email with “capture your unicorn this weekend” and for that I’m thankful I know her!
Meet Adventure Some Women
Adventure Some Women is an online Facebook community geared towards connecting women with other women who all answer the call of the wild. These women are just like you and me. They are mothers, daughters, wives, girlfriends, business owners, professionals, but most importantly they love being out in nature.
Mo Palepale originally created Adventure Some Women to connect all the lady friends she had met across the globe. The group grew into an entity with a purpose since June of 2016. “I have seen total strangers connect to collaborate on like-minded projects.” Says Mo. “Women started their first solo, one-mile hike are now planning their first solo backpacking trip. Women with anxieties face their fear and show up to an event to participate in something they love to do. It makes my heart overflow with happiness.”
Adventures Some Women recently expanded from Facebook to the web. The birth of adventuresomewomen.com sets out to expand on the Facebook group. The ultimate goal is to foster an online community where women can share thoughts on the Forum, or gain advice from Ask Natalie. “We aim to be a network of adventurous women for adventuring women!” States the group’s founder, Mo.
What Does it Mean to Be an Adventure Some Woman?
You are an Adventure Some Woman if you love the outdoors. If you enjoy supporting and cheering on others as they tackle life’s many challenges. You have a desire to connect with other women who have the same passion as you. If you want to be a part of a larger community of badass babes (yourself included) then you are an Adventure Some Woman.
Letting Go of Comparisons
One fear that we can all relate to is ever-present question: Am I good enough? In speaking with one Adventure Some Woman, Jessica Human an avid mommy-hiker from PA, she sums it up nicely “It was a little scary meeting strangers of the first time…I was worried that they might be more “outdoorsy” than me and I wouldn’t be able to keep up.”
Motivation, Inspiration, and Encouragement
Even if you can’t make it to meet ups, or live far away, Adventure Some Women fuels inspiration. “As I watch others do what they love they are constantly reminding me that I need to do the same and care out time to do the things that I love to do.” Says Nellie Umutesi-Vigneron.
“This group means I’m not alone. It gives me inspiration, ideas, a place to turn to when I have questions, people who understand my lifestyle, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and an overall feeling of fitting in.” States Mandy Gage from Houston, TX.
Adventure Some Women seek to encourage and inspire. “This community has definitely broadened my horizons by showing me so many outside of the box ideas. This community is so much more than hiking. It’s climbing, camping, fishing, REAL adventuring; not just a hike on a well-beaten path.” Exclaims Casey Rose a York, PA native.
Real Life or Digital it Doesn’t Really Matter
You love the outdoors but you aren’t living in the Pacific Northwest, California, or the Western Slope? Adventure Some Women is a place where everyone, no matter where you call home, can get together and nerd out over nature. “Living near Houston, there isn’t this huge sense of camaraderie in the outdoors. It’s the city life hustle…This group means I’m not alone.” Stresses Mandy Gage.
Join in the Adventure!
So where do you sign up? Well that’s easy! Request to join the Facebook group. It’s entirely free. Adventure Some Women does not want to nickel and dime you. as Jen Sarna Herdina, owner of Global Treks and an EMT puts it “What annoys me are all the programs that charge insane amounts of money to “support” women’s only programs…It doesn’t have to be expensive! Join us on the retreat!”
You can also visit AdventureSomeWomen.com.
Adventure Some Women Retreat
Now it’s time to meet all of those amazing ladies in person. Adventure Some Women is planning a retreat. Mo is thrilled to announce that this year we are headed to Perrot State Park, WI for a weekend of kayaking, relaxing, and workshops. Details will be announced on adveturesomewomen.com in the coming weeks! You can always check back to this post for details.
Meet a Few Adventure Some Women
I’d like to give a special thanks to all the women who contributed to my interviews!
Mo is the founder of Adventure Some Women. She moved from the Philippines to Kodiak, AK when she was three years old. She grew up in a little fishing village surrounded by beautiful mountains while her parents worked in the caneries. Later in life she moved to Anchorage, AK for ten years before finding herself on the East Coast. She traveled a lot for work and came across a lot of women that felt they couldn’t get outside solo or had a hard time finding other women that were interested in outdoor, human-powered recreation. Hence, Adventure Some Women was born.
Mandy and her husband run their own social media and blog to promote the idea of experiences over possessions. They’re strong believers in getting families outdoors in order to build stronger bonds. Her and her wonderful family live just south of Houston, TX. Road trips, backpacking and camping make up her top three favorite things.
You can find her at www.registercouple.wordpress.com.
Jen hails from Winona, MN where she splits her time as an educator at a local college, EMT and business owner. She is the founder and program director of an adventure and experiential education company called Global Treks and Adventures. Global Treks lead both recreational and academic adventures. Academically, they travel the world with college students conducting cultural and scientific research in remote settings to then publish in a field or cultural guide to that location. Recreationally they focus on culturally immersive experiences where people are participants in their experiences with other cultures rather than just tourists. When she’s not busy at work she spends ever minute possible exploring the local bluffs and Mississippi River with her husband and their Siberian Husky, Kota.
Check out www.globaltreksandadventures.com
Jessica is a hard-working mommy hiker and Hike it Baby Branch Ambassador for Hanover/York, PA. You’ll find her hiking the trails or exploring the outdoors every day with her three boys. Pretty much every day is an adventure when you’re raising not wild child, but three! You can follow their adventures on Instagram at @3.little.trees.
Originally from Burundi and Rwanda, Nellie blurs the lines between blogger, adventure-ess, champion for women, and most importantly, mother. Through her organization Adventurous Chica, she is committed to exposing young girls and women to the balance, peace, freedom, and empowerment found in adventuring. Her motto? Adventure, family, laugher, and wine. Now there’s something we can all live by!
Check out her intiatives at www.adventurouschica.com
Casey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She loves everything from the mountains to the seas. She’s a mother of three little wildlings. Aside from being a bad-ass mom she’s also a small business owner. She runs Avanti Salon and Day Spa in York, PA. Check out her amazing salon at www.avantisalonanddayspa.com or drop by the next time you are in the area!