Calling all women and genderqueer adventurers!
Whether you’re a first-timer or veteran backpacker, Womxn Mountaineers is an opportunity to learn new outdoor skills, grow your confidence as an independent hiker, and meet amazing friends and future hiking buddies.
KEEN's Education Director, Carlyn Saunders, is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, completing the 2,200+ miles trek in 2019. She is excited to lead you through virtual skills classes that will build your knowledge of trip planning, packing, gear, food and cooking strategies, trail etiquette and essentials, and more.
Throughout the year, you'll join Carlyn and other fierce womxn on overnight excursions to trail-test your skills. If you want to challenge yourself in 2022, Womxn Mountaineers is the right fit for you! Membership is $50 and each excursion has a price based on location, equipment, and other factors.
January 29-30, 2022 – WOMXN Snow Camping @ Lake Wenatchee (Pre-trip meeting on Wednesday January 19)
Snow camping, backpacking, or hiking can be an intimidating endeavor; bad weather, freezing temperatures, and inadequate gear all sound pretty scary. But don’t let fear get the better of you. Winter camping has tremendous benefits that you can’t get from regular three-season excursions. In winter there are no crowds, empty campgrounds, frozen lakes, and no burn bans (for you Eastern WA folks).
On this trip, we will stick to the front country; camping at the winter sites at Lake Wenatchee State Park. This is the perfect introductory location to test your metal. Lake Wenatchee has a heated bath house and plowed roads. During our pre-trip meeting, we will discuss crucial winter camping skills and gear, food preparation and emergency preparedness. Then we’ll head to the lake and try our skills. With the right preparation and gear, winter camping and backpacking can be the highlight of your season!
March 5-6, 2022 – WOMXN Winter Wilderness @ TBD (Pre-trip meeting on Wednesday February 23)
Front country camping was a success and now you’re ready to take it up a notch. We know that winter camping can be a rewarding challenge and now we want a new test: winter backpacking. With a new set of skills (backcountry site selection, hygiene, and cooking), we’ll stomp off into the woods to a frozen lake for the night. Due to weather concerns, the site location will not be chosen until (hopefully) the date of the pre-trip meeting. This will be the perfect time to test our gear, our mental toughness, and our community.