More women are blazing a trail outdoors

Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" has spurred more women to venture into the woods. But before that, women like Jennifer Pharr Davis were setting records on the Appalachian Trail.

MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with two guests about long-distance hiking and the obstacles, physical and otherwise, involved. Rebecca Walsh is founder of the outdoors company, Hike Like a Woman, which brings women together to enjoy the outdoors. Melanie Radzicki McManus is a freelance writer and hiker who recently completed the Superior Hiking Trail and wrote a series about it for the Star Tribune.

Click on the audio player above to hear their tips, their favorite hiking trails and more.

If you're looking for inspiration of where to go — or even to get going, Miller asked listeners to share photos of their hiking adventures. Here are just a few from the many who responded:

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