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:
@kerrimpr my sister, @megekey, and i summited whitney a few years ago! tough, but we did it in one day. great option for those who want a real challenge without an overnight on the twail. pic.twitter.com/xZ87Fw1WMN— Alison Key (@alimkey) August 7, 2018
I just got back from a trip to Maine with three of my friends. Here we are hiking the Ocean Path in Acadia National Park! pic.twitter.com/IJBysSDw2I— Steph Jacobs (@sjacobs) August 7, 2018
We are on year 17 of a girls trip - we pick somewhere different every year. Here’s our hike in Armstrong Redwoods Reserve pic.twitter.com/jE6QFL78i0— Cindi Spence (@spencelegal) August 7, 2018
Hiking in CA with my sister in law. We had a rough year of loss, and a trip of hiking, kayaking, and good food was just what we needed. pic.twitter.com/SJEfJ30onw— JessicaA (@SnowGlobe42) August 7, 2018
@KerriMPR Hiking the Inca trail. I honestly wasn't prepared for how difficult this trail was particularly when it started raining but I learned one step at a time. It was a great challenge with some amazing views.#incatrail pic.twitter.com/XSPHywTm0n— Lisa Neiber (@lneibs) August 7, 2018