Women: the key to getting more people outside

Instilling confidence in women for outdoor backpacking is part of Hope Mountain Centre's philosophy toward hiking in the great outdoors

  • Jul. 6, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Hope Mountain Centre will be hosting a three day backpacking adventure trip on the restored Hudson's Bay Company Trail this July

Hope Mountain Centre will lead a three-day backpacking trip on the newly-restored Hudson’s Bay Company Trail this July.

The program is designed exclusively for women backpackers, specifically “beginners” who may have done little or no overnight hiking before.

Women are the target audience for good reason. They are often more likely to influence friends and family near to them, and therefore, empowering a woman to take up the sport of backpacking will likely influence many people in her social circle.  Hope Mountain Centre’s core mandate is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to step outside and enjoy the spectacular mountains around Hope.

Women are one of the keys to achieving that mandate.

This introduction to backpacking provides instruction on the basics such as food, cooking, clothing, gear choices, safety considerations and “Leave No Trace” principles.

All this in a friendly, low-stress outdoor setting.  The course will give women the confidence to take on new adventures of their own.

The destination this year is an easy-to-get-to campsite on the historic Hudson’s Bay Company Trail. Participants will enjoy wildflowers in full bloom, pristine alpine lakes, and leadership from fur trade historian Kelley Cook, who will share her knowledge of the people and events that add a fascinating human dimension to the trip.

Visit www.hopemountain.org to find out more details on the trip.

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