International Womens Day

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by Shewie, Mar 8, 2020.

  1. Shewie

    Shewie Chief Slackpacker Staff Member

    As it's IWD I thought we could have a thread about inspirational women in the outdoors, here's a few that have inspired me to get out and about ..


    Heather "Anish" Anderson




    Nicky Spinks




    Lael Wilcox




    Let's have yours ...
  2. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

  3. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Always enjoy Abby Barnes on YouTube
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  4. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    I nominate our very own @cathyjc
    Enough ailments to deter most but still gets out there.

    :angelic:
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  5. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

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    OwenM Section Hiker

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    OwenM Section Hiker

  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Hillary
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  10. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Courtney Dauwalter

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  11. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Kiara Fontanesi




    Laia Sanz

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  12. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Rachel atherton

  13. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Shauna Coxsey is pretty awesome as well

    Like Rachel Atherton she's gone through a tough time with injuries last year, but keeps on
    Amazing determination

  14. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Our trek-lite ladies will be joining us as soon as they've cooked the sunday dinner and done the washing up.

    :troll:
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  15. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    Mary Henrietta Kingsley 1862-1900, a pioneering female explorer who defied convention (despite denying that she was a feminist) by making numerous expeditions to Africa without any male chaperone in the latter part of the 19th century. Her book "Travels In West Africa" is an extraordinary account of some of her exploits, including solo canoe trips on the Congo River and climbing mountains in Cameroon - well worth a read. She sadly died far too soon of typhoid after volunteering as a nurse in South Africa during the Boer War. She was a great inspiration to me in choosing to study geology and going to work in Africa.

    Also Marianne North, 19th century botanist who set off around the world to collect, document and paint exotic species, again going solo. There's a marvellous display of her paintings at Kew Gardens. Both very inspirational and determined ladies who put their own thirst for knowledge and adventure before the conventions of society and what was deemed 'proper behaviour' for Victorian ladies.​
  16. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Noraly Schoenmaker (AKA Itchy Boots)

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  17. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Marie Stopes ??
    A flawed character but her determination that ordinary women should have control of their fertility was in many ways revolutionary.
    None of us could expand our lives and go anywhere with dozens of kids in tow…….

    PS. Not quite "women in the outdoors", but still an important building block to allow all the rest of the women their chances to get out.
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  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Freya Stark.
    Fanny Bulloch
    The Pinnacle Club (all of them)
    Pasang Lamhou
    ....
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  19. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Back in the day, Sailor Tracey Edwards (former teenage backpacker!) and her team aboard 'Maiden' doing the Whitbread Round the World challenge, inspired me to make sure I got out and actually did stuff. I recall watching the catch up programme every Saturday morning and following all the teams progress. This indirectly led to me doing John O'Groats to Lands End a couple of years later still in my teens (although nothing to do with boats!)

    More recently at a time when I needed a lift I was switched on to the Lakes via Julia Bradbury's walking series. Whilst she might have turned herself into a brand these days.. those simple early series walking the fells, inspired me up and out again.

    On the climbing front - Lucy Creamer, and Hazel Findlay inspire me - not really to climb, but to make sure I challenge myself enough in whatever endeavour I'm doing.

    Cathy O'Dowd - mountaineer who took part in the Mazeno Ridge expedition a few years back.

    Jenny Jones - Snowboarder, who is now a really good presenter, and has done some good pieces for Ski Sunday recently.
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  20. Henry

    Henry Section Hiker

    oooh you’re brave...;)
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  21. Michael_x

    Michael_x Section Hiker

  22. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    At home I mark the occasion by not doing the cooking (which I do on most of the other 364 days). The women of my household have protested by going out to lunch, and I am consoling myself with the rugby.
  23. Birchlover

    Birchlover Summit Camper

    My favourite on YT is Maiu Takes A Hike, from Estonia.
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  24. NEEpps

    NEEpps Section Hiker

    Julia Bradbury, enjoy her take on the outdoors and I'm sure she has inspired many through her programs to get out and about.
    My ex wife, I couldn't wait to get out of the house.:giggle:
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  25. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

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