This week, I decided to interview a fellow classmate about some of her experiences in nature. She is currently in the outdoor program at the University of Oregon and loves to get outdoors. I chose to do this interview because I think it important to hear other women’s experiences in the outdoors.
What experience do you have in the outdoors?
“I grew up in a somewhat outdoorsy community in Northern California. My mother was a raft guide and I began backpacking at a young age. I quickly fell in love with being outside in nature, of gaining confidence and feeling capable.”
What is your favorite part about being in nature?
“My favorite part about being in nature is the accompanying solitude and peacefulness. Our world today is so fast paced that I find bliss in being able to take a step back, a reprieve from the din. There is so much beauty in our world and I find we become so entangled with our day to day lives that it goes unnoticed.”
What is the best memory you have in the outdoors?
“I have a myriad of great memories spent in the outdoors. One of my favorite was leading a group of children on a cross country route in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. We were attempting to go from the Boulder Lakes to Smith and Morris. Two men had come down from the route we were about to go up. When we told them what we were doing they gave us a somewhat skeptical look and wished us luck. It took us about 7 hours to hike about 3 miles as it was a steep hike and covered in a dense thicket. It was pitch black when we finally made it in, but we had made it and the stars were out. It was a moment of feeling accomplished. Everyone was exhausted but in high spirits. It’s a rewarding feeling being able to help children realize what they are capable of. “
As a female, how do you feel about being in the outdoors alone?
“I have mixed feelings about being in the outdoors alone. I love being alone however at points I have become afraid of the people around me. As a woman, being alone can be intimidating especially when we hear stories on a daily basis and grow up in a male dominated society. I think the best way to get over this is to just get out and explore.”
What is the hardest part about being in the outdoors as a female?
“The hardest part about being in the outdoor industry for me, as a woman, has been the underestimation of my abilities. Sometimes it feels like I’m having to constantly prove myself, but it has made me a better advocate for myself.”
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