Trail Women of New England
With REI’s whole “Force of Nature” campaign and the countless amount of Instagram accounts featuring women in the outdoors, it’s awesome to see women feeling empowered and inspiring one another to “get outside.” I’d like to say I jumped aboard this train early on, but women have been hiking for ages, just now we are celebrating and documenting it more.
I started up @trailwomenofnewengland about a year ago when I moved back home to the Boston area. As an avid hiker, one of the biggest ways I get inspired to hit the trail is instagram. I love searching through hashtags to explore photos of people enjoying trails and summits. I’ll see pictures and say, “Ah, I have to go there!” and then research more about the location and trail.
When hashtagging and searching for photos of New England area hikes, not as many came up compared to when I was living in California.
My hope is that with this account people can share photos and experiences.
I try to get each submitter to say a little bit about their trail story. Is there scrambling? Is there still snow at the top? How are the river crossings? What is the mileage vs. what does the mileage feel like? Is it dog-friendly? How are the summit views? Where can you take an epic picture? And, where is the god-damn trailhead?
There are so many great hiking accounts featuring amazing photos of women conquering the trails and summits, but I feel like @trailwomenofnewengland is a bit unique as I try to make it educational and more personal. It’s inspiring to see a beautiful, scenic photo with a badass women smiling, hair in the wind--- but it’s even better if that photo is accompanied by information about the trail conditions and experience.