Sometimes, it can be hard to find the motivation to embark on an outdoor adventure when you’re on your own. A survey of over 800 women in our community found that 67% of those women who had hiked over the past 12 months had hiked alone, while 64% of respondents were open to joining a women's hiking group to push them to get outside and set new limits in their hiking.
Maybe you prefer having company when you go hiking, or you simply feel safer with a friend in tow. That’s completely understandable, but escaping the confines of the city on a regular basis is essential for keeping stress levels in check (56.7% of our survey respondents reported having experienced or come close to experiencing mental burnout), while the health benefits on offer with getting active outside are innumerable. As such, you should never let a lack of like-minded pals become a barrier between you and the great outdoors.
Thankfully, a wide range of women’s groups operate right across Australia and New Zealand to support the benefits of the outdoors, with these extensive networks designed to help women make new friends, learn new skills, pursue a passion and empower each other to get outside of their comfort zone. Whether you’re into running, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, cycling or any other outdoor activity, there’s bound to exist a safe, inclusive and fun group somewhere in your neighbourhood. Here are just a few to check out.