The Adventuress is a blog for women with adventurous spirits.
It's a source of inspiration, planning, tips, and advice from experienced travelers and outdoor adventurers
with the extra flair of being for women and by women only.

Seven Tips on Packing Light for Any Type of Travel
When you start packing your suitcase, you know a trip is real! But how do make sure you have everything you need without also packing the kitchen sink?
When and Why to Use Rubber Tips on Trekking Poles
What's the deal with the rubber tips? Why are they there, and should you use them?
GPS Devices for Hikers
GPS devices are the topo maps and compass bearings of modern hikers.
Getting ready for your next backpacking trip
I'm sitting here looking at a lot of snow and dreaming about being on the Appalachian Trail instead!
The Story of the Buff
In our February newsletter, we talked about buffs- what they are, their many uses, and that we are starting to offer them as an option for women who go on a trip.
Do I really need to buy rain pants for my rafting or hiking trip
Rain pants are an essential piece of outdoor gear, especially but not only for hiking trips. But do you always need them?
How To Keep Your Feet Warm During Winter Outdoor Adventures
After the last blog post about How to Stay Warm in Winter a reader asked that question. And in this winter of unrelentinAWT1 copyg polar vortices and plunging temperatures, it's an important consideration.
How to Stay Warm Outside in Winter
Plunging temperatures this week may have you convinced there is no alternative to staying indoors with a good book until Spring. Think again!
Trekking poles for hiking trips: the 4 most common questions
We always have hiking poles on the packing list of any hiking trip we offer. Here are the most common questions we get.
Boots for hiking vs boots for backpacking
Q & A
Choosing Trekking Poles for your Next Hiking Trip
We are all huge fans of using trekking poles on almost any hiking, trekking or backpacking trip.
Do you really have to have all that stuff on a hiking trip?
One of our guides just returned from the Canadian Rockies Hiking holiday, a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies, and wrote "A participant suggested a topic for a blog...basically, it was 'why we are carrying all this stuff and wearing hiking boots when others are wearing flip flops and not carrying a damn thing' ".
Advice on Backpacks from AGC's Lightweight Lady
Our resident (and self-proclaimed) outdoor gear geek, Jan Latham, is always eager answer questions and pass along purchasing advice to inquiring minds searching for pieces to add to adventure travel gear selection.
Should you try barefoot hiking on your next hiking trip?
The other day, I was walking on a nearby trail when I took a double take of a fellow hiker passing me. She was walking when I first saw her; my gaze turned down and I noticed she was not wearing shoes.
Sweet Dreams on the Trail Part II: Sleeping Pads for Lightweight Backpacking
Sufficient rest is a main ingredient of a safe and enjoyable hike. While sleeping on the ground may not seem enticing, a proper sleeping bag and sleeping pad can make all the difference on camping and backpacking trips.
Sweet Dreams on the Trail Part I: Sleeping Bag Selection
To get a good night's sleep you need to have a sleeping bag that fits you and is the right temperature rating and a sleep pad that allows you a comfort level you can handle.
Gearing up for Adventure Travel: Going to Get Gaiters?
On our AGC participant packing lists, we include a short list of “optional” items to bring on a trip. By “optional,” we mean – if you have this item, then bring it!
Choosing a tent for lightweight backpacking
If you're making the switch to lightweight backpacking, one of the easiest ways to decrease weight is to get a new tent. Yes, it can be hard on the wallet but it can make a big difference. So here are some things to consider.
A 'Heart Healthy' Valentines the AGC Way
Tis the season (or at least weekend) for chocolates, roses, and heart tipped arrows. And while chocolate is a staple in my essential outdoor supply kit – I thought I’d take the opportunity this February 14th to share a few alternative Valentine’s Day celebrations Adventures in Good Company style.
Foot care on hiking and backpacking trips
My first long backpacking trip was 40 years ago in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. The first week my companion had constant trouble with blisters, trying a variety of treatments that were marginally successful.
Gifts for women who already have a lot
What do you give to the woman who has everything - or at least anything she doesn't have is not something you can afford to get her anyway?
Knotty Active Travel Tips
Whether or not you earned your knot-tying badge in Girl Scouts, remembering how to tie certain knots can be challenging on adventure travel vacations.
The Art of Unpacking after Active Vacations
We all talk about and have our systems for packing for active vacations, hiking trips and other adventures; following a packing list, packing in ‘cubes’ or bags, having our underwear in the zippered compartments, taking a laundry bag for soiled items – to name a few. But---what is your system for un-packing?
When it comes to adventure travel, there is no bad weather
When it comes to adventure travel, there is no bad weather; there is only inadequate gear.
Simplify Adventure Travel for Women with This Piece of Clothing
The image of a fellow traveler sans luggage – bewildered me... I mean not even a briefcase? How does he do it?
Part II. Cleaning gear POST Active Vacations
You may be able to wash you sheets or even comforters with one hand tied around your back... but a sleeping bag may seem a little less familiar.
Cleaning gear POST hiking trips
You may be a whiz at cleaning your kitchen floor or toilet bowl... but a hydration system, backpack, or sleeping bag may not seem so instinctual. Seasoned AGC guide, Jan Latham, shares a few tip on how to handle your outdoor gear with care...
Women's travel tips: Some packing suggestions
I'm thinking about packing right now because it's Sunday night and I just finished packing for a trip to Scotland, for which I leave Friday evening. I'm not someone who loves packing, but I do it fairly often. And I know that when I follow these tips, my trip will be easier and less stressful.
Backpacking for women: Multifunction keeps it light
One of the keys to lightweight backpacking for women is to look at everything we want to take and see if anything can be used for more than one function.
Traveling with hiking poles on hiking vacations
One of the pieces of equipment that we recommend on all our hiking vacations is hiking (also called trekking) poles. Assuming we have sold you on why they are so critical, the next question is how to get them to your destination.
Dressing for your next hiking vacation
This picture of some women who were on our recent Wildflowers and Waterfalls hike perfectly demonstrates the equipment and clothing you need for a hiking vacation.
Tips: Attitude and Gear Check for Adventure Travel
Throughout years of lightweight backpacking and adventure travel I have learned that and attitude and gear are two keys in preparation for active travel!
Backpacking Adventures: Thoughts on Ultralight and Lightweight Backpacking
I go to the mountains on backpacking adventures to enjoy natural beauty and solitude. I want to get away from houses, roads, and city life. To do this I take very little stuff with me
Hydration Packs - staying well-hydrated in the outdoors
We have written in previous blogs, newsletter articles and even in the notes section of our packing list about hydration packs. But I wanted to emphasize again why this piece of equipment can be superior to water bottles for outdoor adventure travel.
Outdoor tips: Adjusting your pack
Whether we're talking about a daypack or a backpack, it's important to buy one that fits. These days most pack manufacturers have guidelines about the approprite size for you, based on simple measurements. And while that's a crucial step, it's not the only one that matters.
If the shoe fits: tips to buying hiking boots
Buying a pair of boots for a backpacking trip or a hiking vacation should be done with careful consideration. Pick the wrong pair of boots and you could end up with feet ranging from uncomfortable to physically harmed with blisters or even tendon problems. It is a task that takes an investment of time and money
Outdoor tips - to sock liner or not to sock liner on hiking trips?
Sock liners are made of a thin polyester or lightweight wool material that help wick sweat away from your feet. You wear them under your thicker hiking sock and are mainly recommended as a preventive measure to getting blisters.
4 tips for saving money on adventure travel gear and clothing
If you're new to adventure travel or an outdoor activity, sometimes you might wonder if you have to make a choice between getting what you need and putting your child through college or retiring before the age of 80.
Outdoor Adventure for Women - PFDs
What is a PFD and how should it fit? PFD stand for: personal flotation device (aka lifejacket) and is your most important piece of safety gear when paddling.
Outdoor Tips and Topics - keeping your hands warm
Winter time does not necessarily mean we need to put an end to our outdoor adventures. We can still hike, run, snowshoe, cross country ski, dogsled and even paddle (at least in places where the water isn't frozen!)
Handy Uses for Bandanas
We often include bandanas on our Adventures in Good Company trip packing lists and people often ask: do we really need one?
Tips for buying a daypack
On most of our hiking trips we require a daypack be carried to hold all your gear for the day's outing. Here are some other guidelines for buying a daypack.
7 Weight Loss Tips (for your pack, of course)
From Jan Latham, one of our guides whose missionin life is making sure no one goes out on one of her trips with a pack that weights more than 30 pounds.
10 Uses for Trekking Poles
This piece on trekking poles is one of the very first things I ever wrote. The pictures are all from a backpacking trip in Mt Rainier National Park and our group was small, but lots of fun.
4 Ways to ship your wilderness backpacking gear
So you're flying off on a wilderness backpacking vacation and you need to get your backpack to your destination. There are 4 ways to chosse from, which we'll discuss in order of the least safe to the most safe way to get it there.
Outdoor Tips and Topics: Does Cotton Really Kill?
Is it true outdoors women should never wear cotton on an outdoor adventure? The answer is: yes, most of the time.
Tips for Overseas Adventure Travel: Plugs and Converters
Overseas adventure travel is fun and rewarding, and takes some preparation. Women commonly ask if there will be a place they can plug in a rechargeable camera battery or recharge a cell phone or plug in a hairdryer?
Backpacking - Fit is Everything!
So---you're looking for a new backpack. You've decided on the size you need, noted any special features you would like and are open to 'sticker shock' but hoping to be surprised with a good sale.