Women in the Outdoors: Adventure Begins in Alaska is the sixth in the series that I hope, brings women into the wild places to receive the incredible gifts the wilderness has to offer us all.
Women in the Outdoors is my way of offering my own experiences, in a step-by-step, right by your side, sort of way.
In our last post, Your Outdoors Checklist, we had decided to use Pioneer Outfitters (that’s us!) Horseback Wilderness Adventure to base our plan on.
(I’m really excited about this!)
I will do my best to liken the preparations those of you that will be joining us on our “Queen’s” Adventure to an adventure anywhere, enjoying any outdoor activity.
Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your smile!! (Or hear about your adventure, outdoors!)
First, you have decided that this adventure is the right one for you. (Queen, here in Chisana, Alaska with Pioneer Outfitters or a different one closer to where you call home.) Yea for you!
Any place you are heading, away from home, will have some hoops you may have to navigate to get it all rolling. For example, you may simply need someone’s permission. You may need to fill out paperwork (Our paperwork consists of your contract and multiple insurance releases, for riding the horses mostly, but some are because you will be riding in the National Park.) You may need to apply for permits or buy a hunting, trapping or fishing license, if they are required for the adventure you are planning.
Ok. Now, if you are going to head into your Adventure away from home, you will (and should) receive a Welcome Packet. Our Welcome Packet provides you with photos, gear lists that you will need to bring, options available to you once you arrive, and tips to make your travel easier. Our own also includes a break down of all the average costs for you to take into consideration for planning your trip.
Be sure to ask ANY questions that may occur as you plan and dream in the weeks or months ahead! No question is a stupid question. If it is something you don’t know and are wondering about, ask away!
Ok. Now that you have chosen your Adventure and the paperwork is on it’s way, it is time to get ready. Our Horseback Adventures are designed with all ages and all experience levels (including none). To optimize your enjoyment of your entire Adventure in Alaska (or anywhere) we strongly recommend some sort of daily exercise prior to your departure. (Yes, start today!)
Adventure Begins in Alaska
I am a faithful believer in horseback riding being the best all – around exercise for your entire body. There is no better way to get ready for a Horseback Adventure, than to ride. (And ride, and ride.)
If you will be going on a hike, start walking; if you are going on a hunting adventure, keep up with your target practice; if you have your adventure picked out, do what you will be doing.
Here is something I have heard from numerous guests over the years: the air is different. When coming from a lower elevation, at times our guests will say they are out of breath and that there really is no easy way to prepare for that. Our ground elevation on our airstrip in Chisana is 3,200 feet. When we climb, we often climb to between 4,500 and 6,500 feet.
All right! You have chosen your dream adventure and your Welcome Packet is on it’s way and you have begun to ready yourself physically for an adventure of a lifetime.
During our next get together, we will discuss a few skills that will help you feel more confident about handling typically unplanned incidents while you are in the wilderness.
We all feel more in control and safer, when we, ourselves have the skills to survive, whether we ever need them or not. Those, I will share with you.
If you enjoyed this post in Women in the Outdoors, you may want to check the others out in the Wednesday’s Women, Women in the Outdoors series.
- Introducing, Women in the Outdoors
- Women in the Outdoors ~ Your Health Outdoors!
- Women in the Outdoors: Six Steps to Safety First
- Women in the Outdoors ~ Make a Plan
- Women in the Outdoors: Your Outdoors Checklist
If you would like to join us this year on an Alaska Adventure of your dreams, be sure to Contact Us!