We are going to talk about Safety For Women’s Adventures today. Safety, for women going into the wilderness alone, with a guide (most are men) or with a group mostly or completely consisting of men.
“Fear is a part of life. It’s a warning mechanism. That’s all. It tells you when there’s danger around. Its job is to help you survive. Not cripple you into being unable to do it.”
~ Jim Butcher
About five years ago (before I was in any way active online), I sent out our typical newsletter, highlighting price, crew and Adventure updates and changes. The responses I received back were both enlightening and saddening.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”
~ Oprah Winfrey
A few of the responses I received mentioned being completely drawn to what we offer, except for the worries about being in a wilderness environment, so remote and unreachable, with not only a stranger but a strange man (or two, camp help/wrangler).
I realized two things in only a moment. First, I was incredibly lucky (and Blessed) to have found my way to Pioneer Outfitters and to be surrounded by such good and honorable men. And second, I was terribly naive.
Of course it is a worry.
One response that I received not only expressed similar worries and concerns, but had actually been put into a potentially dangerous situation with a guide, by another outfitter, who was neither professional nor honorable. A so-called guide (not to mention, a so-called MAN), repeatedly made suggestive and inappropriate comments to this lady, to the point that she shared with me that she was terrified to allow herself to be without her rifle on her Black Bear Hunt. (She was interested in coming to us to go on a Dall Sheep Hunt.)
After a little digging, I found what I was searching for, to share with you here on this post. I have discussed this, these tips and my own experience on Safety For Women’s Adventures, in three posts on this website that I would like to share them with you again.
- DIY-ers & Big Game Outfitters, Can They Mix?
- Women in the Outdoors: Six Steps to Safety
- Women Adventurers and Women Hunters
It would be negligent, horrifyingly naive, and just plain wrong to pretend that there are not real dangers for a woman alone, anywhere.
Fear cannot be allowed to prevent you from following your dreams. Period.
The best defense is always a superior offense.
Safety For Women’s Adventures
Research. Ask a lot of questions. Emails are great and dandy, but be sure to speak with whomever you are considering accompanying into the wilderness. Multiple times, not only once or twice. Ask more questions. Call and speak with references. Ask more questions. Anything you wonder what the answer is, ask. If you don’t know, it is worth asking. If you are made to feel bad, ignorant, that you are “bothering” someone, that is a red-flag. If the answers do not comfort you, that could be a red-flag. If there are questions that cannot be answered, that is a red-flag.
“We’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.”
~ E. Nightingale
Also! Remember, to follow the same guidelines for your “check-in” person. Make sure you share all the information about where you are going, how to get in touch with you, when you will be unable to be reached, when you expect to be able to check back in (for example, when you return from your Adventure and are back in Chisana at the Lodge to be able to send an email, or make a phone call.), your flight dates (if you are flying), your expected dates in hotels, contact info for the hotels you have reservations in and for your ultimate return home.
I believe that between the research you will do, your own instincts when speaking with whom you will be accompanying and your own “safety first” actions will allow you to relax and enjoy your experience or adventure to its fullest extent. Remember to trust yourself.
Please, if you are considering going somewhere new and would like other opinions, let me know. I have a wide reach with all the contacts I have made and would be more than willing to find out what I can for you. You are not alone.
Please pass along Women in the Outdoors to other women in your life who may be considering becoming an outdoors woman too.
You may also be interested in the past posts in this series, if you missed them.
- 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
- Women in the Outdoors: Adventure Begins in Alaska
- Women in the Outdoors: What To Do When You’re Lost
- Women in the Outdoors: The Survival State of Mind
- Women in the Outdoors: Enjoy Your Adventure!
Be sure to Contact Us for your Adventure or Excursion of a lifetime!