Women in the Outdoors is here again! We need to make a plan. “A plan?” You may wonder… yes, what do you aspire to do, when you get into the outdoors?
What is your fancy? Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, photography, fishing or hunting?
For us, here at Pioneer Outfitters, many of these choices are part of our Horseback Adventures. When you are on an Adventure with us, there is a “no-experience-necessary” policy as your guides are with you at all times.
What was the final push that convinced you that this was a skill you wanted for your own? To become a woman of the outdoors?
Why do I ask?
Well, if your dream is to go on an Alaska Horseback Adventure, and if you have never ridden a horse, you may choose to find a place to ride, or be taught to ride.
This isn’t for any big reason, simply your own comfort. Any horseman (or woman) would agree, even with tons of experience, if you haven’t sat in a saddle for months or years, you are bound to be sore!
If your dream is to walk the historic Goat Trail, like the miners and pioneers did in the early 1900’s, you will want to be able to walk distances. (One of our favorite Adventures!)
What are good distances to work towards? To begin, I would say 500 yards. (Yes, we are starting from nothing.) Then, can you walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for air? When you conquer these two, simply add to them.
Back to us here in Chisana: We enter no races when you are on an Adventure of any kind with Pioneer Outfitters. We ride, when you are sore or tired or cold, we stop. Stretch, take a break or build a fire. We hike or climb, when you are tired or out of breath, we stop! We’ll take a rest and keep going. The Adventure is sharing the goal with you, not racing you to it.
If you simply want to know that you CAN, what ever it is you choose to do, then I say: “Good for you!”
There is nothing that compares to doing something, anything, you’ve never done or experienced before and knowing, when it is all done, that you CAN!
Let’s start by using that one. It’s my favorite.
Some of the outdoor pursuits that you may have chosen to master will require (for safety’s sake) someone else to show, teach or instruct you.
Sure, you can go buy a horse, tack and a book. You can take your first ever horse home, unpack all the new tack that your new “Owner’s manual and How-To Book” said that you would need, and saddle up.
(Repeat same scenario for buying your first rifle.) Oh Lordy.
There are some things I cannot “teach” you, online. I wouldn’t feel comfortable. (Nor, should you.)
Women in the Outdoors is my gentle and slow moving series of inspiring you into exploring the wild places in our beautiful world. There are many groups, in many states, that offer women (most have age limits to 18 years and older) noncompetitive, relaxed workshops to learn outdoor skills.
Here at Pioneer Outfitters our licensed and experienced guides are here to guide, show and teach you anything that we are doing or you wish to do.
So, we need to make a plan! What is your goal? Do you have one? Do you want help making a plan? Let me know!
Wednesday Women’s Women in the Outdoors is my series for women everywhere, anywhere, that want to feel more comfortable being in the wild places around them. If you are just now joining us women, in this natural journey, you may enjoy reading more of Women in the Outdoors.
Women in the Outdoors
Are you thinking of joining us for a 2013 Horseback Wilderness Adventure? Yipee! How cool is that?