We've already got Outdoor Woman's Alliance, Flash Foxy and Mountain Inspired. I'd like to introduce the new female adventure crew, The Hardcore Woman's Institute!
I've recently started adventuring with an awesome group of girls. We met on a friends hen do and after spending the weekend coasteering and chilling out by a campfire we realised we had a mutual love of all things mountains and decided we must hit up the mountains together.
Since meeting up we have climbed, run, entered marathons and generally had an awesome time.
Our most recent adventure took us on a girls only trip to Snowdonia. We all usually climb with our male partners and rarely hang out with just other females. On the Saturday we did a great scrambling day. We climbed up the East Face of Tryfyn, up Bristly Ridge onto the Glyders and back down to Ogwen. We passed lots of groups on the way curious to see a group of high spirited girls confidently moving up the mountain. Many of the men we passed gave us the look of bewilderment of "they are girls, in the mountains, where are the men?! Surely they will get lost or stuck!" Well we didn't!
The next day we had a multi pitching day at Clogwyn yr One, The Moelwyns. This was a day to help a couple of the girls build up confidence leading, and they smashed it!
I find an all female group super encouraging. There are no ego's and there is no need to prove yourself. Just a super supportive group of friends all with the sole intention of having fun!
Don't get me wrong, I love to push my self. Thats why I climbing with Andy because I feel confident to push myself more with him. This is because we have built up a level of trust after climbing together for years and he knows when I need encouragement and when to shut up! However, the positive vibes you get with a group of girls along with the underlying feeling of 'if she can do it, so can I!' just spur you on!
I'm looking forward to many more adventures with the Hardcore WI!