Learn all the hiking hacks at this women-only workshop in Clarens

Posted by Anita Froneman on 14 December 2021

Part expedition, part workshop, all adventure!

Have you ever wondered: how the heck do I start hiking in South Africa?

Well, Womxn for Wild is here to help beginners learn first-time backpacking essentials on a  unique long weekend away in Clares and the Golden Gate National Park.

The road to hiking is paved with good intentions, but it can be overwhelming! This luxurious expert-led hiking workshop is designed to get women comfortable and educated on how to tackle an overnight hike in the wild. There will be a strong focus on trail ethics, menu plans, strength training, mountain rescue drills, and then the opportunity to put all that theory into practice on a gorgeous introductory overnight hike.

It’s everything you need to gain confidence for multi-day hiking! Plus, attendees will score a photography workshop with travel photojournalist Melanie van Zyl and get all the answers to tough hiking queries from Michaela Geytenbeek. This certified female mountain guide from Pathfinders SA will be leading every hike.

Event details

  • Date: 3-7 February 2022
  • Price: R5450 (includes accommodation and meals)
  • Who can attend: This experience is open to womxn.
  • Space limited to: 13
  • Skill level: Open to all hiking levels
  • Physical difficulty: 5-6 hours of daily hiking with a day pack
  • Trail distance: Photography sunset hike roughly 5km, overnight hike 28km.
  • Accommodation: Shared accommodation in luxury self-catering units with shared bathrooms and public spaces
  • Experience focus: Learning, adventure and nature immersion
  • Age: We welcome and encourage diverse age groups (unfortunately, no under 18s)

For more information, visit www.womxnforwild.co.za/beginners-overnight-hiking-workshop-in-clarens

What is Womxn for Wild?

In a nutshell, epic outdoor experiences for conscious womxn. Whether old hiking hands, travel experts or total newbies testing the outdoor waters, we’re open to all womxn that advocate and respect our planet’s wild spaces. Co-founders Melanie van Zyl and Carmen van der Westhuizen have hosted group trips to Sodwana for scuba diving submersion, hiking adventure through Mnweni and even a mountain biking 101 workshop in the Cape Winelands. This is a community for learning. We thrive off the joy of new places and trying new things! Our biggest goal? Prove that womxn can adventure anywhere – safely.

Pictures: Supplied

Featured: Pexels

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