On Finding and Claiming Femininity in the Backcountry
Sep 12, 2023 at 3:20 pm #3788835
Companion forum thread to: On Finding and Claiming Femininity in the Backcountry
“…they never felt more powerful, or more fit, or happier about themselves and their bodies, than when they were thru-hiking.” – Nikki Stavile on femininity in the backcountry.Sep 12, 2023 at 6:35 pm #3788859David GardnerBPL Member
@gearmakerLocale: Northern California
Great article/essay Nikki. Thank you. More power to ya.Sep 13, 2023 at 7:54 pm #3788919Steve ThompsonBPL Member
A wonderful account of self-discovery. Thanks Nikki, for sharing the hopeful truth that each of us can discover the beauty and love within us.Sep 14, 2023 at 5:50 pm #3788969
Thanks for the kind words guys! It means a lot.Sep 16, 2023 at 8:39 pm #3789059JVDBPL Member
@jdavisLocale: Front Range
Great article, important topic. The last paragraph gave me goose-bumps — very moving. “I love you” is a powerful way to live.Sep 17, 2023 at 4:51 am #3789063Robyn DBPL Member
This is one of the most thought provoking articles I have ever read. I have never been able to articulate my struggle with femininity as a female hiker. I spent many years always wanting to prove that I am strong enough to do “male” things. As I age and approach 50, women all around me are grasping frantically to stop the aging process. Slowly, I am learning it is the inner strength that makes us beautiful—and allows us to move into conquering “life” things. What I happen to look like as I am doing these wondrous life challenges is inconsequential. Yet, it is okay to blow dry my air and put on a skirt. I’m not giving up my outdoor feminist card if I do want to feel pretty too. Thank you again for your words.Sep 17, 2023 at 7:59 am #3789064Paul WagnerBPL Member
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
And it’s nice to have really good writing to read!Sep 17, 2023 at 7:53 pm #3789168Drew SmithBPL Member
@drewsmithLocale: Colorado Rockies
One of the best things ever published on BPL. I am going to go back and read it again.
Thanks for your honesty and insight.Sep 18, 2023 at 10:26 am #3789200
Thanks for your continued praise everyone, it means a lot. Me and the BPL team worked hard to get this where it is.Sep 18, 2023 at 10:56 am #3789202Jon Fong / Flat Cat GearBPL Member
@jonfongLocale: FLAT CAT GEAR
Great article. Interesting perspective. I live in the House of Estrogen (wife, 3 daughters) where I have always been outnumbered. We started taking our daughters backpacking when they were about 6-7. They are now in their 30’s and two of them have even introduced backpacking to their significant others.Sep 20, 2023 at 9:01 am #3789446DAN-Y/FANCEE FEESTBPL Member
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.Sep 22, 2023 at 9:11 am #3789600Mark WetheringtonBPL Member
@markwethLocale: Western Montana
I really enjoyed this piece, many thanks to Nikki for writing it and to BPL for publishing it. Always interesting to reflect on the way time in nature and the outdoors community intersect with other aspects of our lives and identities.
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