Freshman year, I met my first upperclassmen through a Women in the Wilderness hiking trip. I was the only non senior on the trip, and I was welcomed so enthusiastically it made my week. We hiked up Mt Moosilauke, and they didn’t mind that I had to stop often to rest. I really looked up to those senior girls, and the next year started leading Women in the Wilderness outings.
A year later I shifted my focus to the Mountain Bike Club. It was really fun to shape a club from its infancy with so much potential. I lobbied to get the club a permanent space for bike storage, improved the leader training and got more trips led. Three years later, with 10 leaders and 10 leaders in training, I feel pretty good about the growth of the Mountain Bike Club. However, I always felt a bit guilty for dropping the ball on a great program that helped me meet so many mentors.
This year, a friend of mine approached me asking about rebooting Women in the Wilderness. She was hoping to have a community where female leaders from all the clubs would lead trips to get more women outside together doing badass activities. I led my first trip last weekend, and it was a pretty picturesque day for intro to telemark skiing. Next up – women’s pond hockey!