To encourage and increase female involvement in the outdoor world by empowering and providing women with the knowledge, opportunities, and experiences in the outdoors.
Thank you so much for stopping in. We invite you to discover and acknowledge your traditional territory.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa and Kinbasket Peoples. Five First Nations bands are located in the regional. Four bands are Ktunaxa and one is Secwepemc (Shuswap). We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in in this territory.
We have some BIG things going on behind the scenes. As everyone adapts to virtual offerings and socially distant activities, we are working hard to provide our ladies with opportunities and experiences to immerse in nature and forge forever friendships on the trails.
In July we are re-launching with a SHE-bang. You ready? Hold on to your gators. We are coming in hot like the summer sun.
Meet our team.
Mama Bear | "Wander-preneur" |Founder | Adventurer
Kayla's purpose is simple. Connect women to themselves, nature, and other women.
She aims to build community around nature and raise awareness around uniting mental health and the great outdoors. To empower women to safely access the great outdoor and join her as she explores what it means to live that sweet wander life.
As our community has taken shape - Kayla has aligned with several powerhouse organization and people that are making waves in the outdoor industry supporting women.
"The Women Who Wander mission began deep in my soul. After losing sight of myself while going through an extremely hard divorce, hitting rock bottom, struggling with ADHD and my mental health, while raising a 2 year old in an unfamiliar town - I had to pick up the pieces of my identity, of my purpose and place them all a little differently - I began finding these on mountain tops, along lazy river beds, and strewn about the alpine meadows.
After a profound ridge line epiphany - I began coordinating group hikes for women in my area. I have hiked with hundreds of women and each time I watch fierce friendships forged, I see a visible shift in women as we sat near alpine tarns chuckling amongst ourselves. I saw presence and a re-connection to themselves - a familiar and profound personal understanding. It was in these moments that I found the strength and power to impact as many women as I could and perhaps provide a hand or a light for other women needing support, community, and a reminder of the profound impact of nature on our souls. My hope is to empower women to carve space - to go try that activity. To make time for them and to sit in nature a while.
I love hiking and have found true meaning in the mountains. I want to live this purpose everyday and find presence in each moment and hope to aid in other womens' journeys of self-discovery or recovery in whichever form that may be.
Favourite trail: Conrad Kain Hut Hike/Applebee dome in the Bugaboos, hands down.
Favourite piece of gear: Tough one. My mind is screaming bear spray in hopes of encouraging YOU to always have it accessible within a 2 second reach. I also love my Garmin in-reach and my trusty North Face shell. ALL THE GEAR.
If you are a passionate outdoor leader and don't see your community. Reach out!
Women Who Wander