What an awesome shot in Yosemite! Photo: @meliainthemountains - and in her own words, "Over the last year, I've honestly fallen in love with solo hiking. I'm normally backpacking with a crew of 5 or 6 guys or I'm leading group hikes with @girlswhohikela. As much as I love both of those environments, solo hiking has made me a more confident, empowered, and intelligent hiker. So, when people actively discourage females from solo hiking, it honesty breaks my heart. While society consistently tells women they are too small, too delicate, too weak, or too dependent, solo hiking teaches us we are capable, powerful, and reminds us to trust our instincts. Rather than being concerned about everyone else's happiness and well being, solo hiking has offered me the space to foster my own sense of self. It has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone, to fall in love with the things my body can do for me, and has reminded me that I am capable of so much more than what society says I am. So stop questioning us, and start encouraging us. A world in which women feel empowered, independent, and courageous is a better world for us all. 🌲"