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CALLING ALL CHICKS WHO DIG THAT OUTDOOR, ADVENTUROUS LIFE AND LOVE TO TRAVEL!

Explorer Chick (https://explorerchick.com/) is empowering women to live their best lives. How? Through the shared experience of our kickass outdoor adventures and trips!

We provide exciting itineraries to local and global destinations, a supportive adventure-loving community, uncommon experiences, and our signature SHE-nanigans. Discover your awaiting adventure— from a local day tour, a weekend road trip, or your next travel bucket list vacation of a lifetime. Whether you arrive as a female solo traveler or with several of your closest girlfriends, you’ll be greeted by a small group of like-minded women travelers of all ages.

ABOUT US

Explorer Chick Adventure Co. (https://explorerchick.com/) is an adventure travel company offering women-only, small group travel trips, workshops, and Mini Adventures.

Our adventures range from local day trips (Mini Adventures) and weekend getaways, to multi-day travel bucket list hot spots all over the world! Outdoor activities on our trips include: hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing, backpacking, canyoning, surfing and more! Basically, anything that gets us in the outdoors to be active and play.

Oh, and we think we’re the most BAD ASS group of women around! Explorer Chicks show up with open minds, willing to push their comfort zones, ready to have fun, and to be all in.

This Meetup is sponsored by Explorer Chick (http://explorerchick.com/), so there are no dues for joining! Just follow along and hopefully, embark on an adventure with us!

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BECOME AN EXPLORER CHICK AMBASSADOR

We are always looking for local Explorer Chick Ambassadors to host our single day Mini Adventures in her area! Check out our Explorer Chick Ambassador page (https://explorerchick.com/about/brandambassador/) for all of the details and to apply!

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Virginia Hiking and Survival 101

Catawba

Find your bold on a Women’s weekend hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Slay the most iconic summits on the Appalachian Trail – Dragon’s Tooth, Tinker Cliffs, McAfee Knob – as you earn your survivor badge in Catawba, Virginia. Between hikes, you’ll learn basic hands-on wilderness skills from emergency bug-hunting to fire-building in the rain.

You’ll kick off your adventure on Day 1 arriving to our lodge in the woods in the late afternoon. Your feet won’t be settled for long as we gear up to tick off the first jewel in the crown: Dragon’s Tooth. Feeling daring? Climb up the monolith for 360 degree views of the valley below and all the bragging rights.

The next morning, you’ll embark on your hike with the most elevation gain – Tinker Cliffs. It’s a beautiful hike that takes you a across a field where you’ll be able to stare way up to our goal. It’s a lovely hike through the “Green Tunnel” with a gnarly steep section before you connect with the Appalachian Trail to reach the summit. Then you get to kick back, and bask in the view of the next day’s summit: McAfee Knob.

On our third morning together, we’ll take a short hike to our outdoor classroom where we’ll spend the day learning and practicing wilderness survival skills. Throughout the day you’ll learn a variety of knots, how to construct a few types of wilderness shelters, how to start and feed a fire even in the rain, and which bugs are the tastiest for eating! 🦗 Yes, it is completely hands-on.

In the evening, we’ll hit a mall walker’s stride as we jump on the trail to catch one of the best sunsets. The hustle up the mountain is totally worth the burning quads as you rest your hiker booty and kick your legs off the edge of the world on McAfee’s Knob.

On your final day in wilderness paradise you’ll learn hands on Backcountry Personal Self Protection. During this hands-on course you’ll gain the necessary skills to break free from a stranger’s hold, recognize the signs of threatening behavior, and objects that you carry in your day pack that can be used as a weapon. You’ll be able to practice in a supportive environment with a “Red-Man Suit” while learning a proper palm strike, finger fan, knee jab, knee strike, and blocking moves. KA-POW!!!

Each night, you’ll be resting your head at a beautiful lodge nestled in Catawba,Virginia. It lays at the base of the mountains surrounded by woods without another trace of humanity in sight. And, food! Your dinners and breakfasts will be home-cooked goodness served up on a plate!

It’s a wonderfully wild weekend with a small group of women hiking the Appalachian Trail and learning wilderness survival tactics. Join us to experience this small-group women’s only hiking weekend yourself!

Adventure Highlights:

  • Learn the necessary skills to survive in the Wilderness in an outdoor classroom with hands-on experience and practice.
  • Gain confidence and independence learning the Seven Priorities of Survival including building a shelter, starting a fire, tying essential knots, and hunting for edible insects.
  • Feel empowered in the wilderness with a hands-on Backcountry Personal Self Protection course learning basic defense moves with a supportive group of Explorer Chicks!
  • Kick back after your adventures next to a campfire at our Lodge nestled in the woods at the base of the mountains.
  • Relax with a comprehensive itinerary that makes everything in-between easy.
    -Geek out with supportive and encouraging Explorer Chicks on a private,
    women-only, small group adventure tour.

Early Bird Discount: $200
Discount Code: VASpring2022
Expires: 12/01/2021

See website for full details and to book.
https://explorerchick.com/adventures/virginia-hiking-survival-101/

Join the Facebook Event to meet Explorer Chicks from other cities!
https://www.facebook.com/events/682676589314233

Don't forget to follow Explorer Chick on Facebook too!
https://www.facebook.com/ExplorerChickAdventureCo/

Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop

Scenic Cabin Rentals In Red River Gorge

Learn how to backpack with our small group, women only backpacking workshop in the Red River Gorge. It’s a hands-on, overnight experience taking place on the weekend!

Have you ever dreamed of hiking to a faraway, remote land to spend a few days camping and living in the wild surrounded by mountains? We have! And, we want you to be able to live freely in the wild at your every whim armed with the skills and experience to do so!
We’ll meet you in the Red River Gorge to spend 2 days teaching you the fundamentals of backpacking with plenty of hands-on experience. You’ll learn everything from filtering water, hanging a bear bag, setting up camp, packing a backpack, Leave No Trace, and even pooping in the woods! (Hey, we all do it!)

With the Red’s abundance of natural bridges, sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, and arches, we couldn’t think of a more beautiful location to teach you how to backpack in the wilderness.
The best part? We’ll lend you the essential Gear to get started! Every Explorer Chick will be provided with a Backpack, a Sleeping Bag, a Sleeping Pad, and a shared 2 person tent. We’ll provide all of the meals beginning with Saturday lunch through our Sunday closing lunch at a Red River Gorge local eatery. As for the rest of the gear, you’ll be provided with a packing list.

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS
-Explore the many Arches, Sandstone cliffs, Natural Bridges, and Rock Shelters in the Red River Gorge.
-Receive a hands-on experience with a small group of women guided by the Explorer Chick experts. You’ll be able to ask all of your questions, practice your skills as often as necessary, and get personal attention without feeling awkward or embarrassed!
-Borrow the expensive gear giving you the opportunity to learn all about Backpacking and the required gear before investing in your own!
-Spend two days meeting and becoming friends with a fabulous group of outdoor adventure lovin’ women!
-Optional day hike to Iconic Landmarks in the Red River Gorge on Sunday
-Eat Picnic lunches surrounded by the natural beauty of Red River Gorge
-End your Outdoor Adventure with our closing lunch at a local Red River Gorge eatery. Go home with a full belly and a happy heart!
-Private Explorer Chick, small group, women only tour. Embark on your adventure with an encouraging and supportive group of bold women!
See website for full details and to book.

Save $30 with
Early Bird Discount Code: RedSpring2022
Expires on 12/01/2021

See website for full details and to book.
https://explorerchick.com/adventures/red-river-gorge-backpacking-workshop/

Join the Facebook Event to meet Explorer Chicks from other cities!
https://www.facebook.com/events/821760201864417/

Don't forget to follow Explorer Chick on Facebook too!
https://www.facebook.com/ExplorerChickAdventureCo/

We’re on Instagram as well!
https://www.instagram.com/explorerchickadventureco/

Smoky Mountains Hiking and Glamping Adventure

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hike through sweet smelling pine forests to sweeping panoramic vistas on our 4 day Women Only, Small Group Hiking and Glamping Adventure Tour in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This hiking tour has been carefully curated and “in the field” tested to include some of our favorite hikes in the Smoky Mountains. Expect to be challenged on the trail, only to be rewarded with stunning mountain views and lovely waterfalls. You’ll climb to only one of three remaining fire towers in the National Park when you embark on the strenuous trek up Mt. Cammerer. You’ll take it “easy” on a moderate hike to the park’s highest single-drop waterfall, Rainbow Falls. You’ll inch out on to a bald rock outcropping to be drenched in mountain scenery in every direction on Charlie’s Bunion. On two of your hikes, you’ll walk in the foot path of thousands of Appalachian Trail thru hikers that have come before you.

Of course, what’s a trip to Tennessee without whiskey? You’ll spend a few hours on an exclusive, private tour with our local guide visiting distilleries on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. You’ll get to go behind the scenes at a real working still house and see how everything is made start to finish. You’ll learn the history of whisky including the Prohibition era, the state’s history with whiskey, and why these mountains were such an integral part of moonshine culture.

Our nights will be spent at our adorable Glamping site located conveniently minutes from Gatlinburg. Each tent has been tastefully decorated and is totally Pinterest worthy! Your digs are outfitted with everything you need to camp comfortably including Wifi and temperature control. Your meals will be freshly prepared at camp by your Explorer Chick guides giving you the only task of relaxing daily after every hike!

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS
• Hike three of Explorer Chick’s favorite mountain hikes in the Smoky Mountain National park.
• Enjoy the sweeping panoramic views from a fire tower high up on Mt. Cammerer.
• Get up close and personal with the Smokies highest single-drop waterfall, Rainbow Falls.
• Stand in the midst of mountains from the rock outcropping on Charlie’s Bunion.
• Taste the flavors of Tennesee with a private whiskey walking tour and sampling flights.
• Kick back at camp with breakfasts and dinners cooked by your Explorer Chick guides.
• Sleep easy at our glamping site with canvas tents outfitted with all the creature comforts.
• Relax with a comprehensive itinerary that makes the logistics, transportation, navigation, meal planning, lodging, and everything between easy.
• Private Explorer Chick, small group, women only tour. Embark on your adventure with an encouraging and supportive group of bold women!

Early Bird Discount: $200
Expires: 12/01/2021
Discount Code: SmokiesSpring2022

See website for full details and to book.
https://explorerchick.com/adventures/smoky-mountains-hiking-and-glamping/

Join the Facebook Event to meet Explorer Chicks from other cities!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1235541440260106/

Don't forget to follow Explorer Chick on Facebook too!
https://www.facebook.com/ExplorerChickAdventureCo/

We’re on Instagram as well!
https://www.instagram.com/explorerchickadventureco/

Glamping and Hiking in Zion National Park + Bryce Canyon

Zion National Park

Unreal hoodoos? Check. Slot canyons? Majestic overlooks? Check. All this and more (like heated tents with electricity) await you during our Women’s Hiking and Glamping in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon weekend adventure!

BRYCE CANYON HIKING AND BEGINNER -FRIENDLY CANYONEERING
Escape to prehistoric Utah where you’ll hike stupid-pretty trails in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Wade through the Virgin River below 1,500′ canyon walls in the Narrows. Spend an entire day exploring Bryce Canyon National Park. Ghost the tourists as you wander deep into orange hoodoos. Explore areas of Zion so remote, they can only be reached by rappelling, scrambling, and down-climbing on a beginner-friendly canyoneering route.

ANGELS LANDING HIKE
Do you dare to Beastmaster up the chains of Angels Landing? If your answer is “Hell yeah!” you’ll snag one of the best views in Zion National Park. Not feeling it? No problem! You can still enjoy the Angels Landing hike without the exposed and often crowded chain portion. You’ll have the option to hang out on Scout Lookout while the rest of your group ascends the chains. Your guide and Explorer Chick sisters will support you the whole way. Afterward, dry your pits as you amble the streets of Springdale, Utah – the gateway to Zion (and seriously good ice cream).

GLAMPING
Every night you’ll rest your head in Insta-worthy glamping tents bordering Zion National Park. Kick it by the campfire under a diamond sky with goddesses who aren’t afraid to get dirty.

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Check off your National Parks bucket list over 4 days with hikes in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.
  • Get lost, figuratively, surrounded by the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon.
  • Explore below the canyon walls in Zion trekking the Narrows and cast your eyes down at the valley perched atop Angels Landing.
  • Rappel, scramble, and down climb your way canyoneering in a beginner friendly slot canyon.
  • Sleep easy at our Glamping site with canvas tents outfitted with all the creature comforts.
  • Actively experience the parks with 2 Explorer Chick Guides who will ensure you hike the best, and sometimes most challenging, hikes.
  • Relax and let us do the driving in the Explorer Chick SHE-nanigan Shuttle!
  • Disconnect to reconnect! Leave behind the constant contact and use your phone solely for capturing moments.
  • Relax with a comprehensive itinerary that makes the logistics, entrance fees, navigation, meal planning, lodging, and everything in-between easy.
  • Geek out with supportive and encouraging Explorer Chicks on a private, women-only, small group adventure tour.

Early Bird Discount: $200
Expiry Date: 12/01/2021
Discount Code: ZionSpring2022

See website for full details and to book.
https://explorerchick.com/adventures/hiking-glamping-zion-bryce-canyon/

Join the Facebook Event to meet Explorer Chicks from other cities!
https://www.facebook.com/events/349885876626624

Don't forget to follow Explorer Chick on Facebook too!
https://www.facebook.com/ExplorerChickAdventureCo/

We’re on Instagram as well!
https://www.instagram.com/explorerchickadventureco/

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