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Women's Adventure Club 

A community of women who value adventure and connection with the natural world
Western PA

Welcome to the Women's Adventure Club

The Women's Adventure Club is a Pittsburgh-based community of women who want year-round outdoor experiences. We offer frequent opportunities to get outside such as local hiking, biking, forest therapy, Qigong, SUP, and Yoga hikes. "Bigger" adventures such as kayaking, rafting, skeet shooting, archery, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, and long day hikes in the Laurels are offered monthly. Our adventurers range in age from college students to women in their 60s and 70s. We are accepting, supportive, and fun!

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Envision the thrill of trying something new in a supportive environment.  Imagine the joy of adding more awe and wonder to your days. Think about the vitality and strength you'll feel after adventuring outdoors with a great group of women. Shift the way you feel about a Pittsburgh winter! The planning and prep is handled. All you have to do is sign up and show up. See you out there!

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Our Mission

1.  Connect with nature and allow it to enhance your health and well-being.

People underestimate the health and happiness effect of being outdoors.
  • enhanced calm
  • improved focus
  • heightened awe
  • better sleep
  • improved memory
  • drop in the stress hormone cortisol
  • drop in blood pressure
  • drop in heart rate
  • reduced inflammation
  • decrease in depression, anxiety, and fatigue

2.  Push past your comfort zone through new experiences.

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Although we're wired to seek out comfort and safety, taking risks and trying new things is what helps us grow. Adventuring can get you out of your comfort zone. Put yourself out there, try something new, be vulnerable!  

3.  Cultivate camaraderie and friendships.

Something about being out on a trail causes us to drop our guard, to be more open and accepting, and allow others to see us as we are. Women on the trails are grounded and real. Connection is important and yet sometimes we want solitude. You are welcome to hike quietly and peacefully, taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Delight in the stillness of your own company while still benefiting from the comfort and assurance of the group.

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What our members are saying 

" I can't recommend the Women's Adventure Club highly enough! I discovered this group back in 2019 and, because of it, I have found a whole new group of women who love to spend time outdoors. I was nervous before my first outing, but Lindsay is so friendly and everyone was very welcoming. We do all kind of things - from hiking and biking to skeet shooting and paddleboarding. Beginners are always encouraged! We're active throughout the year and it keeps my body and mind feeling healthy. One of my favorite things about the group is that I can have moments of solitude on an adventure but I know I'm never alone. The camraderie and supportive vibe of this group of women is honestly good for the soul." 

- Mandy, Wexford

"Lindsay is so passionate about getting people outside to enjoy the gifts that nature has to offer! Her thirst for knowledge is such an asset - she's always teaching us about plants, animals, and places. I leave every adventure having learned something new about the outdoors and about myself! There's such a wide variety of adventures that women of all ages can give it a go - I even took my 83-year-old Mom on a relaxed hike recently. The other women in the group are friendly and welcoming. Come give it a try!"

- Julie, Ohio Township

" The WAC is full of fun, adventure, challenge, kindness and encouragement. It’s an honor to explore with such courageous, humble, thoughtful women."

- Elizabeth, Sewickley

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Hi! I'm Lindsay.
I help women elevate their wellbeing by getting outside, connecting with nature, and trying new outdoor experiences.

I hope this community of women is exactly what you’ve been looking for. 

Why did I start the Women's Adventure Club? 

Meet our Guides

Lindsay Gibson

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Lindsay Gibson
Lindsay is the founder of the WAC and loves spending time in nature.  Some of her favorite outdoor experiences include kayaking the Napali Coast of Kauai with her daughter, Nordic skiing in Alaska, fatbiking with her husband, alpine skiing, and sharing time on the trails with the Women's Adventure Club. Lindsay is a mother of three and a former second  grade teacher. She is certified in Wilderness First Aid, First Aid, and CPR. She looks forward to adventuring with you!



 
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Nancy Latimer
Nancy is an avid hiker, biker, camper, and backpacker. She found her way  to becoming  an outdoorswoman  later in life and enjoys continuous growth in outdoor pursuits, crocheting, and playing the ukulele.  She has led trips with various outdoor organizations since 2008 and loves to share her knowledge with others, especially those new to outdoor adventures. She has been trained in Wilderness First Aid and is certified in First  Aid,  CPR, and AED. 



 
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Partnered with 3 Rivers Outdoor Company to co-host monthly hiking events for women. 

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Partnered with Dr. Doug, an ANFT forest therapy guide, to offer Forest Bathing experiences. 
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Certified in Wilderness First Aid through NOLS

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Partnered to co-host rides and offer rentals 
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Partnered with the Zen Center of Pittsburgh to offer outdoor Qigong classes.

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Sincere thanks to Gillian, founder of the Ladies Adventure Club of Maine, for sharing her inspiring story with me and the lessons she's learned during her years with the LAC.
 
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I'd love to hear any questions you have about the Women's Adventure Club!

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