How To Safely Hike Mountains

Gerdi Verwoert

A show on how to safely hike mountains — or anywhere else in Nature — by yourself when you want to get away from all that is causing you stress and immerse yourself in Nature.

Hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about.

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Remember, you're going into the mountains to disconnect from work, from a stressful life! So take your time. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. This is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #hikers #people #fear #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Jul 20

4 min 43 sec

How do you know when to go on or when to go back? How do you distinguish between a bit of nerves because you're trying something new or real fear warning you you'd better make a different decision? By learning to trust yourself, your intuition and your instincts. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. This is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #hikers #people #fear #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Apr 24

7 min 31 sec

Hiking by yourself in unfamiliar surroundings can make you nervous. Running into other people on the trail can make you even more so. However, in most cases, the people you meet are there for the same reason you are: to enjoy the quiet beauty and solitude of the mountains. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. This is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #hikers #people #fear #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Mar 24

7 min 19 sec

Want to hike by yourself, but the thought of hiking completely alone makes you feel uncomfortable? Why not bring your dog along? Or your neighbours' dog? ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. This is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #dog #HikingCompanion #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Mar 17

6 min 2 sec

This is almost too sensible to be among the tips to safely hike mountains, but there you are. The tales of people not using their common sense when out in the mountains (or any other part in nature) are many. It doesn't always end well. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #CommonSense #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Mar 10

7 min 53 sec

Not bringing enough water along can be more dangerous, IS more dangerous than bringing too little food with you. Find out what happens when you don't drink enough as I share with you a story of an almost disastrous hike I went on. Google is a great help when you're preparing for your hike and want to find out how to best make sure the water you find on your hike is drinkable. Simply google something like 'How to purify water in the wild'. Do this well before the start of your hike to give yourself time to buy or order whatever purifying system you want to use AND have time to practice it. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #walking #hiking #alone #courage #water #hydration #waterfilter #purifiyingwater #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Feb 24

12 min 42 sec

Dressing for comfort and success is not just important in your professional life. You have to do so when you go into the Great Outdoors too. What clothing do you bring? Just one layer or more? And what are layers for? And why shouldn't they be made out of cotton? Find out. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #walking #hiking #alone #courage #clothing #layers #hypothermia #sunstroke #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Feb 10

15 min 41 sec

It is tempting to bring the minimum amount of gear, food and water you think you'll need. After all, when you've prepared for your hike and know what to expect, why bring more? Good question! ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #walking #hiking #alone #courage #diet #food #eating #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Jan 27

11 min 35 sec

As someone who's worked hard to lose 25kg and keep them off, I completely understand the desire to stick to your diet when you go into the mountains. I like or would like to do so myself. So why then do I tell you to forget about your diet? ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #walking #hiking #alone #courage #diet #food #eating #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Jan 20

9 min 32 sec

Mountain hiking is not as dangerous as many people seem to think.  In all my years of hiking I've never even had a sprained ankle. Nor has a guest or client ever suffered an injury or accident while in the mountains with me. That doesn't mean accidents don't happen; they do.  When an accident goes beyond your first aid capabilities, it's important you know what to do and how to do it. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #walking #hiking #alone #courage #emergency #SearchAndRescue #FirstAid #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Jan 14

18 min 30 sec

Being aware of what is going on around you while in Nature is important. Besides, weren't you going into the mountains to immerse yourself in Nature and disconnect? #DareGreatly ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Jan 6

8 min 25 sec

Not everyone does this before they set out and sometimes that means you end up hiking in your socks. Or you might find yourself freezing your butt off because you didn't bring a hat and mittens. And then there's that one item of gear you'll hopefully never need to use, but will be very glad to have in your pack when you do! ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ———— Safely Hike Mountains is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Dec 2020

24 min 45 sec

On this episode: why it is important to stick to the plan. When you've listened to the previous episodes in this series, this one should be a no-brainer. However, it is often the very thing that's frequently ignored. And that could land you in big trouble! ———— You can find episode 2 on map reading here: https://anchor.fm/safelyhikemountains/episodes/How-To-Safely-Hike-Mountains-Episode-02-Learn-to-read-a-map-en8jqr ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. ‘How to Safely Hike Mountains’ is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she virtually or actually guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). Have a question about safely hiking among mountains or anywhere else in Nature, leave a voice message so it can be taken up in a future episode. #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Dec 2020

12 min 38 sec

On this episode: two easy to forget things. The first one because it's something we don't think to do when we normally leave the house. the second one because this should be such common sense that I nearly forgot to include it in these tips to safely hike mountains.  I'm talking about having a backup plan and checking the weather. BACKUPS: Have you told anyone where you will be? Who will send Search & Rescue after you when you're late in coming back from your hike? It seems such a silly thing to think about. After all, what could possibly happen to you when you're so well prepared? Probably nothing. But that one time that something does happen, you'll thank your lucky stars at least one person knows where you are and what to do when you don't show up when they expect you to.  WEATHER CHECK: This is such an obvious one that I almost left it out, but I run into too many people who are not prepared or even worse are unaware of the weather they'll be running into on their hike. ———— When it comes to walking alone in Nature the questions I get asked most, especially by women, is: “Isn't it dangerous to go hiking by yourself? Aren't you scared to be out there alone?” To be fair, plenty of men have asked the same questions, but more women than men seem to be afraid to go out into Nature on their own. I see it reflected in the coaching I do as well. On average women seem to be more hesitant to trust in themselves than a lot of men. Over the years my confidence has grown tremendously through hiking, both with others and solo. Which is why there now is a podcast about how to safely hike mountains. Because you can use what you take away from it anywhere, whether on a walk or in life. #walking #hiking #alone #courage #DareGreatlyWithGerdi #coaching #podcast #podcasts

Dec 2020

15 min 31 sec

A lot of people these days use an app on their phone or a GPS when they want to know where they are or in which direction they need to go while on the trail. But what do you do when you have no satellite connection or worse .... When the battery of your phone or GPS runs out? I recorded these tips using video and in this episode especially I included visuals of maps to explain how to use them. So be sure to check out the tip #3 video here: https://daregreatlycoaching.com/howtohikemountainssafely/ 'How to Safely Hike Mountains' is hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she virtually or actually guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). Have a question about safely hiking among mountains or anywhere else in Nature, leave a voice message so it can be taken up in a future episode.

Dec 2020

11 min 54 sec

Tip #01 - Choosing a trail. It sounds contradictory when you want to go into the mountains for peace, quiet and maybe a solo hike, but choosing a popular trail doesn't necessarily conflict with that. Tip #02 - Research the trail. Part of preparing for your hike (mountain or otherwise) is researching the trail you want to walk. So what resources are there? Hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). Have a question about safely hiking among mountains or anywhere else in Nature, leave a voice message so it can be taken up in a future episode. You can watch the video that goes along with this episode on Gerdi's website as well (https://daregreatlycoaching.com/howtohikemountainssafely/).

Dec 2020

10 min 9 sec

Kick off for a show on how to safely hike mountains when you want to get away from all that is causing you stress and immerse yourself in Nature. A show for hikers of all levels; from the absolute beginners to the very experienced. For solo and group hikers. For everyone who wants to safely spend time among mountains to re-connect with Nature and themselves. Hosted by Dare Greatly Guide & Coach, Gerdi Verwoert. When not working on the show, she guides leaders into the quiet expanse of Nature to help them re-connect with themselves, their essence and re-focus on what life for them is all about. Find out more about Gerdi on her website (https://daregreatlycoaching.com) or connect with her on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/gerdiverwoert/). Have a question about safely hiking among mountains or anywhere else in Nature, leave a voice message so it can be taken up in a future episode. You can watch the video that goes along with this episode on Gerdi's website as well (https://daregreatlycoaching.com/howtohikemountainssafely/).

Dec 2020

13 min 38 sec