Looking to add some adventure inspiration to your Instagram feed? Here are some of the outdoor Instagram accounts that are inspiring me to get outside lately.

20 Outdoor Instagram Accounts Inspiring Me to Get Outside - Kam of Campfire Chic

I shared a post a few years ago featuring a few of my favorite outdoor lady Instagrammers and I want to expand on that original list and hopefully introduce you to an account that inspires you. Some of these accounts are individual people, communities, and a handful of brands.

This isn’t a complete list, there are plenty more I could feature and people are always recommending more.

20 Outdoor Instagram Accounts
Inspiring Me to Get Outside

Outdoor Communities

These accounts are focused on sharing images and stories from the communities they are building. I love folllowing these types of accounts because I’m always finding someone new to follow and places to visit. It’s great to see how excited folks get when they see their friends featured and when they can recommend a community to someone. I hope you find a new-to-you community to love.

Somewhere far away the wind is blowing in your favor. Soft dirt waits to cling to your tired feet. A curve in the earth waits to cradle your buzzing head. Some unassuming shade waits to cool your burning skin. When you get there, worship the anticipation with which the world longed for you. For your steps and sweat and sighs. You will arrive to the infinite generosity that is nature. It is hard earned but it is generous. Smile. Because this is it. Tired joy. The kind that reminds you, you don’t deserve anything you didn’t earn. . . Will you help diversify our public lands? Tag your photos #BrownPeopleCamping . #findyourpark #goparks #rei1440project #optoutside #fypyes #fatgirlshiking #DiversifyOutdoors #unlikelyhiker #thegreatoutdoors #getoutside #wildernessculture #exploremore #outdoorasian #adventuregap #nationalparkgeek #sheexplores #livewylder #alltrails #womenwhohike #wehiketoheal #everytrailconnects #ourwild #itsallyours #hikingculture #forceofnature #radparks #RialtoBeach #Olympicnationalpark #LetsCamp

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Bethany runs the @browngirlsclimb account which features photos from #browngirlsclimb and #colorthecrag to encourage diversity in the climbing community in addition to her own photos from the gym and crag.

Ambreen from @brownpeoplecamping is on a mission to diversify the outdoors. You can see her recent Airstream and Alaska Airlines adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest in her recent photos in addition to regrams from the #brownpeoplecamping hashtag.

Jenny is behind @unlikelyhikers and shares photos from her #unlikelyhiker / #unlikelyhikers hashtag to increase diversity, inclusion, and visibility in the outdoors. Jenny recently announced that REI asked her to be a part of the #ForceofNature campaign, which is a great opportunity to expand her message!

My local chapter of Girls Who Hike is @girlswhohikela and I’m glad to see so many women hitting local trails and hosting meetups to bring women together to serve the community (trash cleanups!), learn new skills, and hike. You can also find international adventure trips hosted by the group, which is great if you’re looking to do some traveling with other active folks.

Nicole and Savanah started @womenwhohike and it’s spread throughout the country to numerous chapters (like Girls Who Hike). Their focus is to empower women to get outdoors and your membership helps them with that mission.

A newer account, @womenofcolorinnature, is dedicated to increasing representation of women of color in the outdoors. You also get to see lots of yoga in nature photos because Sasanna is a yoga instructor!

What I love about @outdoorafro is that they not only share photos to inspire Black leadership outdoors, they also have a fantastic website with resources that connect help hikers connect with leaders in 28 states…and if there isn’t a leader in your area, they are reviewing applications to be a leader this month so apply today.

Need more photos of women on epic adventures? Check out @alpinewomencollective! Two friends came together to put together a community to inspire women to get outdoors and they are doing just that. You can find trips on their website, sign up to go hiking with other women in the community, read about past hikes and retreats on their blog, and get tips from their resource section.

Kick-ass Ladies Who Seek Adventure

How can I resist a kick-ass lady sharing her adventures? I think it’s really important to see people who look like you in media, and social media has made it much easier to be like, “omg she’s like me!” and feel more connected to different hobbies/activities. There are so many athletes and active women sharing their stories on Instagram that this was hard to narrow down, but these women are who I point to first when I’m recommending folks to follow online.


I love Carrie’s illustrations and when I saw that she has a travel Instagram in addition to her main @cisforfrenchfry account, I was so excited. She shares her travel photos on @carriemeowtravels but I suggest following both accounts. I love when she includes her illustrations in the landscapes she’s in, which she shares on her main account. Her travel account is wonderful and beautiful and I’m using it to get ideas for trips.

Whenever Kathy’s posts show up in my feed I think, I need to get back to the gym so I can crush it like @inheadlights. She also runs the blog For the Love of Climbing.

I grew up going to Mammoth Lakes for at least a week every summer and it’s one of those places where I can draw a map of the town from memory but I can’t remember how to get to my favorite Thai restaurant near my apartment. Jenica (@jlawberry) lives in Mammoth and shares her 4-season love for the place. It’s nice to be able to live vicariously through her between trips.

Cindy is a local hiker who is (what I would consider) a selfie-stick queen. She shares her nearly daily hikes on @sinparts and she created her own cottage brand Ramona Gear based on her experiences outdoors. I love how she’s always hiking and sharing great spots in the Los Angeles area.

Irene is better known as @ladylockoff. She is a climber and photographer and I love her feed. She shares photos she takes at the crag, and it’s great to see so many different women featured in her photos. Her photos are all bright, colorful, and dynamic. You need to check out her work if you’re looking for some climbing inspiration.

Melise shares her climbing photos as @meliseymo on Instagram. She’s from Seattle, so you’ll see plenty of beautiful views in addition to training videos and beautiful bouldering photos. She recently wrote a post for Outdoor Research about the 5 myths about bouldering.

Ready for beautiful views from Montana to go along with adventure photos? @mariahkan has got you covered. When she isn’t at work, you’ll find Mariah SUPing, backpacking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and relaxing around Montana.

I started following @nic.antoinette‘s Life Less Bullshit many moons ago and I love that I’ve been able to watch her grow her audience and find what seems to be a great post-LLB groove. She is the host of Real Talk Radio podcast, is

Brands and Bloggers Encouraging Less Couch Time

You should already be following Teton Sports on Instagram and their #YourLead hashtag is full of close-to-home and far away adventures that if you aren’t following, please stop what you’re doing and fix that.

With that, I am not on Instagram to be bombarded with ads all the time, so I love it when I find brands and bloggers who are doing more than showcasing a product. These accounts are encouraging followers to head outside, even if it’s just in your backyard.

This wouldn’t be a complete list if I didn’t include @rei on it, right? REI’s focus this year is to put women front and center when it comes to telling stories and building gear. They are sharing photos of #ForceofNature on their account of women who are exploring the outdoors in different ways and it’s extremely cool to see that they are not just sharing catalog-ready photos of people in their feed.

Alyx from @shoestringadventures is one of my favorite always-ready-for-something local outdoor friends. She now coordinates backpacking and group camping adventures in some of the best places and works to get beginners outdoors and comfortable. I love that she encourages others to get outside during the workweek (she hosts Meetup hikes during the week) and to get training in things like wilderness first aid and navigation.

Do you subscribe to @misadventuresmg? It is an outdoor and adventure magazine for women! There are two issues and year and you can tell a lot of heart and soul go into putting the issues together. In addition to the print magazine, there is a website full of posts from their writers and contributors.

Are you ready for Pinterest-worthy photos of food being cooked in the outdoors to take over your feed? Because @freshoffthegrid‘s got your back. Their recipes are easy to follow and take different needs into consideration like vegetarian and gluten-free meals. There are ideas that you can use for your next backyard BBQ, backcountry adventure, family camping trip, or mid-week dinner plans. In addition to recipes, they share travel guides for different cities and have information on how to make cooking outdoors easier.


I could keep going. There are so many fantastic accounts on Instagram that are inspiring folks to get outside and to protect the outdoors. I hope you find a new-to-you account here to bring something fresh and new to your feed.

What Instagram accounts are inspiring you to get outdoors?

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Are you ready for a Summer of Adventure?

Before you head out on your next day trip or weekend getaway, add these items to your backpack.

Summer Adventure Gear for Microadventurers - Kam of Campfire Chic

 

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I was looking back on this list of gear I was trying out two summers ago and thinking about how I’m still using several of the products and what I learned from them. The sandals are still a staple in my wardrobe, I have some of that chocolate (new! I promise!) in my freezer, there are oatmeal packs on my desk…you get the point. I’m still using things that I tested out two years ago and I’m happy to talk about them if you have questions!

That post motivated me to share a few things I’m using this summer that I think you’ll dig, too.

The adventure gear I think you’ll want in your pack this summer:

SoftFlask™ Collapsible Water Flask by Hydrapak

I wasn’t too sure about this “flask” showed up in the mail…It didn’t seem like it was very big and I wasn’t sure how I would include it in my life. It won’t stand up on its own after you start to drink from it, so it’s not ideal for the gym.

The small size does make it good for when you’re out for an evening walk and don’t want to carry a big Nalgene-style bottle with you. It’s easy to hold and the valve on the 250ml SoftFlask auto seals so you’re not spilling on yourself. The website says this flask is also good for gels and other drink mixes, so I imagine this would be a good size if you prefer to have electrolyte drinks or coconut water.

 

Buckshot 2.0 Wireless Speaker by Outdoor Tech

This small but mighty wireless speaker is a great option for active individuals or if you need something around your house that can survive a little attention from your tiny adventurers or curious cats. Please respect other people and the wildlife while exploring by not blasting your music in crowded.

They are also nice to have around the house since my husband and I are podcast junkies. Since the Buckshot 2.0 is waterproof, this is a good option if you are looking for a speaker for your bathroom so you can listen to podcasts while in the shower!

Alex snagged the Tags 2.0 wireless earbuds (not an affiliate link) before I knew the package arrived and he likes that it was a fast pairing, easy to charge…and the logo. He slapped one of the stickers that came in the box on his laptop and is holding onto another so he can add it to our bear canister.

 

Go With Your Flow Mini Pack by Animosa

I backed the Go With Your Flow pack by Animosa on Kickstarter this year and I’m so glad I did. Having your period shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Animosa created an adventure kit with periods in mind. I received the Mini Pack, which was designed for day adventures, plus a refill pack as my backer gift and I’m really impressed! I like that the main pouch (pictured above) was designed to fit a variety of period supplies and a removable pouch to keep your used supplies from your fresh supplies.

The other great part about this product? It’s made by adventurous women for adventurous women! They are all about empowering women and I’m looking forward to seeing this brand grow. You can reserve your pack and learn more about their mission on the Animosa website.

 

Brilliant Reflective Strips

When you think of reflective strips, you probably think of the silver or red strips that are super helpful but maybe a bit…blah. I received a set of Brilliant Reflective Strips and what is so cool about these strips is that they come in different colors so they can match my gear! The strips come in iron-on (permanent) and stick-on (removable) so if you’re like me and have commitment issues when it comes to putting stickers or decals on things, there is an option for you!

My plan is to put these strips on some of our camping gear and my backpacks so it’s easy to see obstacles around camp once the sun goes down. I think these will be great on the side of camping chairs near the fire pit and on the base of lanterns.  It’s also nice to have a way to know where my site is when I’m in a crowded campground.

Trailfoody Monthly Subscription for Day Adventures

One of my least favorite things about packing snacks is how everything seems to be centered around peanuts and peanut butter. I like the idea of trying new snacks and having a variety of things in my pack, but sometimes it is hard to pick out what to try when I’m faced with dozens of choices at the store. When Trailfoody approached me to see if I would like to try May’s regular box (which includes at least 9 treats plus the stuff sack) I was curious to see how many ways peanut butter would be featured in the box. Fast forward to packing for a long weekend in Michigan and wanting to have enough snacks for the plane and driving around the state. I loaded the stuff sack full of snacks into my carry on for easy access. We were so happy to have these snacks essentially handpicked for us so we didn’t have to worry about stopping at the store to pick anything up. It gave us the opportunity to try new products and make notes of what we would buy in the future.

I like that the Trailfoody blog includes individual posts for the different featured foods throughout the month to give readers an idea of what is in the boxes and shows that somebody is trying the food before they get into the box. You can check out the different ways to get a Trailfoody (not affiliate) delivered to your door on their site. The cost of the box is worth the try considering the cost of the products if you bought them individually at the store and buying the stuff sack. For those gear heads wondering about the stuff sack: this 6L bag weighs 0.9 ounces. Yes, I totally asked for you. 

Have a great summer!

The items featured in this post were sent to me for possible review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I only share items I try myself and believe Campfire Chic readers will like and find useful. As mentioned earlier, there are affiliate links used in this post. Thank you for your support by shopping through those links. 

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Ali Edwards hosted Week in the Life (WITL) in April and I tried to post photos at the end of the each day here as a way to keep myself accountable to participating in the challenge. WITL is one of my favorite projects, but it can be difficult to keep up throughout an entire week and I hoped that sharing a blog post at the end of each day would make it easier to go back at a later date to put the stories into a mini album.

It worked.

Week in the Life 2017 Mini Scrapbook Album

Week in the Life Scrapbook Mini Album - Kam of Campfire Chic

My album is 4×6 inches and the covers are white chipboard. I used patterned cardstock from different paper lines to decorate the cover and foam Thickers to make the title. I handwrote “hey it’s…” and “2017” using markers and I’m happy that I included some of my handwriting on the cover instead of just sticking to stamps or alpha stickers.

I used kraft colored cardstock for my pages and each one is 4×6 in size. Many of my mini albums have pages that are different sizes and different types of paper but I decided that it was easier (and quicker!) to stick with one size and type.

The entire album is bound with two rings through holes I made using my handy dandy crop-a-dile. I love that thing and it’s been one of my essential items for years.

Week in the Life Mini Scrapbook Album - Kam of Campfire Chic

Each day starts with a blank page with a white letter sticker for the day of the week and the day stamped below. Super simple and clean compared to the layering and journaling.

The photos from the days are in chronological order and I tried to use my ever-growing collection of stamps whenever I could. I also tried to mix in stickers and different patterned and printed pieces throughout to help me use up some of my stash that I may not use otherwise.

2017 Week in the Life Scrapbook Album - Campfire Chic

As the week goes on, I got a little more adventurous with my layouts. I tried to fit in layouts with many photos and layouts with single photos to keep things interesting and to challenge myself.

I also tried to step out of my comfort zone a bit by using papers that I love since I tend to hold off on using them because I’m so obsessed with looking at them. I also tried to use patterns and colors I don’t usually reach for like florals and pinks.

Week in the Life April 2017 - Kam of Campfire Chic

My week runs from Monday, April 17th through Saturday, April 22nd. I know that Ali’s challenge was scheduled to run through Sunday, but after all the sun and heat from Saturday, I wasn’t in the mood to document on Sunday of trying to recover and trying to figure out how to play Overwatch.

You can see my previous Week in the Life projects here.

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I mentioned a new creative retreat last month called Awesome Ladies Live hosted by Kristin of the Awesome Ladies Project. I went and enjoyed the long weekend of activities and want to share some photos and behind-the-scenes info about the retreat with you today. Dates for the next Awesome Ladies Live will be to those who are a part of the (free or VIP) Awesome Ladies Project, so I suggest getting on that ASAP.

Awesome Ladies Live Weekend 2017

The first Awesome Ladies Live Event was held over the weekend of June 9, 2017. I spent an extended weekend in East Lansing, Michigan with a great group of women to talk about documenting our stories, the Creatives who inspire us, and further friendships that started online.

Awesome Ladies Live - Mirror Selfie

Alex and I flew into Michigan late Thursday and made our way to Ann Arbor for a bite to eat before getting into East Lansing to see our friends and get rested for the weekend. I had a stressful week at work and wanted to sleep for a thousand years so I was happy that our Friday started out slower than expected.

 

Awesome Ladies Live Weekend - Wall of information

Awesome Ladies Live Weekend Retreat Group Photo

Kristin kicked off the weekend by hosting a casual dinner at her house for Awesome Ladies Live participants. Kristin and Jeff prepared a DIY pizza station and grilled chicken, hot dogs, and sausages. We spent time in the back yard taking photos and enjoying the weather.

There was a lot of food and it was a great way for everyone to meet and hang out before diving into the work planned for the next day!

Awesome Ladies Live Event - 30 Days of Lists Breakfast

Amy and I hosted a breakfast the morning of the event to make sure we all had plenty of coffee to get us through the morning after a late night. We met up at Grand Traverse Pie Company for a light breakfast (and pie!) before heading over to the hotel conference room for the event.

Breakfast participants were gifted a 30 Days of Lists traveler’s notebook, pencil set, and will receive a code for free registration to September’s #30Lists challenge.

Awesome Ladies Live Event - 30 Days of Lists Team

I don’t think Amy and I got any photos of the two of us the entire weekend other than this blurry one in a mirror. Next time!

Awesome Ladies Live - Workbook Details

The rest of Saturday was dedicated to making vision boards, going through a kickass workbook Kristin created, and starting a mini-album using a few techniques Kristin demonstrated.

Awesome Ladies Live - Instagram

Kristin walked around the room while she lectured and encouraged discussion as we worked on our projects. I was in charge of the The_Awesome_Ladies_Project Instagram account for the weekend and tried to capture different projects from the participants and quotes from Kristin.

Awesome Ladies Live Event - This is my story

Amy and I took photos of everyone with their “this is my story” cards. The lighting in the conference room was terrible for project photos, so we asked folks to step outside into the atrium to get these photos. It was the perfect time of day to capture these photos.

This is off-topic but the shirt I’m wearing in these photos is from Feminist Apparel and you can purchase it here. If you sign up for their newsletter you can get a discount! I am not an affiliate, I just love the shirt and think you will love their products, too.

Awesome Ladies Live Event - Work Tables

It was great to see the different tools and supplies people brought to the event! Most of the ladies were fairly local so some were able to bring their crop bags, which was great when someone like me only had a few things but really could use a tiny attacher for the project. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

It was nice to try out different techniques and tools that I wouldn’t normally try and work with a paper line I probably wouldn’t buy on my own. Why? Because I have the tendency to only want to work with the papers I LOVE and if I love them that much I hold off on using them because what if I screw up?

Awesome Ladies Live - Crop Time

I printed my photos before the event through Persnickety Prints. I love that they offer different size options and the shipping was quicker than I expected. They were able to get a large order (100+ photos in different sizes) to me so fast! The quality is great and they have fantastic customer service.

I returned home inspired to spend less time playing video games (I am obsessed with Overwatch right now) and more time putting past trips and adventures into scrapbooks. It will help that it’s summer so I have more light in the evenings when I come home to work and take photos to share. I even got up the nerve to apply to a creative team!

To find out more about the Awesome Ladies Project, visit the website and follow on Instagram.

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This book review of Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort contains affiliate links to Amazon.com. The book was provided for possible review by the publishing company. Opinions are my own. 

Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort

Backpacking 101 book by Heather Balogh Rochfort - Book Review by Kam of Campfire Chic

Maybe you’ve been a day hiker for years and you’re ready to take the leap to backpacking. Or perhaps you’re new to the trails entirely, and you’re looking for a fun way to get some exercise in the fresh air. Whatever your experience level, Backpacking 101 is all you need (besides youre gear) – Back cover, Backpacking 101

You may know Heather as the blogger behind Just a Colorado Gal. She’s been sharing her outdoor and international adventures since 2005, including trips to Iceland, Jordan, and New Zealand. She is a backpacker, skier, trail runner, and recently announced that she is expecting a new member to the family in early October!

I really enjoy backpacking and wish I spent more weekends on the trail. I know I can always learn something new when it comes to being outdoors, so I was happy to check out Heather’s first book. You can purchase the book on Amazon in paperback or digital for Kindle.

About the book

This 200+ resource is a great pick for those of us who enjoy having information all in one place. I know that many of us get our information about new outdoor activities and places to explore from various blogs and websites, but piecing together information from different sources can take a lot of time and get you to a point of information overload.

Backpacking 101 is broken down into different chapters, which makes it easy to jump back and forth depending on what information you need. There are the basics like packing your backpack, different kinds of footwear, and appropriate clothing for your adventures. There are also other chapters on necessary topics that don’t always get covered because some people may consider them “common sense” and not as important as the basic topics covered above. These chapters include backcountry etiquette, setting up camp (including your kitchen), making your bed, and emergency situation. Heather also included a few appendices at the end, including one for trekking with dogs.

Review

As I worked my way through the book, there was information that I already knew based on my own experiences outdoors, but there was also information I know I can learn more about. You know those things you should do in life but don’t do because you’re lazy/uninterested/comfortable doing what you’re already doing (like having one spot for my taxes so I can add things to it throughout the year, updating my resume even though I’m not necessarily looking for a job, etc.). I was reminded that I need to really focus on getting better at packing my bag and take a course on navigation.

One thing I like about the book is that Heather included Chapter Summaries at the end of each chapter, which highlights points she covered throughout the section. Generally, there is space on this page under the summary to include your own notes. It’s not lined like one of the appendix sections, but I think it would be a good spot to include notes as you are learning about backpacking.

If Heather decides to put out a second edition of this book or make another resource, I hope it’s about finding backpacking trips to take. The planning portion can be the hardest part for me when I’m trying to piece together information from blogs and there is information missing. I like Heather’s writing style and feel like she would be able to give some good information on the topic.

You can order a copy of Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort from Amazon. 

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