WHY WOMEN ONLY?
Over the last few years it has become apparent to me that women take something subtly different from a walk than men. Women tend to be less goal orientated and although they gain satisfaction on reaching a summit or completing a walk, the getting there is just as important. Women like to chatter and pause to admire the view or identify a flower or bird, whereas men like to march on to the conclusion.
There is also a tendency, and I do this too even though I’m leading the walk, for women to follow men. It’s not just because they walk more slowly, but somehow it’s OK for the men to take charge. By running women only sessions we can learn to take charge.
When it comes to navigation techniques, the sexes have different approaches, starting with which way up to hold the map. In a women only group, you can hold the map whichever way up you want.
As a female walking guide and mountain leader (one of a few) I am able to offer walks and navigation training in a women only environment.