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Female hikers on exploring, adventure, stereotypes, and safety

Barb Brenner, Mary Merkel, and Sarah Benson on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on December 14, 2022
Megan Mack

Most buddy movies and most car ads show men on the mountains, hiking, driving, exploring. But a growing number of women are not only seeking adventure, but taking solo expeditions.

We discuss the issues of stereotype, opportunity, safety, and more. This conversation previews a talk at the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Our guests:

  • Sarah Benson, former Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hiker
  • Barb Brenner, aka "The Sunrise Hiker," outdoor enthusiast who loves backpacking and wilderness canoeing
  • Mary Ruth Merkel, peakbagger
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.