Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Getting into backpacking?

Hi there, I am trying to start an intro to backpacking mini course, and would love some feedback on the curriculum in the survey and backpacking in general (even if you haven't been backpacking)!


Duration: 7 weeks

Class size: 2-8 people

Skill level: beginner (based on experience/activity level classes will vary)


  • 5 x day hikes, with other adventurous hikers
  • 1 x overnight trip to safely navigate the world of backpacking
  • 5 x optional written workouts that are tailored to your activity level and available equipment.
  • Stretch routines that will help make hiking easier and the next day more mobile
  • Exploration into state, regional and national parks of California
  • Safety, gear, food, and planning information so you can do it all yourself!

Week 1: Day Hike #1 /Meet and Greet

Week 2: Day Hike #2/ Gear Talk

Week 3: Day Hike #3/ Safety


Week 5: Day Hike #4 / Food

Week 6: Day Hike #5 / Planning

Week 7: Overnighter/ Goal Achieving

General Questions:

  • Have you ever been backpacking?
  • Why do you (want to) backpack?
  • Based on the course description - would you be interested in taking this class? What makes you want to commit or run the other way?
  • What are your biggest fears/concerns with going backpacking?
  • If you have to add something to the class to make it 10x better for you - what would you add or change?
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