Soooo...when I first started reading this, I wasn't aware that it was directed towards women. I'm not a woman, but I think this situation applies equally to everyone, and, even people who have lived in a given area for some time have experienced difficulties in finding like-minded people. I hope no one minds my input. I have found a great deal of camaraderie by participating in local Parks & Rec adult co-ed sports leagues. You don't have to be a star athlete to join. I've played flag football, kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, and disc-golf, and made some really good friends through those programs. In fact, my hiking group is mostly comprised of friends I've met that way. As mentioned by @REI-AliciaS, trail volunteer opportunities are great! Search your local area for Trail or Nature Conservancies, and check their events calendars. Don't overlook activities sponsored by nearby bars and restaurants. A brew-pub local to me, situated right along a hiking/biking rail trail holds a yoga class on their grounds every weekend. It's also co-ed, but is mostly attended by women. They also sponsor trail events periodically. There may be something similar in your area. I certainly understand and respect your desire to find other women with similar interests, but keep an open mind and try not to limit yourself to "women-only" activities and events to find those new companions. Good luck and have fun !!
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I get warm really easily when I hike, but I also get really chilled when I stop. So I tend to want a warmer bag than some people. Adding water bottles or extra layers doesn't solve that for me - a warmer bag is best. So knowing what you need helps. I have a couple of older REI Joule women's mummy bags. I like them a lot. I chose them because they are warm but quite lightweight, and weren't ultra expensive. I can pack those things into a tiny stuff sack if I really try. The downside to them is the mummy part. They (like most mummy bags) are kind of claustrophobic unless I'm really cold. Currently I'm considering getting a Nemo, especially one of the 15 degree rated women down bags. I tried one in the store the other day, and love it. It has so much more room (I'm also a side sleeper), but enough down that I think it will be warmer than my Joule bags. But it's almost a pound heavier - mostly in more down - which will only be worth it when it's colder. Don't forget that once you find a bag you like, you may be able to find it in the Used Gear or Outlet areas of REI!
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