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In January 2024, 9 incredible vegan ladies made history and joined me to hike  ‘El Camino De Costa Rica.’

El Camino De Costa Rica is a little-known, extremely challenging 280 km coast-to-coast hike starting in the Caribbean and finishing in the Pacific and I’m very proud to say that we were the first all-female, vegan group to have hiked it, go team Trailblazers!

I hope you find some inspiration and motivation in this ‘How She Did It’ interview series, let’s get started with Lynn from Canada.

 

 

Q: I think it’s motivational for other women who might be reading these interviews to get an idea of who you are, would you mind sharing your age?

A: 54

Q: What was your motivation behind wanting to do an epic 280km hike across a whole country?
A: The physical and mental challenge of hiking the trail in only 10 days and seeing a country I’d always wanted to visit, but in a unique way!

 

Q: Before hiking El Camino De Costa Rica, what was your hiking and backpacking experience?
A: I’ve always loved being in nature and hiking, but 2023 was a focus for me on hiking as I set a goal for myself of completing the Bruce Trail (https://brucetrail.org/). It is a gorgeous 910 km trail that runs along the escarpment in Ontario, Canada. As I my hikes got longer, the terrain got more challenging and I neared the end, I started searching for other hiking adventures and found Vegan Adventure Holidays online.

 

Q: What kind of pre-trip training did you do for El Camino De Costa Rica?
A: See above – the Bruce Trail – lots of hiking; also some flexibility and light weight training.

 

Q: What were you most excited about before the hike?
A: My daughter (who turned 25 on our day of departure and lives over 4300 km away) decided to join me for this epic vacation. This really made me excited!! Also, the idea of such a rigorous challenge is right up my alley 🙂

 

Q: What kind of fears or concerns did you have before the hike?
A: I have a knee that currently has a torn ACL, PCL and missing most cartilage and meniscus (needs replacing) and a foot that had surgery 1.5 years ago and never fully healed. I am very mentally strong but of course was quite concerned that physically my body would not be able to complete the hike. My daughter and I approached this challenge with a positive mind set that if an injury or problem arose we would try not to be too disappointed, support each other and appreciate that we tried our best.

 

Q: What was the overall highlight of the hike for you?
A: Meeting other fit, adventurous, amazing vegan women from around the world (and Percy Pig’s Phizzy Tails)!

 

Q: Let’s talk about packing! Did you have a favourite item? Anything you wish you hadn’t taken? Any advice for others packing for the hike?
A: My 3 Litre camel-bak was fantastic as I could carry and sip a lot of water easily (necessary for the heat!) My Will’s Vegan hiking boots were well broken in, super comfortable and were vital in getting my feet through the hike. I’d definitely recommend lots of anti-inflammatory meds, leukotape/moleskin/band-aids of varying sizes/scissors. Always keep aside a set of clothing for evening. It’s so nice to have a shower at the end of a long day of hiking and put on clean clothes!

 

 

 

Q: How was the vegan food on El Camino De Costa Rica?
A: Delicious! This was my first ‘vegan’ vacation and we had a variety of food options with amazing tastes and large portions! It was so easy, which is a nice change from ‘normal’ travel.

 

Q: What’s next for you when it comes to hiking and adventure travel?
A: I’m joining Vegan Adventure Holidays for an adventure in Guatemala in November (and bringing a friend along!) Can’t wait!

 

Q: Any general advice or words of encouragement for others planning on doing El Camino De Costa Rica?
A: Do some research so that you fully understand the challenges of the hike (distance, ascents/descents) and train towards meeting these challenges. Know your current physical and mental limitations and work towards improving them. The mental part is very important for hikes of this length with multiple days. Approaching each day (and hill!) with a positive attitude is key. Be kind to yourself and appreciate what your body is capable of; realize that being able to go for a short walk is a gift.

 

Has the wanderlust kicked in yet? I hope so! If you’re ready to get your name on the waitlist for the next El Camino De Costa Rica Hike, click here!

XO

Emma – Vegan Adventure Holidays

 

 

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HI, I’M EMMA!

Lady behind the scenes at Vegan Adventure Holidays, full-time adventurer, vegan entrepreneur & outdoor educator dedicated to helping you have the best vegan-friendly travel experience possible. Let’s be vegan traveller friends!

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