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The Big Summer Adventure is here!

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I’m sure you have noticed the cobwebs and dust - I’m not around much now. I’m hiking in Ireland! For over a month I plan on hiking (solo, per usual) in the County of Cork, in south-western parts of Ireland. I start in Clogheen near Cork on the Blackwater Trail (the combined Avondhu and Duhallow Ways), then Sli Gaeltacht Mhuscrai to Kealkill. Depending on how much time I will have left by then, I hope to do both of the Beara Way and Sheep’s Head Way.

I am planning on combining wild camping (always LNT), established campsite camping and occasional hostels or maybe a B&B once in a while.

While I’m away, please follow my trekking adventure on Facebook and Twitter! You are also invited to browse through my archives to find inspiration, your next hiking destination, some good gear review or piece of advice.

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Happy Trails!



Did you know you can now see the best of my photos in an online Gallery and buy any you love?

I love taking photos and can’t image to travel without the possibility of capturing the surrounding me reality. Taking pictures is one of the ways I react with Nature, and I always have my camera ready when I hike.

Recently, I’ve created a Gallery and online Store where you can see many of my best photos and even buy them as prints, canvas or… your soon-to-be favorite tote.

Take a minute to jump over to my Gallery and who knows? Maybe you will find a photo to adore your naked walls :)



Hello, Friend!

I’m Ioanna aka, A Woman Afoot: a 40+ woman, an educator passionate about hiking and camping alone.

I want to encourage more women - of every shape, color, age or sexual/gender identity - to hit the trails. Hiking is not just an adventure for straight white guys - it’s for all of us.

Thank you for your interest in my website. I do my best to provide high-quality content that could be helpful for any hikers - beginners or experts. I share with you reports from my hiking and camping trips, some advice and tips on backpacking, as well as a fair amount of musings on mental health, body-acceptance, feminism, women’s rights, and similar subjects dear to my heart.

I hope my articles will give you strength and tools to find your own way into the Great Outdoors. Click below to find out why hiking and hiking solo is so important to me:

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Hike proud. Be proud.
You are enough.

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We are surrounded by the “you are not enough” message since very early on and we internalize too much of it. We are never enough.

Good, healthy encouragement is wonderful but if it causes you to feel inadequate, worse, a failure, not enough – it’s harmful.

I am striving to be body positive. In all that it encompasses. To love our bodies – the way they are, to give them what they need in terms of nourishment.

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