We believe that nature is incredibly important in our everyday lives and so does our South West moderator, Casey Wiggin. She talks to us about her upbringing, being surrounded by nature and her passion for the outdoors, why she joined Outdoor Adventure Girls and her top tips for hiking trips.
What do you enjoy most about the outdoors?
Growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe, I was outdoors all the time with nature, animals, views, waterfalls, rivers, dams, sounds and smells. That is where my love affair with the outdoors began. It is so good for my mental health and overall well-being. If I could, I would spend every day outdoors.
Why did you join Outdoor Adventure Girls?
I joined Outdoor Adventure Girls as I have always wanted to surround myself with other females and meet other females that love the outdoors. I also want to possibly have deep conversations and belly laughs, support, challenges mentally and physically, create friendships and memories, and take lots of photos.
What are the benefits of being a moderator?
The benefit of being a moderator is being a vital member of a strong group of women that love the outdoors. You can also be there as part of the OAG team to help make decisions to ensure that the OAGs are kept informed, safe, supported and have loads and loads of fun!!
What do you do for work?
I am a virtual assistant, content creator and parent coach.
Where are you based in the South West?
I’m originally from South Africa and I am based in Bristol.
What are your top 5 tips for a hiking trip?
- Find what navigational tool works for you: AllTrails is my number 1 app to find new routes and plan my journey; what3words is the app I use to tell my family and friends where I am in case of an emergency; use a paper map or a book with a route just in case there is no signal on your phone and you want to disconnect from your busy schedule.
- Take lots and lots of water and healthy snacks that can fuel your body during your outdoor activity.
- Take a camera and a tripod.
- Look at the wear forecast and dress accordingly. Always pack a warm item of clothing and wear comfortable hiking boots.
- Pack a bag for your rubbish or litter you see, flare, first aid, batteries and a headlamp/torch.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I am a twin mom to beautiful boys called Ethan and Niall.
I love photography and I am also a field guide in Southern Africa (safari guide).
The number of hikes done is something I need to keep a record of.