Iron Braid Newsletter Summer 2018

Iron Braid Newsletter Summer 2018

Iron Braid Newsletter Summer 2018

We will be closing out our summer activities and getting ready for some Fall fun. We wanted to share some of our memories over the summer. We still have a few events for September coming up and we hope you will join us. I've had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing women and made some great friends. Thank you all for sharing time with us over the summer. 


Hike Fit Series

Hike Fit Series

Hike Fit Series

What is our Hike Fit Series? This idea began with two friends and the trail. Seven miles of ideas flowing and exercises tested, Hike Fit came to life. Thank you, Shannon Byrd! This is a prime example of what I love about the trail. When you quiet the noises of your everyday life, it leaves room for peace, ideas, and growth. Hike Fit is a fun way to get outdoors, meet new people, and push your body to the limit. What's great about Hike Fit is you go at your pace while surrounded by a group that is encouraging and motivating. We have designed it such that beginners to advanced can enjoy a great work out together. The Hike Fit Series is FREE, all you have to do is show up and join in on the fun.

Growing Up Wild By Meg Harbin

Growing Up Wild By Meg Harbin

Growing Up Wild 

By Meg Harbin

Hiking provides a splendid opportunity to learn more about our children. We are gifted a chance to witness them stretch their limits and delight in new-found confidences. The piece below is a reflection on a hike my son and I took together up to Len Foote Hike Inn near Amicalola Falls in northern Georgia last Independence Day, just after his thirteenth birthday. The experience itself was a beautiful metaphor of parenting a child through coming of age, and how we all do best to learn how to lean on each other through a process of interdependence. 

Dreams Vs Doubts

Dreams Vs Doubts

Dreams Vs Doubts

Are my dreams just too big?  I have to ignore the doubt that swirls around in my head. We can set up roadblocks which cause us to doubt our dreams no matter how big or small. I’m not smart enough, I don’t have enough money, the doors keep closing on me, I’m not strong enough, I’m not in shape, I don’t deserve it… the dream crashing begins. When we want something bad enough, we have to learn to ignore the negativity that creeps in. When that inner voice causes you to drift away from your dreams, you need to stand strong and keep moving forward. 

My Empty Nest

My Empty Nest

My Empty Nest

By: Sabrina Lamberth

My empty nest has definitely been the year of first.  My children had always been my life.  Every day was intertwined with their schedule and I loved it.  I wondered what in the world would I do with an empty nest.  I knew I needed to find a hobby and a passion to keep me busy. A friend knew I loved the outdoors and invited me to a ladies camp out. I had always wanted to learn to camp and absolutely loved the outdoors. On my first camp out I met some of the sweetest fun ladies.  We arrived at camp and our tents were set up, chairs were around a crackling fire and our hammocks were hung in the trees with care.  Sounds almost like the night before Christmas and for me it was. I had never done much for myself so this was a treat and I knew I was hooked.  I loved sitting outside laughing with the girls, eating amazing food and sleeping under the stars and Michele could not have made it any easier.  We tucked in for the night and we were awakened the next morning by the grill sizzling and the absolutely amazing smell of fresh coffee.  I promise it's the simple things.  We had breakfast and then I was off for a little quiet time. Some of the crazy girls went for a trail run,  I spent my time in devotion and prayer while relaxing in the hammock.  How could I not take a moment and thank Jesus for his marvelous beauty and gift of the earth?  After everyone regrouped we had a yummy lunch and went on a really beautiful hike. The hike was a little over 3 miles of trees, streams, and beauty, though all the laughing and talking made it seem much shorter.  Pine mountain has some of the prettiest hiking trails around Georgia. I hated for my weekend to end but I knew I would be back for more.

Adventures With My Brother In Belize

Adventures With My Brother In Belize

We left before the children and grandma woke, stealing away in the dark before the rising sun. We made our way on two separate 737s, meeting again on the tarmac to weave through customs, a quick stop at the Hertz rental car counter, and lunch at a roadside food stand of coconut rice, plantains, beans, and onion sauce (pickled spicy-sweet onions, peppers, and carrots). Then we were onto the pot-holed streets through Belize City.

When It Gets Tough Don't Give Up

When It Gets Tough Don't Give Up

I was breathless. My arms were on fire, my legs had found muscles I didn’t know existed, and my hands were cramping. I was getting frustrated at myself; I don’t like not accomplishing a challenge, but I really don’t like not accomplishing a challenge in front of other people! But I was getting tired, so I began thinking to myself “I know one person in this entire group. And that’s my new husband. I won’t see these other people again, so who cares if I’m the only one who doesn’t make it?!”...

Preparing Your Feet For A Long Hike

Preparing Your Feet For A Long Hike

Preparing Your Feet for a Long Distance Hike

Your feet can cut a long hike short but there are things you can do prior to your hike and during to help prevent any issues. First, get to know your feet. Are they wide, narrow, do they sweat, toes that rub, etc.  If you know your feet, you can research solutions that can resolve potential issues before they begin. Knowing your feet will also help you to know what type of shoe to use and how to lace your boots.

We teach all about foot care and how to properly lace your boots for your needs. Join us for one of our Backpacking Basics classes to learn proper technics.

Seacrest Wolf Preserve Experience By Meg Harbin

Seacrest Wolf Preserve Experience  By Meg Harbin

Seacrest Wolf Preserve Experience

“Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate, and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave.” 
― Clarissa Pinkola EstésWomen Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Become A Stronger Hiker

Become A Stronger Hiker

Become A Stronger Hiker

Your core is a complex series of muscles that extend far beyond your abs. Our core muscles are incorporated into almost every movement we make. For this reason, it's important to strengthen your core to improve your hiking. Your core acts as a stabilizer and force transfer center. This makes up pretty much all of your torsi, and then some. When you are looking for exercises that you are comfortable doing, think front, back/shoulders, sides, and upper legs. Remember to get the green light from your Doctor before starting an exercise plan.

The best way to become a stronger hiker is to hike. So strengthen that body and get out there and hike. You can gradually increase your distance. If you plan to do any backpacking we recommend that you train with your backpack. As with distance, gradually add weight to your pack for training purposes. A general guideline is that your total pack weight should not exceed 20% of your body weight. Carrying to much weight can make a backpacking trip miserable. If you are day hiking the general rule is 10% of your body weight. Calculate what you should carry and gradually work up to your max weight. Some great side effects from hiking/backing could be shedding some extra weight and strengthening your body. So as your training unfolds be sure to adjust your max pack weight. 

Group Hike Series Led By Mike

Group Hike Series Led By Mike

Group Hike Series

We have started a monthly group hike series. This is an opportunity to learn about us, meet new friends, and take advantage of all the benefits of being in the great outdoors. You will meet Mike who is a big friendly guy that loves to lead our hikes. There will be some months that we have more than one as we will also join Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and the Pine Mountain Trail Associations group hikes as well. We hope you will join us!

Preparing For Your Outdoor Miles

Preparing For Your Outdoor Miles

Preparing For Your Outdoor Miles

Aside from burning a lot of calories and providing allover toning, hiking never gets boring. There are also other benefits such as an overall feeling of happiness. The best way to train for a hike is to hike. But there are exercises you can do that will make your hikes smoother and safer. A strong core is a good place to start as it helps you maintain your posture and maintain stability on the uneven terrain. 

2018 Ambassadors

2018 Ambassadors

Introducing 2018 Iron Braid Ambassadors

We are thrilled to present our 2018 Ambassadors. We are excited to be working with these amazing women to help spread our passion for the outdoors. They will be sharing their knowledge and passion of the outdoors with you throughout the year. Please visit our Ambassador page to learn more. Watch for their blogs throughout the year, upcoming classes they will be teaching, and all the exciting things we will be doing.

The Year Of Giving - Karen Burrowsfield Spotlight

The Year Of Giving - Karen Burrowsfield Spotlight

We would like to introduce a woman who is a leading example of service. Karen Burrowsfield was born in upstate New York and moved to Florida when she was five years old. She knew from an early age that she was meant to serve and wanted to go to the Peace Corp. God had a different plan for her though. Karen gave her service in the Army. She was in the Army Intelligence in the 1980's when she met her spouse, who was in the Air Force. The military was her family from 1984 to 2014. Karen went through a divorce then moved to Columbus, Georgia without knowing anyone here. 

Her service didn't stop there. Karen volunteers twice a week in a 5th-grade classroom, monthly at the Columbus Dream Center, seasonally for Feed My Sheep growing vegetables, monthly for Empowered to Foster babysitting for foster care families, she also teaches at her church during Vacation Bible School and other children's activities. Are you exhausted from reading this so far? She also works full time as a job coach for the developmentally disabled here in Columbus. I have had the pleasure and blessing of meeting this amazing woman who is a shining example of service and selflessness. 

I asked Karen what service means to her and her answer was - joy.

"Joy to me means me being apart of the bigger picture. I hope my service brings joy."

Amongst all her service and work, she finds time to explore, enjoy new adventures, and spend time with her friends and family. Thank you, Karen, for being a leading example of a life filled with service. 

The Giving Year

The Giving Year

The Giving Year

This is the time of year that we give to those we love and to perfect strangers. As we walk out of the store we hear that familiar sound of the bell ringing and we drop our change in the slot. We decide that we will use part of our holiday funds to provide food or gifts to those less fortunate. We find joy in buying gifts for others instead of gifts for ourselves. People tend to have kinder spirits and compassion towards others.

What would happen if the giving season was spread throughout the whole year? I asked our friends to answer two questions. Who has inspired you recently and what was the last nice thing you did for someone. The answers left me feeling hopeful and happy. It seems we are surrounded by such negative stories and certain actions are glorified by giving them the attention they do not deserve. This, at times, leaves us feeling disappointed in humanity and we lose hope.