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Posted May 12, A new adventure group is having great success in encouraging more women to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Co-founder Tamara Hutchins, 30, said Melbourne women group was a safe space where women could feel supported to try hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking and other adventure sports.

She said the group wanted to change the perception that adventuring was predominantly a male pursuit. She recently completed the hike challenge, averaging one hike per week — km in a year — and often leads free hikes and rock-climbing events for Melbourne Girls Outside members. Ms Hutchins said members joined the group for different reasons, including fitness and Melbourne women new friends, but many Melbourne women found it helped their mental wellbeing.

If I've had a really stressful week I find as the week goes on the trails start calling me.

One of the benefits of the group is that it provides an additional safety net for women who might not feel comfortable hiking alone. Ms Hutchins said she recently did a solo hike on a straightforward track that she'd completed before, but even that made her feel a bit on edge. Ms Hutchins encouraged everyone, especially women, to spend more time outdoors and said adventures should "Melbourne women" be something that only happened on holidays.

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