One scroll through Annie Jensen's Instagram account will tell you most of what you need to know about her: There is nothing she loves more than hiking, backpacking, and summiting peaks.
"As soon as I moved back to the West side of Washington after college, I started spending a lot of time in the mountains," Annie tells mbg. "One day I felt compelled to climb Mount Pilchuck, and that's where I met my current boyfriend, who is a mountaineer. From that point on it's been an obsession. I ended up backpacking solo in New Zealand and summited 18 mountains. Since then it's always been my escape and a way to recharge my batteries."
There's more to Annie's story than her love of hiking. She is also a nutritionist who has struggled with anxiety issues, and she gives the mountains credit for helping her heal. Here's what she told mbg about how hiking has helped her grow, change, and cultivate unique relationships with women in her community.