Outdoor adventure trips designed especially for women -- white-water rafting, backpacking, trail riding, canoeing and sailing -- have grown in popularity, and availability, in the last few years. Today, there are a number of travel companies around the country that specialize in such trips, among them:
Canoeing Minnesota's Boundary Waters: Glide the lakes and streams along the Minnesota-Ontario border with plenty of time for swimming and fishing. No experience is required for this five-day trip. Departures from Minneapolis-St. Paul July 27, Aug. 3, Sept. 14. Cost: $365 per person, which includes food, tent and canoe. Woodswomen, 2550 Pillsbury Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minn. 55404, (612) 870-8291.
Trekking the Peruvian Andes: The focus of this 21-day hike into the Andean high country is on the Andean women's culture, with visits planned in their homes and villages. Departure June 25. Cost: $1,595 per person for land arrangements only (air fare extra). Womantrek, P.O. Box 20643, Seattle, Wash. 98102, (206) 325-4772.
Sailing the Virgin Islands: The paying crew is a mix of new and experienced sailors, cruising the U.S. and British Virgin Islands for a week on a 45-foot sailing vessel. Departures weekly through August from St. Thomas. Cost: $875 per person, which includes aboard-ship lodging, all meals and lessons (air fare extra). Womanship, 137 Conduit St., Annapolis, Md. 21401, (301) 269-0784 or (301) 267-6661.
Horseback in the Grand Tetons: Ride and camp in one of America's most magnificent settings, the Grand Teton Mountains of northwestern Wyoming. Departure is Aug. 6 from Jackson, Wyo. for this five-day trip. Cost: $550 per person for food, camping gear, guide and horse (air fare to Jackson extra). Mariah Wilderness Expeditions, P.O. Box 248, Point Richmond, Calif. 94807, (415) 233-2303.
Hiking New York's Adirondacks: The pace is moderate and the path is through the West Canada Lakes region of the Adirondack Mountains. Departure Aug. 17 by car pool from northern New Jersey. Cost: $295 for all meals and shared equipment. Adventures for Women in Outdoor Living, P.O. Box 515, Montvale, N.J. 07645, (201) 930-0557.