That isn't quite true Doug...thing is, out here, where I live I know tons of women who hike and backpack.
Years ago, when I started hiking (on my own...just one day I got an idea I wanted to hike... I didn't have any hiking partners-so I decided to to swallow my fears and meet people online. In the past number of years since 2001, I have met around 120 people thru online forums. About 2 of them have been fruitloops out of that ;-) Orginally we did ladies only hikes in WA state. Then we started getting guys on the BP.com forums asking if they could come. Out of that, our hiking group, the PNWH came. We have a Yahoo group where we plan and stuff.
AND OVER HALF OF OUR GROUP IS FEMALE!!!!
The joke in our group is that to be a man, you have to be laid back, not care that the ladies plan 99% of the trips, are chatty and bring kids along.
(I bring my son along with me on almost every trip, and he does the same mileage as the adults carrying a full pack.)
In Wa and Or you see as many women as men on the trails. Women in the West like being outside-in fact what you hear is more women saying they have men who are not as outdoorsy as they claim.
For me, I met my boyfriend on a hike. Now he truly loves the outdoors, but he is a tech guy, and is on call quite often. But eh, he doesn't grudge me. I go often without him. We also like different styles of hiking. He likes woods, I like being above treeline, he is a photographer, etc. So when we go, I set my mind straight and know that it isn't about me, it is about us. I can do the trips I want when he has to stay home! He doesn't mind that I go on trips with other guys or do stupid death marches just to prove to myself I can do it.
Then again, it is like this: He four wheels. I like going with him, but I cannot handle the scarier stuff. He knows that, and goes on those trips when I am not there.
Give and get ;-) It works!