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Outdoor Women's Alliance is a nonprofit media and adventure collective that encourages, educates, and engages females in adventure sports worldwide.

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival: We Grow Together

words: Laura Grieser. Photo: Instagram My voice wavered as I told my boyfriend I was headed to Colorado for a weekend of ice climbing. “It’s an all-women's trip,” I said. “I’ll make friends.” He laughed. I’m not a climber, and I’ve never expressed interest in climbing. But off I went, taking ferries, hopping planes, and carpooling with strangers so I could [...]

Your Year in Review: Moving Forward into the New Year

words by Tiffiny Costello   Only a few moments of the year left; how did you do? What did you see? Where did you go? Who did you meet? How often have you stopped to consider the things you can celebrate and be thankful for, large or small? Here is an idea: Open up your phone and jump onto Instagram, Facebook, or just your phone's [...]

Leave No Trace: Correcting Common Beliefs in the Wild

Illustration by Lisa Kowieski “Ladies first,” the hiker said, stepping off the trail and gesturing to the thin strip of rooty ground next to the swampy trail. He watched in bemusement as our group of women splashed straight through the mud and puddles, chattering to each other about the best place to dig a cathole. I do this frequently: walk through puddles and talk [...]

Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

On the hunt for the best women's ski & snowboard gear coming up in 2017 at the 2016 Snowsports Industries America's on-snow demo days. Photo: Kersten Vasey   [Update 12/04/2016: 2017 gear is now available! Links updated for you. :) Happy winter! Originally published 2/9/2016] Our team spent February in Denver at the SIA Snow Show and at Copper Mountain for the On-Snow Demo [...]

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival: No Excuses

words and photos provided by Kayleen Castelli 6:30 a.m. Bishop, California: The sun is beginning to light the horizon. I want to snuggle a little deeper into my sleeping bag. Instead, I crawl out of my tent and breathe a sigh of relief. Today, a Friday, I am thankful not to be at work. Frankly, I am also thankful to no longer be in a [...]

OWA Reviews: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings

Spark R&D Women's Bindings Tester: Lizzie Lauman What: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings Where to buy: evo.com, rei.com, amazon.com Perfect for: frequent backcountry skinning and riding *Note: No gear or financial compensation was received for this review. The tester was asked to record her findings, positive and negative, when testing the bindings. At OWA, the aim is to only publish reviews on gear [...]

Injured: A Holiday Blessing

words and photos: Catherine Slater Our adventures started 24 hours later than planned after the Manchester airport ran out of de-icer. As John, my boyfriend, and I sat on the plane full of Norwegians, we couldn’t help but be a bit embarrassed. Compared to the crazy winters in Norway, our English weather was pretty mild, yet we still couldn’t take off. We were [...]

5 First Time Bike Buying Tips for Women

words by Kayla Montanye When shopping for my first road bike, I found myself lost in a sea of lingo, gadgets, and equipment. I was unprepared for all of the questions the nearly all-male staff at the bike shop had for me. “Are you looking for aluminum or carbon?” “What size do you think you need?” “Do you want to be clipped in [...]

Women’s Trail Running Shoe Reviews: Our Top Picks

Is it time to replace your trail running shoes? Women from our Grassroots Teams donated their trail time to test some of the newest shoes on the market. Take a look below and get filled in on which shoes passed their critiques: What: Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX Reviewer: Kayleen Castelli (Colorado Front Range Grassroots Team) Where to buy: backcountry.com, Eastern Mountain Sports, amazon.com Perfect [...]

Photo Essay: Havasupai, Land of the Blue Green Water

Havasu Falls at dusk. The stretch of waterfalls along Arizona's Havasu Creek in the Havasupai Indian Reservation are well known for their intense beauty and incredible colors. An offshoot of the Grand Canyon and part of the Colorado River system, the area's unearthly turquoise waters are sacred to the Havasupai people through whom it is said these waters flow. Lindsey soaks in [...]