About OWA

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

Saying Yes: Doing More, Regretting Less

words and photos by Kersten Vasey “You need to slow down,” my boss says every Monday morning, like clockwork. “What was it this time?” she asks. I answer and she grimaces. The more “extreme” the activity or farther away the weekend destination, the more she shudders as she thinks about the miles my Honda Element accumulates. “You’re going to get sick.” I shrug [...]

Grand Parcours: Helping Women Climb Mountains

words by Tanya Naville; photos by Guillaume Borga While the media may create a perception that women are not present in alpinism, the French Alpine Club demonstrates otherwise. Each June, the Grand Parcours takes place at Chamonix Mont-Blanc. The multi-day event, offered by the French Alpine Club, is an opportunity for both beginners to learn the basics of mountaineering and for seasoned mountaineers to further develop their skills. And [...]

My First Tent: Talisman for a New Life

words by Jordan Fisher photo by Kersten Vasey I stopped my car in the middle of the dirt road and stared. Looming above was a natural arch atop the cliffs that surrounded me. The road was too narrow and the drop-off too steep to get out and take a picture, so instead I framed up my hands, squinted, and snapped the shutter for [...]

Earth Day Series: Stories that Seek Balance

In this Earth Day series, we collect stories from women in our community showing appreciation for the natural world, our place in it + strides to protect it.

Fresh Starts Series

Fresh Starts Push the reset button on fears. In this series, authors explore challenges that held them back + how they worked with them to realize stronger versions of themselves.

Solo Hike: Finding fortitude on the Presidential Traverse

words and photos by Ashleigh McEuen :: My packed bag sits by my door. My alarm, set for 4 a.m., is unnecessary: I am drifting anxiously in and out of slumber due to an unfounded fear of twisting my ankle. In the morning, I’ll set out to complete the Presidential Traverse as my first solo overnighter. Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the [...]

Adventure Partner: The Love and Loss of a Dog

words by Cassidy Randall :: As my friend Linsey and I get in the truck to drive to the trailhead, I feel like I’m forgetting something. We’re headed out for a backpacking trip in the Mission Mountain Tribal Wilderness Area of Montana, and for the first time, I’m leaving my dog Alta at home. It’s clear she’s now too old to accompany me on [...]

Climbing Photography: Snapping Through a Fear of Heights

words and photos by Shani Leead :: A few years ago, if you asked if I would scramble to the top of a rock formation, I would have looked at you like you were nuts. I’m terrified of heights, specifically if it entails a life-threatening level of exposure. I am also clumsy and leave most physical activity with bruises. But on a recent trip to Joshua [...]

We Are Not Broken: Healing Through Outdoor Empowerment

words by Traci Saor :: The kayak wobbled. Her paddle hit the water and splashed muddy brown water over her and into the cockpit. “This is scary,” Danielle* whispered to herself as she began her first kayak excursion. Frightening as it was to paddle into the unknown, Danielle was no stranger to fear. With the help of her boss and a local agency, Danielle [...]

Risk Analysis: Navigating Mental Hurdles after the Injury

words by Alexandra Pierce ::   “You had worse crashes when you were more hurt and you ended up okay,” I say to myself. Standing in the shower, I wrap my hands around the back of my neck as the water pours over my forehead. I repeat the mantra: “You had worse crashes when you were more hurt and you ended up okay.” I [...]