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 [...]

Force of Nature: Belief Beyond My Urban World

This piece was created in partnership with REI. We appreciate their support of our community. words and graphic by Outdoor Women's Alliance founder, Gina Bégin We were in a world of man, trapped in an artificial landscape of street lights instead of stars and electrical poles where trees once stood. Asphalt under our feet, I followed my friends as we ran to or from trouble. [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wylder Goods: Entrepreneurship for the Greater Good

Photo: Aly Niklas “Starting a business is no easy task,” Elliot says. “It is by far one of the most committed things I’ve ever done. [You can’t] go into it shy or undecided.” Jainee Dial and Lindsey Elliot know a thing or two about sacrifice. The women behind Wylder Goods, a new online marketplace for women’s outdoor gear, are familiar with early mornings [...]

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 [...]

GQ Style: You Took Climbing & Made it Into Sexist Advertising

Climber: Pamela Shanti Pack Photo: @jasongebauerphotography An open letter to GQ Style editors There are many reasons behind climbing’s growing popularity. It can be an accessible leisure option or an extreme adventure in the wild—and it looks good on camera. Us climbers can be protective of our discipline, but it’s so good that we feel compelled to share it. That’s why seeing [...]