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 [...]

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 [...]

Altitude Sickness on Cotopaxi: A Story and Reference Guide

I awoke early to meet Juan Carlos, a guide on Cotopaxi, an active volcano in Ecuador. My friend, Patricio, and I were to follow Juan Carlos to the refuge and beyond, heading to the first glacier on a scouting trip. We planned on ascending 16,000 feet of Cotopaxi's 19,347 that day. Having been born and partially raised in Ecuador, and spending most of my adult life [...]

“There Are No Bad Hikers” (and Other Lessons for Adventure Families)

The clouds are popcorning in the sky. So far, the deep grey of rain is holding off and the sun still shines warm on our faces. "It doesn't even look like it's going to rain!” Anibel says, turning to me. “I am so excited!" We are headed into the Sawatch Range of Colorado for our annual women’s fourteener backpacking trip. Seeing this group of women [...]

1​0 Best Canadian Explorations: The Locals’ View

Expedia.ca asked our Canadian community to share their favorite spots to explore around Canada. Canada: a land with fewer people, more land, and a never-ending menu of adventure. Look east to the Maritimes’ misty shorelines whispering with history; follow the land west, moving through every clime imaginable. Canada’s expanse holds variation: rainforests and deserts, glaciers and baked beaches. If you want it, it’s here. But, [...]

Summer Skiing in the Cascades: A Photo Essay

Words and photos: Radka Chapin In Washington, deep snowpack and generally cool spring temperatures make it possible to enjoy skiing year round. The days are longer, warmer and sunnier. Powder transforms into corn and terrain is easier to access as roads resurface from winter’s covering. Inspired by a trip report from a local hiking forum, my husband and I set out on an exploratory tour [...]

Arab Woman On Track to Climb 7 Summits

Bouchra Baibanou, a software engineer from Rabat, is working her way toward being the first Moroccan woman to summit the highest point on each of the world's continents, known as the "7 Summits". She hopes to use this project to continue inspiring young Moroccans to rise up and accomplish their goals. Though Baibanou may seem like an everyday lady – mother, wife, middle-aged woman who works full [...]

Sarah Doherty: Amputee Mountaineer & Life Innovator

On the path to Kilimanjaro. "You are so much stronger for doing this," the German climber said, looking at Sarah Doherty as they stood on the side of a dirt road along the Camino Del Santiago in northern Spain. Hearing her companion's words, in his heavily accented English, she put it all into perspective. Doherty's wrists hurt from her crutches, and the refugio [...]

Calling It: When to Walk Away from the Adventure

It's your second attempt at the summit, but your nerves are unsteady. Do you continue? Our contributor shares her decision.Pictured here: Left to right: Teewinot, Grand Teton and Mt. Owen.Photo: Acroterion (CC) with changes made by Outdoor Women's Alliance.It was our third attempt together, spanning a period of seven years. This time an autumn push meant that Teewinot, the "many pinnacled" peak that was our objective, was [...]

OWA Giveaway: Tighten Your Training with REI

We've got a giveaway. Ready?First: How do you train for your favorite outdoor activity? Some possible answers are cross-training, weight-training, and running, right? Yes, these are all excellent ways to get you into better shape to crush a mountain, slope, or trail you’ve been eyeing. But how do you know which exercises or cross-training activities are best for the sport you're hoping to take on? You [...]