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 [...]

Suspension: How a Bridge Helped Me Cross My Fears

Riding the gondola to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Photo and words: Lisa Kowieski 10:00 a.m. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia: Rain is coming down hard and the fog and heavy rain clouds have hidden the mountain range in a thick blanket of gray. Four of us are raised into a clearing in the middle of it; the 360-degree [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Garibaldi Lake: Alpine Hiking, Glacier Views

We stood at the top of the ridge, staring down the luge track carved in the glacier by the brave souls that went before us. With only a moment of hesitation, my friend, Laura, took her place at the top and pushed off. One at a time we followed, flying down 90 metres of ice and snow, catching air and ending in a pile of [...]

Building Character in Quebec: Ski Touring Monts-Valin

words and photos: Lindsay Kuczera Getaway is a word that can be interpreted in many ways. It could conjure up destinations of surf and sand, forests or summits. It could mean a fresh breath and perspective. And for some, it could mean struggle and willing to submit to pain. When seven of my friends and I headed into Canada’s boreal forest this winter, [...]

Best of Outdoor Retailer Summer 2016: Women’s Picks

Visitors to the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market find themselves in a sea of products, plaid, and pretty much all things awesome. Twice a year, tens of thousands of people in the outdoor industry descend upon Salt Lake City, Utah for the Outdoor Industry Association's winter and summer markets. They're there to get a first look at products that are about to hit the shelves, product test [...]