Saying Yes: Doing More, Regretting Less

By |May 13th, 2017|

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 [...]

Force of Nature: Belief Beyond My Urban World

By |May 11th, 2017|

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 [...]

Grand Parcours: Helping Women Climb Mountains

By |May 8th, 2017|

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 [...]

My First Tent: Talisman for a New Life

By |May 5th, 2017|

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, [...]

Reconnecting on El Cajon: A Photo Essay

By |April 25th, 2017|

I could feel the pollen filling my lungs. This spring was different from the four others I had experienced here in California; everything was alive and thriving thanks to a massive amount of rain that hit the region in the winter after an almost decade-long drought. I headed up the approach trail to one of my favorite climbing areas near [...]

Earth Day Series: Stories that Seek Balance

By |April 22nd, 2017|

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

By |April 18th, 2017|

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

By |April 18th, 2017|

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 [...]

Adventure Partner: The Love and Loss of a Dog

By |April 17th, 2017|

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 [...]

Climbing Photography: Snapping Through a Fear of Heights

By |April 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

We Are Not Broken: Healing Through Outdoor Empowerment

By |April 15th, 2017|

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 [...]

Risk Analysis: Navigating Mental Hurdles after the Injury

By |April 15th, 2017|

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 [...]

Paddling through Fear: Finding Peace on the River

By |April 11th, 2017|

words and photos by Kathie Green :: The raft was unpacked, the fire was crackling. I crouched on the sand, adjusting my camera to capture the stars. As I clicked my shutter for a thirty-second exposure, my situation became suddenly clear: the stars shone in the night sky, the nearly full moon climbed behind me, and the Arkansas [...]

Girl Beta in Bishop: A Weekend with Flash Foxy

By |March 27th, 2017|

They waited, mouses poised, hoping to score one of 200 spots. Within one minute of ticket sales opening, the second annual Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival was sold out. Those who secured a spot would be on their way to Bishop, California in the first weekend of March to meet female climbers from across the country. The demand was high [...]

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival: We Grow Together

By |February 11th, 2017|

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 [...]