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 [...]

Suspension: How a Bridge Helped Me Cross My Fears

By |January 6th, 2017|

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 [...]

Your Year in Review: Moving Forward into the New Year

By |December 29th, 2016|

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, [...]

Leave No Trace: Correcting Common Beliefs in the Wild

By |December 10th, 2016|

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: [...]

Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

By |December 4th, 2016|

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 [...]

KEEN Terradora Giveaway

By |November 24th, 2016|

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