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 [...]

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival: No Excuses

By |November 21st, 2016|

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 [...]

Wylder Goods: Entrepreneurship for the Greater Good

By |November 15th, 2016|

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, [...]

OWA Reviews: Spark R&D Women’s Arc Splitboard Bindings

By |November 11th, 2016|

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 [...]

Injured: A Holiday Blessing

By |November 9th, 2016|

words and photos: Catherine Slater Our adventures started 24 hours later than planned after the Manchester airport ran out of de-icer. As John, my boyfriend, and I sat on the plane full of Norwegians, we couldn’t help but be a bit embarrassed. Compared to the crazy winters in Norway, our English weather was pretty mild, yet we still [...]

5 First Time Bike Buying Tips for Women

By |November 5th, 2016|

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 [...]

Women’s Trail Running Shoe Reviews: Our Top Picks

By |October 26th, 2016|

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, [...]

Photo Essay: Havasupai, Land of the Blue Green Water

By |October 21st, 2016|

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 [...]

Lessons from Lead Climbing: Balance in the Risk

By |October 16th, 2016|

words by Rachel Clark; illustration by Lisa Kowieski   A forty-foot wall is really high when you’re only a little taller than five feet. I was 18 when I first climbed. My friends took me to an indoor climbing gym, where I got about halfway up the wall and immediately wanted down. My sweaty hands agreed, but my [...]

Garibaldi Lake: Alpine Hiking, Glacier Views

By |October 8th, 2016|

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 [...]

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

By |September 26th, 2016|

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 [...]

Building Character in Quebec: Ski Touring Monts-Valin

By |September 11th, 2016|

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 [...]