Creating My Own Hunting Heritage: Finding Confidence Through Bowhunting

By guest blogger, Stephanie Vu The first time I heard an elk bugle I thought I was going to die. I was solo overnight-ing the Pawnee-Buchanan Pass Loop in Colorado with my two dogs and had settled down for camp about 11 miles in when I heard that ubiquitous noise.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmhkX1kYoI4   Was it…Read more Creating My Own Hunting Heritage: Finding Confidence Through Bowhunting

Carrying My Own Weight: A Self-Proclaimed Weakling’s Journey to the Wilderness

By guest blogger, Anna K. When I was growing up, my family took camping trips every summer. At first we would go to large campgrounds with big groups of people and families from our neighborhood. They were the kind of campgrounds where there were designated campsites with parking spots, a water spit, and indoor bathrooms…Read more Carrying My Own Weight: A Self-Proclaimed Weakling’s Journey to the Wilderness

Touring Mont Blanc with the BFF: Celebrating Female Friendship and Badassery.

Two women. Twenty(ish) mountain passes. One hundred miles. And a lot of cheese. * "Sitting up here, I feel immensely proud of what we just did," Kirstin said as she looked down the valley and pointed to a mountain far in the distance, "I can't believe we came from all the way over there." "Me…Read more Touring Mont Blanc with the BFF: Celebrating Female Friendship and Badassery.

Ditching the Mascara is not a Prerequisite for Outdoors[wo]manship

I grew up thinking that confident women almost never wore makeup, especially not while doing outdoor activities or playing sports. While I don't judge the adults in my life at all for imparting on me this ideology - their intentions were good (as were those of many '90s parents who wanted to raise strong, confident daughters)…Read more Ditching the Mascara is not a Prerequisite for Outdoors[wo]manship

Imperfect Progress is Progress Nonetheless – “Welcome to the conversation, REI!”

This campaign is neither the start nor the finish of the discussion concerning gender equality and diversity in the outdoors, and we as a community have a lot of work to do. I am glad, however, to have one of the major outdoor gear outfitters onboard, and using its enormous platform to call attention to these issues. Imperfect progress is still progress. In climbing a peak, I would rather take one shaky step up and slide halfway back, then to stand paralyzed, waiting for the perfection, while looking at the summit from far below.

“Be careful!” – Longboarding and Gendered Risk Taking

By guest blogger, Liana R. There’s an arbitrary expectation in athletics: girls should avoid getting hurt, but not boys. Why should girls avoid the same risks that boys are encouraged to face? Typically, the more “extreme” or higher risk a sport, the more male-dominated it is (e.g. longboarding, skateboarding, BMX, long-distance hiking).  But in reality,…Read more “Be careful!” – Longboarding and Gendered Risk Taking

Keeping Score: Females on the Field

By guest blogger, Loraina Stinson It wasn't until recently that I started playing coed sports. As early as fifth grade, I started participating in female sports teams. Synchronized swimming and field hockey. I ran track my junior year of high school and we'd practice with the boys team, but I goofed off with my best…Read more Keeping Score: Females on the Field