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.

Failing (and Falling) Better

By guest blogger, Bernadette Murphy It’s 9 a.m. on a frigid January morning in the town of Ouray, Colorado, population 1,000. Located ten miles northeast of Telluride, Ouray is known as the ‘Switzerland of America’ because of its setting at the narrow head of a valley, enclosed on three sides by steep, granite peaks. Dramatic…Read more Failing (and Falling) Better

Setting My Default to Happy – The Name that Changed My Life

The first time I truly enjoyed myself on a camping trip was two months ago in Moab. I have loved camping and backpacking my whole life, and I often experienced joy on these adventures, but underlying that happiness I always felt anxious, scared, or stressed. The quiet of wild spaces that most people find to…Read more Setting My Default to Happy – The Name that Changed My Life

The Mountains: Not Yet Cool Enough

I grew up in Atlanta myself, and understand the unavailability of the outdoors and lack of connection with the outdoors for many multicultural urban youth. And it doesn't seem to be getting better. One thing I did connect with was hip-hop. Atlanta is a music city. Hip-hop influenced every aspect of my life in one way or another. At six years old, I had three main influences: my friends, popular trends, and my favorite rapper, Lil Wayne.

“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