Ultrarunning in Rocky Mountain National Park

“Getting Chicked”: Ultrarunning, Money, and (Biological) Sex

Ultrarunning could be the next battleground for gender equality in sports — and I’m not just talking about men and women. The timing for ultrarunning’s suddenly burgeoning popularity and the nature of the sport itself give it the potential to be an interesting test-case for the coming (and you know it is coming) surge in competitive athletes of […]

Outdoor Activities to Sooth Your Soul

Outdoor Activities to Soothe Your Soul

By Ally Mann There is something so serene and beautiful about spending time outside. Whether you are going on a long wilderness retreat or just out for a quick walk, spending time outside can be an awesome way to relax and get away from a hectic day-to-day life. Here are a few outdoor activities and adventures that will help […]

Why Wilderness?

Why Wilderness?

By Kris Norbraten-Duvernay, Women’s Wilderness Climbing Instructor I grew up in the 80’s. Going outside was not only encouraged but demanded. I swung upside-down in the front yard oak tree; burned twigs in terra cotta pots behind the garage; concocted cologne from mint leaves and hose water; rode my bike smack into a redbud tree; […]

Alumna at Large: Robin Brodsky on Cycling Solo Through South America

Robin Brodsky is a rock climber, backcountry skier and mountaineer from Durango, Colorado.  She is also a Women’s Wilderness alumna! Currently, she is on an epic eight-month-long journey through South America.  Along the way, she writes a blog called Free Wheeling Fem which you can find here. During a break from cycling, she sat down […]

Baby Bo in the Desert Near Moab

Adventure Parenting with Kara Stansbury

With Mother’s Day last Sunday, I thought that it would be a great time for a post celebrating Moms in the Wild: mothers who inspire in their children a love and respect for the wilderness that lasts a lifetime. To learn more about modern moms and their amazing feats of adventure parenting, I caught up with […]

For the Girl Who Can’t Sit Still

By Heather MacFarlane I’ve watched the full July moon traverse across the sky over the course of the night. Now, it’s early, early morning and the moon seeps into a deep fire-orange as it sinks below the horizon. I can see more stars now  and I pick out the big and little dippers, the only constellations I […]

The View from Mt. Bierstadt

10 + 1 Tips For Hiking Your First Fourteener

By Alexis Rose Visiting or living in Colorado presents many opportunities, one of which is hiking fourteeners. The famously tall and picturesque mountains are not only icons of Colorado, but fun challenges for hikers of any level. They’re rewarding too: after the hike up, you’ll get to drink up the gorgeous views visible only from the top. […]

The “Self” in Selfless and Selfish

By Catarina Massa, Women’s Wilderness Instructor I am a selfless selfish human being. I know it sounds impossible, but people can be selfless and selfish at the same time. I have learned the hard way that being either too selfless or too selfish is damaging to myself and the people around me. My journey to discovering […]

A Great Night with Vela Adventures: Women in Adventure

By Becca Droz, Outreach Coordinator What is it like to cover 100 miles in an ultra-marathon? What is it like to be struck by lightning and walk away? What is it like to be in a world championship boxing ring, facing an opponent in their home country? We learned the answers to these questions and […]

When Grit Wins

By Jenna Blumenfeld Over the past year I’ve been on a mission to do things that are scary. Things that are teeth-rattlingly scary. Perhaps it was thanks to a wine-fueled evening with a friend, but somehow I came to understand that in order to grow I had to do scary stuff—activities that would spur my inner psyche into trepidation, […]

A New Kind of New Year’s Eve

By Meigan Canfield New Year’s Eve is always such a riot.   Every year it’s the exact same process: I find a cute dress, think about how cute I’m going to look in it, and daydream about how awesome the night is going to be.  Then, when it is finally New Year’s Eve, I’ve spent the […]

New Year? New Guest Bloggers!

Happy New Year to all of our wonderful readers! To start off 2016, the Year of the Blog, I am sending out a call for submissions in the hopes that I can offer a few of you the chance to publish a story or article relating to Women in the Wild. Did you go on a […]

Shout It Out Loud

By Olivia Feeney, WWI Alumna Girls are so often expected to follow instead of lead, speak quietly instead of shout, and be docile instead of wild. My Women’s Wilderness Institute trip came at the perfect time to teach me how fun, and how essential it is to defy these standards. I was a freckly fourteen-year-old middle-schooler […]

What Goes Up Must Come Down

By AJ Earley My name is AJ Earley. I’m thirty years old, and I am still figuring myself out. It’s easier now than it used to be, but some of my best learning experiences have been my meditative hiking endeavors. When I was 21, following a long struggle with bulimia, heartbreak, and the death of […]

Learning to Guide

By Shaina Maytum, Women’s Wilderness Instructor At low water, the crux of the Shoshone rapid section in Glenwood Canyon is a move called “the slot.”  The move itself isn’t actually that hard, but the consequences are dire.  You have to sneak your boat right between the ominously named Tombstone and Razor rocks (the latter often […]

Run Long, Run Free

This is the first in a series of blog posts that feature women’s and girls’ voices talking about real-life experiences developing courage, confidence, and leadership while adventuring outside. Run Long, Run Free By Cat Massa, Women’s Wilderness Staff   I was never much of an athlete growing up. Actually, I spent most of my time […]