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How Women’s Wilderness Changed My Life

By Hannah Dykes Photos by Henna Taylor Those who know me know I am a homebody. I rarely slept over at other girls’ houses growing up, I never went to summer camp, and I’d always rather stay home and curl up on the couch on Friday night. So two years ago, when I got it […]

Colorado Gives Day 2016 is December 6th!

Today, it is more important than ever to show girls and women that they can be powerful. This is especially true for young girls growing up in low-income households, who come from minority backgrounds, and/or who experience discrimination in school for being part of the LGBTQ+ community. These girls need women role models to look […]

3 Awesome Stories about Moms Getting It Right

Have you ever noticed that people who don’t have kids (like me) tend to judge the parenting skills of others really harshly? There’s too many examples out there of how parents are getting things wrong, so here’s 3 inspiring stories about moms who I caught in the act of doing being awesome. Moms Getting It […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]