Time spent in the outdoors strengthens relational bonds and inspires self-discovery and awareness. Personal essay by Shallan Knowles.
women in the outdoors
Run Into the Wild is a 3-day trail running retreat for women in central Washington organized by Basecamp Cascadia. Teaming up with all-female farmers, athletes, and instructors, this retreat aims to connect, empower, and inspire women through a holistic approach to trail running. Retreat dates are September 24-26, 2021, and includes a workshop to develop
More than ever, women are helping grow the Northwest mountain biking community. “In mountain biking you can really set your own level of fun. It’s a way to get out in nature and play as an adult,” says Penny Schwyn co-founder of the Biking Betties women’s riding group, based out of The Bike Hub in Spokane. Women age 15 to 65, and older, enjoy group rides on local trail networks, such as Beacon Hill and Saltese Flats.
Body Positive Hiking Community By Amanda V. Mead When Summer Michaud-Skog began hiking with her girlfriend in the Oregon wilderness in 2015, she couldn’t help but notice the stares of passersby. Skog knew they didn’t look like the stereotypical hikers seen in outdoor magazines, athletic campaigns, and gear catalogues—she was covered in tattoos, her girlfriend