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Bold Betties on Ice by Bernadette Murphy

August 07, 2017

Bold Betties on Ice by Bernadette Murphy

Today is my first full-day intermediate ice-climbing clinic and I’m terrified. So rather than strapping on my crampons, cinching tight my climbing harness, and striding confidently over to where we’re supposed to meet our guide, I hang out at the fire pit and try to warm both my hands and my spirits, willing time to stop so that I will never have to actually do this class.

That’s when I meet a pod of Bold Betties.

One of them was in my clinic yesterday, a two-hour novice all-women’s class taught by a group called “Chicks with Picks.” I’m a chick,...

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I Will Show You Mine If You Just Let Me! PLEASE!!!

July 27, 2017

I Will Show You Mine If You Just Let Me! PLEASE!!!

WARNING: THIS STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE!!!

A few nights ago and quite unexpectedly, we received a message from a guy (let's call him Adam) in Salt Lake City.  We thought he was just being a prankster but nope, he was serious! We had a little bit of fun until it was time to end the conversation!

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Adam: Go there Niki, my name is Adam. I know that this group is only for women, although I am sincerely interested in joining as a professional male model. I know that it will be fun for the girls...

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Always Pack Your Adventure Shoes

July 10, 2017

Always Pack Your Adventure Shoes

In my many travels through the beautiful state of Washington, I've noticed that there are an almost infinite number of places to park and take a hike through some breathtaking forests and rivers. Even areas that aren't officially national park (and there is a lot of national park), you can walk, climb, or swim through nearly the entire state. After living in the area for a few years, I had almost started to take this natural luxury for granted until one particular drive.

A few years back, I was riding with a close friend who had...

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I Have Had Enough! So, I Head Outside!

June 26, 2017

I Have Had Enough! So, I Head Outside!

I’ve had enough. I have had enough of my pompous, demanding boss, my screaming infant and my needy husband. Everyone reaches a breaking point and I’m there. I am so there.

So, I head outside. The outdoors is my safe place, my haven, my healer. If it sounds corny, that’s because it is. In all honesty, it sounds ridiculous to say, but my marriage, my career and my sanity have all been saved by the mountains.

I live at the base of Pikes Peak and as adrenaline-seeking thrills go, climbing up the trail to...

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Learning the Language of Rock Climbing

June 26, 2017

Learning the Language of Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an amazing way to enjoy adventure, from the safety of a climbing wall to the exhilarating heights of an Arizona cliff face. Anyone who has been through a single rock climbing run knows that the first lesson is all harnesses and rope work. This is because climbing is crazy dangerous and climbers take safety incredibly seriously. Most dedicated climbers have been in terrifying situations in which only their rigorous safety protocols have kept them and their teammates alive, so even in a padded gym one does not mess around with proper rope safety. Because of...

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Design the Weekend Retreat of Your Dreams with Bold Betties and Outessa

June 15, 2017

Design the Weekend Retreat of Your Dreams with Bold Betties and Outessa

This summer, join Bold Betties for the ultimate three-day retreat in the gorgeous mountain landscapes of Mt. Hood, OR (August 18-20), Kirkwood, CA (July 14-16) or Waterville Valley, NH (September 22-24). Whether you want to learn new skills or engage in your favorite pursuits like mountain biking, paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, trail running, rock climbing or more, we’re giving you the opportunity to customize an adventurous getaway that will deepen your love of nature and inspire you to unleash your bold.  

 

We’re thrilled to be invited to participate in REI’s popular Outessa retreats as special guests. This...

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Out of My Comfort Zone, Off My High Horse...and Into Padded Pants

June 15, 2017

Out of My Comfort Zone, Off My High Horse...and Into Padded Pants

Back in 1990, I worked for a small San Francisco Bay Area ski shop. I was taking some time between high school and college, and this gig scored me free lift passes to several Sierra ski resorts, great deals on equipment, and new friends with whom to catch rides to the mountains. 

I'd been a downhill skiing fanatic for years, and I was good. Really good. And, I admit it, a bit of a snob by the time snowboarding broke into the mainstream. 

Snowboarding hadn't been allowed at most western U.S. ski resorts until just before that...

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Cooking on a Campfire

June 15, 2017

Cooking on a Campfire

One of the first images that comes to mind when people talk about camping is a campfire. For many people, campfires and camping are practically synonymous. Campfires can serve many functions on a camping trip: as a quick source of heat on a cold night, and an efficient way to dry off layers after a rainy day. Some people even refer to campfires as “caveman television,” because of their addictive nature. One of the best uses for a campfire is to cook food. Although cooking on a campfire takes longer than using a backpacking stove, campfires are incredibly versatile. The...

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Trip Leading 101: Do's and Don'ts

June 15, 2017

Trip Leading 101: Do's and Don'ts

You are ready. You have the gear, the experience, and finally, the permit! Whether you are planning a multi-week AT hike-through, a five-day float on the Salmon, a three-day fast-and-light traverse of the Teton Rim Trail, or just an overnight at your local campground, your name is on the paper, and you are now, officially, the Trip Leader.

No doubt you've been on many of these excursions in the past: adventures organized by people who seemed to have all the answers, the best plan, and made the right decisions without hesitation. But once you step into that role,...

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How to Take Great Travel Photos on Your Phone

June 03, 2017

How to Take Great Travel Photos on Your Phone

There are many benefits to using your phone to take photos while traveling. First of all, you won’t have extra equipment to pack; chances are, you’re already bringing your phone. It’s always with you during the day, and thanks to excellent technology, your phone probably comes packed with features better than or at least equal to those on your point-and-shoot camera. Your phone is portable, and with the right case, it can be waterproof and dust-proof, which is crucial for some travel spots.

You don’t have to be a photography expert to take...

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Learning to Read the Forest

June 03, 2017

Learning to Read the Forest

Learning the trees and smaller plants in your local ecosystem is like learning to decode a puzzle you didn’t know existed. It’s easy to walk by a tree and have it blend into the backdrop, but learning to identify common trees and small plants can breathe new life into a hike you’ve done a million times.

There’s never been a better time to learn about trees. A recent study published at nature.com shows that increased levels of CO2 have led to an increase in the number of trees worldwide. Almost half the world’s vegetated areas have been grown...

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How to Set Up Your Campsite

June 03, 2017

How to Set Up Your Campsite

Camping with the family is supposed to be relaxing, but it can feel stressful if you don’t know how to pack, set up, and organize your campsite efficiently. After all, no one wants to spend all their time unpacking gear, looking for things, and hauling stuff around their campsite! Read on to learn how to efficiently pack and set up all your gear!

How to Pack Your Camping Gear for Easy Set Up at the Campground

Start your packing process with stackable rubber storage totes. You’ll need at least three (one for each camping “section” of your campsite, including the...

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The Importance of Taking Time for Ourselves in the Outdoors – Changing Perceptions

June 03, 2017

The Importance of Taking Time for Ourselves in the Outdoors – Changing Perceptions

When I first proposed this blog topic to some of my fellow Betties, I wanted to start it off in a much different way than I am going to.  I was going to start by telling you about my own habits of working too much for other people, and giving more than I received.

But then, I got an e-mail.

You see, as a newer chapter of Bold Betties, I wanted to get the word out to as many women as possible in as many different formats as possible that we exist.  That there is a group of women that...

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Appellation Trail, Mount Rainier, Moab Arches, Na Pali Coast, Apostle Islands

May 22, 2017

Adventure Travel: 5 Trips to Get You Started

As is always the case, gaining the courage to take the first step into a new venture or challenge is always the hardest – a cliché that has withstood the test of time for a reason. When it comes to starting your life as an adventure traveler, choosing the wrong first adventure can leave you sheepishly heading back to your vacation routine. That’s why finding a comfort zone that challenges your physical ability and courage without going too far is key in the early going, and you might be surprised how quickly you tap into your own adventurous spirit...

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Outdoor Safety Tips for Women

May 01, 2017

Outdoor Safety Tips for Women

There's nothing quite like getting out in the great outdoors and enjoying yourself. Whether you're going for a hike, heading out for a climb, or hunting, however, you want to make sure you're following a few critical safety tips along the way. These critical points in outdoor safety for women will help you be sure you're safe while enjoying your favorite activities.

Before You Go

Safety and preparation starts before you leave. Even if you don't have a trip on the horizon, as the weather warms up, go ahead and check your gear to...

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Tips and Tricks: Desert Rafting in CO and UT

April 20, 2017

Tips and Tricks: Desert Rafting in CO and UT

Remote wilderness camping without another soul in sight? Check.

Cliff jumping? Check.

Extreme Bocce Tournament? Check.

Gourmet cooking and a new campsite every night? Check, check.

If this sounds too good to be true, you have never been on a multi-day river trip in the high deserts of the American West.

Whether you are rafting, canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up-paddleboarding, spending time on the river is unlike any other adventure you can find. 

Colorado, Utah and Arizona are famous for their whitewater opportunities, and remote, multi-day float trips that wind...

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Sisterhood and Sopping Sleeping Bags

April 04, 2017

Sisterhood and Sopping Sleeping Bags

So there I was, in the middle of a crazy, freak rain storm that came up out of nowhere, standing braless and bedraggled in front of the park ranger.

You may be wondering how I let myself get in this predicament in the first place, but in my defense there were no threatening clouds on the horizon and no telling change in temperature. It was just a sudden downpour; which caught me off guard and wet in a thin, gray tank top…

We were a handful girlfriends with various levels of camping experience who had trekked to the prairies of...

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Empowerment: The Allure of the Great Outdoors

March 28, 2017

Empowerment: The Allure of the Great Outdoors

They say all heartbreaks, no matter how devastating, can be cured by the sea; that nature is good for the soul; that time heals all wounds.

And I agree.

These days, I love to enjoy the outdoors with my daughter, my friends, and my mom. You might even say that being outside has become my prescription for overcoming almost any disappointment. I’m regularly drawn to Bar Harbor, Maine, where the crisp ocean air, and beautiful seaside vistas act as an antidote for my soul.

But it wasn’t always this way.

There...

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My Experience as a Bold Betty

March 14, 2017

My Experience as a Bold Betty

Today is international women’s day and I feel on fire with hope and strength because of a small start up company I found at just the right time. After three years in a new city I was losing hope of ever finding a community like the one I had back home. I used to run trail marathons, rock climb and camp EVERY WEEKEND. I was often teased for showing up to the gear shop I worked at with leaves still in my hair.

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The Journey to Become a Feminist

March 06, 2017

The Journey to Become a Feminist

It took me a long time to use the F word. No – not the four letter one (if you’ve read my other blog posts, you know I curse plenty). I am referring to the word feminist.

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Camping Essentials: The Do's & Don'ts & Did You Knows!

February 21, 2017

Camping Essentials: The Do's & Don'ts & Did You Knows!

 

As a member of an outdoorsy family, I’ve been camping since I was a kid and have had many incredible camping experiences. While being in nature has its discomfort, the experiences have always been rewarding. I knew that I could learn and grow from this experience as well. This particular trip is what I refer to as “type 2” fun, and did end up being an unforgettable experience.

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Discovering My Bold through Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt!

February 15, 2017

Discovering My Bold through Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt!

 

The Betties found me in my last term of college. That awkward point where you’re overqualified for half the jobs and under-qualified for the other half… I was feeling down on myself and insecure about my abilities for not landing the job. You know THE job. Ya, that one.

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Snowshoeing, Winter Hikes and Finding Inner Peace

February 05, 2017

Snowshoeing, Winter Hikes and Finding Inner Peace

" Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread." – Edward Abbey

Along the trail, we made some John Muir quips, updated each other on our jobs, our boyfriends, and what we’re doing with our lives. But our longest discussion was how important our time in the wilderness was to us...

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New Year Resolution Progress Report: Tubing My Bold Out

January 30, 2017

New Year Resolution Progress Report: Tubing My Bold Out

 

Being a mom of a four-year-old, super cute, super smart boy and being an entrepreneur leaves little room for extracurricular activities.  I do my best to uphold my new-year resolutions: take the stairs instead of the elevator, do yoga, run, walk, jump, hike, etc. But I have to admit, I had yet to do anything BOLD.  Until this past Sunday!  My family and I were at the #DevilsThumbRanch for the weekend.  We rode horses, fed them, hiked in snow and enjoyed the beauties of the ranch and the surroundings.  But I must admit, it wasn't until I decided to...

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