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The Great Outdoors are Inclusive Yet Diverse: You Should Be Too!

August 22, 2018

The Great Outdoors are Inclusive Yet Diverse: You Should Be Too!

By Whitney Chandler

Exploring the outdoors shouldn’t be limited to a certain demographic, a specific type of person. Bold Betties is against the notion that only upper class gorgeous women in puffy coats should be able to summit mountains, explore the backcountry and have all the wilderness access available to them. However, this is not to say we don’t want to join them.

Although the realm of outdoor recreation is making a positive change, until recently many advertisements portrayed a certain type of woman as the representation of the outdoorsy woman. We are all familiar with...

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Trip of a Lifetime

July 14, 2018

Trip of a Lifetime

Westcliffe Horse Ranch Retreat Adventure Review from Susie Halsey

I had the amazing opportunity, thanks to Bold Betties, to spend 4 incredible days at Music Meadows Ranch, a beautiful 3,800 acre cattle ranch in the Wet Mountain Valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It truly is God’s country.

The ranch is owned and operated by Elin Parker, an incredible rancher, horsewoman, business woman, and human. I am so appreciative of all the wisdom and stories she shared with us. I am amazed at how she, with her ranch manager (another tough as nails...

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Gear Review: Stand-to-Pee with Tinkle Belle

June 16, 2018

Gear Review: Stand-to-Pee with Tinkle Belle

By Laura Feeney, Bold Betties Community Manager

Peeing outdoors can be tricky. There are multiple techniques you can try with varying results. Do you look for a bush, tree, or rock? Do you lean back, squat, or a combo? Do you use a leaf to wipe, carry toilet paper (while packing it back out of course), or do you air dry?

This past weekend I took a trip with 10 other Bold Betties to clear and open up Arling Trail in Cascade, Idaho. We used only hand tools and carried everything ourselves for two days of truly challenging work.

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Christa Jo

March 14, 2018

Meet A Betty!

Introducing Christa Jo from Bold Betties Boise:

Hi Betties!

I’m Christa Jo. I have been a single mom since the ripe old age of 18. I have raised my two boys all by myself for the past 25 years! My youngest left for college last summer and I told myself when he left that this would be the year that I would find myself. Create myself. Discover who I am. What I like. What I want to do. For the past 25 years it has been about surviving the day to day. No more! I want to feel alive!

Last...

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Bold Environmental Work By Betties In Madison

March 14, 2018

Bold Environmental Work By Betties In Madison

By Kim Heagle, Chapter Leader, Madison

The Madison Bold Betties chapter is planning stream restoration events this summer and fall, partnering with the Harry and Laura Nohr chapter of Southwest Trout Unlimited.

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Don’t Shut Up. Keep Speaking Your Truth.

January 11, 2018

Don’t Shut Up. Keep Speaking Your Truth.

By Jennifer Davis-Flynn

Like many Gen X women, I was raised by Oprah.

During my tender middle-school years in the late 80s’, I would settle into the kitchen table after school, with a peanut butter sandwich and glass of milk, and tune into The Oprah Winfrey Show at 4 p.m. With Oprah as my guide, I learned about our society’s most painful problems for the first time: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and racism. I watched Oprah banter with female performers I worshipped like Diana Ross, Bette Midler, and Whitney Houston and converse seriously with thought-provoking writers and...

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Setting Resolutions: Let Your Seven-Year-Old Self Be Your Guide

January 04, 2018

Setting Resolutions: Let Your Seven-Year-Old Self Be Your Guide

By Jennifer Davis Flynn

We heard your…silence. When we asked you a couple of weeks ago to share your New Year’s resolutions with the community, we got zero responses. So, we thought we’d take a different approach and talk about positive intentions for 2018: some small things you can do to feel better all year long.

In her wildly popular book The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte recounts a New Year’s Eve at home with her husband a few years prior. She sat down with big sheets of poster board and starting mapping out her resolutions in a new way –...

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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

December 14, 2017

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Studies have shown that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals, simply by writing them down; what’s more, your success rate further increases if you share them with a friend or partner.

Bold Betties wants to help you achieve your deepest desires in 2018! We’re inviting you to visualize and share your boldest resolutions for the upcoming year with our community.

Need more inspiration? Our CMO, Arezou Zarafshan, discusses her resolutions for the New Year:

My New Year’s resolution is unlike all of my past ones. In the past, I would go for SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable,...

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WHY NEPAL SHOULD BE ON TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST (If it isn’t already!)

December 14, 2017

WHY NEPAL SHOULD BE ON TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST (If it isn’t already!)

By Eman Zabi 

If you don’t already have plans to jet off to the ‘Roof of the World’ any time soon, here are a few reasons why you should take ten days off that job you hate, and head to Nepal instead.

  THE PEAKS

Even if you aren’t quite Everest ready yet, Nepal is home to some of the most stunning trekking circuits in the world: The Nepalese Himalayas, and The Annapurnas. If you’re not quite ready to climb into oxygen-starved death zones, Nepal has several easier treks, so you can feel like you’re on top...

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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Winter Camping

December 07, 2017

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Winter Camping

Imagine snowshoeing across a frozen lake with a wide expanse of deciduous forest unfolding in front of you. Thanks to the leafless trees, you can see deep inside the woods, where well-traveled animal tracks crisscross fluffy, white snowdrifts. The only sound is the snow crunching beneath your feet and the cheerful whistle of the Black-Capped Chickadee overhead. The pristine landscape belongs to the wildlife and the few brave souls who venture out to experience the everyday world in a whole new light.

This is winter camping. And here are some more reasons your outdoor adventures don’t need to end as...

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More on Winter Camping: Layering and Sleeping Hacks!

December 05, 2017

More on Winter Camping: Layering and Sleeping Hacks!

By Sylvia Armitstead

Greetings Fellow Bold Betties!

By knowing the proper layers and how to dress for warmth. Additionally, looking into different options for shelter for where you are going to be is totally important. Will it be super windy? Is there going to be snow to dig down into? Will you be using a Four Season Tent, or a Snow Tunnel?

Link to Four Season Tents on REI

Always have a base layer of either silk or wool (preferably Marino wool just cause its waaaaay softer on the skin,...

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Hacks for a Comfy Night’s Sleep in a Tent

December 04, 2017

Hacks for a Comfy Night’s Sleep in a Tent

Sleeping in a tent doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable experience. With a little creative know-how, these tips ensure you’ll have a great night’s sleep while camping.

 

Make Plenty of Pillows

When you sleep outside, sometimes you need a little extra cushion in certain spots, such as your neck, hips, or shoulders. Keep a stash of improvised pillows to boost your comfort. An easy way to make a pillow is to use a jacket and a Buff, neck gaiter or headband. First fold your jacket lengthwise, then roll it up. Next, stuff jacket into the Buff, neck gaiter or...

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#MeToo, Diana Nyad, and Sexual Assault in the Outdoor Industry

November 14, 2017

#MeToo, Diana Nyad, and Sexual Assault in the Outdoor Industry

Prompted by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, thousands of women have begun to tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault across social media using the hashtag #MeToo, and the list of powerful men across all industries accused of sexual misconduct is growing every day.

To many, it feels like a watershed moment in the national conversation about consent and sexual coercion in the workplace – an issue that has long remained hidden, allowing perpetrators to keep their jobs and status, while survivors carry the deep shame of their wounds. Alone.

Thankfully, women, like record-breaking, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, are...

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Adventure in Paradise: Discover the Big Island of Hawaii in February

November 09, 2017

Adventure in Paradise: Discover the Big Island of Hawaii in February

Imagine a postcard-perfect vacation where you can explore lush, mountainous landscapes, experience a live volcano, snorkel with sea turtles, and camp on the beach – all while taking plenty of time to relax, reset, and soak in the tropical sun.

Sound too good to be true?

It’s not a dream. You’re invited to join the Bold Betties for a six-day adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii, from January 31 – February 5, 2018. Led by expert guide and Navy veteran Kevin Rosenberg , this trip blends comfort and adventure, featuring two nights of rustic beach camping and three...

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Make Your New Year's Resolution About Adventure Travel

November 08, 2017

Make Your New Year's Resolution About Adventure Travel

2018 is right around the corner and if your new-year resolution does not contain going on adventure travel (a weekend camping trip or a multi-week expedition to Antarctica), you should most definitely make it as such!

 

Let's face it, losing 10 pounds and calling aunt Emma more often as new-year resolutions haven't worked out all that well and they never will as they have fleeting affects and they are often triggered by societal pressures.

 

Adventure travel, on the other hand, transforms you for life! Research and facts are clear! Adventure is good for your body, your soul and...

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Unplug and Unwind during our New Year’s Mexican Escape

November 08, 2017

Unplug and Unwind during our New Year’s Mexican Escape

Release pent-up holiday stress and residual anxiety from the past year while you pamper your body and soul on our Healthy Reset Retreat, January 10-14, 2018.

Imagine sinking into the peaceful, mountainous landscape of Mexico’s Central Pacific Coast as you recharge and set your intentions for a prosperous and joyful 2018. Perched on the shore of the Santa Maria del Oro crater lagoon, The Volcan Laguna eco-resort is a world away from the daily grind. Encircled by the forested Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains, this private retreat sets the stage for deep...

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New to Backpacking? Ease into Adventure with Two Fully-Supported Arizona Trips

October 31, 2017

New to Backpacking? Ease into Adventure with Two Fully-Supported Arizona Trips

Make the leap from hiking to backpacking with the Bold Betties. We’ve got two weekend trips that will build your confidence in the outdoors while you enjoy a mood-boosting, sunny desert getaway during the deep freeze of Winter.

Whether you’re an absolute novice or a seasoned outdoors woman, you’ll find something to love about our short but sweet Grand Canyon and Superstition Wilderness guided trips, led by our partners in Arizona.

Experience the Grand Canyon from the Bottom Up

If you’re just gazing at the Grand Canyon from the rim like everyone else, you’re missing out.

Our Grand...

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How to be an Ally to a Person of Size in the Outdoors

September 27, 2017

How to be an Ally to a Person of Size in the Outdoors

By Jennifer Davis-Flynn

Next time you’re hiking the trails, mountain biking, paddling, skiing…take a look around. Who do you see? Does everyone look the same?

Outdoor brand catalogs and enthusiast magazines show us countless images of young, white, skinny yoga chicks, ripped female climbers, and a whole lotta dudes. And, not surprisingly, reality often follows suit.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Society places a lot of limitations on what fat people can and cannot do: sitting at home alone, feeling ashamed is okay. Traveling, eating in public, and engaging in outdoor pursuits – not so...

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How to Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

September 20, 2017

How to Perfectly Pack Your Suitcase

By Elisa Hindes

Nowadays it pays to be frugal when packing your suitcase for travel.  Be it for work or for fun, it’s likely you’re going to be paying for that suitcase and you need to maximize your space. Work related travel is often easier because it’s brief and you don’t need a wide variety of items.  But if you’re headed for a fabulous vacation chances are you have a long packing list.  Here’s some easy tips to help you perfectly pack your suitcase, so you can make the most of your trip.

    Plan ahead and make...

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    Glamping in Moab, Redefined!

    September 14, 2017

    Glamping in Moab, Redefined!

    Channel your inner she-wolf and “re-wild” yourself during one of our upcoming Moab trips. Tiffany Moyer of Wild Sol will be guiding three custom retreats for us that are designed to strengthen your relationship with your spirit and the natural world.

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    Colorado the Beautiful

    September 13, 2017

    Colorado the Beautiful

    By: Jessica Vernon

     

    It happens every time. The nostalgia. Memories flooding back, washing down the mountain threatening to overflow through my eyes. 

     

    I love this place. So much it hurts sometimes. 

     

    Road trips to the mountains always have a way of turning into a therapy session of sorts. The curves of the highway gently lull a sense of peace into the soul, coaxing down that knot that rises in your throat as you breach that first crest on I-70 with the postcard perfect view of the Rockies—always dusted with snow.

     

    Every time I visit, I battle...

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    So You Want to Climb a Mountain?

    September 07, 2017

    So You Want to Climb a Mountain?

    What it’s really like to stand 19,341 feet above the sea level on the Roof Africa and what can you do to get yourself atop Kilimanjaro too.

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    Treat Yourself to Yoga, Hiking and...Wine!

    September 05, 2017

    Treat Yourself to Yoga, Hiking and...Wine!

    Need a little “me” time? Join us for no-fuss mini retreat in the Rockies, September 15-17. Imagine waking up to a delicious breakfast, taking a rejuvenating yoga class, enjoying a gorgeous hike, and winding down the day with an evening yoga class, followed by a healthy catered dinner with new friends.

    We’ve got three spots left for our Autumn Leaf Yoga and Hiking Petite Retreat in Winter Park, CO, next weekend. $475 gets you two nights of accommodation in a shared room, all meals (including adult beverages), three yoga classes, and spectacular afternoon hiking at...

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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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