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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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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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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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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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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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Leave No Trace, Bold Betties, Women Hiking, Women Solo Adventure, Women Adventure

December 05, 2016

Leave No Trace

Imagine every time you visit a natural environment, you get to enjoy pristine outdoors, where even if other people are present, they are not distracting from the beauty of nature. Imagine being able to visit these wild places as often as you wanted and they never change. The Bold Betties take an active stance in respecting nature and encourage all of our event attendees to enforce the Leave No Trace guiding principles, ensuring that women of all ages can continue to Discover Their Bold time and again.

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The Hike that Wasn't

November 21, 2016

The Hike that Wasn't

Last week I was supposed to lead a Bold Betties night hike under the glow of the super moon. You know, that event that hasn’t happened since 1948 and won’t happen again until 2034...Here is what happened!

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The question isn’t “why?”  - it is “Why the F*** not?”

November 21, 2016

The question isn’t “why?” - it is “Why the F*** not?”

Read about Kristin Mattera's adventures in Utah and her bold question of herself:  The Question is not Why but Why the F not?

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November 04, 2016

The Kindness of Strangers

After a week in different national parks, what I loved the most was being reminded that the outdoor community is so open and welcoming. My travels were filled with random conversations, temporarily hiking buddies, campsite mates and tour guides.

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Women Adventure | Trip to Machu Picchu | What you need to know for Machu Picchu

October 24, 2016

Women Adventurers | Trip To Machu Picchu | What You Need To Know

 

Machu Picchu is one of planet earth’s most mysterious and beautiful world heritage sites. Built over 500 years ago, without the assistance of iron, wheels or steel. The Inca Empire created this impressive fortress, leaving patrons puzzled seeing that the Incas did not write but somehow created such complex measurements and calculations. It is a site worth seeing and a history worth knowing.

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Finding my Bold Out West

September 26, 2016

Finding my Bold Out West

Sometimes you find yourself and your inner strength in the oddest places – for example a dude ranch.

When people asked me how I got to Colorado, the snarky answer is “Well, I drove over 2,000 miles.” The short, non-snarky answer is “a bad break-up.” 

While this is an over simplification, let me try to explain where I was emotionally before I decided to quit my well-paying professional job in Boston to go work a summer...

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June 27, 2016

Wanderlust #findyourtruenorth Entries Part III

We got such amazing entires from our Wanderlust Aspen/Snowmass #findyourtruenorth contest.  We have to share more! Click here if you missed the first batch (including winner) or the second batch (so good!)

It is going to be an amazing weekend celebration of mindful living that includes yoga, meditation, music, food and wine, lectures, and adventure! We asked our community to enter our #findyourtruenorth contest and tell us about a time in the outdoors where they found their...

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June 25, 2016

Wanderlust #findyourtruenorth Entries Part II

We got such amazing entires from our Wanderlust Aspen/Snowmass #findyourtruenorth contest.  We have to share more!

If you missed the first batch, see them here.  

It is going to be an amazing weekend celebration of mindful living that includes yoga, meditation, music, food and wine, lectures, and adventure! We asked our community to enter our #findyourtruenorth contest and tell us about a time in the outdoors where they found their true north.  There is still time for you...

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June 24, 2016

Wanderlust #findyourtruenorth Winner & Entries

We are so excited for our first Wanderlust in Aspen/Snowmass 6/30-7/3.   It is going to be an amazing weekend celebration of mindful living that includes yoga, meditation, music, food and wine, lectures, and adventure! We asked our community to enter our #findyourtruenorth contest and tell us about a time in the outdoors where they found their true north.  Some of our incredible partners stepped in to offer over $650 in value to the winner, in addition to a spot in the Bold...

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May 14, 2015

Looking for Outdoor Adventures in Denver? Join the Bold Betties Community

Denver area women can get bold and enjoy the great outdoors with other local ladies with the Bold Betties group on Meetup.com

Are you a woman who is looking to enjoy the outdoors and try new things?  If so, you definitely want to join the Bold Betties Community on Meetup.com.  This amazing group of women has gone on some great outdoor adventures, conquered big challenges, and had a LOT of fun doing it!

The Bold Betties Community was founded in March of 2014 by Niki Koubourlis, who was new to Denver and looking...

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