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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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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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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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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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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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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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March 09, 2015

The Best Women-Only Travel

The women-only travel industry is growing by leaps and bounds.  There has never been a better time for women to enjoy adventures around the globe, either alone or together.

By Elisa Hindes

Most of us love to travel.  We dream of relaxing on secluded tropical beaches, climbing majestic mountains, meeting new people and learning foreign customs.  Travel teaches us about our world and helps us to understand our place within it. According to the Gutsy Traveler, there has been a 230% increase in women-only travel in the last...

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February 23, 2015

Get to Know Bold Betties Member, Lisa Brown

By Elisa Hindes
Lisa Brown, Bold Betties Member

At Bold Betties Outfitters we’re not just providing women with the outdoor gear they need to have amazing adventures, we’re also a group of women who enjoy going on adventures together right here in Colorado.  In fact, we got our start as a Meetup group (now over 800 members strong) with the goal of meeting new friends and challenging ourselves to get outside our comfort zone.

One of our first members (she thinks she...

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February 03, 2015

The Best Outdoor Adventures for Beginners

You don’t have to be an extreme athlete or adrenaline junkie to enjoy these outdoor adventures for beginners.

 

by Elisa Hindes

Are you looking to start going on some outdoor adventures?  Good for you!  No matter how young or old you are, or regardless of your level of physical fitness, outdoor adventures are always a great idea.  You don’t have to start off with sky diving or rock climbing; there are plenty of fun and easy outdoor adventures for beginners.  It’s great to get outside of your comfort zone and face new...

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December 08, 2014

Affordable Outdoor Adventures for Women

If an extravagant trip just isn’t in the cards right now, there are still plenty of outdoor adventures for women waiting for you closer to home.

by Elisa Hindes

Have you dreamed of snorkeling in Belize or riding a camel through the desert in Egypt?  Our world offers so many amazing outdoor adventures for women, you can really get lost in the possibilities.  When it comes to exotic vacations filled with excitement many of us are limited by our budgets.  International travel and remote locations are not always feasible, but...

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