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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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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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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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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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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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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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