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We Tried It: Forest Bathing

July 08, 2019

We Tried It: Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing is an excellent addition to anyone's self-care routine and you'll likely see far better results than any face mask or bubble bath can ever manage to offer. We often spend a lot of time outside in nature, but we rarely slow down long enough to fully appreciate it. Taking time to slow down and notice the details can deepen your connection to the natural world and that is what will do wonders for your mental and even physical health.

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Featured Leader of the Month: Tamara Maddox, Chapter Leader, Columbia, MO

July 01, 2019

Featured Leader of the Month: Tamara Maddox, Chapter Leader, Columbia, MO

We're introducing the leaders in our Community each month here on the Bold Betties Blog. This month, we're thrilled to introduce Tamara Maddox, Chapter Leader for Bold Betties Columbia (Missouri)! 

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Featured Leader of the Month: Kim Heagle, Chapter Leader Madison, WI

May 28, 2019

Featured Leader of the Month: Kim Heagle, Chapter Leader Madison, WI

Our leaders volunteer their time to host amazing adventures designed to help our members discover their own personal bold. Being a leader for Bold Betties means being a community leader and providing support to the women in their areas. Interested in being a leader? LET US KNOW!

It's our pleasure to introduce our Chapter Leader from Madison, WI: Kim Heagle! 

 

What made you want to be a leader for Bold Betties?

Weekend Warriors: Tips to Make Your Weekend Adventure a Success!

May 20, 2019

Weekend Warriors: Tips to Make Your Weekend Adventure a Success!

When you only have a few weeks of vacation each year, it can feel impossible to visit all of the places you want to go! Choosing shorter weekend adventures can help you get your wanderlust fix while still allowing you to be back in the office fresh as a daisy on Monday morning!
Here are some of our favorite tips for having a successful weekend adventure with some photos of our recent adventure to the Oregon desert with the Boise and Eugene Chapters!

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Get Out of Your Box and Get Into a Boat!

March 25, 2019

Get Out of Your Box and Get Into a Boat!

It isn’t just the inherent beauty of our natural surroundings that make this area (and much of the planet) rather a gem, but the pockets of breath-taking beauty that are condensed in a relatively small area. Which is why I finally drug myself over to the famous, often praised oasis of the San Juan Islands this weekend.

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Featured Leader of March: Lin Wilder

February 22, 2019

Featured Leader of March: Lin Wilder

Each month, we're featuring one of our amazing leaders! Bold Betties leaders' volunteer their time and energy to plan and host amazing adventures that are guaranteed to help you #discoveryourbold! 

This month we're featuring Lin Wilder, an Alpha Betty from our Ft. Collins, CO chapter!

Lin Wilder smiles in a hat, scarf, and coat as she hikes in the snow.

What made you want to be a leader for Bold Betties?

I love making things happen. I’m a very organized person, and I have a lot of experience informally organizing and leading outdoor adventures...

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Bold Betties Code of Conduct

February 22, 2019

Bold Betties Code of Conduct

We’re all adults here, it’s true. But Bold Betties isn’t about a group of adults getting together and messing around. We’re on a serious mission to help women get out of their comfort zones and to start adventuring together! And sometimes that means unlearning some of the ways we’ve interacted with female friends in the past.

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January Featured Leader of the Month - Jen Hoge, Salt Lake City

January 18, 2019

January Featured Leader of the Month - Jen Hoge, Salt Lake City

Chapter Leaders and Alpha Betties volunteer a ton of their time to plan and host unique and extraordinary adventures all over the United States. With 39 chapters and over 50,000 members, our leaders host over 200 adventures a month!

Here at Bold Betties HQ, we decided it was time to celebrate the leaders that work so hard to empower and inspire their members. Each month of 2019, we'll feature a different leader here on the blog!

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Explore the Amazon; Discover Yourself

December 26, 2018

Explore the Amazon; Discover Yourself

A look back on our 2018 trip to the Amazon and a look forward to the upcoming trip in May of 2019!

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2018 Favorite Adventures! A teal box with a bright red Bold Betties Logo!

December 26, 2018

Our Leaders' Favorite Adventures of 2018!

Each of our local chapters has an inspiring leadership team who work hard to come up with unique and thrilling adventures for our members. We thought it would be cool to see how 2018 played out in their eyes and take a look at their favorite Bold Betties experiences of the year!

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Backpacking Havasupai: The Power of Sisterhood

November 29, 2018

Backpacking Havasupai: The Power of Sisterhood

By Laura Feeney, Bold Betties Community Manager

Havasupai is high up on a lot of bucket lists and for excellent reasons: waterfalls, canyon walls, golden light, long hikes, swimming holes, fascinating history, and amazing people. There are a lot of ways to experience such a beautiful place, some more intense than others. When Bold Betties started considering hosting trips to Havasupai, we knew there was only one way to do it: no mules, no helicopters, just our Boldest members carrying everything they needed on their own backs with well-informed guides leading the way.

With our two female guides...

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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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