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2016: A Bold Year in Review

December 27, 2016

2016: A Bold Year in Review

For most of my adult life the holidays have been tough time of year, and I tend to have moments where I am sad and go down a negative path, feeling stuck or at least not where I thought I would be at this point in my life. But the end of the year is also a great time for reflection, gratitude and an opportunity to recognize the awesome events that have happened over the last few months.

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Got Ready...#DiscoverYourBold Weekend!

December 21, 2016

Got Ready...#DiscoverYourBold Weekend!

Few months back, I had booked a weekend out in Escalante, Utah for Excursions of Escalante Canyoneering Rendezvous. Few days before trip, flooded with excuses to not want to go; exhaustion from week, opportunity to hang with friends, pro/cons to cost/fun ratio and truthfully, an introvert like myself, having to turn on to a group of strangers, is always an endeavor.

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Bold Meets FitLo! Wait, What?!

December 13, 2016

Bold Meets FitLo! Wait, What?!

By Arezou Zarafshan

Back in the month of November, I was doing my daily (or rather nightly) social media stalking.  All CMO's do that and if they tell you they don't, they either are lying or they don't know how to do their jobs!  I stumbled upon FitLo Denver's Facebook page and I was intrigued.

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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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Calling All Women Adventurers: Top 5 Things You May Not Know About Iceland

October 10, 2016

Calling All Women Adventurers: Top 5 Things You May Not Know About Iceland

As women adventurers, we strive to put ourselves in new and exciting experiences every day. Iceland is indeed an enticing getaway. One of the most beautiful places on our planet, Iceland has so much to offer to women adventurers and travelers alike.  Here’s a list of information on Iceland that you may not know:

 

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The Beauty of Going Solo

October 03, 2016

The Beauty of Going Solo

Our Bold Blogger Betty, Kristin Mattera, has done it again!  Discovering her Bold going solo on an epic adventure!  Enjoy reading...

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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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August 29, 2016

Do It Already! A Lesson in Going For It

by Stephanie Grado

What I’m about to tell you is simple — sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is just go for it.

And the point of this isn’t to detour your life in some profound “quit your day job, buy a one-way to South America and start l-i-v-i-n” kind of way. It’s to tell you of my incredibly average and very attainable experience. Also, it happened outdoors and it was amazing.

Maroon Bells, Aspen Colorado

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August 02, 2016

An Open Letter of Gratitude

 
Dear Mama Earth,

Truthfully, I should’ve done this years ago and apologies for my manners. Seriously, how rude am I? I take advantage of your resources on the daily and I’m only just now sending you words of thanks.

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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 06, 2016

Moab Adventures with Bold Betties

I hung up the phone.  How the hell am I going to get out of this?  I thought.  I had just agreed to go on a four-day, three-night camping trip with my sister.  

For many reading this blog, a camping trip might sound like fun.  Maybe even just a regular weekend.  

Not me.

I am decidedly NOT outdoorsy.  As a 45 year-old stay-at-home mother of two young boys, my physical activity is limited to walking my kids...

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April 18, 2016

Being "Beautiful, Healthy, and Strong" in Peru

Bold Betties note: Another one of our "Women's History Month" submissions paying homage to women in our lives that change our personal history.  The following is from Bold Betty Angela Bakas about her sister Liz. If this makes you feel wanderlusty, make sure you see our note at the end.

It was the summer of 2010. I was only 20 and had just quit my job to thru-hike the Colorado Trail with my...

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April 04, 2016

Women's History Month Storytelling: The Winner

I, like many women, have a long list of wise female visionaries who have inspired me to blaze my own trail in life.  However, my greatest influencer is not a woman, but a girl.  

I met Taylor when she was four years old.  Her father, Chuck, and I had been dating for three months and I was madly in love with him.  I had recently graduated from college and was just starting my life in...

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April 01, 2016

Women's History Month:  The Personal Side

Bold Betties partnered with Topo Designs Boulder to wrap up Women's History Month with a storytelling contest.  The challenge?  Make it personal and tell the Betties about a woman in your life that has changed your history.  We laughed, we cried, we wined and dined on a pile of guac, we discovered how many Bold Betties fit into a tiny a-frame, it was fabulous.  

Before we share the winner with you, read some of our...

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March 28, 2016

Want To Be a Fly Girl?

I mean, who didn't, back in the day?  I think even Jamie Foxx wanted to be a fly girl a la Wanda!  (If you don't know what "In Living Color" is, do yourself a favor and check out where Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey and J Lo got started).

 

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March 21, 2016

It's Story Time, Bold Betties!

When was the last time someone told you a story that kept you on the edge of your seat, off your device of choice, and left you wanting nothing more than...more, more more!?!

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March 18, 2016

Bold Betty Profile: Maggie Burns, Heartland Heroine

It's a Sunday morning and the sky is a perfect shade of Denver blue. That light, clear blue of early morning that makes you feel inspired to get outside and LIVE. Coincidentally, it is also the color of my chauffeur’s eyes.

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March 14, 2016

Women's History Month Tribute:
The Daredevils of The Open Sky & The Open Water

One of our favorite famous bold women in history, Amelia Earhart, was the queen of paving her own path.  She’s best-known for her numerous aviation records, but it is Amelia's legacy of unfaltering determination and her can-do attitude for equal treatment of women that lives on.

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