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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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Camping Essentials: The Do's & Don'ts & Did You Knows!

February 21, 2017

Camping Essentials: The Do's & Don'ts & Did You Knows!

 

As a member of an outdoorsy family, I’ve been camping since I was a kid and have had many incredible camping experiences. While being in nature has its discomfort, the experiences have always been rewarding. I knew that I could learn and grow from this experience as well. This particular trip is what I refer to as “type 2” fun, and did end up being an unforgettable experience.

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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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New Year Resolution Progress Report: Tubing My Bold Out

January 30, 2017

New Year Resolution Progress Report: Tubing My Bold Out

 

Being a mom of a four-year-old, super cute, super smart boy and being an entrepreneur leaves little room for extracurricular activities.  I do my best to uphold my new-year resolutions: take the stairs instead of the elevator, do yoga, run, walk, jump, hike, etc. But I have to admit, I had yet to do anything BOLD.  Until this past Sunday!  My family and I were at the #DevilsThumbRanch for the weekend.  We rode horses, fed them, hiked in snow and enjoyed the beauties of the ranch and the surroundings.  But I must admit, it wasn't until I decided to...

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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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