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...
by Yana Koubourlis
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.
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 between the car and school, hauling grocery bags, and my Barre 3...
by Hilary Oliver
The weather outside is frightful—but it can be so much fun. Skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and snowboarding are all a blast, and great for fitness, but they go from fun to miserable in a heartbeat if you’re not feeling toasty. The good news is there are a few easy things you can do to stay toasty on the slopes or in the backcountry. Here are 9 tips for beating the chill so you can have more fun.
It’s not just for adrenaline junkie adults; outdoor adventure travel is also great for kids.
by Elisa Hindes
It’s no secret that many children today are leading more sedentary lives. Things have changed significantly in the last generation. Many of us grew up playing outside most of the day, but too often now kids are glued to the television, video games, or their smart phones and computers. What better way to teach kids the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle...
As you’re bringing out the warmer clothes and snow boots remember that it’s the perfect time to winterize your car.
by Elisa Hindes
The calendar may say that it’s fall, but winter has made an early appearance in Colorado and many other places around the country. As the temperature drops we all start bundling up and taking precautions to stay safe and warm. But don’t forget that the cold weather can wreak havoc on your car as well. In order to avoid unsafe conditions, or even a vehicle that won’t start or breaks down, follow...
by Sarah Sharpe
Have you considered trying yoga? As a spiritual and strengthening practice, yoga can act as the perfect compliment to your outdoor lifestyle. As a Colorado native, I have become accustomed to the gorgeous mountain views, the crisp air, changing seasons, and opportunities for adventure at my doorstep. I have always had a greater appreciation for the outdoors knowing I could hike, bike, run, swim, ski, and snowboard during each year’s generous 300 days of sunshine. Indoor workouts were never really my thing until a friend decided to take me to my first yoga class. Not...
If you’re looking to enjoy winter doing something other than skiing, consider these unique outdoor adventures in Colorado.
It seems like we only just started to enjoy the cool, sunny days of fall when the cold reality of winter rushed in to spoil our fun. The days may be shorter now, and we’re dressing in a lot more layers, but it doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. There are still plenty of outdoor adventures in Colorado to enjoy this winter.
When you think of winter in the Rocky Mountains of course...
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...
If you’re looking to improve your health or build your self esteem you’ll find this and more waiting for you on outdoor adventures.
Are you someone who likes to take risks and lives life on the edge? While there are some people who like to jump out of planes, an adrenaline fueled lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Many simply prefer the familiar safety of home and don’t spend much time pushing their boundaries. At Bold Betties Outfitters we’re firmly rooted in the belief that outdoor adventures are a great way for women...
by Martha Carlin
I recently returned from a trip to California to climb Mt. Whitney with a group of climbing friends. As a resident of Colorado and regular hiker of 14ers, my only real concern with Mt. Whitney was the distance. At 22 miles round trip from the trailhead, it is much longer than most 14ers in Colorado. We decided to counter that concern by packing in overnight camping gear and cutting the distance we would do in a single day by camping at a trail camp. My husband is a veteran gear guy/gadget head...
by Amanda Morgan, M.D.
One of the most important aspects of keeping healthy while being BOLD on your adventures is staying hydrated. The easiest way to accomplish this is to drink water. However, when you consider that one gallon of water weighs approximately 8 pounds and you are likely to need far more than this for an overnight trip, things can get a little complicated. Planning your next trip and every trip afterward will be much easier by simplifying things with a hydration plan.
by Amanda Morgan, M.D.
Now that you are outfitted with all the appropriate Bold Betties apparel and gear, let’s talk about how to fuel your adventure. Hiking and backpacking burn a TON of calories (yay!) and that number increases according to the amount of weight carried, distance traveled and elevation gained. Eating and staying hydrated are equally important and, in addition to water, carbohydrates and sodium in food help to store body water. This may sound like a good excuse to pack all your favorite junk foods, but we think you will feel better with some healthier, but no...
Bold Betties recommends that you purchase your own hiking shoes or boots rather than renting them. You will want to ensure you have the perfect fit and also will want to use or break them in before your trip.
Purchasing a new pair of shoes or boots may not be necessary, however, depending on the nature of your trip. The Inca Trail, for example, could be hiked in regular sneakers if you do not anticipate encountering rain. We were grateful for our...
On July 4th, 2014, we set out to conquer the DeCaLiBron, a collection of four 14ers joined by saddles that can all be summited in one day.
The initial ascent of Mt. Democrat from the Kite Lake trailhead was fairly easy, with solid terrain and a gradual elevation increase. About 2/3 of the way up, we encountered the toughest part of the day: a 20-minute steep scramble up loose rocks that really put the pressure on the knees. Past that hurdle the trail leveled off, and it was a quick 15-minute hike to the summit. We took...