Betty Blog

November 19, 2014

The Many Benefits of Outdoor Adventures

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.

Elisa Hindes

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...

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September 23, 2014

Climbing Mt. Whitney

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...

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September 15, 2014

Hydration Planning

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.

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August 21, 2014

Fuel Your Adventure

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...

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August 02, 2014

Shopping Guide: How to Find the Perfect Jacket

I confess: I have a jacket problem. I love the concept of simplicity—and multifunctional pieces—but there are so many different, beautiful jackets that each have unique qualities for different activities and conditions, it’s hard not to want to collect them all. So how do you decide which ones are perfect for you? Here are some tips to help you get exactly what you need—even if that means three different kinds.

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August 01, 2014

Accessories, Clothing & Footwear

Hiking Boots

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...

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August 01, 2014

The DeCaLiBron: Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross

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...

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