It’s time for another epic summer backpacking adventure! Backpacking the 160-mile Collegiate Peaks Loop of the Colorado Trail, a landmark route pioneered by women’s adventure icon Gudy Gaskill.
Who: Alison Wright and Sarah Castle
Distance: 160 miles
Duration: 9 days
Fundraising goal: $20K
Two days and 50 miles across one of Utah’s crown jewels: Zion National Park. Traversing across high desert plateaus and up and down canyons in the heart of the park, this boundary-to-boundary hike is a new adventure in a place rich with personal memories.
Who: Alison Wright
Distance: 48.3 miles
Duration: 2 days
Elevation: 10,000 feet of up & 10,000 feet of down
Fundraising goal: $5000
We’re tapping our networks and melding our passions to support outdoor science education for girls. Join us by chipping in to support programs empowering our next generation of curious minds, researchers, and environmental stewards!
Fundraising goal: $5000
Little Bellas is a mountain bike organization working to help young women realize their potential through cycling. Their programs support riders ages 7-17, through a crucial period in teenage years that often see a drop off in female participation in cycling. With volunteer-led chapters around the country, the Little Bellas community empowers girls through the sport, emphasizes the importance of goal-setting, promotes healthy lifestyles, and recognizes the positive effects of forging strong female bonds.
Women’s Wilderness strengthens the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls through group wilderness and community-based experiences. Their “Conscious Choice” curriculum teaches decision-making, self-awareness, critical thinking skills, and the ability to make self-affirming choices. In this model, rock climbing and backpacking are opportunities for girls to take risks in spite of uncertainty, recognize and voice how they are feeling, appreciate their physical abilities, and form trusting relationships.
Wild Whatcom inspires girls and young women to walk through life with wonder, confidence, and compassion for each other and the wild spaces around them. With an inquiry-based curriculum, Wild Whatcom connects girls to nature in lasting and meaningful ways, catalyzing engaged young women who care about the earth and know how to lead collaboratively towards positive change. Through its programs, girls embrace the outdoors to discover the Pacific Northwest, gaining naturalist knowledge, depth of character, and resilience – all while having a blast outside.
With programs that get young women out backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing in the Northern California wilderness, GirlVentures nurtures self-esteem and resilience, empowering confident young women who are conservationists and compassionate allies to each other. Difficult outdoor activities provide the format and structure through which girls develop physical, emotional, and social tools that help them navigate adventure and challenge – in the outdoors, and in their homes and communities.
Montana Outdoor Science School offers high caliber science and outdoor education programming for kids throughout Montana. By connecting young people with nature through experiential curriculum, MOSS helps to foster awareness and stewardship among Montana’s future leaders. With a combination of in-school and outdoor adventure programs, MOSS fosters curiosity and a love of science with the expertise of a seasoned team of education leaders. Empowering girls through outdoor adventure and expanding girls’ access to engaging science education is a core value of MOSS.
San Juan Mountain SOLES inspires young women to lead healthy, fulfilling lives rooted in big mountains, confident leadership, and authentic community engagement. SOLES’ annual program begins with a 7 day backpacking trip for the year’s cohort of “Sisters,” and continues with a year-round program of outdoor adventure, community service, and leadership development. After graduating, many SOLE Sisters return as peer mentors for the next year’s cohort.
MT Alpha Cycling empowers women of all ages to ride, race, and build community through mountain biking, an often male-dominated sport. The organization’s volunteer-led Juniors program brings together girls ages 9-18 for group rides, skills clinics, team building, and fun throughout the summer months. MT Alpha is Western Montana’s tireless advocate for women riders, encouraging them to be strong, confident, and empowered on and off their bikes.
Inspiring Girls Expeditions offers tuition-free wilderness science expeditions that challenge high school girls intellectually and physically, while cultivating leadership skills. From mountaineering and snow science on Mt. Baker in Washington State to glacier exploration in the Alaska Range, programs bring together a diverse and inclusive group of young women who hail from communities underrepresented in both science and the outdoors. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences foster confidence, leadership, and openness to new ideas – all in some of our most majestic northern mountains.
Named for one of America's best loved wilderness explorers, the JMT is a long distance hiking route that follows the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. From its northern terminus in Yosemite Valley, it passes through several Wilderness Areas, Devils Postpile National Monument, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The JMT ends at the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Lower 48 (14,505 ft).Read More
Our founders Sarah Castle and Alison Wright planned their hike to be as physically testing as it is awe-inspiring. After traversing some of the most striking terrain the USA has to offer, completing the John Muir Trail was an achievement and an honor in equal measure.
The funds raised have supported outdoor programs for young women in California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Our inspiration is to foster the rising generation of our future leaders and stewards. We know from personal experience that outdoor experiences can be truly transformative for young women — seeding self-esteem, inner strength, and the tenacity to embrace the unexpected.Learn More