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Women Who Lead: Emily Isaacs, Women’s Wilderness

Our growing community is full of women who are devoting their careers (and their spare time!) to helping more young women learn, grow, and discover themselves through outdoor adventure. We caught up with Emily, Executive Director of local partner Women’s Wilderness in Boulder, Colorado, to learn more about how she became a woman who leads. […]

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Women Who Lead: Emily Isaacs, Women’s Wilderness

Our growing community is full of women who are devoting their careers (and their spare time!) to helping more young women learn, grow, and discover themselves through outdoor adventure. We caught up with Emily, Executive Director of local partner Women’s Wilderness in Boulder, Colorado, to learn more about how she became a woman who leads. […]

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Adventure Dispatch

Collegiate Peaks Loop Part 2 (West)

Day 5: 3rd Footbridge of South Foose’s Trail to Boss Lake TH Mileage: 18.5 mi. The climb up to the junction with the Continental Divide trail – about 3000 feet, with each switchback delivering a more breathtaking view than the last – is steep but swift for us. Reaching the junction, where the original Colorado […]

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Collegiate Peaks Loop Part 1 (East)

Day 1: Interlaken TH to Pine Creek MILEAGE: 17.5 MI Start day! After a quick breakfast and pack up at the Twin Lakes Lodge, we drive to the Interlaken trail, heave on our packs, and set out. After about a mile and a half around the shore of Twin Lake Reservoir, we reach the junction […]

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On Gudy: Inspiration from the “Mother of the Colorado Trail”

“She was a master at finding how to forge ahead.”

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Many Firsts

“It was a week of many firsts.” This was the banner headline from the check-in call with our local partner, Women’s Wilderness. With a grant from The Cairn Project, Women’s Wilderness had recently wrapped up their first-ever Adventure Days program in Jefferson County, Colorado – the Denver metro area. For each of the little ladies […]

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Reflecting on $30K in Grants

What a milestone! Less than a year after our launch, we’re proud to report that we’ve channeled $30K in support for girls’ outdoor programs – in five states! First, we owe a huge thank you to our growing community of supporters who have helped make this possible. You’re the best! This initial set of grants […]

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JMT Gear Rundown

Whether you’re planning your own JMT adventure, or are just interested in learning more about Sarah’s and Alison’s experience, we’ve thrown together a rundown of the gear we took with us. Email us if you have any questions! Our top priority in selecting gear was keeping our packs light, which meant two things: minimizing excess/duplicates, and throwing […]

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Reflections from the Trail

Getting Out There, and Coming Home

“I never want to go home!” Sarah and I turned to laugh at the 50-something guy and his buddy, a few yards down the shore from us at Wanda Lake, nestled below Muir Pass in Kings Canyon National Park. There was a festive feeling in the air during this snack break, and I dunked my […]

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John Muir Trail Part 4: Upper Palisade Lake to Whitney Summit

Final push to the Whitney Summit!

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John Muir Trail Part 3: Goddard Canyon Junction to Upper Palisade Lake

SEGMENT EIGHT: GODDARD CANYON TO A FEW MILES PAST LAKE HELEN MILEAGE: 17.6 MI The expectations for this day were high, because we were heading up into Evolution Basin, often touted as the most beautiful stretch of the JMT. A steady morning climb got us to the lower meadows near a ranger station, where we […]

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John Muir Trail Part 2: Red’s Meadow to Goddard Canyon Junction

SEGMENT FIVE: RED’S MEADOW TO CASCADE VALLEY JCT. MILEAGE: 18.3 MI We left Red’s Meadow without eating eggs and toast for breakfast, which in retrospect was probably a bad call. It took several hours of warming in the pockets of our down jackets before our breakfast of energy bars was soft enough to eat. The […]

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John Muir Trail Part 1: Happy Isle to Red’s Meadow

SEGMENT ONE: HAPPY ISLE TO LITTLE YOSEMITE VALLEY MILEAGE: 4.7 MI Start day! We had spent the preceding two nights prepping for the trip at Wawona (now known as Big Trees Lodge) on the edge of Yosemite. We drove down into the Yosemite Valley midday and finally started the short hike up to Little Yosemite […]

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Our Impact

Announcing Our First Grants

We are thrilled to announce our first grants! Thanks to the generosity of our amazing community, we have raised more than $20K so far. Now, it’s time for that support to start having an impact! Our first two grantees – GirlVentures and San Juan Mountain SOLES – hold special significance for us. Our first grants […]

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How To

Itineraries and Gear: A Blueprint for Adventure

Some people say that planning for an adventure is the best part. Perhaps it’s because planning pushes that “someday” notion into the realm of the tangible. Yet once that happens, the excitement of the unknown begins to set in: there will always be circumstances that put your choices and plans to the test, but careful […]

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Reflections from the Trail

Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks

Nick Kristof’s recent column commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service made a crucial point: our public lands are one of our most democratic spaces. Along with a story about the rise and fall of Congressional support for the NPS system, he told a much more personal one, about hiking the John Muir […]

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Reflections from the Trail

“Should we make it a walk-a-thon?”

One cold morning in Utah in 2015, a scientist and a lawyer were planning a 210-mile backpacking trip in California. Daily mileage; water sources – the details were exhilarating, and a plenty good excuse to linger in the kitchen, make more coffee, and wait for the thermometer to crest 40 degrees before setting out on […]

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