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Friday Faves 1/19/2018

Wahoo, TGIF! In honor of the Women’s March this Sunday, it’s all about the ladies today! These are just a few of my favorite articles and links this week.

Enjoy them.  Then GET OUTSIDE!


The latest woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize was actually not quite a woman yet by some standards at the age of 17 but her life’s work against the “suppression of children and young people and the right of all children to education” certainly qualifies her.  She not only stands as an example of bravery, she stands as an example to young women everywhere that they can make a difference, too.  I was looking to learn more about her story and these diaries entries gave me a better picture of her remarkable journey.

Moving Moments From Malala’s BBC Diary

It Book

My mom gave me this book to read about the history of women climbing in the Colorado Rockies and the tales are just fascinating.  I am enjoying stories about seeking “out experiences some of the most rugged country of America”, both from the past and in present day by women of all walks of life.  Imagining what life was like for these tenacious women is truly inspiring. But don’t take my word for it, download your own copy for free.

The Magnificent Mountain Women: Adventures in the Colorado Rockies

Guide To Women Leaders

Here in America it is hard to imagine what it would be like to have a female president even though women have been successfully leading countries for quite some time. My favorite part of this list if the diversity displayed among the women in both age and race. It gives me hope to think that one day that will be the same for the U.S.

Female Presidents

Outside Online

There is a lot of talk these days (as there should be) about the inequality demonstrated in the outdoor industry when it comes to advertising and promoting what it means to be an athlete in the outdoors.  From male-centric products, to how women are displayed in ads, to why-does-everything-have-to-be-pink.  Hear about the women hoping to change all that and their hope for the future.

Ten Women Leading The Outdoor Industry and What Gives Them Hope

UN Women

Okay, this isn’t exactly exciting reading material but I’m hoping maybe you will at least click the link to go and see that it is a real thing.  That women’s rights are being championed on a global level, even if it seems the U.S. has taken a step backwards.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women 

Adventure Blog

Some accomplishments just boggle my mind, especially after recently watching a documentary on the first U.S. team to reach the summit of Everest.  I, personally, have no desire to do so, but I can understand how it calls to many as they strive to lay claim to that feat and even surpass it with extra levels of difficulty.  Although Lydia Bradley from New Zealand is officially the first woman to do so, in 2016 Melissa Arnot was the first American woman to both ascend to the 29,029ft summit and survive the descent without the aid of oxygen (A Hawaiian woman, Francys Arsentiev, was first but died on the descent).  It was, also, her sixth time to reach the summit, another record for American women. Talk about tough and determined.

First American Woman Completes Full Everest Summit Without Oxygen

She Knows

I think I first heard about Kara in a video and then I picked up her book, Gorge, from the library.  Her tale isn’t about that one time she climbed Kilimanjaro but her story of attempting it 3 times while dealing with the issues around weight, body image and eating disorder.  She talks about the embarrassment of having to find pants that fit her in a small village in Africa when she forgot to pack hers and the guilt of eating an entire bag of candy meant to give out as gifts due to stress.  Her story is about not giving up, about believing in yourself and one that so many women need to hear.

Incredible Woman Hikes Kilimanjaro 3 Times – at 300 lbs.

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