SheJumps Into Fly Fishing Seattle at Golden Gardens Park – Recap

 The spring weather could not have been better on the morning of April 15th when SheJumps hosted a 2-hour introductory fly fishing class in North Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park.

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In collaboration with Redington fly rods, SheJumps took to the field with 28 ladies to learn the fundamentals of fly fishing. We were glad to see that so many ladies came to participate in the day’s activities and to learn the basics of a sport that was new to most in attendance.

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Our expert instructors Brita Fordice and Karlie Roland both local Northwest fishing guides who have years of experience on the water, spent the first part of the morning going over gear options which would enable the ladies to get out and catch some fish in their local waters. Amongst the topics covered were waders, fly rods, reels, fly lines, and basic rod set up. As this portion of the class was lecture style, the ladies were encouraged to take notes and ask questions as we covered a variety of topics such as ‘What makes the booties of waders waterproof?’ and ‘What type of fly should I use for fishing the local beaches of the Puget Sound?’

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During the second part of the introductory class, we spread out in the field to get some hands-on experience with casting a fly rod. We practiced casting the fly line to make a D-loop and our 10 O’clock and 2 O’clock rod positions as we casted line back and forth through the guides of our fly rods. We learned techniques for holding the rod and not ‘breaking our wrists’ while casting, referring to the position of our wrist and idea that the rod should be an extension of our arm with little bend in the wrist. Many of the ladies had some natural talent for casting while others worked at it and laughed when their lines coiled up into wavy loops close to their feet. It was smiles all around as we picked up our rods again and flung the line back over our shoulders in the attempt at perfecting our next cast. After every 3rd ‘false cast’ we were sure to set the line down in the grass to replicate the offering up of our flies to rising fish. As we were told by Brita and Karlie, ‘You can’t catch a fish if your fly isn’t in the water’.   

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After casting, fly boxes were passed around so that we could check out the patterns in a rainbow of colors and sizes. We were given streamer flies and tippet supplies and took a moment to learn the basic Surgeons Knot for tying tippet to our leaders and the Improved Clinch Knot for tying our fly hook to the tip of our line. It was fun to learn the intricacies of maneuvering our fingers over the ultra-small diameter tippet line to form the perfect loop before pulling tight to secure the knot and checking our work.

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Our instructors gave us some names of local fly shops in the Seattle area and encouraged us to visit our local shops to talk with the very informative staff. We learned that there are a number of fly shops in the area that are very welcoming to newcomers and eager to assist with helping people navigate through the details and methods of fishing for a variety of different species of game fish. Each of the ladies also signed up for receiving updates on local fishing events from Karlie’s women’s fly fishing program through Emerald Water Anglers fly shop in West Seattle. For more information on these programs check out this link

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It was an exceptionally fun day at the park and some of the ladies even got together afterwards for a pint at Peddler Brewing to chat about fishing with each other and with the instructors.

I’m sure that many of the ladies were thinking just as I was, that we can’t wait get out on the water and continue to practice our skills in the hopes of sending out that perfect cast and hearing those magical words ‘fish on’.

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Far Bank Ent.| Softgoods Product Developer / SheJumper

4/19/2017

Photo Credit: Julie Cyr

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SheJumps trail running and nature work out May 8th

Join SheJumps and WILD Wellness at McConnell’s Mills State Park for a trail run and outdoor workout where you’ll use nature to build strength and balance. Run by waterfalls and through the glacial-carved Slippery Rock Gorge as you adventure along the trail for a nature-inspired workout! The event be a great introduction to trail running and outdoor workouts to women of all ages and skill levels.

Pre-registration is required, and event will run rain or shine. Click here to sign up.

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6:00-6:15- Check in and get ready to head out. We will head out at 6:15 so please be ready to
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6:15-7:30- Trail run + workout

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What to wear and bring- Be prepared to be outside. Appropriate running shoes are required.

Get the girls out Sugarloaf Recap

Sunday March 26th brought a beautiful bluebird day of skiing to the Carabasset Valley of Maine.

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Nine women and girls gathered for the first Get the Girls Out event in Maine with the intent of sharing a beautiful day of spring skiing together.
New friendships were made and many trails were ripped up in the effort to push one another to new heights. Many agreed that having girlfriends to get outdoors with makes it so much better!!

Maddie Killian boasted the fact that she had skied Gondi Line from top to bottom- the most challenging trail she had skied to date.
All of the ladies are looking forward to the next She Jumps event in Maine. Lots of happy sun shiny faces on this day! What a fun event!!

Thank you to all of our partners that donated to the raffle and our partners who donated to the swag bags, EcoLips, Treeline Coffee, and COOLA.  We are so excited to see the North East growing and can’t wait to see you all at future events! Make sure to join our Facebook page by clicking here!

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SheJumps Seattle How To: Planning a Spring Ski Traverse – Recap

On March 14, SheJumps and Second Ascent partnered to host How To: Planning a Spring Ski Traverse. Shane Robinson, a local AMGA certified ski guide with Pro Guiding Service, led the discussion with over 70 men and women in the audience. While drinking beers and cider from Two Beers Brewing Co. and Seattle Cider Co., we listened to Shane discuss the important steps to prepare and execute an overnight tour. He shared recommendations for gear, specifically tents, backpacks, and clothes (down booties!). He also gave tips on ways to carry water, how to set up snow camps, and so much more. Shane had us all drooling over beautiful photos from past ski tours all over the Pacific Northwest. Many of us left the talk itching to get out and explore.

In the second half of the night, Shane taught us how to use Mountain Hub App (previously Avatech), a powerful trip planning tool that provides users the ability to look at slope angle, aspect, and calculate running time, among other important trip planning details. He shared a Spearhead Traverse trip plan and map to show us the power of app. All participants that preregister received a code for a free month on premium on Mountain Hub, which allows them to play with the tools we discussed. Thanks Mountain Hub!

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the event. We are so grateful to Andrew and the staff at Second Ascent for helping make the event go smoothly. It is such a treat to work with you all. Also, we want to shout out to Caity and our friends at Two Beers Brewing Co. and Seattle Cider Co. who offer unwavering support for SheJumps and our events by donating drinks. We feel fortunate to work with such awesome local companies. Please support them! Again, thanks to Mountain Hub for offering the free trails as well.

Lastly, thank you to Shane Robinson for taking the time to share his extensive touring knowledge with us. Check out http://www.proguiding.com/ for upcoming trips with him!

Sarah McCroy

Seattle Ambassador 

4/10/2017

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Changing States: Fresh Tracks and Clarity in the Mountains

Written by: Jen Edney

I wake up in the darkness. The sun has not yet risen and the world is almost silent. I hear the fire crackling as the smell of coffee drifts up to the loft where I’ve been sleeping. I climb down the ladder to greet the new day, trading in my sea legs for ski legs. Grabbing a cup of coffee and my big Patagonia puffy down jacket, I head outside to breathe in the fresh mountain air. I inhale. I exhale. I close my eyes.

Step, breath. Step, breath. Step, breath. Five women stepping in sync with our guide, silence beyond the crunching of the snow underfoot. The pace is brisk; beads of sweat are starting to form under my beanie. I’m breathing hard and my mind is focused. It’s a magnificent winter wonderland out here. The mountains surround me, and I get a similar feeling to when I am on a boat offshore with only blue water and the horizon as far as the eye can see. I try to remind myself to lift my head, look around and take in the scenery as we head towards the summit of McMillan, about 12,805 ft, our goal for today.

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The past two days have been a buildup to the big climb, with some serious class time, field work, safety lessons… but not devoid of entertainment, laughter and heartfelt moments. Our guide, Karen Bockel, an AMGA Certified Rock and Certified Ski Guide—also described as an “Extraordinary Baddass”—expressed her love of manual labor in the form of chopping wood and digging snow pits, always with that big grin on her face. Her love for the mountains came through with everything she said and did, and her energy set the tone for the rest of us.

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Our skin-applying capabilities improved with each day, as did our confidence in skiing variable terrain. One of the most memorable was a tree run: my right ski popped off in the second turn. I wiped out, and luckily a tree caught my runaway ski before it could disappear until spring. I was laughing and decided it was the perfect time to test my slalom abilities. I mean, I’ve done it on water, how hard could it be on snow? It was wobbly and not super-chic, but I made it to Karen with my ski and continued on for the day. Over the next couple days we would ski various snow pack and on one incredible pitch the Chicks tagged the Red Mountain Pass with some fresh tracks.

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Each evening when we got back to the hut, the chores would be tackled before everyone settled in for the night. This included chopping wood and collecting snow to be melted for water. One night I went out with Dara and the sled in tow to help gather snow. On the way back to the cabin I had a misstep and went tumbling over! I heard laughter from the deck of the cabin as my theatrics were seen by most of the crew and we all had a good laugh, myself included. We brought the snow in to be melted and boiled for drinking water, shoveling snow from the bag into the big pot sitting on top the wood-fired stove. Each evening, fresh stack of firewood is laid next to the stove, skins are hung and boots laid out to dry. We all gather around Karen for a lecture on avalanche safety and to discuss the plan and goals for the next day. As dinner is prepared, the smell of curry permeates throughout the hut as we gather around the stove to share a meal and stories into the night. The topics range from travel adventures, work, family and near death experiences.

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The self-confidence, the satisfaction of overcoming challenges and sense of camaraderie that come out of situations like this are unprecedented. It is because of groups and communities like Chicks With Picks that so many women fine safety, comfort, fulfillment in the outdoors and a connection with the mountains and mother nature.

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Inhale. Exhale. Staring out at the mountains, breathing in the cool mountain air, recapping the past few days I think about my own story and how we all have our own stories to tell. No matter how vastly different the life stories are for the women out here, they have led each one of us here. We were all driven to this moment, stepping in sync, facing the same challenges. We are all here for different reasons, we will all walk away with different lessons, yet we will remain connected through shared experiences.

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Inhale. Exhale. I close my eyes. I realize that i’ve never truly owned my own story. There’s always been an underlying feeling of embarrassment, insecurity, shame and self-doubt. The visions come back. I wake up in the darkness. I am in the water, helpless, I can’t move my body. A man picks me up from under my shoulders setting me on the boat, darkness surrounds me as he silently walks away. February 14th, while many are focused on what flowers they are going to get or planning dates with their loved ones, this is the vision that plays over in my mind. That is the only memory I have of the day that I was drugged, raped, badly bruised and nearly drowned eight years ago. I was halfway around the world, away from any family and close friends, while working on my first adventure story. This story would begin my career as an adventure photographer and ultimately define my path and how I see things today.

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After my physical wounds healed and I had some time to process everything, I realized I had two choices: go back home or continue on with the story. I decided to continue, hopped onboard a 30ft catamaran with two other crew and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. I had never sailed or been offshore before. I got my ass kicked many times, I was sea sick, I was scared, I was humbled and I was mesmerized. Throughout that two-month journey, with many nights alone with my thoughts on watch and many miles after that, I was able to transition my thoughts and energy from “Why did that happen to me?” to “Wow, I’m so lucky and grateful to be alive.” I went from being angry, emotional, lost and sad to forgiving, thankful, faith-filled, passionate and resilient. It was through experiencing the fury, the calm, the beauty and the mystery of the ocean that changed my perspective, saved me and ultimately brought me home (mentally and physically). I am forever and always will be connected with her. I was able to pull my focus from what had happened and pour it into the challenges I was facing at sea.

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Inhale. Exhale. I open my eyes. Tears roll down my cheek as if they are memories trying to sneak out. I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to be where I am, to be taking in this beautiful scenery and grateful to be alive. For some reason, in this simple moment, surrounded by the beautiful landscape, solitude and comfort of new friends, amidst new challenges, I finally accept it. I feel this overwhelming sense of peace. I finally accept my story and love for myself. I look out upon the mountains and the weight lifts and my restless spirit calms. I know I am where I belong. As my tears make their final descent into the purity of snow beneath me, my head is clear and my heart is full.

Thoughts from a high school halfpipe skier…

Eva, a high school student at the Sage School in Hailey, Idaho, recently co-hosted a SheJumps event as a part of her senior project.  She spent months planning and preparing for her Night Fat-Bike Riding Event and it was a huge success!  Though the temperatures dropped far below a comfortable level, the overall experience of the organized event was worth the (nearly) frozen toes. The 15 woman that showed up to the Fat Tire biking Event in Sun Valley shared the trail with smiles all the way! (Yeah Eva!)

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In addition to hosting her event, below is a blog post reflecting her own thoughts as a female athlete and what drew her to choose SheJumps as a part of her senior community service project.  Here’s Eva…

“I joined the freestyle ski team in seventh grade, excited about what the program may offer. Every weekend, at 10 a.m. on top of Baldy Mountain, a group of girls would convene and ski together until 2:00, learning tricks of the trade all the way. Two years later, I decided to move onto the slopestyle and halfpipe team, expecting my experience to be equally as fun: doing what I loved with people who felt the same way.

However this was not the situation that presented itself to me.

I skied on a team that was made up of all boys, and was hopeful to become friends with them eventually. But as weeks passed, I still rode up on the chairlift alone each day. I loved skiing, but sharing that love was the reason I had joined team (aside from the desire to improve). Slowly, I started disliking skiing because it was a new origin of insecurity for me. Something that used to be so freeing became a burden because of my constant need for approval. I developed such a strong fear of failure that I stopped trying at all.

After a while, I began training on my own, seeking to regain purpose as to why I loved the sport to begin with: and I found it. Skiing is something that brings me outside the busy-ness of my mind, it is something that can be shared with people I love, or complete strangers, and most of all, it brings a level of happiness that is almost incomparable to anything else in life.

Now, the slopestyle and halfpipe team is filled with nearly the same amount of young girls as boys. Although I of course do not credit myself fully for this, it is inspiring to know that seeing me ski may have inspired a young generation of girls to pursue the sport as well.

When I first discovered the SheJumps Program, it was hard to believe I hadn’t known about it in the past. Girls are more prone to self judgment (especially during adolescence), and the fear of failure too often overrides the desire to push boundaries. Because of this, we are doubted, and we doubt ourselves: making it all the less likely to pursue outdoor and challenging sports. However, with the support and non- judging environment that SheJumps events promote, girls and women are given the opportunity to realize that we can do anything we set our mind to, and previous failure does not determine future success.

All the while having a blast, being active, and meeting new friends in the great outdoors!”

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Dream Line

Written by: Meg Smith

Ever since I was a teenager in junior high I’ve dreamed of skiing big steep Alaska lines. Born and raised just north of Philly that dream seemed pretty far out of range. Sure enough 11 years later I had figured it out and made my way to living in Alaska. Everyday I live here I drool over amazing aesthetic ski lines that are enormous. A lot these lines I look at are extremely intimidating, “don’t fall or you will die” lines.

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There is one line on one particular mountain that I have dreamed of since I’ve laid eyes on her 5 years ago when I moved here. To me this is the big Alaskan line I dreamed of skiing my entire life. Even though I really wanted to ski it, I had no idea if I would actually be able to. In fact, as the years went on I doubted it. Over the last 5 years I’ve looked at it several times and just didn’t know if it was possible for me. Would I be strong enough to climb to it? Can I keep up with my partners? And if I am strong enough for that, would I still have the legs to ski it? Can I even ski such a line with fresh heli legs?

February 2nd 2017 – I stood on the ridge line next to Wolverine called Eddies. As we were getting ready to open up Eddies after a storm cycle, I spotted tracks that had just got laid on the back face of Wolverine. I was blown away! I personally had not seen or heard of anyone skiing this and to see those lines was so badass. While I was standing on the ridge, I asked myself again – can I do that? I reeeeally want to but that doesn’t mean I successfully can. I wasn’t sure, asking myself those same questions.

From our day at Kickstep.

From our day at Kickstep.

Through the last month, I have continued to go on long and challenging ski tours. Pushing myself to be stronger and stronger, skiing bigger lines and get some sluff management practice simply because that is what is fun to me. I’ve teamed up with a solid crew and skied some new lines in the library, and then had a great day skiing Kickstep for the first time. I was really proud of myself for skiing Kickstep, that was a huge accomplishment for me. Kickstep is no little tour or line. One of those “don’t fall or you will die” adventure skis with a lot of really fun turns. That is literally what my buddy told me radioing to me as I was about to drop. “Hey Meg, it’s good. Just don’t fall or you will die.” Thanks Josh!

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On Kickstep, dropping…

Driving home from Kickstep, the boys asked what we were skiing next as we happened to be driving by Wolverine and I was staring at that dreamy face like I always do. It was the right aspect for the current conditions so I said it… “Wolverine – the far back face.”

Heading up Wolverine.

Heading up Wolverine.

March 10th 2017 – I very successfully skied Wolverine. We skied fall line from the highest point on the back W/SW face. It truly was a dream come true. 5 years after I laid eyes on it and 5 weeks after I stood on the ridge next to it seriously contemplating if I could do it. That is the first time I have ever had the same feeling I do before I am about to run a class V rapid and realized it is class V skiing. I loved every second of it. True bliss.

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Dropping!

Dreams do come true. No matter how far you have to reach just keep going for it!

SheJumps Get the Girls Out at Crystal Mountain 2017 – Recap

In our most multi-generational turnout yet, Girafficorns of all ages came out in force Sunday morning at Crystal Mountain for a day of fun, games, shred and swag!
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Registration and tutu making took place in the Bullwheel, followed by a partial group picture on the patio. Following 3 days of torrential rain, the clouds were chased away by 100 plus ladies equipped with smiles, stoke, tutus and onesies.
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We split into interest and ability based groups which took over the mountain. “Queens of the Greens” searched the green runs to punch their passports. Little shredders ripped the “obstacle race course” on Disco. Our “Hill Crawlers” covered the mountain with a mobile picnic.  The Crystal Mountain Patrol gave a tour of the Ski Patrol facilities, and all groups tore up the slopes.
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After lunch at the Campbell Basin Lodge, the ladies of the pro patrol conducted an outdoor interactive mountain/ski safety seminar with lots of giggles in between great info. With of course, another group photo!
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No gathering of Girafficorns is complete without an Apre’, which was held on the patio with refreshments. While the adults purchased raffle tickets and enjoyed beverages, the 35 plus kids in attendance had fun sacrificing a unicorn piñata.   This was followed up with a youth swag giveaway where every kid got a gift!
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We moved on to our fundraising “chance drawing” for the adults sponsored by all of these wonderful folks, where a great time was had by all!

Cheryl Kochevar

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3/21/2017Special thanks to our 2 amazing photographers Blake Kremer and Ryan French who were everywhere for the action, and to all of the volunteers who made this happen!Big thanks to all of our sponsors!

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Starting from the Ground Up: DU Freeride Team

Written by: Anna Bernard

To build something up from the ground is rarely easy. To do it with class, ease and even steeze is less common. The three women behind the University of Denver’s Freeride Club broke boundaries by creating one of the most inclusive and fast-growing clubs the university has yet to see.

With already 40 members in the club’s first year, co-founders, Jill Thomas, Alisa Braun and Rachel Ryan helped kick the team into motion, despite being completely new to the freeride realm of skiing.

Rachel Ryan, Alisa Braun and Jill Thomas tabling at the club’s first-ever Rail Jam. 2017. Photo: Alisa Braun.

Rachel Ryan, Alisa Braun and Jill Thomas tabling at the club’s first-ever Rail Jam. 2017. Photo: Alisa Braun.

“The idea of the club happened last year, I knew there was a big community at DU of awesome skiers and I wanted there to be a platform for all of us to be connected,” said Thomas. “A bunch of people had tried to start this club, it had just never been pushed enough to get approved by the school. All three of us were new to freeride and big-mountain.”

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Jill Thomas getting air at Copper Mountain. 2017. Photo: Jill Thomas.

While the original intent was to get a women’s team going, the trio realized there was a greater need to include everyone, not just the girls. “We all want to ski together and there is such an opportunity to learn off of each other, it just felt like it made the most sense to include everyone,” said Ryan.

The club is a concoction of male and female riders, skiers and snowboarders; athletes new to freeride, as well as riders who are sponsored and have been at it for years. With every story, all three women always came back to the same point: it’s a community, it’s a family, and ultimately, a huge group of snow-seeking kids having fun.

Some of the team enjoying warm days at Arapahoe Basin. 2016. Photo: Jill Thomas.

Some of the team enjoying warm days at Arapahoe Basin. 2016. Photo: Jill Thomas.

“We want to build people up, help them out and build community,” said Thomas. “At our practices, the best part for me is just seeing where everyone is at and getting so excited for them. Even if you land a trick that is new to you and maybe not the hardest trick, the entire team is on their feet cheering you on, stoked that you landed it.”

Of course, with new beginnings, challenges are seemingly present at every corner. While the club has gained immense popularity both by the campus as well as the Red Bull Bracket Reel, DU Freeride has been a road of trial and error.

“The hardest is that we have this vision of how we want things to be, and know what we want to accomplish by seeing all of these incredible athletes and organizations like SheJumps, and we know we are so close to making this dream so awesome, and sometimes it falls short, which is really difficult,” said Braun. “But we also try to keep in mind that we’ve never done this before.”

While success doesn’t come overnight, the team itself seems to have an incredible strong start. Meeting the goals of so many different athletes is challenging, regardless how new the team is, but finding the sense of community as quickly and as genuine as DU Freeride has, seemed natural.

“When we had our first practice and I saw everyone encouraging each other, it was such a genuine moment of community to see everyone helping each other out, that was when I knew we did it, we helped make this happen.” said Thomas “This community right here is what it’s all about.”

Ryan explained how she used to get so frustrated when skiing with her guy friends, never being able to understand why she couldn’t hit cliffs or rails the way the boys did, despite her desire to.

Some of the ladies of DU Freeride at Jackson Hole. 2017. Photo: Jill Thomas.

Some of the ladies of DU Freeride at Jackson Hole. 2017. Photo: Jill Thomas.

“There was an article where Angel Collinson discusses the differences between male and female skiers,” said Ryan. “And she just discussed how the mentality might just be a little bit different but that’s okay, women are just as rad as guys…there isn’t this huge disparity. It just stresses on that mentality that we can do anything a guy can do…it might be a different process and that is totally okay. The community supports that, each person is likely to take a different approach to their line and that is completely welcome.”

These women clearly couldn’t imagine a life without this sport and want to create a club that students at DU couldn’t imagine their college experience without. Regardless of gender, skill or style, the DU Freeride team wants skiers and riders to share that passion and to grow with one another.

SheJumps edition: Mountain Madness AIARE Level 1 Course – Recap

The weekend of February 11th and 12th, Highway 2 to Stevens Pass opened just in time for participants in the Mountain Madness SheJumps AIARE 1 class to head to the mountains. This year there were two sections of the Mountain Madness SheJumps class, one that did their field days at Mt. Rainier National Park and the other at Stevens Pass. We all did our lecture days together on January 25th and 26th at the Evo headquarters in Seattle.

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The group of ladies participating in the Stevens Pass portion of the course was fairly diverse in backcountry experience. We even had three splitboarding rockstar ladies! Some folks had never put their skins on or toured, while others had bagged summits of Mt. Adams or done many weekend tours at the passes. One might expect that with such a variety of experience it might cause frustration or confusion, but what was special about this group of women was the encouragement and excitement about just being outside. Many women shared stories or tips from previous tours, and everyone brought a positive and non-judgmental attitude to learning.

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The first day began with a meeting in the Stevens lodge where we all introduced ourselves, our experience, and our reasons for taking the course. I found it really interesting to hear everyone’s story and realize how many potential partners were sitting in the room. I enjoyed hearing that most of our reasons for getting out in the backcountry were for ourselves- of course for recreation and adventure- but even more than that, it was a place to create community and fulfill a connection to the outdoors we might not get in other parts of our lives.

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The positivity of the course and tone of the weekend was most certainly set by the two wonderful field instructors we had, Lyra Pierotti and Solveig Waterfall. These two women led our group with enthusiasm and kindness, showing us that backcountry travel was for anyone. They answered any and all questions related to the backcountry, including what to pack or how to plan. They showed a sense of openness when talking about their experiences, even while telling us of their accomplishments in skiing and mountaineering. Lyra and Solveig emphasized that ski touring was about having fun, walking in the mountains, staying safe, and sometimes skiing. It was about eating lots of chocolate and learning about your surroundings and more of the story of the snowpack each time you went out. By the end of the course, I think all participants could tell how much Lyra and Solveig loved the snow, certainly for skiing, but also just as part of our natural world.

After introductions inside we headed out and skinned up to Grace Lakes to talk about companion rescue. We practiced digging many times and by the end of the day the area we were in looked completely destroyed!

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At the end of the first day we returned to the lodge to check in about our tour for the next day. We also discussed resources and tools to use while planning our own backcountry tours after class, including GAIA GPS, Avenza PDF maps, Hillmap and CalTopo. Everyone left enthusiastic about traveling a bit further the next day.

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Our tour for Day 2 was towards Skyline Ridge, a popular tour, especially on a Sunny Sunday. Somehow traveling with a group of 12 rainbow colored women made me feel like a superhero! Once we got up to Skyline Lake we learned how to dig pits and some basics of snow profiles. We ended the day by skiing back down the way we came and straight into the lodge to debrief over french fries and beer!

Photo Credit for the wonderful photos: Adrienne Salzwedel.

Lauren Glass 

SheJumper

3/17/2017

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