Recap: Autumn Sunrise Hike at Mount Monadnock

Jaimee Rondeau, Northeast Ambassador (NH)

Alarms went off early the morning of our hike, women and girls from all over woke up bright-eyed to meet at Mount Monadnock to gear up for a sunrise hike. With clouds in the forecast we knew the skies may be gray, but the energy of our group of 24 was contagious. We set off at 4:30 a.m., a winding trail of headlamps in the mist.

Hiking at night can prove more technical than hikes in the light. The pace is slower, there are more safety considerations, more precautions taken. When the first blaze was spotted, we all stopped to discuss orienting ourselves in the darkness, what signs to look for on the trails, and the importance of looking out for one another. The connection to the outdoors was undeniable, however, and the quietness of the forest is unlike any other time of day.

 

The summit was reached after about two hours on the trail – gray skies were not the picture perfect sunrise we hoped for and visibility was pretty terrible – but moments like that make groups bond and jokes flow. “Are we on the moon?” “Does the sun even exist anymore?” The accomplishment, not only by women of all experience levels but also an eight year old, two eleven year olds, and a thirteen year old, was awesome to witness. “Hiking in the foggy dark was definitely the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done without being able to see more than a foot in front of me,” commented Melissa Traverse. “It was a wonderful adventure with a few lessons for life on the ground.”

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Just choosing to go for it is half the battle. Night hikes can be intimidating to even the most experienced hikers, making this group atmosphere a perfect introductory. There were encouragements along the entire trail, women helping each other through difficult sections and lending a hand down the steep spots. “Thanks for getting us to push our limits,” said one of our hikers.

“Hiking in perfect weather is irrelevant. You create your “perfect” with likeminded kicka$$ ladies! Even though our sunrise hike ended up being “sunless” it was magical nonetheless. Thanks to SheJumps for being such a great outdoors advocate and pushing us to do what we love,” commented participant Julie Theriault.

Topics of this hike included a review of the ten essentials, layering, safe hiking techniques for wet weather, and more. “We can’t wait for the next one,” said Sonja Kraus.

A special thanks to Eco Lips, Treeline Coffee Roasters, and Misadventures Magazine for providing goodies for our participants, and our national partners: Essential Wipes, Mountain Hub, Big Agnes, Krimson Klover, Mountain Khakis, Rumpl, Western Rise, SunSki, Wild Rye, Coola, Adventure Medical Kits, Sun Day Afternoons, Toad & Co., Camber Outdoors, Selkirk Lodge, Arc’Teryx, Powder House Ski Shop, The Mountaineers, Alta, Karakoram, Hike It Baby, Wave Foundation, and Play Hard Give Back. And a big appreciation to all of the women and girls who joined us for this event – thank you!

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Save the Date…. WAX & WINE: Get Tuned at Habitat 11/16/17

SAVE THE DATE!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017

6:30-9PM

SheJumps WAX & WINE at Habitat is back!

Dust off the skis and boards and join SheJumps for a pre-season stoke party and Get Tuned night at Habitat in Driggs for all the ladies of the Tetons. Little girls, big girls, old girls and everyone in between are welcome!

We’re excited to be partnering with Habitat and Grand Targhee Resort for an awesome evening of education and celebration of the upcoming season. We’ll cover the basics of waxing and fundamental tuning to get your gear ready to shred and then get psyched for the season with libations, good grub, and a RAFFLE all while watching some of the word’s best lady-athletes in Lynsey Dyer’s Pretty Faces film.

The Wax/Tune portion of the evening is limited to 12 partcipants however, the party is open to all and ALL are welcome! We will start the demonstration at 6:45pm with opportunity for women to work on their own gear afterwards.

Can’t wait to see you there!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

JH Wild Skills 2017 Recap

 

Written by Lauren Hugo: Regional Coordinator for WY and Teton Valley

The Ladies of the Tetons made history on September 23 for our first ever Wild Skills camp for girls in Jackson.  Mother Nature sent winter our way early this year and even a week of snow, sleet, slush, and wind couldn’t stop the astounding population of Girraficorns from showing up!  Despite the week of fickle weather and last minute plan changes, the stoke was high and 77 girls, ages 6-12, and nearly 40 volunteers came together for a day of learning, laughing, dancing, and playing together with the goal of gaining the basic outdoor skills necessary to adventure in the mountains.  We’re proud to say that this turnout may be a record for Wild Skills!

Stoke was high as the morning began for the Girafficorns

Stoke was high as the morning began for the Girafficorns

SheJumps volunteers got up with the sun and worked hard to get the Dancers’ Workshop at the  Center for the Arts prepped for a day of teaching and learning.  Fueled by coffee generously donated from Snake River Roasting Co. and bagels and cream cheese from Pearl St. Bagels, the volunteers welcomed the little ladies at 9am and quickly got them decked out in Girraficorn paraphernalia and introduced them to their new friends and adventure sisters for the day.

After an invigorating warm up session of yoga, snow dances, and team pyramids, the girls joined their teams (grouped by ages) and set off on a Wild Skills expedition.  Each group rotated through the various stations designed to introduce them to the technical and survival skills necessary for outdoor adventuring–First Aid, Navigation, Leave No Trace/10 Essentials, Shelter Building, and Staying Warm.  We were so fortunate to have every station “womanned” by amazing and experienced volunteers to teach and serve as role models for the girls.

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Navigation skills are essential to successful travel in the mountains

Pam Bode, Resources Staff Officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, did an excellent job teaching the participants the fundamentals of navigation and map-reading with the support of SheJumps Ambassadors Betsy Manero (Teton Valley) and Laraine Martin (Steamboat Springs, CO).  Girls learned how to read topographic maps and use their compasses to put “Red in the Shed” to find true north.

Pam Bode of the Bridger Teton National Forest teaches the ladies the fundamentals of navigation

Pam Bode of the Bridger Teton National Forest teaches the ladies the fundamentals of navigation

The Shelter Building and Staying Warm stations were led by local experts, Chelsea Phillippe and Chris Snell, both National Forest Service Wilderness Rangers on the Bridger Teton National Forest.  Considering the Tetons were receiving their first snows of the seasons, it was especially important the girls know how to construct shelters and stay warm in the elements.

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National Forest Wilderness Rangers, Chris Snell and Chelsea Phillippe teach girls how to stay warm

The little Girraficorns also learned the basics of First Aid led by Emergency Physician, Lizzie Asher, and how to Leave No Trace with master LNT practician, Alyssa Kaelin.

Our volunteer crew was phenomenal and we could never have pulled off such a successful day without their commitment, passion, expertise, and willingness to show up.  We had an incredible turnout of ladies from the local community, including but not limited to: the Jackson Hole Babe Force, Backcountry Zero, Teton County SAR, Guides,  professional skiers, local doctors and nurses, teachers, girl scout leaders, fire-fighters, and moms.  We want to sincerely thank you and unabashedly say that WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU.

Thanks also to all of our locals partners who contributed their time, space, and resources:

The Center for the Arts

Dancers Workshop

One22 Jackson Hole

The Community Resource Center of Teton Valley

Moe’s Original BBQ

Pearl St. Bagels

Snake River Brewery

Pinky G’s Pizza

Snake River Roasting Company

First Western Jackson Hole

Jumping Girraficorns!

Jumping Girraficorns!

Keep your eyes peeled for Winter Wild Skills in Jackson in the near future!

 

SheJumps Trapshooting at Boise Gun Club

For the second year in a row, a group of energetic and eager-to-learn women showed up at the Boise Gun Club to experience the art of trapshooting. We started in the clubhouse getting the basics of gun safety, gun mechanics, and opportunities for women in the sport from Liz, resident trap shooter and advocate for women in the outdoors.

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Volunteer, Lahoma Turner, gives a group on woman instruction.

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Volunteer, Liz McCleod, with a participant after a successful shot.

The gun club donated two posts and tickets to shoot. They also provided 6 volunteers who brought their own personal guns for us to try and who generously gave us plenty of pointers. Although it was a crisp fall evening and our fingertips started to get just a little chilly, it was a gorgeous night for shooting as the sun set on the high Idaho desert around us. There were plenty of hoots and hollers as ladies shot their first clay pigeon and cold beers were cracked back at the clubhouse as new friends exchanged numbers.

We couldn’t be more thankful for Liz and the rest of the Boise Gun club for donating their time and space and for helping us organize such a fun and positive event. We’re looking forward to seeing some new female participants in the local trapshooting competitions!

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Sunset over the high Boise desert

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RECAP: SheJumps Trail Running 101 in Patapsco

Article by Sarah Boisen, Southeast Ambassador

Despite waking up to soggy skies, the warm, golden beauty of fall came out in full force for an intimate group of runners attending the SheJumps Trail Running 101 event in Patapsco State Park.

After getting acquainted, group members of varying experience levels discovered that they were connected by a shared love for the outdoors and an eagerness to gain new skills alongside similarly adventurous women.

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Experienced runners shared stories of personal growth and accomplishment found with each mile logged on the trail. They testified to the strength of the region’s trail running community remarking that it embraces its members with enthusiasm and of course, plenty of snacks.

Participants also discussed the importance of sharing the stoke with others, noting that a little bit of encouragement often helps to push someone to accomplish a running feat they never realized they were capable of. The ladies then chatted about what sets trail running apart from road running with regard to pacing—many were pleasantly surprised to find that if you want, it’s a-okay to walk!

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Ladies hanging out at the Girafficorn stand!

Sufficiently stoked, the gals were more than eager to set out with their new running buddies to adventure below the beautiful fall foliage. Maryland’s Patapsco boasts 14,000 acres of lush wilderness, so the group had endless routes to explore!

Post-run, participants were all sweaty smiles as they enjoyed snacks and hydration (and peeked through their swag bags!) while discussing the importance of fueling while on and off the trail.

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Gorgeous waterfalls are scattered throughout Patapsco State Park. These ladies picked a great rest stop!

We’d love to give a big thanks to local Maryland partner CorCycle for helping SheJumps to put on this fantastic Outdoor Social event and for generously donating post-run treats to participants! We’d also like to thank our national partners Eco Lips, Big Agnes, Treeline Coffee Roasters, Mountain Wipes and Coola for the fabulous swag.
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Fueling and happy!

A special shout out to each of the ladies that made the time to come out and connect with one another while scampering through the dirt. We are endlessly appreciative of your support and can’t wait to bring more educational events to you as our region continues to grow, cheers!

 

 

Mountain Biking in Carrabassett Valley-Recap

October 14 and 15th brought some of the best fall riding weather of the year to the Carrabassett Valley. Sunny skies and mild temps were in store for the 15 women who attended the overnight mountain bike trip to Maine Huts and Trails Poplar Stream Hut.

The trails system offer a variety of challenges for all, including one untimely river swim facilitated by a low hanging branch. Another rider had derailleur issues that necessitated a quick visit to the Carrabassett Valley bike shop for repair and a bike rental to carry on. Big shout out to Bob Ash for his expertise in getting our rider back on the saddle.

A long day of riding on Saturday was rewarded by a gourmet family style dinner provided by our hosts at Poplar Stream Hut, Adam and Alec, followed by a energy tour of the facility and its self sustaining operations. A warm fire capped the evening before a restful nights sleep. Sunday arrived with the threat of rain that luckily held off and broke to a gorgeous sunny afternoon. Many smiles were seen when riders finished two challenging days of trail riding and personal achievements.

Many thanks to Sue Clifford and Meridith McFarland for their assistance in this event! Also thanks to Ecolips and Treeline Coffee for providing goodies for our attendees. A huge thank you to Maine Huts and Trails for providing a spectacular venue for this event!

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Wild Skills Bellingham – 2017 Recap

Mountain bikes, ramps, and  jumps  – OH MY! Over 45 girls and 25 volunteers took over Lake Padden Park in Bellingham, WA on August 26th to embark on a day full of shelter building, navigation, first aid, 10 Essentials, and mountain biking. Volunteers were welcomed with hot coffee and a variety of scones thanks to a local coffee spot  Woods Coffee, who donated all the coffee and baked goods.

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The Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department donated their shelter and field space which was perfect for registration, setting up all the breakout areas, and regrouping for lunch in the shade.

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As the 45+ girls started to show up for their day of Wild Skills, Minta Allred, yoga teacher and Embody Love Movement facilitator prepped for an amazing “wag your tail” yoga session that had the girls slithering like snakes and repeating to themselves “I AM SO STRONG”!  To say it was the most empowering and perfect way to start the day would be an understatement.

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The Mountain Biking course was donated by Chris Mellick, owner of RRAD Bikes, and his crew who volunteered their time to give the girls top notch bike inspection and technical training. The biking volunteers are a part of a local female mountain biking group called The Kona Supremes, their positive and passionate guidance gave the young Girafficorns the courage they needed to get through the course.

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Problem solving skills showed their full creativity as the girls navigated near the banks of Lake Padden, “saved each other’s lives” in First Aid, and learned how to make functional shelters.

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The 10 Essentials portion of the day had a special addition with colorful tenacious tape gear patches courtesy of another local Bellingham company – Gear Aid.

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The girls were all given goodie bags with several local sponsor’s swag. Huge thank you to Superfeet Worldwide Inc for the awesome Mountain hats, Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) for the rainbow sunglasses and Embody Love Movement for the tie-dye bracelets.

The girls left the day with new friendships, fun takeaways, and a contagious excitement to get outside and adventure!

Photos courtesy of: Christy Pelland and Shari Karber

Big thanks to all of the sponsors who helped make this happen!

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Bellingham Ambassador 

Shari Karber

 

Wild Skills Adventure: RMI Mountaineering Day School – Recap

On August 17th, SheJumps Wild Skills and RMI combined forces for a unique mountaineering school for girls ages 10-14. Throughout the day-long course, the team used Mt. Rainier’s lower slopes to learn and practice various techniques and skills necessary for climbing in glaciated terrain. RMI’s experienced guides, Gloria and Julie Anne, facilitated the instruction of key skills in mountaineering and showed participants the wonder of being in the mountains.

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As girls arrived at base camp in Ashford, we checked in with the gear shop for the rental items needed for the day. Each girl was outfitted with mountaineering boots (yes, the real deal plastic ones!), ice axe, crampons, harness, gaiters, helmet, avalanche transceiver and 1 triple-action locking carabiner. After everyone had the right gear we headed to RMI’s Mountain House for the morning meeting.

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The course officially began with a morning meeting including instruction from our guides – Gloria & Julie Ann, 10 Essentials and Leave No Trace lesson from our Wild Skills Director – Christy Pelland and Peter Whittaker – who started guiding at age 16 and recently completed his 250th summit of Rainier this July. Peter’s father, Lou Whittaker, co-founded RMI in 1969 with the vision of establishing a guide service that was dedicated to teaching as well as leading climbers. Today, Peter carries on the 45 year legacy by growing the company’s impact by supporting organizations such as SheJumps.

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After the meeting, the team did a gear check, loaded up and headed to Paradise at 5,400 ft elevation inside Mt. Rainier National Park – a 45 minute drive from the base camp area in Ashford. Upon arrival, the team put on Mountaineering boots and packed up all their gear, most packs weighing — lbs. After a lesson in how to properly carry an ice axe, we hit the Skyline trail heading up toward Golden Gate.

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If you’ve ever walked on pavement in mountaineering boots – you know what these girls were experiencing for the first part of the trek. They’re a bit awkward and definitely take some getting used to. Our team took the new experience in stride but admittedly just walking in the boots was most girl’s thorn of the day.

 

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The snow level was sitting right at 6400 ft which made for a long approach into a spot with enough snow coverage for us to play. At around noon, we reached our destination at Golden Gate situated between the Nisqually and Paradise Glaciers.

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The first part of the course was practicing proper techniques for traveling in snow. How to maintain balance, choosing the right step, reading the mountain and other skills needed to successfully travel in this terrain.

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Next the group worked on techniques for traveling uphill and then downhill. The guides made this even more fun by playing games such as Red light, Green light.

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Hands down the favorite part of the day was glissading! Glissading is the act of sliding down a steep slope of snow or ice with the support of an ice axe. We practiced many variations of falls which made for priceless entertainment and lots of laughs.

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This program took place thanks to a generous donation from Peter Whittaker and his partners at RMI. They support the work SheJumps does to get more girls and women into the mountains. We look forward to many more adventures with this team of talented adventurers!

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Special thanks to RMI Expeditions for sponsoring this program! Please check out all the amazing adventure RMI offers worldwide!

Wild Skills Adventure: Crystal Mountain – Recap

Written by Christy Pelland

On Thursday, August 10th, girls ages 6-18 and their families joined us for a Wild Skills Adventure at Crystal Mountain. SheJumps’ Wild Skills Adventures are open community events where parents/chaperones participate with the girls. Throughout the adventure, participants are introduced to a range of technical and survival skills girls need to get out and adventure.

The event start was a rolling one with groups showing up as they want between 9 am – 11am.
At registration they received a specialized Wild Skills Adventure map which guided them throughout the event. Here’s a look at the event starting at the base area with the gear check:

The Wild Skills Adventure Map for Crystal Mountain.

The Wild Skills Adventure Map for Crystal Mountain.

10 Essentials & Leave No Trace Station
Location: Base Area
Partner: Clif Kids

First stop of the day was 10 Essentials & Leave No Trace at the base area presented by Clif Kids. SheJumps ambassador, Cheryl Kochevar, a 10 Essentials pro at this point, did a gear check with each group, loaded them up with Clif Z bars and a journal as well as taught them how to protect the beautiful places they visit along the trail. After completed, they found their way over to the gondola for a ride to the summit.

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Mt. Rainier Natural History Station
Location: Summit area
Partner: Mt. Rainier National Park

After the laid back gondola ride, participants were treated to a full view of Mt. Rainier from the summit of Crystal Mountain topping out at an elevation of 6,872 feet. After soaking up the view, they traveled the ridge to the top of the Green Valley chair where Ranger Annie was waiting to teach them all about wildlife in our area. This station was presented by Mt. Rainier National Park.

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Ranger Annie teaches participants about wildlife viewing at the top of Green Valley.

Ranger Annie teaches participants about wildlife viewing at the top of Green Valley.

Mountain Safety & First Aid Station
Location: Lucky Shot/Powder Pass
Partner: Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol

After completing the tasks at the Mt. Rainier Station, girls followed the summer trail route to the next station Mountain Safety & First Aid presented by Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol. Professional ski patrollers, Michelle and Corey, helped the girls understand what they can do to stay safe on the mountain as well as what to do in an emergency.

Mt. Rainier is all her beauty.

Mt. Rainier is all her beauty.

Crystal Mountain Ski Patroller, Michelle, teaches the girls trail safety and first aid techniques.

Crystal Mountain Ski Patroller, Michelle, teaches the girls trail safety and first aid techniques.

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Water Purification & Outdoor Gadgets Station
Location: Elizabeth Lake
Partner: Yukon Trading Company

Halfway down the summer trail, groups encountered a small trail leading up to Elizabeth Lake where the Water Purification & Outdoor Gadgets Station presented by Yukon Trading Company was located. When you first arrived, Kevin Rinderle, gave you the breakdown of why we filter water and clearly represented all the bad stuff that can reside in water. Next, the girls got to filter water with Ultra-Light purification water bottles, a new product from Grayl that easily does the process for you. After filling water bottles, the girls learned how to use Jet Boil stoves to boil water and create their own hot chocolate treat. Special thanks to Yukon Trading Company for going above and beyond with this rad station that was a favorite of many I talked to!

Purifying water at Elizabeth Lake.

Purifying water at Elizabeth Lake.

Learning about diseases you can get from contaminated water with a little creative incentive.

Learning about diseases you can get from contaminated water with a little creative incentive.

Even on a 80 degree day - hot chocolate making was a hit!

Even on a 80 degree day – hot chocolate making was a hit!

Camping & Shelter Building Station

Location: Henskin Lake
Partner: Arc’teryx

Camping & Shelter Building located at Henskin Lake and presented by Arc’teryx Seattle was the last technical station the girls came across. This ended up being a great place for many groups to take an extended break – enjoying lunch and even some swimming. After recharging with snacks, they were greeted by the volunteer team who handed them a mixed bag of items and tasked with building a survival shelter. Each group was supervised by a volunteer team member and given tips & tricks throughout the building process. There were many creative solutions!

Henskin Lake the site of Arc'teryx's Shelter Building station.

Henskin Lake the site of Arc’teryx’s Shelter Building station.

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Lunch break in an alpine lake on a perfectly sunny day.

Lunch break in an alpine lake on a perfectly sunny day.

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Wrap Party!
Location: Base Area lawn
Partner: Crystal Mountain & SheJumps

The remainder of the trail passed through old growth forest, an old mining cave, waterfalls and even traverses a ski run called Gold Hills which participants could catch a glimpse of the wrap party. After completing the trail, girls were greeted with a high five, face painting, bracelet making, water balloons, treats, lawn games and a pinata smash! Upon completion of stations, girls received a sticker marking they did it, at the end of the trail girls showed their completed maps to volunteers for chance drawing ticket. The free drawing included fabulous prizes such as SheJumps swag and a skateboard!

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Wild Skills at Crystal Mountain was made possible thanks to our generous partners and by our dedicated and hard working PNW team of volunteers who gave their time to help make this an event the participants will never forget. Thank you to all who helped make this such a special event for these young ladies!

Special Thanks to our Adventure Stations Partners:
Clif Kids
Mt. Rainier National Park
Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol
Yukon Trading Company
Arc’teryx Seattle
Crystal Mountain Resort

Bradley’s Pro Shop Mt Equinox Hike and Yoga Recap

SheJumps had a hearty group of women join the challenging hike and summit yoga last Saturday in Manchester Vermont. WHAT IT RAINED? Did not bother us a bit, cause we worked up a sweat climbing up  the steeps and thoroughly enjoyed the sound of the trees in the drizzle.

Thanks to Bradley’s Pro shop for sponsoring the event and hosting us for some hard earned après treats at the shop.The work rain was never spoken throughout the entire day of hiking, although we did opt for yoga session inside the visitor summit at the top of Mt Equinox, which was warm, dry, and when our eyes weren’t closed , we coujld see the clouds from  all the windows.We had our chapstick from Ecolips and coffee from Tree line to make us happy!