Partner Profile: Munk Pack

If you’ve attended a Get the Girls Out this winter, chances are you’ve sampled some delicious protein packed gluten-free snacks from Munk Pack.

Munk Pack founders were always looking for portable, healthy, great tasting foods. “We wanted real food that was minimally processed, without the additives and fillers you find in most snacks.”

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Munk Pack envisions a world where happiness is cultivated through healthy eating, movement, and nature. This is something we can get behind at SheJumps. As jumpers, whether we’re heading out on a day hike, a bike ride, or a back country hut trip having the right fuel keeps our brains making great decisions and bodies going strong.

Munk Pack is proud to partner with SheJumps “Get the Girls Out!” program because we know the importance of community and encouragement. Here at Munk Pack we believe that getting outside and enjoying nature is an important part of living a happy life. We’re proud to partner with She Jumps’ “Get The Girls Out!” program and fuel the communities of awesome women and girls who are supporting and inspiring each other with our nutritious, on-the-go snacks.”

The company launched with squeeze packs of oatmeal and quinoa fruit squeezes. These delicious packs are easy to travel with and are great for a light snack during hikes and climbs. They’ve recently added yummy peanut butter chocolate chip, double dark chocolate, oatmeal raisin spice and coconut white chip macadamia cookies. The cookies pack a whopping 18 grams of protein and are vegan and gluten free. They’re a perfect snack or meal replacement for adventuring.

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Anyone with dietary restrictions will love the healthy ingredients, and anyone who doesn’t will enjoy their flavors and energy.

This year you can sample Munk Pack at one of our Get the Girls Out’s in your community, or grab your own by using the discount provided in our March newsletter.

“Let’s Hear it For the Girls” Lady Shred at Crotched Mountain Recap

It’s been an up and down winter season in the northeast this year with weather ranging from all-time highs to frigid lows, rain, wind, snow, and everything in between. Our Let’s Hear it For the Girls event at Crotched Mountain in Southern New Hampshire brought spring conditions to the mountain, and we made the most of the beautiful bluebird day we had outdoors.

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The day started with a ski and snowboard turning demo, where the participants ranging in ages from 13 on, learned tuning basics, techniques, and tools. The introduction was a great jumping off point for those of us who had never attempted tuning and also included tips for those who have been tuning and waxing for years. Everything from files, to stones, to scrapers, to wax was covered as well as basic base repair and edge work.

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Groups broke out into three levels, beginner to advanced, and were treated to some personalized on-snow education from two Crotched Mountain volunteers and the Crotched Mountain snow sports team. We had women skiing their first black diamond, learning to use touring set ups and skins for the first time, and seasoned skiers and snowboarders supporting the group in a social and confidence-building environment.

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A very big thank you to Crotched Mountain for hosting us and being incredibly accommodating – they offer some of the most fun skiing in southern New Hampshire.

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Thank you to our partners, Pret Helmets, Darn Tough, Skhoop, Mountain Khakis, and Crotched Mountain for their raffle contributions. And to Treeline Coffee and Eco Lips. We had some lucky winners!

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GTGO Berkshire East Recap

On February 3rd we held our 6th annual Get the Girls Out at Berkshire East Ski Resort. This has been the longest running event in the North East and is always a good time no matter the weather. This year we got lucky with good, but cold weather and good conditions!

Decked out in Hawaiian leis we split into groups by ability and headed out on the mountain. Women from all over New England come to this event and it is a great opportunity to meet others from all over. Many of these women come to other events as well and the Berkshire event has been the start for many becoming part of the SheJumps community!

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A chilly night brought everyone back in just in time for a raffle. We had amazing prizes from a COOLA skin care kit, Mountain Khakis gift cards, Pret ski helmet, Dueter backpack, Darn tough ski socks, Hestra gloves, Western Rise Gift card and gear from Berkshire East and the Alpine Sport Shop in NY. The prize on everyone’s mind was the K2 skis. The women that won those said she was going to win when she first arrived and sure enough she went home with them! Although not everyone won everyone got to try and Munk Pack cookie and the first 10 that signed up went home with a discount code for a Skhoop Skirt, Treeline Coffee, Eco Lips and more!

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After the raffle many went out to brave the cold weather again and the rest of us enjoyed having out in the Crazy Horse. It was great to see many new women come to this event and we can’t wait to see what the 7th year brings. A huge thank you to Berkshire East for all of their support and to all of our partners for making this event awesome.

To keep up to date with all events coming up check out our website or Facebook group!

SheJumps Snowshoe Adventure to Mt. Baker – Recap

Conditions were perfect for a sunny Sunday snowshoe up to Mt. Baker’s White Salmon Rd on February 11th.  The snowshoe trail is located on the hairpin turn just before the lower lodge ski area with breath-taking views of Mt. Skuksan it is a snowshoeing and cross-country skiing favorite in the winter months.


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Four volunteer leaders and 11 attendees met and grouped into vehicles to head up to our first stop at Wake n’ Bakery in Glacier.  Treats, coffee, and a final bathroom break before starting to snowshoe.  Majority of the 11 attendees had never gone snowshoeing before and were nervous and excited to tackle this new adventure.  Layered up and ready the group of Girafficorn’s embarked on their nearly 5 mile figure 8 trek through the snow.

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“If you can walk, you can snowshoe” said Shelly, one of the attendees and first time ‘snowshoer’ after about 20 steps into the trail.  Everyone was laughing and crunching along in the perfectly packed down snow.

We stopped to take in the views, soak in the sunshine, and enjoy time with our new friends.

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Huge thanks to our unofficial sponsor Superfeet Worldwide for giving each attendee a pair of TrailBlazer insoles!

SheJumps Ambassador 

Shari Karber

2/15/2018

GTGO at Stevens Pass 2018 – Recap

The snow dances paid off for the 4th annual Get the Girls Out at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort this year. On Saturday January 27 over 100 women and girls came out to ski and board together!

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Ladies started the day off making tutus in the Trailside Room and enjoyed snacks and refreshments from Munk Pack, KIND Snacks, Treeline Coffee Roasters, and Nuun Hydration. Everyone then gathered together for a group photo before splitting into groups to shred the mountain together. There were powder stashes and free refills all day!

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After lunch at the base some ladies gathered at the Mountain Education Center for snow safety demos. Ski Patrol did a demo with one of the avalanche dogs, Bailey. Everyone then got a chance to practice using avalanche beacons.  

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It was a great day on the hill! Lots of smiles and high fives!

 

 

 

 

The day wrapped up with apres and a raffle with tons of great swag items from our partners.

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The most stoked Girafficorn at the event won an awesome prize!

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SheJumps Volunteer 

Alana Espineli

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BIG Thanks to all of our sponsors!

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Leading the charge: Managing 70 volunteers in 5 time zones

In the beginning years of SheJumps, my narrative as the leader was foggy. The idea of SheJumps was still amoebic, taking shape over a series of emails from excited women and a collaboration of inspiration from my two co-founders, Lynsey (Dyer) and Vanessa (Pierce) who created a blog and the name SheJumps prior to me getting involved. We said yes to a lot of things, not knowing really how it could grow from there, but knowing that one foot in front of the other was at the backbone of our ethos. I thought that running this organization could be a side-project, but that I’d never have a “desk job” organizing people for outdoor pursuits.

"Back in the Day" 2009 the trio of co-founders at Alta Ski Area.

“Back in the Day” 2009 the trio of co-founders at Alta Ski Area.

Spiraling out from a not-so-groundbreaking-concept that women are a force of nature to be reckoned with, SheJumps had very grassroots beginnings. A lot of our success (and failures) stemmed from that theme. Not wanting to confine the women who wanted to be involved, yet personally scared I might lose any self-imagined edge I had as a burgeoning “pro skier”; the events, activities, and management of the organization was a daily practice without structure. A constant whirr of refreshing the inbox and struggling to keep on top of interest emails, I had no idea how to say “no” and no roadmap to determine if we were on the right path. What was our goal? While our mission seemed concrete enough, I thought that trying to grow the organization on my terms, void of any office or a set schedule, or even a boss could be sustainable.

Deciding to take the path less traveled meant some non-traditional office concepts.

Deciding to take the path less traveled meant some non-traditional office concepts.

In a lot of ways, this is what has brought SheJumps to the stage you see the organization in today. My story (and that of SheJumps) is one of living the tagline (What great thing would you dare to accomplish?) day in and day out. Too stubborn to let go, ask for help (even when it was staring me in the face), or create a structure that might—yikes—create too much structure, it took a physical act of nature to swipe me upside the head and see that it really was time to take a jump.

On May 6, 2012, I was skiing in the backcountry near Lake Louise ski area with my now-fiancé and his best friend. We had attempted to ski the Aemmer couloir two days before on my birthday. Thanks to a boot-fitting issue (read: excruciating pain), it was basically a 18 km round trip cross-country ski to the bottom of the couloir to figure out it wasn’t a good idea for me to continue. A quick overnight dump of snow on the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo pow, anyone?) had me excited to ski on the 6th, but I was tired and secretly yearning for a rest day. Well, when it snows in May you must ski, right? Especially when you are trying to impress someone. Maybe I should have listened to my intuition; then again if I had, I might not be writing this blog today.

Three turns into Dogleg (the name of the line we were skiing) and I hit something which stopped my ski and my entire body made a slow twisting fall, causing me to hear and feel a loud pop. I immediately knew something was very wrong.

Fast-forward 8 weeks later. I am on the couch at the Wildcat Chalet, where I work in the winters. Post knee injury, I did a life-inventory and realized: I had no home, no money, no health insurance, no structure. My plan for the summer had been to work catering gigs in Hood River until I had the funds to travel south and work as a ski guide for the winter in Chile. I had planned to camp, and didn’t even have all my belongings in one centralized location—everything was scattered like confetti in friends’ homes in Salt Lake. I had a bone-impaction fractures on my tibial plateau and femur, a fully torn ACL and LCL.

artwork courtesy of Dr. Charley Marshall

artwork courtesy of Dr. Charley Marshall

As I was sitting on that couch, I picked up my computer and I started. I didn’t know what I was starting, but I knew that this was it: it was now or never. I replied to all the emails of “help” from people who are much smarter than I was, and started formulating a plan for growth.

I want to take a moment here and acknowledge how many people I have probably pissed off, forgotten to reply to, or did not properly acknowledge their contributions during and leading up to this time in my life. Thanks to my identity being sharply tied to that of a “nomadic adventurer” (hello! This was way before #vanlife!) there have been scores of people who have gotten involved in SheJumps, and then faded away, only to come back full circle (and sometimes they don’t come back, and that’s fine too). The point is, there wasn’t any sort of glue that held it all together. One person who would hold anyone (including myself) accountable. I feel responsible for not having seen what was coming down the pipeline in terms of scale and impact back then. I’m sorry to all those first supporters, but please: read on.

A woman named Tamra Geryk was the start of a new age for SheJumps. She had been writing to Vanessa and I for a few months—grandiose ideas for bringing SheJumps to the east coast, a concept that seemed daunting and slightly impossible, mostly due to my own self-imposed boundaries of my narrative as an aspiring pro skier and wannabe chef. Others had done the same before, only to never respond past the initial reply of “Sounds great, do you want to help manage that massive undertaking?”

Tamra (bottom center) was a major influence and impetus to the SheJumps you see today.

Tamra (bottom center) was a major influence and impetus to the SheJumps you see today.

Tamra’s concept was different, and she really didn’t take no for an answer. Tamra (and others) challenged me to really step it up during this time. All of a sudden, we had a new website, new titles for team members, a brand promise (what’s that?!), a graphic designer, and initiatives. Ideas that our founding members and I had shared around campfires were finally coming to life!

Suddenly, I was typing phrases like “team” and “program services” and even the ever-fancy (now out-of-style) term “move the needle.” The interest from people came in droves. Our first team unveiled 24 ambassadors in 19 states! Of course, not all of those people ended up staying with the team, but 8 of those first 24 ambassadors are still involved with the organization. Given the 6 year span of time, I’d say that’s some incredible volunteer retention. In addition to those founding team members, we average a 3 year retention of all team members.

A first generation Ambassador/Regional Coordinator and now part-time staff member, Tracy Remelius (Partnerships Director)

A first generation Ambassador/Regional Coordinator and now part-time staff member, Tracy Remelius (Partnerships Director)

The team, through its many iterations, has come to define what SheJumps is, and it is everything that you see and love about our organization today. At times, I feel as if I’m simply a conduit between our 71-person roster and their collective passion and dedication for wanting to make a difference in many women’s lives. It is their accountability which makes my job the most difficult. It’s one of the most rewarding things I could have ever imagined in my life.

This process of growing the team has not come without its intense challenges. The pleasure and satisfaction of working with a team that is so passionately driven incites a new level of accountability that has forced me to step back and examine my own personality. The old Claire, before the knee injury, wanted to keep things small, manageable. It was fun, but not too intense. There wasn’t a lot of accountability. Now, I am out of bed everyday knowing that these women are relying on me to keep the proverbial lights on.

Claire still finding time to play.

Claire still finding time to play.

The team forces me to be aware of the most detailed facets of our organization, yet there is an inspiring amount of trust as I watch them manage and sculpt SheJumps to be something personally meaningful in each of their experiences. Talking with our team about what makes them want to be a part of the organization—and learning to be vulnerable with them as well—has made for a very life-changing experience.

Our team has grown, and so have our programs—to the next generation.

Our team has grown, and so have our programs—to the next generation.

I take mental roll call with the team members as decisions are made. Having their buy-in, support, confidence, and input is vital to the organization. Scheduling calls between 5 different timezones is a pain in the you-know-what but what never ceases to amaze me is that they always get on the call.

Regional Team manager, Girafficorn for life: Cristy Watson

Regional Team manager, Girafficorn for life: Cristy Watson

Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with this. When I was in high school, I read and was obsessed with “the Teachings of Don Juan,” a metaphysical non-fiction book by anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. In the book, Castaneda describes the things he learned from the subject, Don Juan, a shaman from northern Mexico. When I first read this passage, I thought it was meant to be applied generally, and to my life as an individual. As we look back on the first decade of SheJumps, I realize, whether I like it or not—this is my life, and the unbending intent—that is the SheJumps team.

Impeccability begins with a single act that has to be deliberate, precise and sustained. If that act is repeated long enough, one acquires a sense of unbending intent which can be applied to anything else. If that is accomplished the road is clear. One thing will lead to another until the warrior realizes his full potential.” – Don Juan, “the Teachings of Don Juan”, by Carlos Castaneda

Melissa Matz and Lynsey Dyer circa 2013 at Get the Girls Out in Vail.

Melissa Matz and Lynsey Dyer circa 2013 at Get the Girls Out in Vail.

 

 

Boys & Girls Club Learn to Ski Series @ Hilltop, Alaska

The Mountain View Boys and Girls Club Ski Instruction series kicks off with our first night 2/23 at Hilltop! We are inviting you to volunteer with us to instruct the Mtn View B&G club how to ski! We will have 4 sessions 2/23, 3/2, 3/23, and 3/30.

All ages and skill levels welcome (preferred at least confident skiing capability). If you are interested see the details below and email meg@shejumps.com
Ski Instruction Series Details:

Arrive between 4:30 and 4:45 PM in order to coordinate with me, grab a lift ticket (provided by Hilltop/SheJumps) and prepare for the arrival of the Boys and Girls Club.

There will be between 25 and 30 kids of various elementary ages. Most will have limited skiing experience, while a few may have come to our previous ski instruction series. Your role will be to be to help the kids put on ski gear, provide instruction on the bunny hill (how to stop, pizza/french fry, turns), aid in the use of the rope tow, and accompany the more confident kids up the chairlift and down the main runs. There may be a few older kids who are confident / skilled enough to take a few runs by themselves. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a certified ski instructor; there will be plenty of roles for people of all levels – like helping kids onto the rope tow! If you like, watch this brief instructional video for a couple tips: https://vimeo.com/121474688.

Rough Itinerary:
4 PM                            B&G Club loads buss and travels to Hilltop
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM      Volunteers Arrive At Hilltop and meet (Meg Smith, Summer Holt or Liz Stadnicky depending on the night) in the lodge
5 PM – 5:30 PM            B&G Club Arrives at Hilltop
5:30 – 6:15                    B&G Club kids receive rentals and gear up
6:15 – 8 PM                  Hit the slopes!
Come prepared to ski, though I recommend not using your poles.

Note, if you need to leave early or arrive late, that is fine! We appreciate any amount of time that you can give.

 

Contact meg@shejumps.com to sign up to volunteer.

Full Moon Film Fundraising Event @ 49th State Brewing

On Feburary 14th at 49th State Brewing in downtown Anchorage, we held a fundraiser in hopes of rasing enough money to be able to take the Boys & Girls Club of Mountain View skiing at Hilltop.

Instead of feeding money into the commercial holiday of Valentines Day, some rad folks from Alaska shared their time and money to a much better cause!  The Far North Region of She Jumps hosted an all girl snowboarding film, Full Moon, offering fundraising ticket raffles to support our local Mountain View Boys & Girls Club.  This particular Boys & Girls Club provides activities and events for kids from low-income families.

With this fundraiser we were able to raise enough funds to run the Youth Initiative this season! All money raised is going directly to fund lift tickets and ski rentals for four ski instruction sessions.  Each session is lead by a SheJumps rep along with incredible volunteers who offer their Friday evenings to support kids that would otherwise not have a chance. The sessions will be: Feburary 23rd, March 3rd, March 23rd and  Marth 30th. If you are interested in volunteering to help with any of these events please contact:

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We’d like to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone that came out and all the local companies throughout Alaska who donated awesome items & trips for this cause.

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SPOTLIGHT: Avy 1 Scholarship Recipient EMMA HELLER

SheJumps in the Tetons would like to congratulate Emma Heller of Victor, Idaho, who was our scholarship winner for our most recent AIARE Level 1 course taught by the Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute in Jackson, WY held February 2-4, 2018.

We wanted to take a moment to introduce Emma and share her enthusiasm for skiing, safety in the backcountry and her new home in Teton Valley.

 

Dear Girraficorns, 
I am excited to take part in my AIARE 1 course with a great group of ladies and JHOLI. This is an amazing opportunity to gain valuable knowledge through Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership and SheJumps AND for someone new to the area make friends to explore the great outdoors with. I just recently moved to Victor, ID from Big Sky, MT to work for Sego Ski Co. as the Showroom Manager. I’m thrilled to live in such a beautiful area and amazing community. 

Happy Skiing!

Emma

Emma enjoys adventuring on her skis in the Teton backcountry

Emma enjoys adventuring on her skis in the Teton backcountry

5C’s of Survival recap

5 adventurous ladies showed up Wednesday night to learn about the 5 most essential things you can carry for survival.  The smaller group size made it easy to share some of our own stories and Sherri was super patient answering all our questions. She even shared some off-topic tips (did you know you can dehydrate chili?!).

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For each one of the 5Cs, Sherri demonstrated the proper gear. Not only did we get to try the gear first hand, but Sherri took time to explain which choices are good, which choices are better, and why. We even learned a few diy tricks, like how to make your own kindling!

There was a lot of information to take in but a few important tips included:

-make sure it’s multipurpose and light

-dress appropriately/sustain climate

-waterproof matches are not always the answer

-You can have all the tools, but they won’t do any good if you don’t know how to use them!!

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Now that we have the confidence to get the gear, we’re ready to tackle another class! Next one on the list? Fire building! Thank you to Wilderness, Water and Woods Trading Corp. for making this event possible!!