Girls on the Way in NH

She Jumps is exciting to be hosting an inspiring speaker Patricia Herr at our upcoming fundraiser in Rye, NH1374766_10151759887232529_1176641138_n

 

Patricia Ellis Herr is the author of Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, chronicling the completion of all of NH’s 4,000′ peaks with her then 5 year-old daughter. Patricia and her young daughters Alex and Sage also recently completed the 540 mile El Camino de Santiago to raise over $10,000 for GirlVentures and Global Fund for Women. This year, Patricia and the girls are repeating all of NH’s 4000′ peaks calling their adventure Desserts on the 48, most recently enjoying a treacle tart on the summit of Tecumseh. Please join us to hear about the Herr’s wonderful adventures.

Suggested donation: $10

Sunday November 3rd 3pm

Rye Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye, NH 03870

for more info contact Breanna@shejumps.com

Please help us spread the word and share this Facebook invite with your network. https://www.facebook.com/events/524309847647138

 

Upcoming Event!!! SheJumps Cyclocross Clinic with Rock ‘N Roll Sports

 

SheJumps is teaming up with Rock ‘N Roll Sports in Gunnison to bring you a cyclocross clinic for all levels!
You will be learning mounting, dismounting, running over barriers, carrying your bike and cornering. We will put all of those skills together on a mock course and possibly have a mock race. Plus stay for a chance to win some great prizes!

Demo Crossbikes may be limited, so if you have a mountain bike, bring it with you! Light food and beverages will be served plus a raffle for some awesome prizes!

SheJumps gets Pretty Muddy

I’m happy to announce our first Pretty Muddy event was a success (and a great time)!

On September 28th, a group of 5 adventurous Virginia women set out to represent SheJumps and take on the Pretty Muddy all women’s mud run in Pocahontas State Park. We came sporting tutus, SheJumps gear, and positive attitudes. In addition to the runners, we had the support of Elizabeth Rawls and Trey Baker to cheer us on and take pictures throughout the day! It was great having our own cheering section at the finish line!!

Getting ready for the race; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

Getting ready for the race; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

The event started off with a bang – one of the first obstacles was a giant inflatable water slide into a pit of mud.

Original Mudslide; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

Original Mudslide; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

It was a great way to, literally, launch us into the mud from the start and set the tone for the day. Everyone was all smiles and worked as a team to help all the girls get out of the pit with shoes still in place!

Original Mudslide; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

Original Mudslide; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

As the day continued, we worked up a sweat and saw many more obstacles, signs with encouraging words, and water stands!  We stuck together as a team, encouraging and pushing each other and were able to meet some other ladies along the way. It was really wonderful to see so many women in one place with the same goal – get outdoors, get fit, and support one another along the journey. We wrapped up the race in a huge pit of freshly replenished mud, where our tutus were officially retired!

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

 

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

 

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

 

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

 

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

Mud Bath & Beyond; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

The day came to an end with some post race photos and hosing ourselves down!

Post race; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

Post race; Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rawls

 

Post race; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

Post race; Photo Credit: Oz Photography

I sported a GoPro during the event to capture the action. Check out the video here:

If this looks like something you’d like to be a part of, let me know! We would love to have another group of SheJumpers get out again next year. Please email me at cristy@shejumps.org if you’re interested in joining our VA team! There are Pretty Muddy events in Florida, California, Texas, Ohio, and Illinois as well – it would be awesome if we could get SheJumps teams across the country next year. Let’s see if we can make that happen!!

– Cristy

Reno Climbing Night Recap

We had at least 15 participants come out for our first SheJumps climbing night at BaseCamp in Reno. BaseCamp is North America’s tallest man-made climbing wall. As you drive through the middle of downtown Reno, it looms above you and even scares you a bit! The event was from 5 to 9 pm. We warmed up on the indoor bouldering walls and then headed outside to try our hand at the big wall. Jen, a fellow SheJumper, and BaseCamp employee, gave us a belay refresher. As SheJumpers rolled in and out, we rotated from the big wall, to using the auto belays, to bouldering, and slack lining. One woman even brought her “little sister” from the Boys and Girls Club of Reno! Thanks to BaseCamp we raised $70 for future SheJumps events! We hope involve even more youth in the next event and are busy planning another climbing night in November in case you missed this one!

Almost to the top of the taller wall!

Just belaying in the middle of “The Biggest Little City”

Rappelling on the auto belay required a lot of trust!

 

Hitting up the slackline!

 

 

 

Arc’teryx Educational Series

This Fall we are extremely excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Arc’teryx for a series of three educational events in the Pacific Northwest! We are incredibly happy to welcome Arc’teryx to the SheJumps family and are kicking off our regional partnership with the outdoor retailer in Seattle. It it our mission to increase female participation in the outdoors and we know that education is a big factor to the confidence needed to succeed in the outdoors.

We will be holding our first event with Arc’teryx on Thursday, October 24th from 8:00pm – 9:00pm at the US flagship store in downtown Seattle (400 Pike St). Come join us for a Backpacking Basics class to learn about the necessary gear for your next adventure and get properly fitted by Arc’teryx brand experts. You will have the opportunity to connect with other women who are also looking to expand their network in the outdoor community. All attendees will have a private shopping experience, the chance to win an Arc’teryx sponsored raffle, and the first 20 women to sign up will receive a SheJumps swag bag. Admission is $15 with all proceeds going to create opportunities for younger generations through SheJumps.

Space is limited so please email kathyk@shejumps.org to RSVP before October 20th to secure your spot. On the 24th, we will release the next Arc’teryx class theme which will take place two weeks before Thanksgiving.

…And That’s a Wrap! Stunning Seattle Summer has Come to an End.


This Summer we were blessed with incredible weather in the Pacific Northwest which allowed for a summer full of adventures. Here’s a recap on what our SheJumps season looked like:

SEA KAYAKING: WA COAST

IMG_8218

SheJumps PNW Ambassador, Freya Fennwood, teamed up with Pygmy Boats to host our first Sea Kayaking event in July. Over 20 women joined SheJumps for the first time to help us raise $500! We were able to send a girl to Kayak camp who would otherwise not have the means to do so through our SheJumps-Pygmy Boats Scholarship.

Fun Fact: the average age of participants for this event was 45… Rock on, ladies!

5POINT FILM FESTIVAL

The American Alpine Club hosted the 5Point Film Festival this year and SheJumps was able to join the group in Bellingham, WA! We enjoyed a night of games, delicious local food and made new friends before dusk. As soon as night fell the films aired. There were so many incredible short films- it felt like they just kept getting better! This one was one of my favorites:

Duct Tape Surfing from Mark Tipple on Vimeo.

ARC’TERYX STORE OPENING

On September 6th, SheJumps was invited to attend a pre-opening party at Arc’Teryx in downtown Seattle the night before the store opened to the public. This Seattle-based store is Arc’Teryx’s flagship Brand Store in the United States and is nestled in the heart of downtown Seattle.

The night was full of energy as CEO Vincent Wauters spoke about Arc’Teryx’s vision for the future and excitement to be in the Pacific Northwest. Arc’Teryx athlete, Roger Strong, shared his adventures rock climbing and skiing around the area. This is where our regional partnership with Arc’Teryx started and we are proud to announce that this Fall and Winter we will be hosting a series of educational events at the flagship store! Stay tuned for more information.

POO POO POINT: HIKING AND YOGA

This event was hosted by long time SheJumper, Meaghann Gaffney, and was attended by 21 women. We got out to the “Issaquah Alps” on a Saturday afternoon to hike to Poo Poo Point. Up top, local yoga instructor, Colleen Bell, lead all of the women in a group yoga class in the fog. It was a magical afternoon.

IMG_9221

WASUP

On the first rainy weekend of our transition from Summer to Fall, 9 SheJumpers came together in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle for a two hour long paddle and yoga class. WASUP is a local company that has combined Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Yoga on the Puget Sound. Amidst threatening calls of thunder and a few rain showers, we prevailed and made it an awesome morning.

GIRL RISING

SheJumps was honored to host a screening of, Girl Rising, in downtown Seattle on September 26th. This incredible documentary highlights nine girls from all around the world who face adversity or challenges, but pursue their dreams of receiving an education. It was incredibly moving and informative, and was attended by 140 community members! Here are some of the stats we took away:

1. Globally, 66 million girls out of school. (UNESCO)

2. 80% of all human trafficking victims are girls. (UNFPA)

3. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school (Education First)\

4. 75% of AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa—the region hardest hit by the disease—are women and girls. (UNAIDS)

5. In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence.

(UNIFEM)

6. 50% of all the sexual assaults in the world are on girls under 15. (UNFPA)

7. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year; 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. (UNFPA)

8. The #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 is childbirth. (World Health Organization) 9. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children.

(National Academies Press)

10. 11. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.

(UNICEF)

12. School is not free in over 50 countries. (UNESCO)

13. A girl on planet earth has a 1 in 4 chance of being born into poverty. (The World Bank)

14. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult. (The World Bank)

15. Women operate a majority of small farms and business in the developing world. (Focus on Five)

16. If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. (CIA World Factbook) (Global Campaign for Education and RESULTS Education Fund)

17. There are 600 million girls in the developing world. (The World Bank)

Get the Girls Out, Backpacking in the Central Oregon Cascades

The crew. By Amber Collett.

Imagine sitting in the center of a large alpine meadow at midnight. Looking to the left, you see the silhouette of a large, symmetrical volcano. To the right, another volcano heavily eroded by glaciers still visible in the low light of the night sky. Behind you, a third volcano! Directly above is the Milky Way, arcing across a sky filled with layers upon layers of stars: the most you’ve seen all year. This… THIS is what we walked all day for! Oh, the allure of backpacking.

Camp! By Lindsey Clark.

Our trip started at the Devil’s Lake trailhead at the southern end of the Three Sisters Wilderness in central Oregon. We were seven girls in total: four human girls and three canine girls. We met at the trailhead with the common goal of spending the weekend away from our computers, phones, and everyday life’s distractions in the grounding, peaceful wilderness. Actually, that was the goal of the human girls. The dogs were just happy to tag along! We headed west through the forest around Kaleetan Butte toward Wickiup Plain. Approaching the plain, we got our first views of South Sister: tall and gorgeous!

South Sister from Wickiup Plain. By Amber Collett.

After crossing the plain, we linked up with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and started walking north. Entering the trees, we enjoyed our first water crossing and met the only other hikers we’d see all day. At the next intersection, we left the PCT and continued north on the James Creek Trail. This trail, part of the historic and very interesting Skyline trail, was built in the 1920s and linked Crater Lake to Mt. Hood. Many areas of the PCT today overlap the former Skyline trail, but this stretch is slightly west of the PCT, allowing us to hike in a semi-loop.

On the right track. By Amber Collett.

The best reason to hike the James Creek Trail is to check out the James Creek shelter. This 1930’s era shelter is situated on the west edge of a small meadow with a view of the summit of South Sister. Icy cold James Creek runs nearby. It is a great place for lunch and foot bath!

The group in front of the James Creek Shelter. By Amber Collett.

After leaving the shelter, we continued to hike north. The trail featured tons and tons of mushrooms of all shapes and sizes! We also hiked through huckleberry bushes and were treated to the occasional expansive view to the west.

3Sisters20

Alice in Wonderland! By Amber Collett.

Go West, young woman! By Amber Collett.

Eventually we decided to start looking around for a campsite. Our criteria: mountain views, water, and trees for my hammock. As we walked farther north, the water  crossings dwindled in volume. At Racetrack Meadows, we decided to walk east back  to the PCT and then south until we found water again.

Consulting the map. By Amber Collett.

Racetrack Meadows. By Amber Collett.

Just south of our intersection with the PCT, we found the ideal campsite! A small treed, rocky area in the middle of a huge alpine meadow with views of three volcanoes and a creek running through! The dogs were pretty happy.

Home for the night! By Amber Collett.

A great way to sleep. By Lindsey Clark.

The next morning was leisurely and fabulous! We enjoyed breakfast, coffee, and good conversation with expansive views of Middle and South Sisters.

Coffee talk! By Lindsey Clark.

The Husband. By Lindsey Clark.

We packed up our gear and hit the trail at the very reasonable time of 10 AM. Heading south on the PCT, we were treated to meadow after meadow, and almost constant views of Lost Creek and Clark glaciers.

A fluff nugget in front of South Sister. By Amber Collett.

The PCT was much busier than the James Creek Trail. We encountered other hikers within an hour of leaving camp. Rounding a corner, I saw that one of the girls from our group was stopped and talking to two people on the trail. Turned out that one of them was a friend of hers from college in Minnesota! He was visiting Oregon and hiking the PCT from Crater Lake to the Columbia River. Crazy, crazy small world! Eventually we reached the intersection with the James Creek Trail and continued south back to Wickiup Plain.

Headed back, across Wickiup Plain. By Lindsey Clark.

On the south side of the plain, with still over an hour to go, we stopped for our last snack break. One of the dogs passed out in her water bowl. We were all feeling the same way, Kaya!

Tuckered out! By Lindsey Clark.

Two days, 21 miles, and quite a few sore toes later, we made it back to the trailhead! We were all feeling that fantastic combination of physical exhaustion and mental relaxation (I know we were all feeling that way because we talked about it… we are girls, of course!). What a fantastic weekend!

Happy girls! By Amber Collett.

Let’s do it again next year!

xoxo Lindsey

Jackson SheJumps into Paddleboarding and Yoga

On September 14, 2013 ladies of the Jackson community came together for the SheJumps into Paddleboarding and Yoga event at a beautiful beach on Lower Slide Lake. With the fall colors illuminating the backdrop and the sun peaking from behind the clouds, both participants and event volunteers spent a leisurely day enjoying one another’s company, partaking in yoga and getting out on paddleboards.

After introductions and receiving sweet trucker hats donated by Recollect Threads, yoga instructor Jackie Baxa got the event started with a morning yoga session on the beach, which us SheJumps gals had all to ourselves! Jackie, who instructs at local studio and event partner Akasha Yoga, led a simultaneously challenging and relaxing yoga session that lasted over an hour. As she patiently guided us through poses, Jackie provided great feedback and individual pointers for participants that they could take forth with them as they continued to practice yoga, both within formal classes and on their own.

Down the Line sj

After concluding the session, a delicious lunch provided by the Jackson Whole Grocer was devoured, and then, ignoring the childhood rules of waiting 30-minutes before swimming after you eat, we hopped on paddleboards provided by our other event partner, Rendezvous River Sports. While a few of us had dabbled in paddleboarding prior to the event, most had not been on a board before, adding some eager excitement to the event! After getting the kinks worked out however, we cruised right out onto Slide Lake, which, much like our home-base beach, we had all to ourselves! While we fooled around a bit with the boards and what we could do on them—which was pushed farther than most by Jackie, who took her yoga skills to the paddleboard—it was largely a really relaxing afternoon of paddling around and bonding with other women in the group. Indeed, though some women did not know each other prior to the event, that did not stop all in the group from sharing their lives with others—our passions, our achievements, challenges we face, downfalls we possess. Adhering to the non-competitive spirit of the event, the paddleboarding aspect of the event provided a safe place for us to open up and support each other, truly falling in line with the SheJumps drive to empower women through outdoor activities.

Instructor Pose on Board

In concluding our event, participants and volunteers were given goody bags to complement their Recollect hats that included Vapor water bottles, Kate’s Bars, SJ stickers and a free class at Akasha (where most of us are hoping to come together soon in one of Jackie’s classes!). Overall, the event was a success, providing each participant with support and what they needed to move forth in their life endeavors!

In concluding, I would like to give a huge shout-out to Akasha Yoga, Jackie Baxa, Rendezvous River Sports, the Jackson Whole Grocer, Recollect Threads, our talented photographer Hilary Byrne and the awesome ladies running SheJumps and supporting Ambassadors like me—thank you!!

 

–Carisa Barnett, SheJumps Isis Ambassador

Get the Girls Out is coming to NYC!

We are thrilled to announce our very first event in the city!GTGO_NE_NYC-BKE_REV3

SheJumps is excited to be partnering with the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation for our NYC launch! BKBF is inspiring women in the NYC area to get out and get active, and with their help, we will share the SheJumps spirit with so many more. Come climb with us Friday, November 1st in NYC.

Whether you are new to climbing or just wanting to bring the SheJumps stoke to NYC, this event is for you. The first 12 Ladies to register will receive awesome gifts from our program partners Kate’s Real Food, Vapur, and more.

“The Brooklyn Boulders Foundation is thrilled to host SheJump’s first NYC event, especially since it focuses on providing greater access to women and girls who represent a smaller portion of the climbing community. Exposing them to this fun and challenging sport will definitely help boost their self-esteem and make them feel like they are capable of anything!”

Place: Brooklyn Boulders 575 Degraw St, New York, NY

Time: 6-9:00PM

Donation: $40/ per person with optional additional donation, equipment and instruction for all levels, and after party included in the ticket cost- all levels welcome!
To save your spot register directly with this link
For more information, contact: Annie Banfich at abanfich@gmail.com

Hero Kit Road Bike Clinic + Trek Road Ride!

OE_NE_Jump_into_Biking_OCT

We’ve got a power-packed peloton! Join our partners, Hero Kit, Kate’s Real Food, Vapur, and Trek Portsmouth for the NorthEast Hero Kit road bike maintenance clinic and the Trek Breast Cancer Research road ride! We are holding the Hero Kit clinic in conjunction with Trek’s annual Breast Cancer ride. The clinic will start at 9:45 am, and the ride starts at 10:00 am. There is a 10-mile and 25-mile ride.

A Hero Kit is a bike repair kit that is small enough to fit in the back pocket of your shorts or jersey – and certainly in your backpack or saddle bag. It is power-packed enough to get you (or your friend) out of the most common difficulties you might encounter on your ride.  Based on input from expert riders and bike mechanics, Hero Kit has assembled a kit full of tools, materials, and easy-to-follow instructions that will empower riders of all abilities to be confident when they Jump Out on their road bikes! Join SheJumps and Hero Kit to learn how to fix your road bike when you’re out on the road.

HeroKit_Road_Foushee1

There will also be Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! We our partners have provided awesome door prizes along with a Sweepstakes to win a Trek Lexa!

Goodie bags for all pre-registered riders
Marked route and on-route support
Refreshments

Contact breanna@shejumps.com for more information. 

Questions?

Q: Is the ride for women only?

A: No. The Ride is for anyone who wants to support women and raise awareness for Breast Cancer. The ride is a casual, fun event and we welcome everyone to participate.

Q: Can I register the day-of the event?

A: Yes. or online now https://bcar-trekstoreofportsmouth.eventbrite.com/

Q: Do I have to raise additional money to participate in this ride?

A: We do not require you to raise additional funds for the ride, the ride registration is $30 which goes directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. If you would like to attend the Hero Kit clinic, there is a $10 donation to SheJumps.