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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Utah Fall Planning Meeting

It’s that time of year again!  The leaves are turning, the first snow dusted the mountains, and SheJumps is looking ahead to winter.  Please join us on Octover 28th for a Fall planning meeting where we will discuss upcoming events and you can suggest an activity of your own!  This meeting is for jumpers of all levels and we highly encourage new ladies to get involved.  This is a potluck event so please bring a little something to share.  Email meaghan.mckasy@shejumps.org with any questions.  See you there!

Event Info:
Monday October 28th
6:30 pm – 9 pm
2440 E Gregson Ave
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Ladies Climbing Night in Reno!

Join She Jumps for an evening of climbing at the world’s tallest climbing wall in Reno, Nevada. From never-evers, to experienced climbers, this event will jumpstart Rocktober in the Sierra Nevada! If you’re on Facebook, RSVP here! If not, just show up and climb anytime between 5 and 9pm, Thursday, October 10th! $10 gets you in and any gear you might need AND helps support SheJumps!

SLC Gear and Bake Sale!

Ladies are you jumping for joy that winter is around the corner?  Well, Saturday October 19th is Salt Lake City’s ultimate gear swap at the Black Diamond Store.  Swaps are an awesome way to upgrade old equipment and prepare for the upcoming season.  From skis and boots to poles and clothes, you can find it all at the BD Swap!

Last year SheJumps rocked the sale by not only selling gear but also having the best bake sale ever!  This year we want to blow everyone’s gear-crazed socks off by doing even better!  Do you have a killer zucchini bread recipe?  How about your grandma’s secret blueberry muffins?  Please bake your favorite dish and bring it along to support SJ.  Not much of a baker but happen to have an old pair of pants to donate to the cause?  Bring them along!

Please email meaghan.mckasy@shejumps.org if you have any gear or yummy baked goods to donate.  We will be organizing drop off locations the night before the event or you’re welcome to bring them in the morning.  We will also need about 4 awesome ladies who are so stoked on SJ that they will meet up early and use their cars to reserve our spot in the parking lot.

Swap Date/Hours: Saturday, October 19th, 8:00AM – noon

Location: East parking lot, Black Diamond complex: 2092 E 3900 S Holladay, UT 84124

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Ladies Night Rock Climbing 101

Join us for a fun night of climbing!OE_NE_LadiesNight_Rock101sm

What: SheJumps Outdoor Education Event – Ladies Night, Rock Climbing 101

Where: MetroRock North, 40 Parker St., Newburyport, MA 01950

When: Monday, October 7, 7:30 – 9:00
Price: $35, includes day pass (valid until 10pm, rental equipment and instruction)
Instruction includes
  • Equipment: how to use a harness and belay device
  • Knots: tying in with a figure 8 follow-through, plus afisherman’s backup
  • Belaying: using a locking carabiner and ATC to confidently keep your climbing partner safe
  • Commands: how to communicate with your climbing partner
  • Bouldering: have fun staying close to the ground
Save your spot now by emailing or calling Breanna Caywood, 218-428-7859breanna@shejumps.com

 

 

SheJumps: A Way of Being

By: Hannah Whitney

SheJumps is so much more than a name, and more than an organization to me.  It is a way of living.  A way of being.  I was a jumper long before the nonprofit existed, as were so many of us.  We were lucky to have the passion and drive that saw SheJumps into true manifestation, already living inside us.  The wonderful founders started talking about a vision out loud…and the rest is history.  There must be millions of girls and women around the world who also share this passionate zest for life and have never heard of SheJumps.  Many never will.  I feel so fortunate to have become a part of this amazing community, and it has been one of my passions to share this organization and its inspiring mission with as many of those millions as possible.  I am a better human being because of SheJumps, and because of all the amazing ladies I have met along the way.

My name is Hannah.  I have been involved with SheJumps since 2007 when I met Claire Smallwood on the US Freeskiing Tour.  It would take far too long to share the many stories along the way that led me to be more involved with the chapter here in Utah.  Mostly what I want to share is that the growth and challenge that happened over the last 6+ years has been inspiring on so many levels.  Easy?  No.  Laughter.  Tears.  Moments of epiphany.  Some of defeat…which never last long!  Strength.  Blood.  Truth.  Frustration.  Exaltation.  Friendship.  Worth it?  Every.Single.Moment.  We all experience life differently.  Embracing those differences can allow us to gain so much more from the experiences and opportunities along the way.  Will we always see things eye to eye?  Will I get along with everyone I meet?  Of course not.  But I still strive to appreciate each person I meet for who they are and the potential they have to share with me and the world.  SheJumps helped teach me some of these things.  All of this has made it so hard to take a step back from my heavy involvement at the Regional Director in Utah.  But not doing so also would have been counter to what I’ve learned.  I will always be a SheJumper.  And I have taken my now better self forward toward fulfilling my passion for giving back to the earth that gives so much to me.

Most people that know me, know I’m a bit of a passionate environmentalist, ‘tree hugger’, or whatever you want to call me.  Again, I could go on and on about my thoughts and feelings about caring for the earth.  About my fears and my visions of hope.  And someday, hopefully you do hear more from me.  But for now lets just agree that the earth is amazing, just as humans and other creatures are amazing.  I personally hope to continue working toward a career that gives back to the earth.  Currently I’m doing this by working for the wonderful clothing company Patagonia, AND by not only being a tree hugger, but a tree planter with the non-profit TreeUtah.  As TreeUtah’s volunteer coordinator I draw both on my schooling in Ecology and Environmental Science and the many personal and professional skills I learned with SheJumps.  I love sharing my passion with others so involving volunteers (and recruiting friends) is a perfect outlet for me!  With help from our small TreeUtah staff, Alta Ski Area and the Alta Environmental Center I recently organized almost 130 volunteers to plant 2,400 little trees all around Alta.  It was a wonderful and challenging day.  Each time I have a moment of triumph like this planting, I am reminded of the great influence SheJumps had in getting me to that place.  I hope that each day I might in turn inspire and positively influence someone else.  Not necessarily to be like me, but to be themselves.  Embrace your passions.  Embrace your fears.  Embrace what makes you unique.  Embrace challenges and embrace life!  Be a SheJumper.  Or a HeJumper?  Absolutely.  Just be you and be an open book so you can become the best version of you possible.  Just a few thoughts from someone who is still learning…and I hope I never stop!

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Hannah Whitney is a Salt Lake City based SheJumper who has been involved in SJ for the last six years, including time spend as Regional Director. She now splits her time between working for Patagonia and TreeUtah, while spending as much time outdoors as possible!

Who’s ready to get muddy?

Pretty Muddy is coming to Richmond! A group of Richmond SheJumpers will be sporting tutus and Girafficorn gear as we run, crawl, and slide our way to the finish line!

Pretty Muddy is an all women mud run that encourages ladies of all fitness levels to get active and get outdoors. The race is at Pocahontas State Park on September 28th. Registration is required – register here.

The SheJumps group will be running in the 11:30 AM time slot, but there are waves leaving every 15 minutes from 8 AM through 12:30 PM. I encourage all of you VA ladies to get out there with us! It’s going to be a great day!! Reach out to cristy@shejumps.org for more information.

– Cristy