Seattle Documentary Screening: Girl Rising

This fall in the Pacific Northwest, we have the privilege of hosting a documentary screening of an incredible film about the power of educating girls. Girl Rising is a movie about nine girls all around the world who face adversity and are able to overcome obstacles through receiving an education.


“Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls’ education, founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Centered by the new feature film, Girl Rising, Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.”

Please join me on Thursday, September 26th at 7:30pm at the Regal Meridian 16 theater in downtown Seattle to see the exclusive SheJumps hosted screening of this film. Event details can be found here as well as the link to reserve your ticket. We are limited to 100 tickets so please reserve yours today!

Contact kathyk@shejumps.org for any questions

Isis Ambassador Carisa Barnett Reviews the Hero Kit

My new Hero Kit could not have arrived at a better time—the first time I pulled out my mountain bike for a ride after receiving it I realized I had an entirely flat tire! As a girl who spends a lot of time riding with the boys, I have always had ( aka needed) a helpful man there to help me change a flat—NO more!

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Not only does the Hero Kit come with an excellent set of tools, it also comes with a very detailed instruction booklet that includes great pictures and details to help the complete novice get through a bike repair. Furthermore, the instruction booklet truly covers the basics of just about any issue you may have with your bike, from tire repairs to chain issues to shifting problems. Who knew that pesky gear you haven’t been able to shift into was such an easy fix?!?

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Overall, I am entirely stoked on my Hero Kit, simply due to the basic quality of the tools alone, as well as how much is included in such a compact kit. As for my flat? Repaired and ready to ride!!

Richmond Kayaking Event Is A Success!

The Southeast had it’s first ever Get the Girls Out event on August 31st! We kicked off the morning with a brief instruction on kayaking basics, taught by the amazing Court of  KAYAKrichmond, and then headed straight out to the James for a full morning of paddling. The weather was absolutely beautiful and the water calm, which made for the perfect morning on the river. All the women got to know each other a little better during the day and even started brainstorming future event ideas!

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SheJumper, Alicia Anne Monahan, expressed her excitement for getting more women involved in upcoming events: “We had a great morning paddle on the James River! I am looking forward to more SheJumps events and hoping to help get more women outside playing! I have learned more about myself and life in general from being outside and having experiences and challenges that not every woman gets the chance to have. SheJumps is giving women the chance to experience, learn, support, and boost their self-esteem in an environment that is both comfortable and empowering. It is definitely an organization more women should get involved with!”

Thank you so much to the ladies who came out to support SheJumps, encourage each other, and spend the day outdoors.  And a HUGE thanks to KAYAKrichmond for taking a jump with us on our first event in this region!

Everyone had a great time and was stoked to receive their Vapur Anti-Bottles and Kate’s Real Food Bars!

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-Cristy

Interested in planning an event in the Southeast? Contact cristy@shejumps.org!

Get the Girls Out Backpacking Trip to Husband Lake

Join SheJumps for a weekend in the alpine with girlfriends old and new! We will be backpacking in the Three Sisters Wilderness on September 7th and 8th. We hope you can join us! Tell your friends!

We will meet at the Devil’s Lake trailhead (carpooling encouraged) and hike out to Husband Lake. Once we arrive, we will set up camp and have the option to climb the Husband. We will hike back to Devil’s Lake via different trails to return, making a modified loop. Total mileage: ~21 miles, with moderate elevation gain/loss. Here’s a look at our route.

We will cap the total group size at 12 per wilderness regulations, so RSVP to lindsey.clark@shejumps.org if you are interested in coming!

We welcome backpackers of any experience level. Please be prepared for two full days of hiking with your overnight gear! Expect gorgeous alpine meadows, wildfowers, stream crossings, mountain views, a sunset, and stars! We will have giveaways from Vapur and Kate’s Real Food!

We will employ Leave No Trace ethics. Brush up on the 7 principles

Dogs are welcome, but we would like to keep the total number to a minimum to reduce our impact on the environment and other trail users. Please contact Lindsey to discuss bringing a dog.

We will send a gear list to all confirmed ladies prior to the trip.

We are asking for a $10 donation to support SheJumps. This is a tax-deductible, charitable donation. Thank you for your support!

SO looking forward to this!

Questions and RSVP to lindsey.clark@shejumps.org

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ABOUT SHEJUMPS:
SheJumps strives to increase female participation in outdoor activities. We accomplish this by creating high-visibility “Get the Girls Out!” events, outdoor education, youth initiatives and grassroots recreational gatherings. The SheJumps community consists of females of all backgrounds and ages who help one another reach their highest potential through outdoor adventures and education.

Sign Up For the SheJumps Whitewater Weekend!

West Coast Jumpers, we have an awesome event coming up September 6-8th in Coloma, California! Make sure you register for clinics, especially if you’re new to whitewater kayaking!!!

Join us for a weekend of whitewater instruction and progression on the South Fork of the American River! We will camp along the river at Camp Lotus for two nights and do runs varying from Class 2 to Class 3. Open to women of all experience levels.

Kayaking with the girls is FUN!

Kayaking with the girls is FUN!

Gear is available to borrow from California Canoe & Kayak. Bring a kayak, skirt, helmet, pfd, and paddle if you have it.

Scheduled activities include:

First Leap Clinic ($85/day), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for total beginners to the sport of whitewater kayaking. Students will learn how to exit the kayak safely, how to maneuver the kayak, and how to engage currents correctly in a Class 2 section of the South Fork American river.

Next Leap Clinic ($85/day), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for women that have taken a introductory whitewater class before and are ready to get back on the river and work on skills. The class will run a section of the South Fork American River from Marshall Gold State Park to Camp Lotus.

Creekboating Skills with pros Shannon Carroll and Katie Scott, Saturday ($75; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll). Learn the skills to step it up to the next level and get out on a California Creek next spring!

Playboating with pro Jessica Yurtinus ($75; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll), Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is a park and play clinic and Sunday as a Chile Bar play run!

Sign up for clincs here and make sure to choose the ones with SheJumps in front!!! They will fill up!

Other Scheduled Events:
Friday Social Hour: beer, wine and BYOdinner at Camp Lotus at 7pm to get aquainted and talk about the weekend.

Saturday Dinner: eat well, drink heartily and make some new paddling friends! Slideshow of kayak adventures by Shannon Carrol (Saturday evening, $10 recommended donation)

Yoga for Paddlers with Antoinette McLean, Sunday morning, 8 AM (free; open to all)

Group paddle on Chili Bar, Sunday, 9 AM Camp Lotus (free; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll)

After-Party at Marco’s, Sunday at 4pm: come eat, drink and be merry! And don’t miss out on some great raffle prizes! Sunday evening, open to all.

Camping at a SheJumps group camp at Camp Lotus both Friday and Saturday nights. $10/night.

To register for clinics, do so at CCK by going here. To register for the weekend, please email meghan@shejumps.com just so she can get a count! Otherwise, show up to hang out and paddle for the weekend!

We are excited to recognize California Canoe & Kayak, O.A.R.S. – Whitewater Rafting, Marco’s, and GoPro as partners for this event!

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SheJumps Intermountain SUP Day!

Come join SheJumps ladies for an afternoon of stand up paddle boarding and fun at Jordanelle State Park. Take the board out, go for a swim, or just hang out on the shore! Is there a better way to spend a sunny Sunday?

Info:

Jordanelle State Park

(exit 8 off of Highway 40)

11am to 4pm

$20 Donation – proceeds benefit SheJumps

We would like to say a big thank you to RAMP Sports for the use of SUP boards!  Please note and be prepared that Jordanelle State Park does have an entrance fee of $10 per vehicle so SheJumps encourages carpooling.

For more information contact meaghan.mckasy@shejumps.org

SheFlows Burke Bike Park: The Girls Rocked The Trails!

BBP_wallrideSheJumps partnered with Kingdom Trails and Burke Bike Park (BBP) to host Get The Girls Out: SheFlows the Burke Bike Park–a Jump Into downhill mountain biking event on Saturday, August 17th. Six incredible female coaches and 20 SheJumpers, ranging in ages from 11-57, stormed the trails at Burke Bike Park to learn downhill mountain biking basics and improve their skills.

Burke Bike Park is the portion of Kingdom Trails on Burke Mountain accessed by ski lift. It was an incredible place to be introduced to downhill biking for those first-time downhill riders because the park offers excellent beginner trails, while also providing challenging terrain for those riders, who were looking to work on more advanced skills. Trails range from excavated rollers and berms to tight singletrack.

SheFlows started the day with a clinic to discuss and practice downhill fundamentals. Then, it was time to ride! Riders and coaches were able to warm up on easier trails and progress to more difficult terrain, while taking time to break down techniques for riding berms, hitting jumps, and tackling any series of tricky movements. There was no shortage of smiles, high fives and hoots filling the trails.

Several riders trying downhill for the first time, shared how great it was to finally ride with women, and to ride with women of so many ages. The Girls rocked Kingdom Trails’ Burke Bike Park!

Thanks for a great day Kingdom Trails and Burke Bike Park! A special thanks to the Kingdom Trails coaches and to Ben Haulenbeek for filming the entire day!

For more information about Kingdom Trails and Burke Bike Park, contact Lil@kingdomtrails.org

For more information about SheJumps in the NorthEast Region, contact Autumn@shejumps.orgBBP_AmyJump BBP_liftpic BBP_youthSueClifford

SheJumps & Hero Kit: A Perfect Match

“I can’t wait to get a flat on the trail now!”

Heidi Koeman, who helped lead the clinic for Hero Kit, was awesome at teaching!

Heidi Koeman, who helped lead the clinic for Hero Kit, was awesome at teaching!

 

Hero Kit founder Jason Berv, created a bike repair product to empower riders through knowledge and tools. He says on the Hero Kit website, “I found myself stopping often to help people who had some mechanical difficulties with their bike.  They appreciated it, and it felt good to help.  A win-win, so I thought I could make a kit and instructions to empower riders to help themselves and help others, and pay it forward.” And that is exactly what happened last week in Crested Butte. 5 ladies showed up on a cold and rainy day in August to learn the basics of fixing the most common problems riders face on the trail. We were a small, brave group who huddled under the shelter in a local park with coats that Jason’s wife generously brought over for us.

Every woman walked away knowing how to fix a flat tire and a broken chain! Mission Accomplished!

Every woman walked away knowing how to fix a flat tire and a broken chain! Mission Accomplished!

Heidi Koeman and Andy Shabo of Better Rides, lead the clinic. They demonstrated how to fix a flat tire on bikes with both v-brakes and disc-brakes (it so happened that when I arrived I had a flat tire, which was a win for everyone – my tire got fixed and everyone learned). They also showed us how to fix a broken chain as well as going over all the different bike elements and answering our MANY questions. It felt like winter in the middle of August, so we quickly transitioned to hands-on learning to warm up. There is no faster way to learn something than to just do it. And then do it again. We all had the opportunity to fix a flat tire and chain, which was always something that intimidated many of us before.

Andy demonstrates basic bike maintenance.

Andy demonstrates basic bike maintenance.

Using the tools available in the Hero Kits, and following along with the instruction book (with pictures!) made it so simple. Five women showed up, and five women walked away empowered to help ourselves, and now others on the trail. The next day I ran into one of the participants and she was so excited, she said she couldn’t wait to get a flat on the trail! Mission accomplished.

So You’re Thinking About Attending An Event….

Perhaps you’ve seen a SheJumps event and you’re not sure about going. What are you waiting for? I’m constantly in awe of the ways SheJumps touches me everyday, but don’t just take it from me. Here is a recap of the recent SheJumps into Yoga event by first time participant, Alexa Flower. I sincerely hope that each of you has an opportunity to get out there. If there isn’t anything scheduled in your area, hit us up and we’ll do our best to make sure it happens! –Mel Harms

I’d learned about SheJumps over a year ago, but hadn’t yet had the pleasure of going to one of their events. However when Mel, the regional coordinator, invited me to a yoga retreat up Cameron Pass, I really wanted to make it happen. How cool would it be to spend a weekend in the beautiful mountains with several other passionate, outdoorsy ladies just like me?! And we get to practice yoga! I have practiced yoga on and off for a few years but recently had become too busy to make it a priority. This weekend would be a perfect opportunity for me to slow things down, regain my serenity, and become more in touch with my inner self. Plus, I would get to meet and make connections with other females who were into the same outdoor sports as me. Which I think we can all agree that sometimes that’s hard to find!

So next thing I know I’m headed over to Mel’s house to carpool up Cameron Pass to the beautiful Dancing Moose Yurt. I have to admit I was a little nervous. I didn’t know anyone and wasn’t sure if everyone was going to be good friends already and I’d be the odd one out. But I knew it was worth the shot because I was really excited to have an entire weekend focused on yoga and really wanted to meet more girls in the outdoor community.

The Yoga Retreat was everything I’d hoped for and more. I met so many passionate, fearless women from different walks of life who each had something special to add to our group. Whether it was mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, or traveling all over the world, each of these women were living in their passion, which is so inspirational to me! That is something I seek to do each day of my life.

I also was able to connect with my inner self again, experience peace and tranquility, and live in the moment during each yoga practice. There was no technological distractions or talk of meaningless drama. It was an immersion into pure nature with pure thoughts and intentions. I never once felt out of place, nor anxious or uneasy. It was exactly the weekend I needed. And I can’t wait to do it again!

SheJumps is an amazing organization and I encourage all of you ladies, whether you are just getting to know the beauty of the outdoors or a veteran, to take advantage of these opportunities and help us all come together as a community.

– Alexa

Thanks Alexa so much for sharing!

Women’s Whitewater Weekend! Coloma, California

SheJumpers, we have an exciting event coming up in California on the South Fork of the American River! Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or a complete river novice, this Women’s Whitewater Weekend will include daily clinics and group kayak runs, camping and meals, slideshows by professional female kayakers, and more! Put it on your calendar, join the Facebook event here, and check back for more information and registration info!