GTGO on Puget Sound Raises over $500!

Thank you so much for joining us for the first ever Get the Girls Out on the Puget Sound! As our first sea kayaking event in the Northwest, we are thrilled with the way it turned out. We were able to get 20 new women out on the water, raised over $500 and are sending a young girl to kayaking camp who otherwise would not have the means to do so. Thank YOU for creating opportunities for future generations to get outside! With our mission to increase female participation in the outdoors, we are constantly looking for new opportunities to bring women together.  Thanks for spending your Sunday with us out on the water. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our next event. Freya and Kathy

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SUPing with RAMP Sports

Here is a recap of the SUPping with RAMP Sports  written by: Vanessa Pierce, SheJumps co-founder and RAMP communications director.

“This is so fun,” said one girl, then another, then another. They were laughing hysterically playing on the standup paddleboards provided by RAMP Sports. These 14 girls are members of the Boys & Girls Club and also part of the Youth Initiative program created by SheJumps, a 501c3 nonprofit that offers outdoor opportunities to girls. With the sponsorship of this program, RAMP is working hard to “give back” when it can with events like this.

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If it weren’t for RAMP and SheJumps, these kids wouldn’t have the chance to SUP. They never heard or “SUPping.” None of them had even been to a Greater Salt Lake Area reservoir. But they all grew up just minutes from the mountains, some considering the mountains a “backdrop” or untouchable. They’ve grown up in tough homes, or their parents work hard to provide for them but aren’t around too often, or just haven’t been introduced to outdoor activities.

“These kids never have their guard down, so it’s awesome to see them letting go, getting outside, and having fun and laughing,” said Boys & Girls Club Lied Director Jess Hill. “The outdoors does that for them, it’s like magic.”

Many of the teens have been participants in the (S)heJumps into the Canyon program, where SheJumps teaches the teens how to ski over the course of four consecutive weekends, while offering mentorship. Some of Utah’s top athletes have been coaches, including RAMP’s Lindsey Van (2009 Ski Jumping World Champion) and Hannah Whitney, big-mountain skiers Rachel Burks and Julian Carr, U.S. Ski Teamers like Emily Cook, among other amazing local skiers.

With the support of Alta and other nearby businesses, these teens can experience the mountains. And just this summer, RAMP was in a position to offer SheJumps use of its C4 Waterman SUP demo fleet.

The kids met at RAMP and got a tour of the Park City factory where they learned how a ski and snowboard is made; then they hopped in the vans to head to Jordanelle State Park to play on the SUPs.

During the course of the afternoon, the kids learned how to SUP thanks to SheJumps volunteers and RAMP staff. They swam, laughed, and even pretended they were at a spa—Le Jordanelle—by taking a mud bath. The teens definitely let their guard down, and got a taste of getting in touch with the outdoors, playing with dirt—literally—and enjoying good company.

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RAMP is teaming up with SheJumps again on Sunday, Aug. 25, to offer a Get The Girls Out day—an national campaign offered by SheJumps—to unite women as they support, challenge, mentor and inspire each other in the outdoor sports world. For more details about how to participate in GTGO, visit www.shejumps.org.

I’m very proud to be a part of both SheJumps and RAMP.

 

—Vanessa Pierce, SheJumps co-founder and RAMP communications director

Mid-Ride Mishap Bike Repair Clinic, South Lake Tahoe, CA

midride_bike_clinicMishaps happen when you’re out riding your bike! Learn how to fix a flat tire, repair a broken chain, and troubleshoot brakes in this “Mid-Ride Mishap Clinic.” The clinic is Thursday , August 1st starting at 5pm at South Shore Bikes, 955 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA. This is also a great chance to meet feel Tahoe jumpers and find riding partners! Email Meghan for more information.

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What the heck is she doing? Find out at the upcoming Mid-Ride Mishap Clinic.

SLC Bike Maintenance Clinic

Whether its on the road or out on the trail it is so important for you to be prepared when out biking! On Sunday, August 4th, join SheJumps and 2nd Tracks Sports as we cover some basic biking survival skills. The experts at 2nd Tracks Sports will cover topics ranging from how to change a tire to adjusting derailleurs. Bring your bike or practice on one of the ones in the store. All attendees will have the opportunity to purchase materials at cost and in addition connect with other lady bike riders!

Details:

Sunday, August 4th
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
2nd Tracks Sports
2927 E 3300 S,
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
$20 per person

For more information contact meaghan.mckasy@shejumps.com

Utah Olympic Park Jump Camps

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? Come check it out at the Utah Olympic Park with SheJumps and Fly Freestyle! This year, two of the four camps will be Youth Initiative events with participants from local Boys & Girls Clubs of Salt Lake City.

The all-day camp price of $55 includes all instruction and equipment.  Compared to the average public price of $150, this is a steal of a deal! The day starts with basic trampoline instruction from professional skiers as well as staff from FlyFreestyle. After learning the basics on the trampoline, participants suit up in ski boots and wetsuits to try their skills on the ramps. This world-class facility is an amazing place to learn new tricks on your skis or snowboards, with the comfort of landing in aerated water to reduce the surface tension of the water. Endless “powdery” landings!

No matter which day you participate in the camps—or all four sessions—the money raised for these courses goes towards creating more Youth Initiatives in the Intermountain region of SheJumps.

Dates:

August 1st – $30* (Half Day)

Half Day Schedule:

8:45 – 9:00 am – Arrive
9:00 – 9:30 am – Stretch/Suit Up
9:30 – 11:00 am – Ramp
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Tramp

August 11th – $55

August 15th – $40*

Schedule:

8:45 – 9:00 am – Arrive
9:00 – 9:30 am – Stretch/Suit Up
9:30 – 11:00 am – Ramp
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Tramp
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 pm – Tramp
2:30 – 4:00 pm – Ramp

We are having issues with our PayPal Links, please email the following information in the format below to claire@shejumps.org to sign up. You will receive email confirmation shortly after with directions for payment! Thank you for supporting SheJumps!!
-Full Name
-Date of Birth
-How did you hear about the event?
-Have you ever participated in water ramping activities?

-You will also be required to sign a liability release form prior to the event (available upon arrival).
See you there!

SheJumps into SUP!

Intermountain ladies, come be a part of SheJumps latest youth initiative!  On Monday July 22nd join local Boys and Girls Club kids for an afternoon of stand up paddle boarding and fun at Jordanelle State Park.  Take the board out, be a mentor to a kid, or just hang out on the shore!  We will meet at RAMP Sports at 1pm for a tour of their awesome facility, then head over to Jordanelle (participants can meet there as well at 2pm).

Details:

Monday July 22nd
1pm to 5pmMeet at RAMP Sports at 1pm
6407 Business Park Loop Road
Park City, UT 84098
SUP at Jordanelle State Park from 2:00-5:00p.m.
Suggested donation of $15

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.

All funds raised through this event go towards continuing youth initiatives in the Intermountain region!  For more information contact meaghan.mckasy@shejumps.org

Good Form Running Clinic and Get the Girls Out Trail Run

Kalamazoo Good Form Running Clinic and GTGO

Hi Midwest!

We are offering a good form running clinic followed by a trail run Sunday, August 11th. The run coaches from Gazelle Sports are going to show us how to run efficiently, safely, and strongly on the Al Sabo trails just outside of Kalamazoo. This an opportunity to learn a few things about trail running, meet some outdoorsy ladies, and get in a great workout. The clinic and run is designed for everyone. If you are already an experience trail runner, bring a friend who is just learning and share your knowledge with us. If you have never been on the trails, this clinic and run is a way to get started! If you want to just come and learn about trail running, but hike instead of run, that is cool too! Space is limited to 15 people for the clinic and the run is open to anyone.

Finally, please consider bringing a $5-$10 donation. The money will be used to fund future shejumps events in our region!

Check out and share the the event on facebook

If you have questions, want to RSVP, or want to get involved email Laurel at laurel@shejumps.com.

Jump Into Yoga!

After I tore my ACL skiing this past winter I developed a lot of lower back pain from the disparity of strength between legs. I found that yoga was one of the only things I could do to alleviate the pain as I was working to build my strength back. After approaching my good friend Erin Walton about teaching a weekend yoga event, the stage was set for the first Jump Into Yoga event.

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What an extraordinary weekend! Women came from all over Colorado to the Dancing Moose yurt near beautiful Gould, Colorado. With support from our amazing local sponsors the women fueled up on yummy Noosa Yoghurt, as they lounged in their rad new Jen-ai Oarwoman skirts complete with girafficorns. Even better was that everyone had a chance to connect with themselves, nature, and other adventurous women. Yoga brought us to the yurt, but a hike, some journaling, and lively discussion brought us together as friends. As a moose and her calf strolled in front of the yurt, we were reminded how lucky we were to be spending some precious time in nature and our hike filled with blooming columbines reiterated that.

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Attendee Elissa Hoffert said, “There is nothing quite like stretching into a yoga pose and viewing the mountains in the background. I found connecting with women with whom I would have never crossed paths exhilarating. As a woman who loves the outdoors but has fairly limited experiences with them, I found myself enriched and challenged by the stories that others shared. I left feeling renewed and ready to find ways to get my friends outside together.”

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The woman went through three different vigorous yoga classes followed with some journaling where they were challenged to consider what brings their lives in and out of balance. Instructor Erin Walton also treated the women to an introduction to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga while another attendee, Annie Kerr, owner and designer of Wild Balance, surprised everyone by gifting each participant with a pair of her beautiful earrings.

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As we headed away from the yurt, I considered how wonderful it was to have a chance to practice yoga with such supportive SheJumper sisters in the fresh mountain air and I recommitted myself to finding balance as I work to continue jumping into my goals. Weekends like this are what make all the hard work behind each SheJumps event worth it and it could not have happened without our great sponsors. Thanks again to Jen-ai, Noosa, Wild Balance, Vitamin Cottage, Yoga Luna, and REI!

— Melissa Harms, Rockies Regional Coordinator

Want to plan an event in your area of Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana? Contact mel@shejumps.com

Get The Girls Out – Stowe Mountain Bike

The NorthEast Girls got out this past weekend for a day of mountain biking in Stowe, Vermont. Despite weeks of relentless rain, we were able to ride a fun set of well-drained, intermediate trails in Stowe’s Cady Hill Forest. Managed by the Stowe Land Trust and the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, the trails at Cady Hill Forest are well-built with a few beginner level trails and a host of intermediate and advanced trails. With some sweet laps under our belts, we enjoyed a sunny BBQ and gear giveaway.

Thanks to our partners, Kate’s Real Food Bars, Vapur Water Bottles, Mocean Mate Energy Tea, and the SkierShop in Stowe, Vermont, for making Get The Girls Out-Stowe Mountain Bike so much fun!

Stay tuned for our upcoming road and mountain biking events in New Hampshire and Vermont! If you want to jump in with SheJumps, give us a holler! Contact Autumn at autumn@shejumps.com and check out the SheJumps Clubhouse.

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Hero Kit: Happy Bikes & Happy Bikers

How many times have you found yourself bike wrestling? You know that, get-back-in-place-you-stupid-bike-tube-magigger-err feeling right before your tire iron slips off the rim of your wheel and you slice open your knuckles? That’s usually the moment just before a friendly, smiling, mechanically minded fellow biker shows up behind you on the trail and gives you a few helpful hints about how to get your tube back into place without the struggle. Don’t you wish that guy showed up a few moments earlier, before the blood and frustration? Even better, what if you could carry him around in your jersey pocket to reference whenever a bike repair need arose?

Now you can! Hero Kits have put together well thought out bike repair kits. The folks at Hero Kits have done this before, they know the bikes, they’ve seen the crisis and they know which ones are the most common and what you’re going to need to put your bike back together.
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The tools, however, aren’t much good if you don’t know how to use them, which is what makes the Instruction Booklet the crown jewel of the kit. The small, lightweight booklet provides step-by-step and easy to understand instructions on dealing with bike related blow-ups, covering scenarios such as a broken chain, wobbly wheel, brake problems, and more.

As of now, I’ve been lucky enough not to need to use my Hero Kit trail side, however I did flip through the booklet and gave my bike a few maintenance tweaks that have helped things (brakes and shifters) function a little smoother. This review is to be amended after my next bike breakdown, which, considering the vintage of my bike, may be sooner rather than later.

For more information, check out www.herokit.com

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