Outdoor Education: Kalamazoo Bike Clinic July 27th

When: July 27th, 10 a.m. (We will have coffee!)
Where: PEDAL Bike Shop, 611 West Michigan Ave / Kalamazoo, MI 49007
www.pedalbicycle.com
Cost: $20
Please RSVP to laurel@shejumps.org, the event space is limited to 20 women.

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In this two hour bike maintenance clinic, Southwest Michigan women will learn some basic biking survival skills. PEDAL bike shop will review how to change a tire, what women should have with them on a bike ride, how to remove the front and back wheel, what to do at home to keep breakdowns to a minimum, and when to seek bike shop help. In addition to this, SW Michigan women will be able to connect with one another and learn about a SheJumps ride to Lake Michigan later this summer. PEDAL is offering participants 15% off all merchandise (Except bikes) and all participants will receive a water bottle, tire, levers, and KNOW HOW! 

Gear Review-My new hero kit!

Tracy Remelius hero kitI’m so excited about our new partnership with Hero Kits! Hero-kits will be partnering up with She Jumps in the Northeast for an upcoming bike clinic. We are firming up the dates so stay tuned!

I love my mountain biking hero kit! I’m a newbie to mountain biking and I want to participate in more group rides in my area, i’ve been a little intimidated by the group ride but now I feel like I could participate with confidence.

Having the hero-kit makes me feel ready for anything on the trail, and I could be someone’s she-ro!

I love the pocket sized instruction booklet. It’s step by step directions are really clear to follow and it’s written in a way that makes me feel empowered to try the repairs.Hero-kit multi tool

The other thing that really impressed me was the multi-tool. It’s very high quality and has everything you need including the chain wrench.

Not that I’m saying I want the opportunity to use the kit, but I feel like when the opportunity does arise, I will be prepared and pleased with my Hero-kit.

Tracy Remelius. Northeast Regional Coordinator.Girafficorn Hero kit

Meet Midwest Ambassador Laurel Peak!


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Hometown: Augusta, MI

Home mountain or favorite outdoor place?
My favorite mountain of all time is Mount Moosilauke in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. My goal is to hike Moosilauke every year of my life!

Favorite quote:
“Be so happy that when others see you, it makes them smile!” -paraphrased from a yogi tea bag.

Outdoor activities: 
I try to get outside everyday. This can be as simple as getting pulled by my crazy puppy on my long board down my street or mountain biking all day around norther Michigan. Either way, I love to see the outdoors at different hours. I love the early morning because it is so quiet, and I love the end of the afternoon because all the critters are bustling around! I am pretty much up to try anything outside. This year I want to learn to surf on Lake Michigan.

What does being a Jumper mean to you?
As a jumper, I want to inspire women (and men) to try new things in the outdoors. I want to help women push themselves out of their comfort zone.

What inspires you/inspired you to be such a outdoorsy lady?
I love getting after it. The world is so beautiful, and I want to interact with it. I like pushing myself in the outdoors, becoming exhausted, and then sleeping outside under a full moon.

What would you dare to accomplish if you knew success was the only possible outcome?
I am going to try to take a year off of work every decade of my life and live outside. I have no clue how this will come together, but I am pretty set on doing this! I have five years left in my twenties to make it happen…

What’s a goal you have for this coming year as an Ambassador?
really want to bring Shejumps to the Midwest! There are so many cool things to do in our region and I want to help connect midwestern women to this amazing area. We have the Great Lakes, the Boundary Waters, dunes, peninsulas, amazing breweries, great fruits and veggies, the North Country Trail, ten bazillion lakes and rivers, backcountry skiing, great XC mountain biking, surfing, SUPing, Pictured Rocks, and so much more!

What else is happening in your life?
I am a high school special education teacher, and I love my job. I am finishing my master’s degree in learning disabilities, and I plan to go back to school to get my doctorate in educational leadership. From there, I want to start an outdoor and environmentally focused school for at-risk girls.

I have two crazy dogs and a sweet parter. We have a big garden and try to live simply.

Come out and meet Laurel at our next event, or email here at Laurel@shejumps.com!


Meet Intermountain Regional Coordinator Meaghan McKasy!

Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Current Town: Salt Lake City, UT

In your own words, what is the mission of SheJumps?
I believe that SheJumps gives women the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and excel at the activities they already love, in a fun and supportive environment.

How does this resonate with you?
I cannot begin to describe the impact that SJ has had on my life in the last three years. Countless number of my friends are women I have met through SheJumps and they are not only brave and adventurous but also so incredibly intelligent and worldly. Through my connection with SJ I have tried so many things that I had never dreamed about and am a better person because of it.

Give an example of a “jump” you have taken?
I have never been a traditionally athletic girl. Basically any sport found in a PE class I was terrible at, yet I’ve always been a strong swimmer. For about a decade I was a competitive synchronized swimmer (sequined swim suits heck yes) and later took up water polo. My sophomore year of college I decided to try out for the swim team even though I’d never really “raced” before. After the try out the coach said I was on the edge and to check back. I basically stalked him for the next week until he said “Ugh fine, I have no reason not to take you.” That’s how I became a division one NCAA varsity athlete. I was not great and certainly didn’t make the ACC Championships travel team, but I am still so proud that I was persistent and accomplished something I never thought would happen.

What are your personal and athletic goals for this year?
I took up mountain biking two years ago and about a year ago I went over the handlebars and broke my arm. Shockingly in my 25 active years of life I’d never broken a bone and it was a real struggle, both physically and emotionally. This year a major goal of mine is to get back on that bike and be even better then I was before!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN SHEJUMPS SOUTHEAST

As new members come across our page, I wanted to lay out some easy steps to follow to get involved.  The Southeast is brand spankin’ new when it comes to the world of organized SJ events.  I don’t want this to be a deterrent for anyone to get involved – this is an amazing opportunity to become a key driver of our mission in the region.  There’s a lot of amazing women in the SE and we’re working to connect them all and create a strong, growing network.  If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, follow the simple steps below!

1. Contact me!
I love to hear from new members and ladies looking to get more involved.  Send me an email at cristy@shejumps.org and we can talk about what’s going on in your area and how you can get involved.  I’ll also be the go-to person if you’re looking to set up an event in your area.

2. Join the Clubhouse
This is a great place to connect with ladies from your area and set up “Clubhouse” events.  You can find me on there and connect with other ladies from our region (and your state) by doing a few searches.  If you’re looking for anyone to join you in a hike, looking for some outdoors advice, or just want to connect with like-minded ladies this is a good place to start!

3. Invite your friends
Let’s get as many girls involved as we can!  The best way to create a strong local presence is by being a SheJumps advocate in your area.  Tell your friends about the organization and have them join the Clubhouse too.

I’m really excited about the the future of SJ Southeast and am looking forward to getting to know you all via email, phone, and events!  It’s been great hearing from all you ladies who have reached out so far.  Keep it coming!

– Cristy

Utah Planning Meeting Recap!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Utah planning meeting last week.  It was a huge success!  As always it is great to see familiar faces, but it was just as exciting to see how many first time SheJumpers were in attendance!  After a good old potluck style dinner, the meeting went underway.  The energy and enthusiasm of the group was exciting to behold and lent itself to a great brainstorming session for SheJumps events.  A sneak peak at the Utah summer calendar shows Jump Camps at the Utah Olympic Park, SUP days, mountain biking activities, and so much more.  Stay tuned to the website and Facebook as we post more information regarding these awesome upcoming events and activities! —Meaghan, Intermountain Regional Coordinator

JOIN ME IN WELCOMING BROOKE HOLDER!

I’m very excited to introduce you to Brooke Holder, the Southeast Region Isis Ambassador!  Brooke is a paddler from Atlanta Georgia who is looking to bring the SheJumps passion for the outdoors to her area – meeting new ladies who share her passion along the way.  I’m really glad to have her on board and am thrilled to be working with such a passionate person as we spread the SheJumps stoke across the SE!!  Join me in welcoming her to the team!
– Cristy

Brooke Holder

How does the SheJumps mission resonate with you?
The SheJumps mission speaks to me on many levels.  This is a movement that has the potential to change the way women see each other.  SheJumps opens the doors to athletes, giving them the perfect platform to make new connections, share experiences, and learn from one another.  As a sport enthusiast and nature lover, I’m excited to meet females who share the same love for the outdoors.

How are you going to be ‘the light’ in your community?
To me, being ‘the light’ means leading by example as a role model and inspiration.  By continuing to live a life that is full of passion and adventure, I hope to encourage women to push the limits, try new things, and dream big!  I’m looking forward to making friendships out on the water with those who are eager to step outside to meet personal goals and increase confidence.

GTGO Mountain Biking Stowe, VT

Jump for Joy! SheJumps NorthEast chapter is hosting a Get The Girls Out Mountain Biking Event in Stowe ,Vermont!!

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What: Mountain Bike Riding Stowe’s Town Loop’s Trails

Where: SkierShop in Stowe, Vermont

When: Sunday July 7th at 12-5

Questions: Contact Megan Davin – megandavin@shejumps.com

 

 

By Land and By Sea, We are Getting the Girls Out in the PNW

Have you heard about our Kayaking Event on July 21st?

Our incredible ambassador, Freya Fennwood, has been working with Pygmy Boats and Pourhouse to pull together this event that you will not want to miss. On this sunny (fingers crossed), summer day we hope to reach two objectives: we would like to connect women for an all-ladies paddle day in Port Townsend, WA and we are looking to send a girl to kayak camp!

Here are the ‘Need-To-Knows’:

Suggested Donations (all are sliding scale- money should not prevent a gal from getting on the water):
$5-10 if you bring your own boat
$15 if you use a boat
$25 for big donors swag bag + kayak included

We are raising money to support our SheJumps/Pygmy Boats’ Scholarship that will allow a girl to attend a week-long kayak camp for the time of her life! Donations exceeding the kayak rental will be accepted day of the event as well.

Please get connected through the Facebook Event Page and contact laura@pygmyboats.com to reserve a kayak or call 360-385-6143.

Email me at kathyk@shejumps.org if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you!