Get Your Downhill On! Jump Out with the Girls at SheFlows the Burke Bike Park

SheFlowsBBP_GTGO_flyer-page-001Are you stoked on mountain biking and interested in learning more about downhill biking? Jump Out with SheJumps, Kingdom Trails and The Burke Bike Park on Saturday, August 17th for a great downhill session with 5 incredible, female downhill coaches!

Burke Bike Park is the portion of Kingdom Trails on Burke Mountain accessed by ski lift. It is an awesome place to be introduced to downhill biking OR to hone your already existing skills. Trails range from excavated rollers and berms to tight singletrack. Whether this is your first time in the park, or you’ve been there before and want to perfect your jumping skills, the Kingdom Trails sheRide coaches have got you covered.

This will be a fun-filled day of female camaraderie and skill progression. Meet at Burke Bike Park at 12 p.m. on Saturday, the 17th, and we’ll finish the day around 8 p.m. on the patio with beverages, food and a video recap.

Participants need to have some experience on a mountain bike and a desire to progress their skills on downhill terrain.

The cost is $85 which includes a Kingdom Trails pass, Burke Bike Park lift ticket, 6 hours of instruction from 5 rad women, aprés biking beverages and food, as well as a video recap of the day. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SheJumps to support our programming to get more and more women into the outdoors!

Register at Kingdom Trails. Join the Facebook event page and share it with your friends by clicking here. For more information contact Lilias Ide at Lil@kingdomtrails.org or Autumn Foushee at Autumn@shejumps.org

A full face helmet and protective gear along with a bike with 6 inches of travel or more is suggested. For information on rental bikes and equipment, visit Ski Burke.

SLC Bike Maintenance Clinic – That’s a Wrap!

This past Sunday the awesome staff at 2nd Tracks Sports hosted Salt Lake SheJumpers who were ready to take charge and learn more about bike maintenance!  Topics ranged from how to change a tire, to adjusting derailleurs, and finally how to fix a broken chain.  Participants were encouraged to bring their own bikes to work on and the staff helped everyone’s individual questions and problems.  Ladies walked away with knowledge and skills for both road and mountain biking.  Thank you so much 2nd Tracks Sports and all the ladies who attended.  Now it’s time to ride!

Jump into Road Biking with Hero Kits and Trek Portsmouth

OE_NE_Jump_into_Biking2It’s so important to be prepared when you go out on the road biking. On August 24th, join SheJumps and Trek Portsmouth for a road bike clinic brought to you by HeroKits.

Not only will you learn to fix your bike but ten lucky ladies will go home with their very own Hero Kit so that you can confidently be a hero on your next ride when your friend blows a tube.

The experts at Trek Portsmouth will help you with problems like how to change a flat and how to adjust your derailleur.

Then join Northeast Ambassador, Breanna Caywood for a fun road ride around Portsmouth, NH.

 

Trek Portsmouth 775 Lafayette Road Portsmouth, NH 03801

Registration: 8:15 am Hero Kit Clinic: 8:30 am Road Ride: 9:15 am

$25 Donation – proceeds benefit future SheJumps events

For more information:

Breanna@shejumps.com

www.shejumps.org/northeast

Jump Camp Recap

On Thursday August 1st SheJumps Intermountain had it’s first summer Water Ramp Jump Camp at the Utah Olympic Park!  3 youths and 8 women attended the half day morning session which consisted of time spent on the trampolines and water ramps.  The majority of the group had never come close to a water ramp before but thanks to the awesome guidance from FLY Freestyle instructors everyone participating had a great time.  One woman said “I was totally out of my comfort zone at first on the bigger ramp and I LOVED it!”  There are still two more jump camps on August 11th and August 15th and plenty of time to sign up, but don’t delay!  Please see instructions below.

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One of the participants getting some big air!

 

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The whole group!

Dates:

August 11th – Get The Girls Out $55

August 15th – Youth Initiative $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 meaghan.mckasy@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!

 

Tahoe Bike Repair Recap

SheJumpers showed up to meet new riding partners and learn essential fixes on mid-ride mishaps at South Shore Bikes in South Lake Tahoe. Chris Hernandez shared his extensive knowledge on making gears run smoothly on the road and trail, stopping brakes from rubbing, repairing a broken chain, and effortlessly fixing a flat. He answered all our questions and tailored the clinic to our needs! Everyone felt more prepared for a ride afterwards! We hope to host another clinic at the end of the month so stay tuned!

Chris showing us the workings of the rear derailleur

Repairing a broken chain is easy with hands on training.

 

Meet Our Midwest Regional Coordinator

Katie Bailey
Kalamazoo and Metro-Detroit, Michigan

Favorite Quote
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein

Favorite Outdoor Space
I’m a Michigan girl through and through. I love visiting the lakes and heading up to the UP, especially Paradise, Michigan.

Outdoor Activities
Backpacking, kayaking, skiing, canoeing, hiking, swimming, paddle boarding, yoga, and anything else I can try!

What does being a jumper mean to you?
Being a jumper means being part of a community that lets me do what I love with people who love it too. All too often, when you’re looking to head out on the mountain, hit the trails, paddle somewhere, hike something, or just get outside, you get all the guys going but not the girls. It’s not that they’re not out there… they’re here. They’re jumpers. The opportunity to get outside with these awesome chicks was why I became a Shejumps girl, but it’s so much more than that. It means giving back, getting others outside, and being supportive of each other. It allows each of us to do more than we could ever imagine.

What inspires  you to be an outdoors lady?
I love being outdoors. The sun, the fresh air, it’s good for you. Someone once said that going to the woods is going home. Living in the city can be stressful and gets you  moving too fast- missing things. When I get outside and get active, I can relax, have fun, and remember  what’s important in life.

What would you dare to accomplish if you knew success was the only possible outcome?
I would travel without a plan. It always seemed like such an amazing, exciting, terrifying idea. I would love to find a little sailboat and sail around the world. Who knows, with the support of Shejumps amazing ladies, maybe I will!

What’s a goal you have for this coming year as a coordinator?
I hope to grow our community in the Midwest. I’d love to meet all the amazing potential jumpers the midwest has to offer, because I know we have some truly awesome ladies over here!

What else is happening in your life?
I’m currently studying occupational therapy at Western Michigan University. I lead wilderness backpacking trips, foster puppies, travel often, and am restoring a historic home. I’m a “health nut” and thinking working out is fun, which is why I’m working toward my personal training certification. In my free time you can find me hiking and traveling with my doberdore (doberman-lab) Dozer and a really lucky guy or working on Shejumps fun!

 

Kalamazoo Bike Maintenance Round-Up

This past Saturday SheJumps Midwest brought 16 amazing women together to learn a bit more about their bikes. The clinic started with some amazing Bike Fuel coffee from Just Coffee Cooperative. From there, we practiced changing a flat, discussed what to carry on a ride, and learned how to keep our bikes running smoothly. Tim Krone owner of Pedal Bicycle in Downtown Kalamazoo did an amazing job as he walked us through some must-have skills for both road and mountain bikers. Thanks to all the amazing ladies involved, and a HUGE SheJumps thank you to Tim and Pedal.

Tim Krone leads some KZoo women through changing a flat.

Tim Krone leads some awesome KZoo women through changing a flat at Pedal Bicycle.

Up Next: Trail Running at Al Sabo August 11th. Join us!!

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