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WILD WOMAN

An inclusive space for all self-identified women who hike, climb, bike, surf, and explore

 

Van Life: Steff Carter

The new influx of “van life” Instagram accounts may have you convinced that living in your vehicle is full of gorgeous photos taken out of the backdoor of your van overlooking a vista, ultra-sleek buildouts, and adventuring daily to somewhere new. For Steff Carter who first lived in her Subaru and then a Toyota Tundra, “van life” was more of a necessity and a lifestyle choice to save money, not something to be glamorized on social media. The avid skier, snowboarder, and rock

Wild Woman: Wild Hearts Idaho's Maggie Benedetti

Growing up in Boise camping and exploring with her family, Maggie Benedetti was exposed to the outdoors from an early age, an experience she felt really helped her to find herself. Now as a mother herself and living back in Boise, Maggie is the founder and Executive Director of Wild Hearts Idaho, an organization founded to build leadership skills in teens ages 12-18 through outdoor adventure. The girl-focused and girl-led group was founded in 2016 with a hike to Table Rock in

Women Hit a Wall: Finding Empowerment at City of Rocks

In the fall of 2014, I found my calling: rock climbing. While growing up in Idaho backpacking, hiking, and snowboarding, I never felt a sense of belonging in those communities and didn’t call myself a passionate outdoorswoman. Then my boyfriend at the time invited me to go rock climbing at an area close to my hometown of Ketchum, Idaho. The boyfriend didn’t last, but the feeling of empowerment I felt while climbing did and thus began a lifelong foray into the world of rock cl

Wild Woman: Wood River Trail Coalition’s Kya Goldschlager

Growing up in Connecticut, Kya Goldschlager got her first experiences with the outdoors while attending summer camps in New Hampshire. But what truly cemented her relationship to the outdoors was attending Prescott College in Arizona where she met her now husband, James, and took her first trip to Sun Valley. Since then, Kya’s done a bit of everything: worked for Trek bikes, picked huckleberries commercially, worked at ski resort Schweitzer as well as several outdoor leadersh

Wild Woman: Inclusive Idaho's Co-Founders

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement that has resurged in recent months, you’ve probably seen outdoor companies flaunting black models and influencers on their social media, making promises about including more underrepresented groups in their companies and the outdoors in general. But what does it really mean to be inclusive in our outdoor spaces? And how can we make them more so? Whitney Mestelle and Whitley Hawk of Boise, Idaho recently launched their organizatio

Fat Biking: Put the Fun Between Your Legs

Winter has hit, at least in the Sun Valley area, and that usually means one thing: skiing. But for those not content to do just one winter sport or who might not be on the mountain this winter, fat biking is a fun outdoor alternative that has gained traction over the last few years. Fat biking is like regular biking except that the super broad tires—usually over four inches wide—make it possible (though certainly not easy) to ride over snow. So if you’re an avid cyclist or mo

Fall Day Hikes in Sun Valley

Fall is the season most associated with famed author Ernest Hemingway who lived in Sun Valley for a portion of his life. Though Hemingway penned these words about a friend, “best of all, he loved the fall,” the line is often used in reference to Hemingway and his love for the season. In summer when temperatures are too hot, many visitors and locals may not visit some of Sun Valley’s best-loved hikes. But when temperatures drop and the leaves begin to change, that is the best

Take a Trip To Sun Valley--And Go For a Ride

There are literally hundreds of mountain bike trails and rides in the Sun Valley area — encompassing Ketchum, Hailey, Galena, the Sawtooths and more. So how is a mountain biker to choose? Here are some of the most popular rides in the area ranging from beginner to advanced. Fall is the perfect time to try this sport or to head to the Sun Valley area. Perfect temperatures, sunny days and beautiful fall leaves in the canyons make for a great seasonal outing. For more informatio

Baldy Banked Slalom

There are no winners or losers at the Baldy Banked Slalom. Yes, there are technically podium placers based on timed runs, but this event is about so much more than that. It’s about bragging rights, making bets with friends, drinking beer and eating hot dogs at the top and listening to announcer Andy Gilbert interview participants while commenting on boarders getting “deadliest catch”, aka caught in the nets surrounding the course. Now in its 9th year, the fun Baldy Banked Sla

Shreddin' Pow: A Skier's/Snowboarder's Guide to Bald Mountain

Maybe you’re visiting Boise and want to check out this Sun Valley place you’ve heard about — or maybe you’ve lived and skied in Boise for years and have just never driven up to Baldy to get on some skis or a snowboard. Whatever the reason, there are always newcomers to Bald Mountain each winter, wondering about the best way to get down the mountain for their skill level as well as other information like how to buy lift tickets and where to have a little après. With more than

No Boys Allowed: Women's Only Rec in Sun Valley, Idaho

Despite the many strides women have made to be seen as equals to men, women’s representation in outdoor recreation is still lacking. Statistics compiled by The Outdoor Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Outdoor Industry Association, show that from 2009-2017, women’s outdoor participation has remained steadily in the mid 40% range while men’s is always at the mid 50% range. A number of reasons contribute to these numbers: women not being introduced to the outdoors as a chil

Wild Woman: Pro Athlete Rebecca Rusch

The Sun Valley area has always been known for its athletes from Olympic skiers to world-renowned rock climbers. Rebecca Rusch, originally from Chicago, has called Sun Valley her home and training grounds for the last 15 years. The ultra endurance pro athlete and world champion’s career has included numerous adventure sports including rock climbing, expedition racing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing and most recently, mountain biking. Though other towns may have bette

Idaho's Best Climbing Crags

It may surprise climbers and non-climbers alike to learn that Idaho is home to many great rock climbing areas. From the Black Cliffs and Swan Falls in western Idaho, and Massacre Rocks and Blackfoot Canyon in eastern Idaho, to the world-class climbing at City of Rocks, Idaho is a Mecca to well-kept-secret climbing. Climbing season is in its prime, so read ahead for your guide to the best crags the state has to offer. City of Rocks/Castle Rock State Park City of Rocks and neig

Diary of a Backpacking Wimp

I collapsed on the shuttle dock on the far side of Redfish Lake, my whole body exhausted and filthy, tossing my backpack aside, unable to stand looking at it anymore. My three friends and I had just descended from a backpacking trip to Saddleback Lakes, just missing the most recent shuttle by 10 minutes meaning we would have to wait another whole hour for the next. All I could think about was getting home to order Thai food and watch the new episode of “Game of Thrones.” As m

Climbing on Water

There is a sport flying under the radar of southern Idaho; one where participants willingly head out into freezing temperatures, lugging gear like ropes, crampons, and ice axes before ascending frozen pieces of ice, all for the thrill of what many might consider “type 2” fun. These are ice climbers. While the sport of rock climbing has seen a major uptick due to the increase in climbing gyms, ice climbing remains on the fringe and for good reason: the conditions are harsh, th

 

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