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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: 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

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

 

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