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WILD WOMAN

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

 

Photo Essay: Labor Day in Lander

For Labor Day weekend and to celebrate my 32nd birthday, I headed out to Lander with my friends Virginia and Julianne (and Julianne's 6-month-old puppy) for a long weekend of climbing. We decided to upgrade from dirtbag status by staying in a local motel which was also the host of the weekend's pug convention--who knew? While we only had two full days of climbing, we made the most of them. Day one we headed up to Wild Iris for cooler temps and got many routes under out belts

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

Make Climbing Your Own

Rock climbing can be an intimidating sport. There’s the gear, the secret-code-like language, the ego, and the risk. But with the rise of indoor climbing gyms and a more inclusive and welcoming community, the time is ripe for more people to get involved. I began climbing five years ago when an ex-boyfriend took me to a local crag and threw me on a rope. I was hooked. While the boyfriend went by the wayside, I found a new sport in my mid-20s that would change the direction of m

Van Life: Charlotte Kilborn

I first met Charlotte Kilborn at a Friendsgiving dinner party years ago when she rolled into town from Bellingham with her friend Kim and her dog Beacon (also known as “Beacon Bones”). Guests at the party took turns going outside to check out the amazing van that Charlotte was living in, a setup that was both practical and whimsical with its small details like animal skulls, plants, and art on the walls. She spent three years living in that van which allowed her to save enoug

Casting for Recovery: Breast Cancer Survivors Find Solace in Fishing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a month to recognize the struggle and strength of those fighting breast cancer, survivors, and all family and friends affected by this disease that will strike one in eight U.S. women in the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer survivor Carly Firth from Rigby, Idaho is only 29-years-old. It was a shock to her, her doctor, and her family for someone so young to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Firth found a lump in one of her breasts

 

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