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WILD WOMAN

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

 

Wild Woman: Umi Surf Yoga Founder Christina Irisarri

37-year-old Christina Irisarri (@umisurfyoga) grew up in Ferrol, a small village on the northwest coast of Spain, surfing with her family, some of the pioneers of surfing in Spain. She now lives at Doniños beach close by where she has started Umi Surf Yoga, a project to combine her loves of yoga and surfing. While surfing was something she was practically born into—and has traveled the world doing—yoga came later in life. A breast cancer survivor, Christina found yoga to be s

Wild Woman: Skier McKenna Peterson

Like so many who grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho, McKenna Peterson (@mck_p) has been on skis since she was 2. The former Freeskiing World Tour competitor switched to big mountain skiing in 2007 and now spends her winters skiing in her hometown and getting helicoptered into places to ski stunning big mountain lines. While she’s sponsored—currently by K2 skis, SCOTT sports, Xtratuf, Stanley, and Ridge Merino—she still works summers on her father’s commercial fishing boat in Alaska

Wild Woman: Crag to Crux Founder Raee Lorton

“Will Send for Seltzer,” “On My Way to Flash Your Project,” “Fuck Your Beta.” These are just a few of the messages on some of Crag to Crux’s products (a personal favorite of mine is the pin that says “Not Cocaine” which I have on my chalk bag). Crag to Crux owner and founder, 28-year-old Raee Lorton started her company as a side project, a way to tap into her creative, artistic side while working her day job as an environmental scientist. But what started as a simple Etsy pro

Wild Woman: Coalition Snow and SISU Founder Jen Gurecki

Jen Gurecki has been described as a “serial entrepreneur,” a fitting moniker for the founder of Coalition Snow, a company that makes skis and snowboards for women “tired of watered-down and pinked-up men’s equipment, and Zawadisha, a social enterprise based out of Kenya that finances the livelihoods of rural women. She’s also the Editor-in-Chief of SISU Magazine, a quarterly publication that tells untold stories of the outdoors, and the co-host of the podcast Juicy Bits. The

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wild Woman: Nurse and Nature Photographer Claire Seder

Following Claire Seder’s Instagram is like viewing nature porn; her shots of alpine lakes, mountain peaks, and snow-dusted forests would inspire anyone to get outside more. Most of what Claire shoots is within road-tripping distance of her home base of Seattle or her hometown of Portland. A full-time nurse, 27-year-old Claire’s adventures usually happen on her off days and involve lots of planning and the accompaniment of her boyfriend. Her schedule of working night shifts th

Wild Woman: Artist and Skier Larissa DeHaas

I have never known anyone who eats, sleeps, and breathes skiing as much as Larissa DeHaas. Her Instastories in the summer often lament the end of skiing and counting the days until the snow comes while every workout, meal, equipment purchased, and friend in her life somehow adds to her skiing experience. The 30-year-old who rides for Elevated Locals works on the park crew at Dollar Mountain in the winter, garnering her an enviable free ski pass to Sun Valley Resort. Throughou

 

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