Even as we fix our eyes on the future of women’s exploration and adventure, let’s not forget those who blazed the trail behind us. Whether it was climbing Long’s Peak well before it was a standard route, pushing through a broken rib to collect plants, fighting for suffrage and climbing in pants, traveling to France …

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One of the first things I learned about Melissa Coles was that she studied taekwondo and knows how to escape everything from headlocks to alligator attacks. One of the second was that she sends scores of letters to friends and family back in her hometown of Loganville, Georgia. With chin-length hair and wire frame glasses …

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I was born and raised on the shores of New Jersey; the highest peak in my hometown is a whopping 29 feet above sea level. So mountains have always seemed like a foreign concept to me. Hiking was not an activity I took part in until college, and now looking back, this might be a …

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My legs stung with a throbbing pain from my first sunburn of the summer: a livid red. The pain served as a mark of passage from a dark Montana winter and dreary spring that had barely any sun for my vitamin-d starved body. I watched the river’s muddy waters seethe as winter loosened its hold …

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On a dark night last year, my closest friend Laura and I landed in Honolulu: backpacks, skateboards, and sleeping bags in tow. I had just spent months toiling as an intern at a major publishing company in New York, freelancing and genuflecting to editors—not to mention moving from sublet to sublet. Something had to give. …

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If you’re looking closely enough, adventure opportunities are everywhere. I started  by looking at islands to circumnavigate in my kayak; I thought circling round an island by kayak could be a fun and accessible mini adventure, one perhaps I could pack into a single weekend. As I scribbled down notes on various islands, I came …

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I’ve spent a good bit of time in wild places this year, mostly with 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Overall, I find this an amazing age, but prime for discomfort about their periods when beyond the world of indoor plumbing and regular trash service. I had forgotten the particular creeping horrific shame of wanting to …

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I first met Sarah Hueniken early on a September morning in a cafe in Canmore, Alberta. Hueniken was not quite awake and had had a long day before — to say she was grumpy would mischaracterize her. I immediately approached her like a puppy wagging my tail, sticking out my hand to shake hers. Kind …

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It was around the time that I got my very own snowboard that I stopped snowboarding. Snowboarding gave me wings, the freedom to fly down a mountain and take risks I would have never attempted on skis. I took to snowboarding faster than any other attempted hobbies, and got good enough in only a few …

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