On International Women’s Day of this year, Anna Paxton and Hetty Key launched an independent research project, Women in Adventure, which aims to increase women’s participation in outdoor adventure, and identify any barriers preventing women from getting involved as much as they would like. To that end, they are conducting a survey of adventurous women, in …

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“You’re doing what?” Most people asked this question during the fall as I explained my winter plans: Costa Rica, Ecuador, and paddling at the Grand Canyon. The idea of being on a raft for sixteen days in January in the Grand Canyon floored people. “Don’t you know it’s going to be cold down there?” “Yes, …

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The cliff face loomed above my head, pegs sticking straight out from the rock. I clipped into the steel cable with both carabiners, took a deep breath, and grabbed the first peg of the Klettersteig Via Ferrata in Kandersteg, Switzerland. Then I felt the first stirrings of stark terror. It made no sense; the fear …

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At Misadventures, we’ve checked in again to see how women are represented in the outdoor and adventure-industry publication world. In two past reports (Winter 2015 and Summer 2014), we documented how many outdoor and adventure lifestyle magazines and websites, rather than being gender-neutral, strongly skew toward a male audience. How did we measure this? In an admittedly imprecise way, …

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Fall came to Novosibirsk the last day of August. The week before had included a minus 1 evening, but that was a summer aberration. The last day of August was the real start of fall. That day the air became especially clear, and the light changed to that special tilting light of spring and fall. …

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I have long been a fan of award winning international journalist Kitty Pilgrim. Now, I am a fan of Kitty Pilgrim, adventure novelist, speaker, and role model. Her first novel, The Explorers Code, got me hooked on the characters and their life of intrigue. I imagined myself as one of them, living the very James Bond …

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“Living Big” may be Mary Cecchini’s mantra, but it’s more than a state of mind—it’s an international destination. Though she’d been saying the phrase since childhood, it really took hold in 2011 when Mary’s mother became ill after suffering a brain aneurism. “I saw right in front of me how fragile life is. People always …

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