What is She Is ABLE? She Is ABLE is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that offers outdoor trips and experiences to marginalized women. We focus our efforts on women recovering from trafficking, exploitation, abuse, and addiction. In short, we exist to provide access to outdoor experiences to women who usually wouldn’t have it. We believe in the …

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Sally Johnson at REI had a good idea. A great idea, actually, and it all started with her observation that “women want to recreate differently and experience the outdoors differently.” After some brainstorming, collaboration, and iteration, the Outessa event series was born. She often heard women wonder how they could become a part of a community …

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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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I’ve long lusted after Oru Kayaks—those magical kayaks that somehow fold into their own portable box. Why so much lust? Well, one, their Instagram feed is on point when it comes to gorgeous paddling photos. And, two, I live in a basement studio apartment in Washington, D.C. without a car. The thought of having a …

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I woke up in a haze. I couldn’t feel. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t move. I’d begun the previous night anticipating shattered glass ceilings and had ended it desperately searching for answers outside the White House. I dove into a cyclical digital catharsis, plummeting through written emotions shared by friends and poignant articles on race, …

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There’s nothing I love more than hopping on a plane. But when I land, I need a solid base to rest and relax. I’m equal parts homebody and adventurer. As passionate as I am about travel, I enjoy sinking my teeth into a place and staying for long enough to pick up on the characteristics …

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Everyone benefits when women succeed, and we believe that the outdoors can provide the tools: confidence, strength, and community. Whether you’re brand new to outdoor sport or looking to build on your skills, you’re invited to a week-long celebration of our community: Women in the Outdoors Week, April 17 – 23 New York, New York …

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Clair Marie is a professional BASE jumper, a mountain bike racer, a rock climber, and a snow sports addict. We spoke with her about how she made the leap to her current career trajectory. 1. How did you first get started BASE jumping, and what drew you to it? I saw BASE jumping when I was …

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There’s no better feeling than peeling your water booties off after a long day of paddling or surfing and freeing the puppies. You see them regain color, lose the pruney look, and, well, start feeling like feet again. The relief is 10-fold if you’ve squeezed your paws into a tiny play boat for hours, unsure …

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