I was 10 the first time I saw snow. We lived in southern California, and one Saturday morning drove two hours from the outdoor malls just to pull off a mountain highway and gaze wondrously at an icy patch on the asphalt just big enough for a few snowballs. Now beneath my plane there is …

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I have officially lived in New York for one year. I moved from Los Angeles fresh out of college with a journalism degree; an open mind; and a dream, like the many thousands before me. I began interning three days a week, 9-5, for a magazine publisher in the beautiful Hearst building. I woke up very …

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What do 2 ladies + 18 days + 200 miles + 9 passes + 1 summit + 1 bear (!) add up to? Adventure, obviously. Last summer, at the ripe old age of 21, Julia Whitten and her friend Carly took on a cross-country and cross-California adventure, filming each step they took hiking the John Muir Trail. Watch …

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Ghost towns are the one roadside curiosity I can never pass up—they offer the perfect combination of wilderness escape, temporary time travel, and strange, slightly unsavory Americana. Like a lot of bookish kids, I spent most of my childhood reading about fantastic worlds just on the other side of the looking glass or the wardrobe …

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“Can we spin around the neighborhood for a few minutes so I can get the hang of this thing?” I asked my boyfriend, Tyson, as we headed out on what would be our first long motorcycle trip and my first time riding my motorcycle on busy interstates. I had ridden dirt bikes before, but I …

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There is Sarah, the energetic blonde storyteller, a recent transplant from Florida. There is Leslie, the soft spoken and sweet Madison grad.  There is Laura, the Bay Area native with a bubbly exterior, but an introverted interior.  And there is me, the married dreamer from Minnesota.  Together we make up a group of four women …

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Check out our interview with Sasha Cox in the Winter 2015 print issue! Sasha Cox is the founder of Trail Mavens, a San Francisco-based business dedicated to drop-kicking the primary barriers to entry that keep women from adventuring outdoors. Trail Mavens organizes weekend-long, skill-based camping and backpacking adventures for groups of women, and provides everything you might …

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How one all-female kayaking collective in California is propelling women’s leadership both on and off the water. Melissa DeMarie grew up dancing ballet. Anyone watching her maneuver up, down, and across rapids in a whitewater kayak can easily spot the markings of a dancer: every stroke is powerful yet precise and controlled. She can move …

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The first trailer in my life wasn’t the traveling kind—at least, it never meant to travel. Grandma’s single-wide guest trailer stayed tucked beneath the same sprawling Oak on North Carolina’s Intracoastal Waterway for decades, till Hurricane Fran blew it straight up Easy Street, along with the Oak itself. My parents drove two hours from my …

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