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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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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Steph Jagger is a badass. And not just because she skied 4 million vertical feet in a year, broke a world record, is Canadian, and wrote the poignant and hilarious book Unbound. Steph Jagger is also a spiritual gangster—someone who had the courage to take herself on and share that journey with the world through …

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Cross Record launched its wispy, skeletal brand of indie rock on Bandcamp in 2011, so it’s no wonder that Emily Cross, one half of the husband-and-wife duo, got her musical start after taking a course called “Minimalism.” Her new album, Wabi-Sabi is a critically acclaimed collection of experimental tracks that hold this beautiful, no-frills ethos close to …

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Back in January, when the Misadventures crew was hanging out at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, we spent our free time exploring the Venture Out section — where you might turn a corner and catch shoes being cobbled or sunglasses whittled. Makers, designers, pioneers, rebels, all outdoor enthusiasts. Our people! We spotted …

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You may never have heard of Bemis, but if you’ve bought any outdoors gear or active wear in the past couple of years most likely you’ve worn something they’ve designed. They don’t design things for companies, but they design the technology that allows companies to make more breathable, more lightweight, more waterproof gear. In short, …

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Women making a difference in the world of conservation are driven by their passion. They work tirelessly to implement programs that educate, inspire, and raise awareness for their cause. Ghislaine Maxwell is one such woman who campaigns internationally to protect our oceans. I am mesmerized by her enthusiasm, her passion for the underwater world, and her …

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The Yukon River Quest belongs to another world, or another time. A 450-mile paddle into the Canadian Wilderness where the string of competitors spreads like loose pearls until the only other things you might encounter outside of your boat are moose, bears on the shore, eagles, and smoke from forest fires. Katie Stein Sather, Commodore of …

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Melissa Wawrzkiewicz is one of those rare runners who is incredibly impressive and incredibly unintimidating at the same time. She hasn’t been running her whole life, but since she started, it seems like she hasn’t stopped. She recently won the Oleta Down 2 Earth Half Marathon (won overall, for men and women), and I imagine there …

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