The Future of the Outdoors is Female, claimed Outside Online. But they still chose to arrange their 40 favourite females like a fashion shoot and have some of them in night-gowns and underwear.
There are loads of serious female adventurers out there and yet we’re faced with a wall of pink and purple waterproofs and rucksacks adorned with flowers. This selection is starting to resemble Fat Face in some outdoors shops – Love Her Wild has an excellent rant on the subject.
Women seem poorly represented in outdoors and adventure. Role models exist, but they are hard to find. The knowledge is there, but hard to share.
Inspired by the awesome female adventurers out there – and wanting to help those just getting started – I’m introducing a regular feature on my blog.
I was lucky enough to get into outdoor activities at a young age. I was lucky enough to be taken seriously (or stubborn enough to stick with it). Now I’d like to help others get to where I am now – and far beyond, because I’m nowhere near the top or the horizon.
Intrepidess (n.) – She who boldly goes.
It all comes back to one of my bug bears – breaking stereotypes.
What I’m Looking For
- Inspirational stories
- Serious gear reviews
- How-to and skill sharing
- Features, industry insights
e.g. what it’s like to be a mountain guide, how to become a MTB instructor
Activities can cover anything which involves getting outside, muddy, wet, sweaty, cold or tired. If you think other adventurous outdoor females would be interested in reading about it, you’re on the right track.
I’m open to suggestions, so if you’re not sure just pitch it to me anyway! Let’s see how this develops.
P.S. In the interest of fairness, you do not have to be female to contribute, but male contributors must not fall prey to the stereotype.