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Ready to Play Outside?

Rad WomEn × Rad Adventures

 

What's the big idea?

We're SO glad you asked

Girls Gone Wilderness is a new non profit for girls who are currently intimidated by or non-connected to the outdoor world. We will be developing original programs, partnering with existing organizations, and building outreach in the outdoor and adventure community.

We believe that becoming a Girl Gone Wilderness provides a much needed antidote to the social pressures young women are facing today. There is an overdeveloped popular culture centered around fashion and appearance, yet the existing adventure role models are relatively low profile, under-exposed, and out of reach to the average young woman who has yet to venture outside.

With our outings, the Girls Gone Wilderness will have an opportunity to explore, grow, and learn to adore our fantastic natural playground. We want to invite a new group of young women to play outdoors by providing an alternative style of activities, encouraging those who have never found it appealing to join traditional groups to become interested in our format. Starting with skill-agnostic, inclusive programs that make ‘going wilderness’ accessible and fun for all, we will build a base of community support and funding for future, more in-depth programs.

Hiking a mountain, climbing a tree, or crossing a stream embeds joy, confidence, and pluck. When done with other women, we become part of a bad ass, good time tribe that every girl should have access to.

Girls Gone Wilderness will offer uplifting, social outdoor experiences, which will become their welcome mat to life long outdoor adventures. We will introduce a new format and style of getting outside, a community of inspiring people, and a series of events designed specifically to empower young women.

Where will we play?

In Only the best Forests Around

Based out of Vancouver B.C. and Seattle, WA we're thrilled to focus locally on our diverse region of outdoor bounty and the girls who live in our reach. Oceans, evergreens, wildflowers, and snow will provide the canvas for year round activities.

Who's leading the charge?

Alicia Woodside

Alicia was obsessed with sports growing up, suffered from a brief Lindsay-Lohan-is-my-role-model period, and finally converted to the wisdom of the mountains, at age 23. Trail running became her gateway drug to adventure, and she never looked back. Since then, she's gone from being a liability on the mountain to becoming a snowshoe running guide and infamous multi-modal trip planner. Today, she loves getting high on mountains and running crazy long distances with friends in BC, Oregon and Washington, and in wild places like Mongolia. 

Joanie Maynard

Joanie was born and raised in Quebec, Canada and grew up playing trumpet in the school band and hoping one day to become  a professional 10-pin bowler… yes, she was that good at bowling!   Luckily, she also loved playing outside and running around in the woods.   But her love for the outdoors truly thrived in her early twenties when she moved to BC and discovered the therapeutic effects of getting lost in the mountains.  Health science geek during the day, passionate mountain biker at night, she also enjoys slow-paced snowshoeing, camping and random outdoor shenanigans. 

Nancy Zenger

Nancy is that girl who carries everything in her bag, so that she can climb, midnight trail run, or mountain bike at a moment's notice after work tonight. Whatever the adventure outside, she is down, whether it's mountain biking with the boys, ski touring in powder, or wild canoe/running trips, you name it. Nancy brings a balance of spontaneity and OCD life saving skills to adventure. 

Jennifer Hughes

After spending her teenage years and twenties being focused on acquiring and perfecting the typically promoted pursuits - husband, house, career - it took becoming a mother and arriving at 30 to suddenly see the world for the glorious playground that it is. A sudden switch found her preferring a smaller, but much bigger life with dirt in her toes, long miles on her legs, less furniture to dust, and journals full of madcap adventures in life and love. Whether running her local NW single track or high up in the mountains of Nepal - Jenn believes in the magic of always moving forward.

Get wild with us!

Join us at OUR eventS

Girls Gone Wilderness hosts unusually delightful outdoor events that are lighthearted, fun, and inspiring, aimed at bringing the party outside. In the past, we've hired a school bus to help us complete some awesome hikes, like a Friday Night point to point headlamp hike with 45 women on the North Shore's Baden Powell, and a happy hour sunset hike at in West Vancouver's Lighthouse Park, complete with virgin cocktails. We've done yoga in inspiring places, like the time we did yoga with 20 people overlooking the sparkling waters of Howe Sound at Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, or the time we practiced with 40 women on an island, during an adventure trip to Bowen Island. We've also paddle-boarded beside a live concert in West Vancouver oceanside, and we've trail run a ton-- on Bowen Island, Mount Seymour, and coming up this year in 2018, Anvil Island! 

We believe in making the mountains more accessible, and that means making our experiences fun and welcoming, offering prices much lower than most outdoor events, as well as easy transportation options, and gear that's easy to find, or provided for you.

Our events are guaranteed friend-making good times, all aimed at getting more women playing outside.

Get Stoked: Anvil Island in May 2018!

We're planning our first-ever teen girls' adventure camp! It's happening on Anvil Island, B.C., May 11 - 13 2018! The camp will feature an intro to trail and mountain running, a workshop on Stand Up Paddling, guided outdoor yoga, and workshops on outdoor survival, sports nutrition & body image, and trail running & paddling technique. Our camp setting is right on the water with our own beach on Anvil Island, and we will have healthy & delicious food prepared by our awesome camp leaders. To learn all details about the camp, including a full schedule, check out our Anvil Island Camp Guide.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for camp, ticket sales will be launched right here on January 1st, 2018, at 8am!

Tickets are $169.09, which includes all the healthy food we'll devour from Friday night to Sunday, 2 nights' stay in cabins, water taxi transport to and from Anvil Island, all equipment for Stand Up Paddling, & experienced guides and nutritionists, who are volunteering their time to make this adventure happen.

 

Not sure what to bring to camp?

Download our new camp packing list, here!

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