GO! Girls Outdoors

A resource for women in Outdoor Education and Recreation

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Gear

Gear Resources
Gear manufacturers have realised that lots of women like the outdoors and they're different shapes from men. Here's what's out there, and where you can buy it.

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Travel

Travel Resources
A selection of travel resources especially for women who love to travel. Includes a list of online communities if you do it yourself, or companies if you need a little help.

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Surfing

Surfing Resources
Listed here are some links to resources from all over the world that cater to women who love surfing.

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Hiking/Tramping

Hiking Resources
Extended walks are great for the mind and spirit and lots of women love to take part in them. Check out these resources and get inspired to go on a walking adventure.

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Snow Sports

Snow Sports Resources
Skiing, snowboarding, backcountry, polar expeditions - all done in the snow and all done by lots of amazing women.  Check out these resources to find out more...

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Kayaking/Canoeing

Kayaking Resources
White water, surfing, sea kayaking, sprint racing, marathon racing, multisport, fishing...is there anything you can't do from a kayak? Explore these resources!

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Cycling

Cycling Resources
A list of resources for all sorts of cycling - mountain biking, road biking, touring, racing, recreation and commuting - all specific to women.

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Climbing

Climbing Resources
Women can (and have) achieved incredible things in climbing. Listed in this section are a collection of climbing and moutaineering resources that are useful and inspiring for all climbers.

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Organisations

Organisations
A list of organisations that cater exclusively to women, or run trips exclusively for women. A great way to find a women-specific adventure in your area.

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Outdoor Industry

Outdoor Industry Resources
Looking for resources to help you plan programs, companies and organisations that cater for women or organisations you can join? Look no further...

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General Information

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Welcome!

If you are visiting this website you are probably either involved in or want to be involved in working and/or recreating in the biggest and best playground of all, the great outdoors!  Welcome to the site - I hope you find what’s here useful, informative and inspiring.


Before going any further, I’d like to point out that “GO! Girls Outdoors” is NOT anti-male in any way.  In fact, this website can help men come to grips with some of the issues that can face women in an outdoor environment, in order to become better instructors or mentors.


The outdoors is a place where both men and women can gain immense benefits socially, mentally and physically.  It is a place to gain environmental awareness and to learn about yourself and others. In the PB080331.JPGoutdoors you can challenge yourself according to your personal skill level, whatever that might be, and gain a sense of accomplishment.  You can learn about challenge and hardship, setting and accomplishing goals, working in groups and effective communication skills.  Outdoor Education in schools is especially popular these days, thanks to all these reasons. 


Today there are many people, including lots of women, participating in outdoor activities.  However, in some areas there are less women than men - in particular in the more ‘extreme’ sports such as white water kayaking/rafting or mountaineering, and in management positions at outdoor centres or schools. Lots of research has been done on why this is the case, and researchers have come up with a variety of reasons as to why this is the case.  Here are some:

·         Masculine portrayal of the activities;

·         Predominance of men participating;

·         Lack of female instructors, mentors and role models;

·         Lack of knowledge of techniques and strategies for effectively educating women in the outdoors.


Some outdoor activities do appeal to males more than females.  However, as a female in outdoor education and recreation I have seen many girls and women flourish while engaging in properly managed outdoor activities.  What a shame that some may be turned off by one or more of the reasons above!

In order for everyone to gain the benefits of outdoor activities, everyone must be given an equal opportunity to engage.  Researchers have given us the following insights into the education of women in the outdoors:

·         Females often require education and instruction that is designed specifically for women.  Me on Eiger.JPG

·         Women need encouragement to participate, support while learning and exposure to female role models and mentors. 

·         Women need instruction from leaders who support the learning pace and style of women.

·         Single gender groups can be beneficial for female beginners.

·         Females working in outdoor education and recreation should be supported in order to boost the number of women in the industry.


Of course, there are many amazing women doing incredible things in the outdoors, and many programs and events that cater especially for women - just look up the Profiles section for some examples.  This website has been created to provide an information hub and communication network, neither of which exist for any outdoor community in Australia.  I hope it is a useful and informative resource for anyone interested in the issues that face women in outdoor education and recreation.


Do you agree or disagree with any the statements above?  Jump to the Forum and start a discussion about an issue of your choice!


Anything you think should be added? Do you have an article you would like published or a person, program or event you would like to see profiled? Contact Marjorie.

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