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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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Laurie Bernier - avid skier!

Laurie Bernier hiking to backcountry Find your passion!  And if you don't know what it is, start looking...

Laurie Bernier is an outdoor enthusiast and avid backcountry skier from Maine in the eastern USA.  In the winter she spends as much time as she can on her skis, whether that is telemark, alpine touring, classic or skate skiing.  In the summer months she enjoys slalom waterskiing, mountain and road biking and hiking and backpacking.  Laurie loves to get out into the backcountry to go skiing, but tries to be active in some way every day.  She says that she always learns something about herself, and she loves the sensations of warmth, good food, her muscles working and her breathing, as well as sharing the moments with other people and getting a sense of accomplishment. 

Laurie Bernier skiing Laurie became involved in skiing when she met her husband, but has always biked and enjoyed the outdoors.  Laurie says that being in the mountains and having to make decisions that involve risk makes her feel alive.  After doing something like that in the mountains, she has a vivid memory of the event, including the feelings she had, that will always stay with her.

Laurie works as a recreational therapist for Northeast Passage, a non-profit therapeutic recreation organisation.  Laurie’s job in the organisation is helping people with disabilities participate in the sports or activities they choose, assisting to adapt the sport or the equipment to cater for their needs.   She loves being athletic in the  outdoors, and passes this onto her clients - she says that sometimes they catch the bug!

Laurie Bernier hikingLaurie says that her peers are mostly men and believes that there are definitely a larger percentage of men involved in outdoor sports.  She says that men would like to have more women involved in the outdoors because women are just as capable and bring a different attitude and knowledge that is very important in high risk sports.   Laurie says that the backcountry trips she has done with just female friends are quite different from her co-ed trips.  She and her friends make their own decisions, rather than a guy with more experience making the decisions for them.  She says this is even more exciting because sound decisions have such a great impact on the safety of the trip - and the fun of a trip is making decisions as you go along.

Laurie says that her own daughter is a role model for her.  Laurie’s daughter participates in extreme endurance sports and Laurie admires the way that her daughter remains calm and logical in stressful situations in the outdoors.  She also respects her daughter’s psychological and physical strength.  Laurie says that she is always striving to become better in every way, and is pleased that her passion for the mountains is inspiring to others.

Laurie Bernier skiing If you want to ponder why people take risks, Laurie recommends watching the movie Steep.  She also recommends finding something you’re passionate about and pursuing it - and if you don’t know what it is, start searching!

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