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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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Misadventures and Fishing Tales

Misadventures and Fishing Tales
Is there an activity less feminine than fishing, do you think?  You rug up in layers and layers of clothes, then you put something waterproof over the top.  You grab your heavy boat or your canoe and manoeuvre it into the water.  You impale a worm on a hook and dangle it in the water.  Then, after you’ve waited for a fish to bite, you haul it in and kill it - probably smearing your clothing with fish blood and guts as you do so.

I apologise to the feminine fisherfolk I’ve just offended with this description, but I ask you to consider this: how often do you see a picture of a sexy babe in a bikini holding up a fish she’s just caught, killed and gutted?  Not very often, if you ask me.

Of course, this website is a celebration of how and why women break out of the typical stereotypes and embrace activities that are viewed by most people as ‘unfeminine’.  If a year of interviewing and profiling outdoor women has taught me anything, it’s that if there’s an outdoor activity that you think couldn’t possibly be done by women, there is always a woman out there doing it - and doing it well.  Just look for Misadventures and Fishing Tales for a good example.

Kelly Bruning loves to fish.  Kelly lives in Northern Michigan and spends as much of her free time as possible out fishing on the lakes surrounding her house.  Originally from Boston, Kelly grew up in a fishing family and even had a bait stand with her brothers when she was growing up.  She dresses in bulky clothes, carries her own canoe, catches her own worms and lands her own fish.  She freely admits that she’s a minority in the sport, and relishes going in fishing competitions with her female team mates. 

Kelly is the author of a book called Misadventures and Fishing Tales, described by her as “a humorous collection of true short stories”.  I can agree with this description, having read the book, and feel comfortable recommending it to others.  Even though the book is very short, the stories are engaging and funny, and you really get a feel for why people enjoy fishing so much.  Kelly’s personality shines through in her stories, and by the end of the book I felt like I knew her and all the main characters (her fishing buddies) quite well.

If you’re wondering what inspires someone to go out fishing, read Kelly’s book.  You might even find yourself digging out the old fishing rod and giving it a go yourself.  Just like so many of the other women on GO! Girls Outdoors, Kelly has found a way of making a particularly unfeminine activity feminine and potentially a lot of fun.  Well done!

Kelly also donates $1 from the sale of each book to support the fight the disease Multiple Sclerosis, so please do consider buying it. 

For more information, or to buy a copy of Misadventures and Fishing Tales, click on the name to follow the link. 

For the Amazon author profile, go to this link for Kelly Bruning.

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