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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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tn_P6220225.JPG If you love climbing, check out these resources that cater specifically for women climbers and mountaineers.  Remember, if you know of a great resource that isn't listed here, contact GO! Girls Outdoors and fix the problem!


Wild Women on Top is based out of Sydney, Australia and specialises in adventure fitness for women.  With Di and the team you pick a climbing, trekking or mountaineering adventure goal, then get assistance with training for and accomplishing your goal.  Read the GO! Girls Outdoors profile on Di and Wild Women on Top here!

Women's Mountain Adventures - mountaineering and climbing adventures for women, guided by women, in the Canadian Rockies.

Babes in the Backcountry - an organisation that runs a wide variety of outdoor adventure trips for women, including climbing and mountaineering.  Based in Colorado but with trips all over the world.

Passages Northwest run extremely popular and successful rock climbing programs for girls in Seattle, and their Program Director Erica has some interesting things to say about the benefits of rock climbing as a teaching tool.


Brigitte Muir is an Australian mountaineer who was the first woman to climb the Seven Summits and the first Australian woman to climb Mt Everest.  She lives in Victoria, guides and climbs in Australia and overseas and was one of the first ever profiles on GO! Girls Outdoors!

Heather Swan is currently the only woman in the world to combine BASEjumping and high altitude mountaineering. She holds a number of world records for her jumps and talked to GO! Girls Outdoors about peer pressure in the highly male-dominated sport of BASEjumping.

Priscilla McKenney works for an organisation called GirlVentures in San Francisco, and has an extensive background in Outdoor Education and guiding, including owning her own business guiding mountaineering in the Himalayas.

Robyn Bertram is a recreational rock climber from Ontario, Canada and shared what she thinks makes the sport challenging for women with GO! Girls Outdoors.

Joanne Stamplis is also a recreational climber who works so she can take time off to climb!  She lives in Oregon in the USA.

Communities & Websites

Women Climbing website - features biographies, resources, history, links and more.  Based in the USA.

She Climbs - a climbing organisation.  You can join and go climbing with other groups of members and they also publish a quarterly newsletter.  Based in the USA.

Women Climbers Northwest - a loosely organised, outdoor activity group for women based in Seattle, USA.  They also publish the Women's Adventure Journal to inpspire and entertain.  You can also join the Listserve or become a member.

RockGrrl - a blog and website about women climbing.  Entertaining reading!

Women in the Mountains - a useful list of resources, including a detailed list of organisations that run women's climbing trips in the US.

Rockclimbing.com has a particularly active forum, including a Ladies Room where you can go to ask questions or discuss issues with other women climbers.

If you're into Twitter, you might like to befriend the women's climbing community - they're easy to find (search #climb) and choose to follow the ladies.  Then ask questions, comment, etc and you'll soon find yourself included.

Books and Papers

Leading Out - Women Climbers Reaching for the Top.  A book that tells the stories of a whole lot of climbing women, edited by Rachel Da Silva. 

Leading Out: Mountaineering Stories of Adventurous Women - the next in the series by Rachel Da Silva.

Breaking Trail by Arlene Blum.  A highly recommended read about mountaineering and science adventures in a time when women just didn't do that sort of thing.

The Wind In My Hair by Brigitte Muir.  The story of Brigitte's dream to climb the Seven Summits, a journey that took nine years and four attempts at Everest.

Women Climbing: 200 Years of Achievementby Bill Birkett & Bill Peascod.  An older book (1989) by a brace of blokes called Bill!  A woman climber featured in each chapter and the stories go all the way back to the 1700's.   

Girl on the Rocks: A Woman's Guide to Climbing with Strength, Grace, and Courage by Katie Brown.  A climbing guide for women, by a woman!

"Stepping around things": gender relationships in climbing.  A paper by Queenslander Jackie Kiewa, published in the Australian Journal of Outdoor Education. [5(2), 4-12.]

You can also go to the forum at GO! Girls Outdoors and start a climbing discussion.

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