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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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Beautiful British Columbia

Sooke Park WalkI’m not sure that British Columbia lacks anything that an outdoor enthusiast could possibly want.   The mountain ranges provide rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing (backcountry, on the ski hills, cross country), mountaineering and hiking possibilities.  The creeks and rivers that run from the mountains down into large lakes create outstanding white water paddling, fishing, water skiing, flat water paddling, canoeing and sailing.  The ocean on the west coast presents snorkelling, diving, sea kayaking, fishing and more hiking.  Not only are these outdoor adventure opportunities provided, they are also world class and extensive - you can go out and paddle a beautiful wilderness river for a week or more at a time.  If you want to, you can link up the rivers and lakes and go out for months.  And of course, not surprisingly, wherever you go in British Columbia, you meet outdoor enthusiasts.

Tent Ainsworth Hot SpringsIn Lussier Hot Springs near Invermere we met some ardent scramblers who spend their summer bagging as many peaks as they can before the snow returns.  In Golden the conversations at the pub were about the ski hill, and when it would be time to hang up the skis and start paddling again.  In Fernie there were photographs of local mountaineers and the nearby wilderness in the coffee shop, and in Penticton we saw cars loaded with rock climbing crowded into the car park near the local climbing area.  The tourism bureau on Vancouver Island publishes a free, 30 page, colour booklet called ‘Outdoor Adventure Vancouver Island’.

Grinning Arbutus TreeI lived in British Columbia for about 2 years when I was completing the last year of my science degree.  I planned to go for one year but it stretched to 2 because there was just so much to do.  I also planned to go straight back after I visited Tasmania again, but after I fell in love with Tasmania again and got carried away with other adventures, this is the first time I’ve been back since.  Coming back and touring around brought back many memories - climbing, paddling, hiking, camping, caving, skiing, snow shoeing and “studying”, with many great people and in many incredible places. 

Dave and I visited a few of these people on our way through BC, which is a great credit to the fantastic people you can meet in the outdoors - that is, that you can go away for 5 years, then return and on the strength of an email have a place to stay and a night full of stimulating conversation complemented with good food with interesting people.  We met up with my old rafting colleagues, my old climbing buddy (now with partner and child) and the friends I travelled through Central America with.  Things change in 5 years, but friends from the outdoors are friends for life!

We also met up with new people - random people in outdoor shops (where I left behind a GO! Girls Outdoors paper trail), people who will be profiled shortly on the website and, on Vancouver Island, Colin and Julie Angus.  I read Colin’s books while I was in Canada before, was inspired by his tales of adventure and read the books several times.  He’s now married to Julie, and they adventure together - their last trip was a rowing/biking trip from Scotland to Syria, and the trip before that was Colin’s adventure around the world by human powered transport.  Julie joined him for a good part of the bike riding and the row across the Atlantic Ocean, and Spring Floweris the first woman to row from mainland to mainland.  It was exciting and inspiring to meet such adventurous people, and spend an evening swapping stories and hearing about their adventures all over the globe.  I left with a nagging itch to go on another adventure soon, this time by bike or kayak, and my mind has been working at  this ever since! There is a GO! Girls Outdoors profile coming soon for Julie, so watch out for that.  You can also check out all their adventures on their website.

The moral of the story is - if you want an adventure, and you want to be able to choose your own adventure in any activity you could possibly want, British Columbia is the place for you.  I hope I can get back again sometime in the future, to pursue some of these adventures!

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