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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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Biking the Golden Gate

tn_P3060211.JPGBike riding the Golden Gate bridge is an outdoor adventure that you share with many of the people who visit San tn_P3060218.JPGFrancisco.  Despite this, we decided that riding across the bridge would be a worthy adventure and connected with the lovely Penny, a fellow Hobartian and friend I’ve known since the mad old university white water rafting club days.  Penny has just moved to Palo Alto, 40 minutes or so south of San Francisco, and was keen to join in the bike riding adventure.


tn_P3060208.JPGSo - off we went on our adventure across the bridge, which provided fantastic views of the city and the rolling hills of the Marin County.  We were a bit confused about the name - Golden Gate - because we’d eavesdropped the day before and learned that it was called that because of the Californian gold rush and the ‘gate’ it provided for the city.  However, since the bridge was only built tn_P3060201.JPGin 1937 and we were pretty sure that the gold rush was around before that, we were quite confused.  It was only Dave’s information-plaque-reading habit that solved this bit of confusion - apparently the gap between the headlands is called the Golden Gate, so the bridge across it was named the Golden Gate Bridge.


The tide absolutely rips through the Golden Gate.  The Golden Gate is only 0.7 miles wide (a little more than a kilometre) and there is 276 miles (444 kilometres) of coastline in the bay, so effectively the whole thing is like a big bathtub with a small plug.  Apparently the tide height can vary by up to 9 feet (around 3 metres) so it’s no wonder you can see the water cascading past under the bridge. 


tn_P3060221.JPGOn our ride we saw small towns, houseboat communities, massive redwoods shadowingtn_P3060225.JPG massive mansions, a waterfall up Cascade Road and lots of the coastline.  It seems that Californians aren’t shy with their house building - there are enormous houses everywhere.  We looked them up in the real estate guide and they’re worth a fair bit too, a million dollars at the absolute minimum, and that’s probably for a little 5 bedroom cottage in a less salubrious street!


tn_P3060227.JPGIt was awesome to get out on a cycling adventure, and especially one that ended in a ferry ride across the beautiful bay.  We saw many, many other cyclists and the bike paths were easy to navigate around.  San Francisco, so I found out, also has a cycling club exclusively for women and girls called Velo Girls.  If you’re interested in seeing what they do, go here.


Have you also seen the GO! Girls Outdoors profile of Nancy Sathre-Vogel, who is cycling a bit further than we did - from Alaska to Argentina - with her husband and two ten year old sons?  If not, click here.

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