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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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Cable Cars

tn_P3070236.JPGOne of the unique features of San Francisco is the wonderful cable cars.  I was amazed to find out that the cables are not in fact up in the air, but instead beneath the streets of the city!  On one of our days in the tn_P3070238.JPGcity we got a public transport pass, which allowed us to explore much further with a lot less effort.  The ticket included rides on the cable cars, which were by far my favourite.

The only power in the cable cars themselves is the batteries that run the lighting.  The cars don’t operate under their own power - instead they operate by gripping on to a cable that is constantly in motion under the streets of the city.

tn_P3070248.JPGIn the Cable Car Museum we went to see the machinery that works together to make the cables move continuously.  The pulleys (called “sheaves” and pronounced “shivs”) turn the cables and are themselves turned by electric motors.  All this together makes the winding machinery.  The winding machinery keeps the cables moving at 9.5 miles per hour (about 15 kilometres per hour).  tn_P3070251.JPGThere are four loops of cable that service the four streets of San Francisco that have the cable cars.  When the car wants to move, it uses a special mechanism to pick up the cable and grip onto it so that it can be pulled up the hill.  On the way down the cable cars just coast down the hills (which are really steep), and when you ride the cars you can smell the burning wood of the pine they use for brakes.

tn_P3070241.JPGRiding the cable cars is an experience that every tourist to San Francisco likes to have.  There used to be many more cable cars servicing the streets (the streets are so steep that the horses from the horse-drawn carts used to last for only 2-3 years) but after the great earthquake and fires of 1906 a lot of the infrastructure was destroyed and the streetcars (trams) were introduced.  In the 1940’s many of the cable car lines were taken over by buses, and in 1947 the mayor tried to close down the remaining cable car lines.  This was not a popular move but it looked like it would fly for a while.  It was due to the efforts of a local lady named Friedel Klussman (also known as the Queen of the Cable Cars) that the cables were rebuilt on the four streets of San Francisco which they now reside.

Riding the cable car and visiting the museum was an amazing tn_P3070247.JPGexperience.  With the knowledge of how the cables worked, I could watch the cable car driver engage and disengage from the cable as we went up and down hills and around corners.  The mechanics seems so simple, but it takes a lot of pulleys and cables and advanced mechanical engineering to get the system working.  Good on old Andrew Hallidie back in 1873 - you’ve made a lot of horses a lot happier!

To find out more, visit the San Francisco Cable Car website here.

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