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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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San Francisco

tn_P3050154.JPGtn_P3060216.JPGSan Francisco...a city where sea
lions have taken over the wharf, where you eat the bowl your soup comes in, where the public transport is hauled up the hills on cables, where you can find Jesus in the footpath, whole dried fish in the streets, bath salts in barrels and 6 postcards for $1 but stamps $1.25 each.

Where in one day you can see a bloke wearing a tn_P3050184.JPGhuge, leashed lizard on his shoulder , lots of old people doing laps in the freezing cold water of the mid-city harbour and a fellow parading as a tree to scare the tourists.  Where the next day you can see a million Japanese tourists, a million American tourists, a million bike riding tourists and a whole lot of people throwing cream pies at each other.  And then the next day see the lizard guy again!!

San Francisco is an amazing city.  Dave and I arrived to a windy, wet city late one afternoon and made our way to Oakland, our place to stay.  Kara had found out about the website through another San Franciscan contact and very kindly offered the apartment under her house for us to stay in.  Since then Kara and Eric and their two kids Chloe and Bodie have entertained us with stories and dancing (3 year old Chloe did this part) and lent us lots of books so that we can see the best that San Francisco has to offer.  So far, I think, we haven’t let them down - nor has San Francisco failed to provide an amazing variety of activities and adventures.


In San Francisco the sea gulls are enormous (the extra fries maybe?) and the sea lions are allowed to hang out on some specially set aside jetties in the main tourist drag.  These sea lions moved in to Pier 39’s K-Dock just after the earthquake in 1989, tn_P3050151.JPGand officially took over the docks in 1990.  First there were only 10 sea lions...then 50...then, due  to the abundance of herring in the docks, they now number around 300 although some winters there are as many as 900 sea lions on the docks!  Apparently they bite if provoked but the day we visited they looked pretty relaxed about their lot in life.  After all, they have plenty of herring to eat, a nice place to stay and lots of tourists to bark at - what more could a sea lion want?  No wonder they hung around!

California seems to be very keen on the clean, green, healthy image - a lot of the businesses boast about being ‘zero-emission’, ‘powered by bio-diesel’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ and the food joints boast about their lack of trans-fats, msgtn_P3050157.JPG and lard.  There’s a massive supermarket down the road that sells only organic food (at exorbitant prices) and the buses are all hybrid electric.  There’s still a very large number of Starbucks (and similar) selling sit down coffee in disposable cups but we felt proud to partake in a clam chowder that came in an edible bowl made of sourdough bread, thus reducing our carbon footprint.  This is a tradition in San Francisco and just had to be done - and the edible bowl meant that even Dave, who is to food-eating what the stretch-Hummer is to gas-guzzling, was able to fill up nicely.  We’ve actually seen a stretch-Hummer so I’m not making that up, it really does exist!

tn_P3050189.JPGTo walk off our clam chowder and sourdough bread, we decided to walk up a massive hill and then walk down Lombard Street, the crookedest street.  We then walked up another massive hill to the Coit tower, which was built and named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a qutn_P3050190.JPGirky San Francisco legend who attached herself to the volunteer fire department and wore men’s clothing so that she could visit the gambling establishments in town.  Perhaps she deserves a profile on GO! Girls Outdoors?  She must have done well because she provided the money that built the lovely Coit Tower on the top of Telegraph Hilll, from which you can see the whole city including all the bridges, the Marin County headland and the Pacific Ocean.

San Francisco is extremely multicultural and there’s an amazing variety of places to see, all within a few blocks of one another.  You can choose between American, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, African and Italian as tn_P3050148.JPGyou walk through the city.  I’ve felt quite out of place being white on the buses in the less touristy areas of town, and especially out of place being tall and white in some of the back alleys of Chinatown!  We’ve seen the touristy harbour part of the city, the green spaces and parks,  the Italian, Chinese and Japanese parts of town, the industrial/warehouse neighbourhoods, the hippy/funky/retro/groovy streets, the very upmarket shopping areas and the gleaming high rises of the financial district.  You can get everywhere on public transport without waiting longer than a few minutes, and you could entertain yourself in the city for many, many days.

Which we will do to the best of our abilities...tune in again soon for more...

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