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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

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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

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/Tramping

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

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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/Canoeing

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

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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

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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Organisations

Organisations
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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Sioux Lookout - Town of Adventure

GO! Girls Outdoors in snowJetty Sioux LookoutSitting on the train to Edmonton, catching up on blog entries and articles for the website, I’m looking back at our time in Sioux Lookout and wondering this - is there anything, outdoors or otherwise, that you can’t do in Sioux Lookout?!  We went snowshoeing, skiing, snow hiking and collected water out of a frozen lake.  We saw moose tracks, some sort of cat tracks, squirrel tracks, beaver tracks and GO! Girls Outdoors tracks.  Of course you might expect all that in winter from a little town based on a lake.  However, it doesn’t end there!  We also learnt how to make fresh pasta, went to yoga classes, tried raw vegan food, saw a movie about same sex marriage and adoption rites in Quebec, went to a multicultural supper and learnt how to make Nuts&Bolts.  We ate moose sausage, caribou and rice, elk kabobs, bison mince and lots of blueberry muffins and pies.  And perhaps best of all (because it appeals to my sense of humour), we met some ice fisherfolk (3 women and 1 man) who knew my dad who, I should point out, has lived in Australia for the past 35 years. 

XC Skiing top of hillWe’re all about the new experiences while we travel, and we went and stayed on an island, but we walked there!!  There’s something that you struggle to do in Australia.   It was on The Island that Dave went cross country skiing for the first time ever and had a blast, and it was while we were skiing that we met the ice fisherfolk who knew my dad, and we saw a lot of the animal tracks I mentioned before.

Snowy trees
In a flurry of firsts for Dave, he then he experienced about 20cm of snow in a 24 hour period.  While everyone else in Sioux Lookout was looking out the window and bemoaning  the fact that summer wasn’t here yet, we were looking out the window and going ‘Woo hooo!!  More skiing!!’, which perhaps wasn’t the best way to ingratiate ourselves with the locals.  We did go skiing again after the snow, but it turned out to be more like walking - I learnt the true meaning of the snow plough as I went down the hills, my ski tips invisible under the snow and pushing a massive wave of snow in front of my feet.  That said, I shouldn’t complain because we carved up some sick powder and can now officially call ourselves powderhounds.

Snowy skiingWe left Sioux Lookout thrilled at all the activities we’d done (thanks to Jon and Kim) - and with a list of ‘things to buy for the house when we get back, after we’ve got the house’ that includes a pasta maker, lots and lots of cupboards for the kitchen and snowshoes, skis and a snow maker.  Snow sports and fresh homemade pasta, coming soon to a Tasmanian Maple Syrup Farm near you.

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