Calling all lady adventurers out there. Seeing as we’re more than halfway through the “Year of the Woman” (re: REI’s “Force of Nature” campaign to address gender imbalances in outdoor recreation: “2017 is going to be a landmark year for gender equity in the outdoors”), take advantage of the upcoming women-only clinics and workshops throughout the state. Even if you can’t make it this year, mark your calendar to check these out if they pique your interest for next year. Whether you’re trying something new like archery or looking to advance your life-long mountain-biking hobby, build your skills at these outdoor activity clinics in Colorado while connecting with other rad, inspiring ladies.
We all start somewhere, #GirlsThatShred.
1. Climbing Clinic by Chicks with Picks (Rifle, Aug. 18-20)
Spend the weekend in Rifle Mountain Park, one of the world’s most famous climbing meccas, and enjoy two days of guided climbing and instruction. You’ll learn tips for projecting climbs, how to fall safely, and other advanced techniques that’ll help break you into higher grades.
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2. Ladies Day Out (doors) — Archery 101 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Brighton, Aug. 19)
Learn how to effectively wield a bow and arrow with Colorado Parks and Wildlife expert Megan Lacey. Spend the day in Barr Lake State Park’s archery range and come away with all the basic knowledge you’ll need to start up your own archery practice.
3. Intermediate Running Camp by Active at Altitude (Estes Park, Aug. 24-27)
Ready to kick your trail running up a notch? During this ladies-only camp, you’ll focus on trail running form and techniques, starting each day with an coach-guided run, later complemented by core and cross training exercises.
4. 14er Training Program by Life’s 2 Short Fitness (Leadville, Sept. 3)
Enroll in this five-week training program—curated by and for women—to rack up the expertise and confidence for high-altitude hiking. Strength and cardio workouts, paired with key information on what (and how) to pack for your hikes, will leave you prepared to summit any of Colorado’s 54 14,000-foot peaks.
5. Mountain Bike Workshop — Golden Giddyup by VIDA (Golden, Sept. 9)
At this interactive workshop, fine tune your fundamental mountain-biking skills. In the afternoon, preview and practice portions of the Golden Giddyup course, a part ride, part race around Golden’s open space that will occur the following day.
6. Backpacking Basics by REI (Denver, Sept. 13)
If you’re ready to extend your hikes overnight, tap into this workshop for an overview of logistical planning, meal prep, and gear advice for backpacking. While you learn about proper techniques and backcountry etiquette, use this as an opportunity to connect with other lady hikers.