The North Face Takes Note with #shemovesmountains Campaign

Rooted in empowering the next generation of explorers through sharing more stories of women in exploration, The North Face’ #shemovesmountains campaign is a business commitment that impacts everything from representation in advertising campaigns to investment in product design. Could this change the face of marketing in the outdoor industry forever?

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Fighting pain with adventure. An interview with Olivia.

Standing on the beach with the sun shining and the wind blowing her hair across her face. We catch up with Olivia. She is out of breath and dripping sea water, but grinning from ear to ear. The typical scene after a kite-surfing session at Rosebud beach, Melbourne, Australia. At first glance you might think that this is a kite-surfer who has always been gifted at the sport. A natural from her first time on the water. That couldn't be further from the truth. Olivia tells us her story about how she comes to be standing here, glowing.

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Q&A with 'Long Distance Hiker' Emma Erwin

Meet Emma Erwin. Emma started her running endeavors whilst at college. As a car-less student, Emma ran mostly out of convenience, and to escape dorms in to the outdoor fresh air. By senior year, Emma was regularly running 20 miles roundtrip to catch the sunrise on one of her favourite mountain spots near her college. 

At 21 she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. At 22, Emma ran her first ultra-marathon and got hooked to pacing long miles. Read her Q&A in the blog if you're a curious long distance wanderer too!

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Interview, SportSabine Zonderland
How to “Explore, Dream and Discover”…. without the guilt.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  - Mark Twain

It is tough for anybody to commit the time and money to an adventure of a lifetime but, for some reason, women in particular find it far harder to throw off the bowlines – why is this? Clipper Race Adventurer Della shares her story on the challenges of adventure as a women

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SportSabine Zonderland
Travel Slow

Slow travel is an offshoot of the slow food movement, which began in Italy in the 1980s as a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome. The slow food movement aims to preserve regional cuisine, local farming, communal meals and traditional food preparation methods. This cultural initiative has since burgeoned into a whole way of life known as the Slow Movement, which emphasizes connection — connection to food, connection to families and, in the case of travel, connection to local peoples and cultures. Lexi Connors headed to Europe to commence her 800km walk along the Camino de Santiago route. Read about her adventure on the blog

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Diving the SS Yongala

The SS Yongala is an incredible tale in Australian history. A tragic story that has become one of Australia’s most renowned dives. Immerse yourself in the dive experience with She Went Wild Ambassador Sara Piper as she takes a dive down into the mystery of Yongala with Adrenalin Dive, in Townsville with Adrenaline Dive. Read on!

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Best Tips, Australia, SportSara Piper
Q&A with Dulkara Martig: Expedition Leader & Outdoor Teacher

Dulkara Martig is a 29 year old woman from New Zealand who has built a life around her love for adventure. She’s a passionate hiker, packrafter, sea and whitewater kayaker, mountain biker and light mountaineer. She has spent the last few years working all around the world as an expedition leader and a teacher in the outdoors. Most of her spare time has been spent embarking on long personal trips into some of the world’s most remote places.

 She is currently on a month-long traverse of the Southern Alps in New Zealand with three other kiwi women, Anna Loomes, Inga Booiman and Tara Mulvany. The team of women are all aged between 27 and 29 years old and they have all spent the last decade working within the outdoor industry in New Zealand and overseas.

Dulkara is using this trip as an opportunity to share stories of kiwi women in the outdoors with the hope of inspiring other people, especially women, to pursue careers - and lifestyles - in the outdoor world. We managed to catch up with her a few days before they set out.

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InterviewSabine Zonderland
Wild Green Parenting

Zion Lights, author of the book The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting , is passionate about science communication and her mission is to bring research to life, put the magic back in to science education and give younger generations the best chance at fighting (and adapting to) climate change whilst enjoying and embracing the great outdoors. She shares some of her top tips to get the whole family out enjoying nature with us

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A Day In The Life of A Hut Warden

If your idea of a dream job involves living in a backcountry cabin and working amidst a stunning alpine landscape, then get your stoke on with the quirky short film Tanya the Hut Warden produced by Olivia Whitney. Tanya Rinehart is an avid mountain biker, trail runner, and rock climber, her experience in outdoor education and her craving to explore have led her from the mountains of her hometown in Colorado to living on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, working in a small Fijian village, and taking the Trans-Siberian Railway all the way from London to Beijing-- having plenty of fun and adventures along the way, of course. Check out 'A Day In The Life Of a Hut Warden' short film produced by Whitney Olivia within her blogpost

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Sabine Zonderland
Recipe : Burnt Aubergine With Ash Salsa, Dirty Bread & Smoked Feta

This recipe is bought to you courtesy of Sam Quinn, Co-Founder of Woodfired Canteen – a Cornwall-based experience dining company. Hosting memorable meals in special locations, the team serve up creative, colourful food cooked over wood fire. Plates loaded with local produce are delivered to the centre of communal tables, where guests - elbow-to-elbow and deep in conversation - pause to devour wholesome seasonal menus.

Woodfired Canteen is based at Wheal Kitty Workshops in St Agnes, an old mine-works and engine house perched on Cornish clifftops; they share the site with awesome adventure brand Finisterre, environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage and Walters surfboard shapers.

This recipe is perfect for an alfresco feast after a Cornish surfing session.

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A Running Striptease : What to pack for a Fell Run

Fell Running, also known as hill running, is the sport of running and racing, off road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty.

You may start off cold, get hot whilst challenging vertical heights running up hill, and its likely to cool down up top... so what do you wear?! Rachel, a keen fell runner, has us covered!

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advice, SportSabine Zonderland
Life on a Postie Bike.. Around Australia

Jacqui has spent most of her life on the road and cannot remember a time when she was not either packing or unpacking. Her mother Dorothy first introduced her to Europe when she was nine years old – living in a Kombi and visiting a myriad of different countries and cultures.

Over the last 3 years, Jacqui Kennedy and her trusty CT110 called Mo have been traveling over 55,000 kilometres. “Mo is a 110cc ex-Auspost bike, top speed 75km/h on a good day and he steers like a washing machine,“ says Jacqui, “He has been a faithful companion and like most men, as long as you keep the fluids topped up, he is happy.” Read more about Jacqui and Mo's adventures on the blog

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Clipper Race Diaries : Cape Town to Fremantle

The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht.

The sea does not distinguish between Olympians or novices. There is nowhere to hide - if Mother Nature throws down the gauntlet, you must be ready to face the same challenges as the pro racer. It's a fair game and anyone eager for adventure is invited to participate. Hungry for more? Read about Belinda's experience sailing from Cape Town to Fremantle.

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Australia, SportSabine Zonderland
Finding big impact in the little things

Meet Thuc. A Sydney-based photographer with a lifelong affliction that the Germans call fernweh (a yearning for far-flung places) and an enthusiasm to live an active and exciting life. Inspired by big landscapes, heart-filled human feats and soul-shaping experiences. Through her phenomenal photography skills, she is able freeze beautiful and powerful moments to inspire you to dream big and live big, to chase your own versions of adventure and fulfilment. 

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