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Around the World on 7 Peaks

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This week a group of Nepalese women, who call themselves the Seven Summits Women are receiving international acclaim for being rockstar mountaineers. Women between the ages of 21 and 32 have joined forces to change the perception in Nepal of women in mountaineering. They are on an adventure and on a mission to do just that by climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents. They are hoping to attract more women to the realm of climbing by visiting schools as a group and explaining their mission, which includes education, empowerment and environment. The team have taken out loans, used up their savings and looked for sponsors in order to make this happen. All in the name of women empowerment through adventure in the great outdoors. Keep up the amazing work ladies! I can’t imagine how many girls you inspire everyday!

Saphalhos!!

ChhurimEverestRecord-621x324Earlier this month, Chhurim, a Nepalese woman, became a Guinness World Record holder by becoming the first woman to scale Mt. Everest twice in same climbing season. In fact the 2 trips were only a week apart. 21 women have reached the peak of Mt. Everest, but only Chhurim has been able to reach it twice in one season. In the article, she addresses that it is rare for women to accomplish physical feats such as this because “they are considered not as strong as men and face many problems like finding toilets,” which shows how much impact all of these women could have if they showed the world that they can hold their own at something most people in the world would never attempt to do.

Here in Crested Butte, a small but significant portion of our community is Nepalese. I have worked with Sonam and Namkha in the restaurant that I worked in for years until just recently. I managed to learn a few basic greetings in both the Nepalese and Sherpa languages, such as “how are you? > Kasto Cha?” or “thank you > Dhanybhad” “good night > subha ratri” They were often  the lights of the restaurant. You never heard them complaining. You never saw them get angry. but you did always see them smiling. I have an intense passion for travel and learning about different cultures, so I can’t imagine how much I probably annoyed them (although you’d never notice it) by asking questions about their lives in Nepal. Most of the Nepalese in CB are Sherpa, and have made a huge mark in town with their out-of-this-world food at both the Sherpa Cafe and Momo. Many were guides back in Nepal, some of them having double digits worth of Everest climbs. Their stories fascinate me. You walk into any bar here and hear the same story a million times of what somebody “hucked” that day or how many ski days they have put in this winter. But if those lovers of bragging rights sat down just once to hear what their busser at dinner that night did in a day back in Nepal, they would quickly be humbled. It is a culture that I had never encountered before moving here, and one of the many things I love so much about our community.

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Danica Patrick. Driving Fast and Taking Names.

I know I’m from the South, and usually that means I would know every Nascar Driver’s name, car # and who their sponsors are, but honestly, I can’t say that I have ever actually watched a full race from start to finish. I just don’t really enjoy watching things or cars or people going round and round in circles. That being said, I do appreciate the sport- its roots are buried in the Appalachian mountains, as are mine, and well, I like to go fast too. Plus watching her lead her first lap was so exciting, I was clapping the whole time.

However, this past weekend gave me a totally new and (shocking to many people) reason to watch Nascar-a woman. Danica Patrick made history on a couple different levels.
1- She became the first woman to win a pole in the Sprint Cup Series, placing her in the top starting spot in the Daytona 500.
2- She became the first woman to lead a lap (in above video) in the 500. She actually went on to lead the race twice for 5 laps.
3- Driving in the top 10 all day, she finished 8th, which while not her goal, is still the best a woman has finished in the Daytona 500, and pretty damn impressive too.

Danica Patrick and I share a special bond, although she doesn’t know it. It’s the bond that is created when having an unusual first name, and then someone famous having that same name. I have to admit this relationship she doesn’t actually know about has really made me not like her at times. When I was waiting tables, I can’t even count the number of people that asked me for her stats, or asked me if I had heard how she did in (fill in the blank) race. I’ve even had people ask-wait for it- if I’m RELATED to her! My only response to that is “yes, actually we’re cousins on the Danica side of the family”. But honestly, I am proud to share a first name with such a badass woman, who not only lives in a dudes world, but drives in it, and does it well.

Congratulations on making history Danica. You’ve given me a reason to watch Nascar, and you inspire women everywhere by doing it.

See you at the family reunion!

Powder Awards: Best Female Performance

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Tonight the ski industry elite are gearing up for their chance to win at least one coveted Powder Award. Powder Magazine, known as “the skier’s magazine” nominates and votes on a number of categories based on the previous year’s ski movies. Best Line, Best Powder, Best Editing, etc. The one that I am focusing on though, big shocker here, is the Best Female Performance. All of these women kicked ass this year, and I am excited to see which lovely lady will take the prize home.

Watch tonight at 7:30 MST.

Nominated are:

Michelle Parker – Superheroes of Stoke – MSP Films

Ingrid Backstrom – Superheroes of Stoke – MSP Films

Angel CollinsonThe Dream Factory – Teton Gravity Research

Elyse SaugstadKill Your Boredom – Voleurz

Good luck ladies!

SheJumps to Alaska: Get Your Cameras Ready!

Want to go to Alaska for free? SheJumps is hosting a backcountry skiing/riding video contest for women who “demonstrate backcountry skiing/riding abilities, smart decision-making in the mountains and creativity.” 

TGAK_Final_PosterSheJumps, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase female participation in outdoor activities essentially through creating a community of women who help each other reach their goals, used it’s vision to create a contest that will “help increase the presence of women skiers and riders in the Alaskan mountains.” Flow Tailgate Alaska and SheJumps have joined forces to inspire women to push their own limits while being safe in the backcountry.

Flow Tailgate Alaska is a 10 day festival (March 29-April 7 2013) that started in 2008  as a “way to honor the pioneering spirit of riding in Valdez, while giving access to a whole new group of riders in an affordable way.” Known for having some of the best terrain on earth, Valdez offers bottomless powder, endless mountains for various skill levels and an inspiring setting to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You will have the opportunity to take educational classes, meet other powder hounds, scope your lines and head out into paradise doing what we all love so much. Ladies, it is your time to shine this year!

Videos must be 1-5 minutes, and must be from the 2011/2012 or 2012/2013 winters. Submit videos via the SheJumps.org facebook page by 1 am MST February 28, 2013. The videos will be judged by a panel of men and women. Although the public will get a say in who gets 2 Runner-Up prizes and a People’s Choice Award, supported by Flylow Gear and RAMP Skis and Snowboards. Get those cameras out and show the world how you will represent female skiers everywhere!

Prize Package Includes:

Airfare for 2 to Anchorage                                                

Tent Accommodations at the Festival

Transportation from Anchorage to Valdez                  

1 Full Day of Cat Skiing

2 All-Access Passes to TGAK                                           

Swag Bag from Sponsors

For more information visit SheJumps.

Female Wolf Pack is Full of Killer Babes

Killer Babes.

The Female Wolf Pack, releasing it’s teaser video on Vimeo, just yesterday, has made a splash with ladies and men across the online social world. With strong and widely known athletes such as Michelle Parker and Suz Graham, it’s purpose is “to increase female visibility in action sports.” The teaser itself shows nothing but badass women ripping on skis and surf boards, floating on water and in the air, climbing up mountains with their hands and their bikes. Awesome women doing awesome things.

Girls. Girls. Girls.

Rachel Burks, a big mountain skier based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, founded the Female Wolf Pack as a way to showcase what women can do in the world of action sports. On the website, which is still just a preview site until the 1/1/13 premiere, Rachel says, “I look at the things that I’ve done over the past six years and feel boundlessly lucky and stoked to be where I am. This is a feeling I’d love to share with other girls. I want to open doors for those who have the same thirst that I do: the thirst to show others what girls are capable of.” Basically, she wants women of all ages, of all corners of the action-sports world, to have a chance to showcase their talent, their drive, and their fearlessness to a wide-range of viewers. She goes on to say that she wants “… FemaleWolfpack.com to extend to all those who want to melt some faces off and hopefully inspire and foster the next generation of rippers.”

Women. Women.

There are 3 rules to this video-content-only website.

1. Fun. 2. “No Excuses, Play Like a Champion.” 3. No Nudity.

So ladies, if you wish to show off  your talent on this new female-only sports venue, enjoy yourself while being safe, stay positive by believing in yourself, and stay classy- bring on the sexy by kicking ass, not showing yours.

This article can also be found on Westelkproject.com.

Michelle Parker Joins Contour

I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Parker at the World Premier of MSP’s Superheroes of Stoke in Seattle this year. She is tiny, sweet and totally rad. To welcome her to the team, Contour used some of Match Stick Production‘s footage from Whistler, BC along with her own footage taken with her cam caddy.
Charging hard and picking incredible lines, Michelle earns every bit of credit she gets. I’m personally excited to see more of her own footage on the snow!

CB Ladies Join Forces with SheJumps!

I wouldn’t say I am a shy person. I do choose moments to speak publicly wisely though. I usually think my thoughts through and know what I am getting into before talking to a large group of strangers. Exactly a week ago on opening day here at Crested Butte, I had to throw every reservation in my head out the window and just go for it. KBUT, our local radio station handed me the mike and I looked down at the lift lines that were busting at the seams with people and told them all about what makes me tick these days. SheJumps! Luckily I had the support of some amazing ladies around me who were representing awesome women doing awesome things together. Dressed in our best, hot pink pants that came up to the boobs, blond disco afros, giant fur coats, TUTUS, ladies joined me at the tent CBMR graciously set up for us and introduced SheJumps to Gunnison Valley.

Check out the write up of Opening Day on SheJumps! 

Check out me as a featured “jumper” on SheJumps!

A few ladies from elsewhere in Colorado, who have actual credentials with SJ, board member and regional directors, Liz, Mel, and El, came down for the day and gave me a ton of support for my first event. It was great to have their input with everything, and to talk to women who were passionate about other women getting out there. Their enthusiasm for SJ was contagious, and the excitement of what we, as women, can do this winter through such a strong organization was inspiring.

I love my little ski town. There are so many awesome women in this valley who dominate at whatever they do, and I would love to combine our passions and bring the ladies together. It’s going to be an exciting season here in CB!

 

 

Getting Refreshed with GoPro

Maybe I’ve just been watching too many ski movies this off-season, but seeing a video with multiple sports using different mediums is so refreshing. From snow to air to water to trees, these awesome athletes are kicking ass and making it look like we should all be there with them. What especially impressed me with the video though, is that one of the two skiers is a female. Julia Mancuso, a World Cup ski racer and Olympic medalist, takes on the big mountain and rips! I think women in advertising, even this century have too often been strictly selling sex, appearance or cleaning products. So it awesome to see GoPro representing female athletes and giving them just as much camera time as their male equivalents. Not to mention, it is always fun to see a ski racer take on powder. Not discrediting the incredible free diving mermaids, but as opening day here in Crested Butte approaches, I can’t get enough of women ripping on snow.

“If She Can Do It…”

“This is mountain biking! It’s not chemistry class!”

Ladies, if you are in the Seattle area this Thursday evening, stop by Saint Andrews Bar & Grill at 6 pm to see the world premiere of If She Can Do It. Or if you are anywhere else in the world, watch it on Pink Bike at 6pm PT.

The documentary, shot by film maker Mark Brent, known for Awesome Land, was filmed at Sugar Showdown this past July at Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah, WA. The event was hosted by Kat Sweet of Sweetlines, a service dedicated to the coaching, training and empowering of women through mountain bike courses and events. The event itself was a women-specific two-day clinic and competition focusing on providing a supportive environment while bringing women’s freeriding to the forefront.

Watch women from across the country come together to push their fears aside and to learn what it is like to crush it on a mountain bike. It is inspirational to see women just like yourself take it to the next level, doing things on a bike they never thought they would do. It is one thing to follow your man on the trail and write off not doing the tricks he does “because he’s a guy” and it is something totally different to be surrounded by women and think, “well, if she can do it…” Next thing you know, you are flying off that drop-off and landing it better than any dude.

Interested in events and classes through Sweetlines? Continue to check their website for updates and to read all about Miss Badass herself, Kat Sweet.

 

Event Details:
Who: Hosted by Kat Sweet of Sweetlines and Mark Brent of Awesomeland
What: If She Can Do It documentary film premier
Where: Saint Andrews Bar and Grill, 7406 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA and online at www.pinkbike.com
When: Film at 6:00 p.m., PT on Thursday, November 15, 2012 (Saint Andrews Bar festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.)

 

Sarah Burke: A Beautiful Reminder

From this excerpt of The Ski Channel’s second documentary film project, Winter, to this touching tribute written by ESPN’s Eli Saslow, we see how much Sarah impacted those around her, as well as those of us who were never lucky enough to meet her.

She is still an inspiration to everyone in the world of skiing, but to women, Sarah is a hero. These snippets of her short but full life show us that even as a hero, an idol, a super star, and a bad-ass athlete, Sarah was one of us. A dreamer, a lover, a friend, a woman. She represents ski bumettes everywhere, and her story gives us the strength to know that we can do anything we believe we can. Even through her tragic death, she is able to serve as a beautiful reminder of what it is to live by our own standards of happiness, while being a light in others’ lives as well.

Thank you Sarah. From one ski bumette to another.

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