“DO ONE THING EVERY DAY THAT SCARES YOU.”
Melissa DeMarie wasn’t the first kickass lady who said these words—I believe that was Eleanor Roosevelt. But as she stood in front of a bus full of 50 whitewater women who had just charged down a stretch of Class III rapids, I knew that I wasn’t the only one who felt the words resonate.
All over the country women are mobilizing into outdoor adventure organizations that cater specifically to females, creating a safe and fun space for them to learn from one another and test their limits. Last summer, Melissa organized and instigated a women’s only watersport coalition to get more girls out on the river and connecting with each other…
Author Jill Sanford lives in Truckee, California and dabbles as a creative storyteller, freelance journalist and climate advocate. Keep an eye out for her paddling in a pink kayak, climbing granite slopes or doodling in a journal.