5 Women Led Outdoor Organisations
There's nothing quite like heading out on an adventure with like-minded people, creating friendships and learning new skills. We've therefore put together this list of five women-led groups that offer community and adventure for outdoor-loving ladies.
Girls On Hills
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Founded by Keri Wallace and Nancy Kennedy, Girls On Hills are Scotland’s only women's specific guided trail/fell running company. They are based in the Glencoe area and offer a fantastic way for new female off-road runners to get into the sport, arranging guided runs throughout the year.
Alongside guided running courses, Girls On Hills also offer guided hillwalking, mountain safety courses for women, alongside a monthly navigation essential course in Glencoe. If you're a new/intermediate hillwalker or runner, then Girls On Hills offer all you need to develop and learn your skills.
The Adventure Running Company
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The Chamonix based Adventure Running Company was founded by running buddies Sam Brooks and Nikki Barnard. Between them they have run the Everest Marathon, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc series alongside arranging countless running holidays for themselves and friends. Drawing on that experience, as The Adventure Running Company, the team organise pulse-racing off-road adventures in some of the world’s best running destinations.
Depending on your experience level there are trips catered to all levels. Options include running holidays to Wales, France, Italy, Morocco, Africa and more.
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Founded by Sophie Hellyer, Rise Fierce is a cold-water community that empowers women through wild swimming and kinship. Rise Fierce was born from Sophie's personal experience with cold water swimming alongside friends, and the transformative impact it had on their bodies and minds.
Hosting retreats across the UK, Rise Fierce offers women the chance to experience the power of cold water swimming and become part of a like-minded community. Alongside this, you can take part in daily yoga, women's circles, cold water surfs and refuel with nourishing organic vegetarian and vegan food. You can expect to leave the retreat refreshed, with new friends, and a love of the sea.
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Ski Goddess, founded by instructor Katie Dobson, offers women-only ski courses/holidays. Based in Châtel in the Portes du Soleil, you have the option of 3, 4, and 5-day courses which cater for all abilities and allow you to progress your skiing with personalised coaching.
By understanding that women are bio-mechanically different from men and generally learn differently, Ski Goddess offers an invaluable opportunity for women to advance their skiing. By helping women find the joy in skiing, rather than the fear, time spent with Ski Goddess will ultimately help you get more from your trips to the slopes. Not only can you expect personalised teaching within a female-only group of skiers, but Ski Goddess offers the full ski experience including your own chalet chef, après ski and video analysis sessions.
Love Her Wild
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Love Her Wild was founded by Bex Band and has grown to become a huge online outdoor community for women. The community has local groups across the country so that you can meet up with other like-minded women and head out on your own adventure.
Alongside the community aspect of Love Her Wild, they also organise official adventures across the UK and further afield. The adventures offer an opportunity to learn new skills, push your comfort levels and immerse yourself in the outdoors with like-minded women.