The Women Outside Adventure Forum

March 19-21, 2019  Durango, CO

The fourth annual Women Outside Adventure Forum by Backcountry Experience is back! We’re setting out to empower and inspire women of all ages (and men, too!) with a rock star lineup of female runners, climbers, skiers, writers, and all-around adventurers.

Proceeds from Women Outside benefit the San Juan Citizens Alliance.

This year’s theme is Explorations and will feature:

Ultrarunner & La Sportiva athlete Kelly Halpin
National Geographic Adventurer Hilaree Nelson
US/Mexico Border thru-hikers Tenny Ostrem and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch
REEL ROCK 13 Climber & Outdoor Research athlete Madaleine Sorkin
Adventure writer Morgan Tilton

March 19 – Featuring Kelly Halpin and Morgan Tilton

Kelly Halpin is an adventure ultrarunner sponsored by La Sportiva and Osprey. She will be speaking at the Women Outside Adventure Forum in Durango.Who: Ultrarunner and Osprey/La Sportiva athlete Kelly Halpin & Adventure journalist Morgan Tilton

What: Kelly Halpin grew up next to Grand Teton National Park with the mountains and forest as her playground. She spent her earlier years climbing, hiking, and snowboarding the Teton range. Today Kelly is an avid mountain runner and adventurer, merging her passions for running, climbing, travel, and exploring remote and wild places.

Kelly recently travelled to Greenland where she devised a 24-mile adventure run over the country’s most rugged coastal terrain. The adventure was documented by La Sportiva and Osprey in a short film.

Morgan Tilton is an award-winning journalist. Adventure-loving wanderer. An explorer shaping outdoor, travel and news stories. Mountain ultra runner, snowboarder, peak bagger, music lover. Morgan has been published in Adventure Pro, Backpacker, 5280, and more.

Morgan Tilton is an adventure journalist and will be speaking at the Women Outside Adventure Forum in Durango.

Where: Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO

When: March 19, 6-8:30pm. Doors open 5:30pm.

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to show up early to grab a drink and a seat.

March 20 – Hilaree Nelson and Madaleine Sorkin

Who: National Geographic Adventurer Hilaree Nelson and REEL ROCK 13 Climber & Outdoor Research Ambassador Madaleine Sorkin

What: Outside Magazine named Hilaree Nelson one of the most adventurous women in sports. In 2018, she and her ski partner Jim Morrison became the first people to ski Lhotse (the 4th highest mountain in the world). She is also the first woman to climb two 8,000m peaks in 24 hours (Everest and Lhotse). When not at home in Telluride, CO, Hilaree is exploring new ski lines around the world. (Above photo by Nick Kalisz).

From 5.13+ on 35-pitch routes in Yosemite to remote big walls in the Middle East, Madaleine Sorkin has led challenging routes around the world. Spending multiple days on a route has given her plenty of time to contemplate. She has come to view climbing as a tremendous practice for cultivating self-awareness and learning to work more effectively with thoughts and feelings. She was recently featured in the REEL ROCK 13 film “Valley of the Moon.”


Where: Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO

When: March 20, 6-8:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to show up early to grab a drink and a seat.

March 21 – Walk the Border with Tenny Ostrem & Claire Wernstedt-Lynch

Who: US/Mexico Border Thru-Hikers Tenny Ostrem  and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch

What: Join us for a special screening of Hike the Line, a film about Tenny and Claire’s historic thru-hike of the US/Mexico border.  Limited seats are available and tickets include 1 drink and hors d’oeuvres.

Tenny Ostrem and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch completed the first “thru-hike” of the US/Mexico border this year, walking from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, and crossing through four states, several cities, a national park, and numerous small towns. Over the course of their 6-month trip, they encountered people, organizations and physical landscapes that challenged their stereotypes of the border and those of their friends and families back home. Their goal was to focus on the positive and human aspects of an area often overlooked in our contentious political discourse and to walk peacefully and with humility and respect for different voices.

Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., Durango, CO

When: March 21, 6-8pm, doors open at 5:30

Cost: $30, ticket includes 1 drink plus hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the San Juan Citizens Alliance. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite.

For more information about the Women Outside Adventure Forum, email or call Backcountry Experience at 970-247-5830.

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