The Women Outside Adventure Forum

Being Here production still by Ashlee Langholz 16-5

March 28 - 30, 2017  Durango, CO

The second annual Women Outside Adventure Forum by Backcountry Experience is here! 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.

Speakers include:
  • Big mountain free-skier Alison Gannett
  • Ultrarunner Anna Frost
  • National Geographic Adventurer Shannon Galpin
  • A screening of "Being Here" with filmmaker Hilary Oliver
  • Morning coffee & a hike with Amanda Goad, founder of the Wild Women's Project
  • Outdoor Industry Panel Discussion with Erika Canfield (Director of Marketing at Outdoor Research), Rosie Mansfield (Product Line Professional at Osprey Packs), Angie Robinson (Vice-President of Darby Communications), Jenny Vierling (Co-founder of Tailwind Nutrition, Jeannie Wall (alpinist and Product Consultant at Outdoor Research), and Kelly Watters (Founder of Western Rise)

All proceeds will benefit San Juan Mountain SOLES.

March 28 – Featuring Anna Frost & Hilary Oliver

Anna Frost is a two-time champion of the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run.Who: Two-time Hardrock 100 Champion Anna Frost and award-winning filmmaker Hilary Oliver

What: Anna Frost is a two-time champion of the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run and numerous other long distance races around the world. Overcoming both injury and depression, Anna has become one of the most recognized faces in the running world and has managed to make a career out of her two passions: running and traveling.

Hilary Oliver’s film “Being Here” won the People’s Choice Award at the 5Point Film Festival in 2016. “Being Here” is a beautiful poetic ode to the desert wilderness we all love. Watch the film and ask her about her inspiration in a Q&A session afterwards.

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

When: March 28, 6-8pm



March 29 – Shannon Galpin

Shannon Galpin author activist Mountain 2 Mountain in AfghanistanWho: Shannon Galpin

What: National Geographic Adventurer, author, and activist Shannon Galpin will speak at Women Outside on March 28th. Shannon became the first person to mountain bike across the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan, a country where women are not allowed to ride bicycles. She campaigns for women’s rights worldwide. Check out her memoir, Mountain To Mountain.

Tickets are $28 and include a signed copy of Shannon’s book and a complimentary glass of wine. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at Backcountry Experience and Maria’s Bookshop. Call 970-247-5830 to order over the phone. Proceeds benefit San Juan Mountain SOLES.

Where: Eolus, 919 Main Ave., Durango, CO

When: March 29, 6-8pm

March 30 – Alison Gannett, Outdoor Industry Panel Discussion, + Coffee & A Hike with Amanda Goad



Amanda Goad, founder of the Wild Women's Project will lead a discussion and hike.Who: Amanda Goad, founder of Wild Women’s Project
What: Living in a rural mountain town is tough. Whether you’re doing the Durango Tango and only staying for the season or making a go of it full time, there’s always the looming question of “How do I build a life and a lifestyle in the mountains?” Amanda, co-founder of Wild Women’s Project and BoldBrew, both in Durango, thinks it starts with one simple concept, “having the will to not wait for the right time, but to create the right time.” But where do we start? And most importantly, how do we foster more women leaders in our rural mountain communities?
Join us for coffee and a hike. We’ll discuss these challenges and advantages, while connecting with other like-minded women making a life for ourselves in Durango.
Where: Smiley Cafe & Durango’s Rim Trail
When: March 30, 8am Coffee & Networking at the Smiley Cafe; 9am Hike on the Rim Trail


Who: Alison Gannett & the Outdoor Industry Panel Discussion

Alison Gannett is the founder of Cooking to Conquer Cancer, a self-sustaining farmer, and big mountain free skier. What: Alison Gannett is an Osprey athlete, World Champion freeskier, professional mountain-biker, self-sufficient farmer, and founder of numerous nonprofits including Save the Snow. There’s a good chance you’ve seen in her numerous movies, TV shows, and glossy magazine shoots. Alison advocates for the environment and sustainable living, runs the KEEN Rippin Chix Camps, and has fought a malignant brain tumor since 2013 by pursuing a ketogenic diet and healthy lifestyle change.

Outdoor Industry Panel Discussion

Meet the women behind the brands you love: entrepreneurs, product coordinators, & marketing professionals. We’ll discuss issues, challenges, and opportunities for women in the outdoors. Featuring: Erika Canfield (Director of Marketing at Outdoor Research), Rosie Mansfield, (Product Line Professional at Osprey Packs), Angie Robinson (Vice-President of Darby Communications), Jenny Vierling (co-founder of Tailwind Nutrition), Jeannie Wall (alpinist and Product Consultant at Outdoor Research), & Kelly Watters (founder of Western Rise). Moderated by National Geographic Adventurer Shannon Galpin.

Where: The Durango Arts Center Theatre, 802 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO

When: March 30, 6-8pm



Women Outside is brought to you by Backcountry Experience in Durango, CO. The most comprehensive outdoor gear and apparel store in the Four Corners, Backcountry Experience has become a community leader by organizing and supporting educational and experiential events.

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