The Women Outside Adventure Forum

March 27-29, 2018  Durango, CO

The third annual Women Outside Adventure Forum by Backcountry Experience is coming March 2018! 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. This year's theme is Wild Places & Open Spaces, so we'll hit topics like public lands, rafting and river health, climate change, and other conservation topics.

Speakers include:

Steph Davis
Jacqueline Keeler
Krista Langlois
Jenny Nichols
Dr. Jane Zelikova

Scroll down to see this year's Women Outside program.

All proceeds will benefit San Juan Mountain SOLES.

March 27 – Featuring Jacqueline Keeler & Krista Langlois

Navajo/Dakota writer Jacqueline Keeler

Who: Navajo/Dakota writer Jacqueline Keeler and High Country News & Outside Magazine correspondent Krista Langlois

What: Jacqueline Keeler will discuss her most recent book “Edge of Morning” – a collection of essays and poems by Native writers about Bears Ears.

Krista Langlois is a writer for High Country News and Outside Magazine. Her love for big rivers has taken her into the wilds of Alaska and beyond. She’ll discuss rafting as well as river health issues.

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

When: March 27, 6-8pm

High Country News and Outside correspondent Krista Langlois

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to show up early and grab a drink as the Boiler Room fills up fast!

March 28 – Jenny Nichols & Dr. Jane Zelikova, Coffee + Conversation


Who: Emily Bowie & Susan Etter of the San Juan Citizens Aliance

What: Coffee + Conversation. Join us for free coffee and pastries from Serious Delights. We’ll meet inside the Outdoor Research Tiny Home to discuss everyday actions you can take to make a difference – whether that’s conservation, climate change, or something else!

Where: Inside the Outdoor Research Tiny Home at Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino Del Rio, Durango.

When: March 28, 8-10am


Conservation filmmaker Jenny Nichols

Who: Jenny Nichols & Dr. Jane Zelikova plus film screenings

What: Conservation filmmaker Jenny Nichols is the principal at Pongo Media. By harnessing the power of visual media to tell thoughtful and impactful stories, Jenny works to create films that will act as tipping points in conservation campaigns. Jenny will screen two of her recent films and discuss the power of storytelling in conservation.

Dr. Jane Zelikova is a tropical ecologist living in the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado. She dreams of snow in the summer and tropical forests in the dead of winter. But her snow-capped Fourteeners are changing – no longer bringing the deep winter snowpack once promised.

This is a future from which she and the people of the West can’t run. What’s a wildly curious, adventurous girl to do? Embark on a journey into the mountains to find the tales of the past, present and future of snow.

We will screen the film “End of Snow” and discuss the impacts of climate change in the West with Jane.

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

When: March 28, 6-8pm

March 29 – Steph Davis + Panel Discussion

Steph Davis to speak at Women Outside in DurangoWho: Steph Davis + Panel Discussion

What: Steph Davis has been a sponsored climber since 1996. She’s climbed some of the hardest routes in the world and has recently taken up BASE jumping. On top of that she’s a writer, animal lover, and vegan. Stay tuned for more info on her presentation at this year’s Women Outside.

Where: Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301

When: March 29, 6-8pm

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