Who: Pathologist, humanitarian, and mountain biker Nichole Baker; Outdoor mom and climber Kelly Foutz; and Adventurer and full-time nomad Eliza Sampey

What: Nichole Baker is a pathologist and mountain biker whose charity Path of Logic is dedicated to enhancing pathology services through education and laboratory procedure improvements in developing nations. Three years ago, she began integrating her passion of mountain biking to further connect with the people living in rural Uganda.

Mountain biking became an integral part of Nichole’s life after the loss of her boyfriend to an aggressive form cancer. It’s role has played a part in her friendships, love, and adventure and has taken her all over the world to places like Scotland, India, and Uganda as an ambassador for Yeti Cycles.  In 2017, Nichole began distributing solar lights to children in small rural villages without electricity by bicycle. The impact of this adventure has been transformative and has introduced a new level of vulnerability.  Her path has come full circle as she works to improve cancer diagnostics in her career, while using the medium of the bike to become centered and focused, dedicating herself to her global work. 

While Kelly Foutz may describe herself as a “child of the outdoors,” she didn’t grow up as an outdoor kid. Kelly was raised on the Navajo Reservation, in a place called Crystal, New Mexico and later moved to Kirtland, NM, where she earned her Degree in Dental Hygiene at San Juan College. It wasn’t until moving to Durango with her young daughter in 2016, that Kelly discovered outdoor recreation and a passion for climbing. Kelly and her daughter Leah (now 8) began their journey together, learning new skills and exploring the outdoors together.

Eliza Sampey wears many hats: adventure seeker, bad idea instigator, bike racer, Doctor of Physical Therapy, writer, speaker, coach, facilitator, alchemist, pro airport sleeper, mediocre musician, craft beer enthusiast, skinny dipping evangelist, dance opportunist, and dog-mama to my big fuzzy old man wolf-bear, Cody Oats World Traveler. She loves to engage in creative projects combining bikepacking, mountain biking, mountain running, packrafting, fat biking, backcountry skiing, and ski mountaineering. Eliza is coming to the Women Outside stage fresh from a bike-packing trip from Pakistan to Nepal.

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

When: March 25, 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.