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Video: She Climbs Like a Girl—and It’s Awesome

You probably remember UK-based climber Hazel Findlay from our recent National Geographic magazine story, Impossible Rock, where a team of climbers went to Oman to test the country’s deepwater soloing. Some of the photos from that assignment, captured by Jimmy Chin, became instant classics. You may also have seen Findlay featured in the Reel Rock film…

Lynsey Dyer’s Pretty Faces Isn’t Just Another Ski Movie

In front of a standing-room only audience in Boulder, Colorado, on Tuesday, big-mountain skier Lynsey Dyer fueled ski stoke with the premiere of her all-female film Pretty Faces: The Story of a SkierGirl. The film didn’t just light a match, it burned down the house, eliciting elated cheers from women who were fired up to…

Improving Women’s Rights in Afghanistan with Bikes – Join the Global Solidarity Ride 8/30

“The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” — Susan B. Anthony in 1986 In Afghanistan it’s not technically illegal to ride a bicycle, but a woman riding a bicycle is a deep-seeded taboo and is seen as controversial, provocative, and immoral. In this video, Shannon Galpin, a National Geographic…

Top Women Skiers Take Spotlight to Inspire Girls in Lynsey Dyer’s New Film

Girls ski too, you know. But when it comes to action sports movies, that fact isn’t always made clear. Big-mountain pro skier Lynsey Dyer aims to change that by making a film of her own. With the ambitious goal of inspiring more women to take on steep alpine terrain, she’s putting together an all-star team…

Afghanistan’s Two-Wheeled Revolution: First Women’s Bike Racing Team Hits the Road

From high atop the Shomali Plain north of Kabul, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin lets go of the brake levers. She aims her bike straight down the deserted road through the flatlands. Four young Afghan women—members of the country’s first female bike race team—do the same. As the small peloton picks up…

MoveShake Video #3: Humanitarian, Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin

Each Thursday in June we’ll be featuring a different film from the MoveShake film series. This week’s film is about Shannon Galpin, founder of Mountain2Mountain and a 2013 Adventurer of the Year. When you meet Shannon Galpin, you’re immediately affected by the glowing energy that fuels her work with her nonprofit, Mountain2Mountain. Mountain2Mountain focuses on improving women’s…

Gear Crush: Ladies, Here’s Your Splitboard – Solution, Jones Snowboards

"From day one, the women have been screaming and yelling, 'Where’s our stuff?' And we’ve taken notice," said Jeremy Jones, who we recently interviewed about his snowsports alliance Protect Our Winters (POW) (follow POW on Facebook for informing and entertaining posts). "It’s really common to see a lot of women in the backcountry freeriding," he noted. "Women…

Meet the Adventurers of the Year: Educator Khadija Bahram

Last week we announced the 2009 Adventurers of the Year, selected for their extraordinary achievements in exploration, conservation, action sports, and humanitarian work. Now, for the first time ever, you can vote for the Readers' Choice Adventurer of the Year. To help you get to know them, we are going to highlight a different adventurer daily. You…

Two Historic Rides By Big Wave Surfers – And They’re Women

The last two weeks have seen historic rides by two of the best big wave surfers in the world. Oh, and, by the way, they’re both women.  First, Californian Jamilah Star (one of our 2007 Adventurers of the Year) went to Mexico in hopes of catching a monster and ended up at the famous Playa Zicatela on one…

Who Will Become the First Woman to Climb All 14 8,000-Meter Peaks?

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Five months ago, at the start of the high altitude climbing season, the Internet was abuzz with speculation regarding who would become the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8000 meter peaks. Would it be the Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the Spaniard Edurne Pasabán, or the Italian Nives Meroi?…