Articles written by: Hope Gately

Ask Hope: How can I keep my body “type” from holding me back in the outdoors?
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Ask Hope: How can I keep my body “type” from holding me back in the outdoors?

This is an issue that I struggled with when I first started rock climbing. I saw all of these long, lean, hardbodies and thought “How in the world is a curvy girl like me supposed to get my (ample) ass up that rock?” What I came to discover was that […]

7 Christmas Gifts for the Outdoors Lover in Your Life
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7 Christmas Gifts for the Outdoors Lover in Your Life

Go Pro Ah, yes…the coveted Go Pro. Red Bull is singlehandedly making these things the talk of the town by using them for shooting amazing downhill mountain biking scenes and other outdoor adventures. Whether your loved one is a “pro” or not may be debatable, but what isn’t debatable is […]

Ask Hope: What are the best socially and environmentally conscious brands for women?
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Ask Hope: What are the best socially and environmentally conscious brands for women?

So glad you asked! As women, it’s often easy to purchase our outdoor apparel and gear in a lustful frenzy. We want the latest items, in the hottest colors and fashions, and we want them NOW! However, this thoughtless consumerism comes with a price that our planet inevitably pays. How […]

Ask Hope: How do I get into skiing and snowboarding?
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Ask Hope: How do I get into skiing and snowboarding?

Getting started in skiing and boarding can be somewhat of a daunting task if you go it alone. It can be ever more daunting if you don’t have the cash-o-la since these outdoor sports are, admittedly, expensive. However, there are a few steps that you can take that will take […]

Ask Hope: How to I stay active after a painful breakup?
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Ask Hope: How to I stay active after a painful breakup?

Gals, do I have experience with this one. Simply put: It painful and it’s hard. After a break-up, my typical response involves a tub of ice-cream, Nicolas Sparks movies featuring Ryan Gosling, and an ugly pair of Oh-So-Sexy sweat pants. By all means, give yourself a day, or two, or […]

Ask Hope: How Do I Encourage My Boyfriend to Be More Outdoorsy?
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Ask Hope: How Do I Encourage My Boyfriend to Be More Outdoorsy?

This is an issue that both the ladies and the gents struggle with often; perhaps you’ve met someone who is the apple of your eye, cute, funny, and meshes with you perfectly except for the seemingly simple issue of them not being into the outdoors. Now, if you’re like me, […]

Outdoor Activities for Students Who Have No Time and Are On a Budget
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Outdoor Activities for Students Who Have No Time and Are On a Budget

Whether you’re in high school, college, or rounding out your graduate work chances are you’re pressed for time and money. Making a commitment to a team is just not for you and funding for the more expensive outdoor sports like skiing or trad rock-climbing is non-existent. Luckily, we have the […]

Ask Hope: How do I feel more confident in the male-saturated outdoors?
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Ask Hope: How do I feel more confident in the male-saturated outdoors?

This is a question that I’ve encountered with some variation in my circle of girlfriends or from the young girls that I teach and mentor. Just the other day I was with one of my favorite 11 year old girls doing some bouldering. Typically she’s very confident but today there […]

Boulder Bike Shop Builds Community One Bike at a Time
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Boulder Bike Shop Builds Community One Bike at a Time

When you walk into Standard Bike Repair of Boulder, Colorado it’s immediately obvious that you’re not going to have the typical bike store experience. Located in the heart of Boulder with a charming back-alley entrance, this shop doubles as a home for its two owners, Ryan Kelley and Jen Reeves […]

Why Good Guys Respect and Like Outdoorsy Girls
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Why Good Guys Respect and Like Outdoorsy Girls

You’d think it would go without saying, but if there’s one thing I’ve noticed since becoming uber outdoorsy it’s that the men dig it in a very big way. Regardless, I’ve heard some girls and young women express their concerns: What if he’s intimidated by the fact that I climb […]