Climbing Problems

by Shannon Mullen, Journalist & Outdoor Girl
In climbing, you learn mostly through failure,” my instructor said with a grin, “but success is that much sweeter.” I’d just fallen off the rock wall for the fifth time at an indoor climbing gym in Lander, Wyoming. The small ranching town in the Rocky Mountains is famous in this sport for its proximity to breathtaking, steep-walled canyons, towering boulders left by the glaciers that carved them, and the scores of talented athletes who come in droves to scale both…

No More Excuses

by Shannon Mullen, Journalist & Outdoor Girl
In a few days I’m leaving almost everything I know to head west in search of new challenges, with only a sketch of a plan and the freedom to ditch it entirely. I’ve always thought that I’m the type of person who needs a big catalyst to make a decision like this, some life-altering event. Instead all it took was admitting to myself that I’ve stopped learning where I am, mostly because I can’t see past my limits…

Jennifer’s Journey: A Sisters Story

by Bev Sanders, Founder, Jennifer’s Journey and Las Olas Surf Safaris
Jennifer’s Journey is, in my opinion, a passionate work of art, showcasing dazzling adventures for women all over the world. Like every work of art, Jennifer’s Journey comes with powerful inspiration: my late sister, Jen…

Survival of the Fittest

by Caroline “Noni” Craven, Adventure Traveler and Photographer
Adventure is my game. I’m not an extremist, but have been known to play: white water kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, anything and everything in the snow. Name it, I tried it. A previous life was filled with river guiding and horse training. Play hard, work hard. Until it caught up with me…

Athleta Tuscany Tour: Day 1

by Ashley, Team Athleta
We all tumbled out of the plane in that travel fog, groping for our passports at customs and pulling our monster bags off the carousels at baggage claim. We were in Italy! It was maybe 80 degrees and sunny. The air in Pisa had that burning wood smell that comes up off the countryside out there, like the whole thing is a Disney movie for all your senses. As we drove the 45 minutes south to Castagneto Carducci, we talked to the others around our seats. Flights. Italy. Food. Where we all lived. Who’s been to Italy before. How we all ended up on the trip. When we arrived at Campastrello Sport, we piled back out of the bus, met Colleen Cannon (who founded Women’s Quest after her career as a professional triathlete)…

Athleta Tuscany Tour: Day 2

by Ashley, Team Athleta
Today, we headed out fairly early for a ride to Monteverdi. I know the roads out there so I was tying to hold myself back from charging, but I’d slept really well (that deep deep sleep you only get after being up for most of 40 hours straight) and I wanted to ride my bike. I mean, come on — we’re in Tuscany…

Athleta Tuscany Tour: Day 3

by Ashley, Team Athleta
Today I knew we were going to ride about 60K, but I wanted to get in some slightly longer miles, so I took off in the morning for 50K on my own. I climbed up into Castagneto Carducci. The road goes into switchbacks as you climb up into the hillside, and pretty soon, you can see the sun reflecting on the Mediterranean offshore. The land below is perfectly-manicured in tiered gardens and landscaped groves, olives and vines as far as the eye can see. And the empty eye of a castle stares at you from an adjacent hillside…

Athleta Tuscany Tour: Day 4

by Ashley, Team Athleta
Today we moved over to Trequanda for two nights. The plan was to take the bus to Siena, spend the day walking around and shopping, and then get back on the bus to Trequanda. It’s a town further inland in Tuscany, close to Montalcino, where the roads are just as beautiful but different. And we were set to stay at Fattoria del Colle, a winery and olive estate owned by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, who produces award-winning Brunello di Montalcino wines (including the Prime Donne that is produced entirely by women)…

Athleta Tuscany Tour: Day 5

by Ashley, Team Athleta
Today we rode to Pienza. Colleen and I talked on the climb, continued our conversation from the day before about the living meditation, the moving meditation. It is living that IS the meditation, we agreed. Life is the journey. Action is the venue in which consciousness takes place. No wonder all these women want a moment to be near Colleen and talk with her. She’s not just someone who has a written philosophy of life…

Athleta Tuscany Tour: Day 6

by Ashley, Team Athleta
I couldn’t sleep all night. I don’t know why. I borrowed Cheri’s mask of Zorro to keep the light out. I had earplugs. The whole nine. And Fran had even come to take the spider out of my room when I started screaming bloody murder after dinner. I got up grumpy from lack of sleep. And feeling like I was getting sick. I had a sore throat. My head felt stuffed up. I went to breakfast and had a couple cappuccinos. Italian cappuccinos can fix many of the world’s woes. And I don’t even drink coffee in the states…