Backcountry Experience is ready to welcome some big names in women’s outdoors sports.
The Durango-based outdoor gear shop will host an event called Women Outside featuring female athletes, filmmakers and writers. The three-day forum will begin April 12 and continue through April 14.
Headlining the event are climber Beth Rodden, mountaineers Dawn Glanc and Angela Hawse and Outside magazine correspondent Kate Siber.
“Presentations will involve dynamic and intimate discussions between speakers and their audience, as well as an empowering environment for female climbers, hikers, skiers, rafters, cyclists and all-around lovers of the outdoors,” event coordinator Margaret Hedderman of Backcountry Experience said in a news release.
Siber will join Erinn Morgan of WomensMovement.com to discuss their experience and roles in the outdoors industry for the respective publications. This event is being held at The Bookcase & The Barber from 6-8 p.m. April 12.
Glanc and Hawse will take center stage April 13. Their presentations will talk about ice climbing in Iceland as well as their all-women’s climb of Ama Dablam, a 22,349-foot peak in the Himalayas. Their presentation will be held at Eno Wine Bar and Coffee Cafe in Durango.
Then, April 14, participants will get a chance to meet Rodden, one of the biggest names in climbing. She has climbed some of the most difficult routes in the world and is well-versed in the big walls in Yosemite.
Rodden is a new mother, and she will also discuss how her love for climbing mixes with motherhood as well as leading a balanced life in tune with nature.
A special screening of the film “Nobody’s River,” will be held April 14 at the Boiler Room of the Powerhouse Science Center from 6-8 p.m. After the film, guests will have a chance to ask questions to one of the filmmakers.
Hedderman also will give a presentation about are 1,800-mile quest on the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand, which she recently completed with her father.
To conclude the panel, all of the week’s special guests will come together for a panel discussion.
For more information on the event, email Hedderman at email@example.com.