I had a serious adventure as a kid. I was interested in fencing, horseback riding and solo travel – which made no sense for our family budget – so I put my energy into writing instead.
Then, in my early 20's, I finally had my chance. I signed up for my first parachute jump course and it changed my life. People jump in freefall for various reasons. Eight years and 600 leaps later, I realized I feel incredibly alive when jumping out of airplanes. It's also a reminder that although I'm an adult with real responsibilities, I still need time for play, imagination, sense of discovery, and the feeling of wonderment.
Skydiving has taught me to say yes to the adventure and say new things outside of. My comfort zone is incredibly empowering. But it also allowed me to meet so many strong, adventurous women, which reminded me that there is a place for all of us in adventure sports. While the obstacles facing each of us may be different, I believe that outdoor activities such as parachuting, climbing and hiking are reserved for everyone. The women below pitch tents, lace hiking boots, jump out of planes, and report on all the evil things they do. They are inspiring, honest and absolutely reliable, and scrolling their profiles can even make you plan the big, exciting journey you've always dreamed of. Most importantly, remind you to go out, play and find out what makes you alive.
Kellie Torio and her partner live with their 2-year-old daughter in Los Angeles, California. She and her husband both grew up with their families snowboarding. "It has changed in climbing and backpacking and a lot of dirt in our hair, and it has settled with us," explains the 26-year-old mother. She likes rock climbing and canyoning in the San Gabriel Mountains, which Kellie refers to as a "free water park for people who know how to use ropes, straps, and belay devices."
Their love of nature and their passion for work led their hands to her current position at Sierra Madre Search & Rescue. When she first applied, she visited a fashion institute and studied design. Kellie laughs as she retells the story. "I said," There is no way. Nothing in my background tells me that I would be well suited for that. "But she was wrong. She likes to train in all areas, from abseiling to snow anchors to fast water rescue. Check out Kellie's account to see exciting photos of her search and rescue training and heartwarming photos of her 2-year-old daughter.
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Janelle Hill grew up in nature. Her father worked three times and often took part in family camping – it was a practical, economical alternative to family vacations. Today, Hill and her partner are raising two children outdoors in Ventura, California. "We camped and hiked before children came to the picture," she explains. We did not stop. "They took their eldest son with him when he was five months old, they took their youngest when he was only five weeks old.
With children, Hill felt more grounded and self-confident and the healthiest and most active she has ever been Hill and her partner also run micro-farming on their small family property and they love their kids to find joy and gratitude in the garden, their sons "arguing each morning who can take the compost out" and that's okay for your account is full of beautiful photos of national parks that will make you plan your next trip.
Bisan Sader is a parachutist who has made over 700 jumps. Learning to parachute was her gift to herself after she had overcome obstacles before.Sader married at 14 and left middle school she canceled her GED and got her first child when she was 17 years old. She then taught herself to drive, enrolled online at college, and completed an associate's degree. At 19, she was a divorced single mother who had three jobs to support her son. Sader eventually built a successful career at a Fortune 500 company before she remarried and got a little girl. She and her six-year-old partner are both professional skydivers.
Sader and her husband recently worked together for two summers in a drop zone in California. On the weekends he worked as a tandem teacher and she filmed his tandem students in freefall. Three weeks after the birth of her youngest child, she was back in the air, breastfeeding and changing the diapers between the aircraft loads to the delight and astonishment of her clients. This proud mother loves to help people to overcome their fears and to find joy in the sky. Bisan's Feed is a mixture of adrenaline skydiving and relaxing weekends when she and her family hiked through Northern California.
Nyesha & Samantha Davis-Williams are the couple behind the children's book Umi & Uma: The Story of Two Moms and a Baby . They wrote the book in 2018 both for their daughter and for the normalization of gay black families. "Personally, I was tired of seeing books only with white families," explains Nyesha. "The opportunities for queer families were very limited." The two women met in 2009 while working together in a summer camp in Fishtail, New York. "Samantha taught me how to make my first fire and set up my first tent," explains Nyesha. They started out in 2010 and got married four years later. These days, they are busy working with their 14-month-old daughter and becoming parents. They spend their time in the countryside. These include inland excursions, picnics in the park, walks to farmers markets and adventure travel. Her daughter was already in six states, as well as in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Lieutenant Christine "Angel" Hughes is part of the Fab Five who are the only black female pilots in the country's history of the Coast Guard. All five women were stationed in Pensacola, Florida, as Hughes went through the military flight school. The daughter of Haitian immigrants flew alone for the first time at the age of 16 and at the age of 17 obtained her private pilot's license. When she arrived in Pensacola, she was already a civilian flight instructor with a degree in aviation. The graduation from Naval Flight School was one of the highlights of her life. She became the Coast Guard's second black fixed-wing pilot to receive the "Gold Wings," the badge worn by all graduates of the Naval Flight School. And another member of the Fab Five was there to do the honors. Today, the wife and mother of two children is a founding member of Sisters of the Skies, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of colored women in aviation. Hughes loves to fly with her daughter at her local flight club in Alabama.
Jeri Villarreal has completed 22 triathlons in the last four years. Growing up, there was always someone who told her how funny she was or how slow she was, so she stopped walking. Villarreal did not start again until she turned 36. This year she ran 2 miles, then 4 miles, then 8 miles. At some point it was 21 miles and she has not looked back since then. Later, she found a swimming coach and started cycling while raising three children (a 14-year-old daughter, a 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter) with her husband.
Her favorite part of the competition is "the community and the feeling that they are all together". Although African American accounts for less than 1 percent of the sport her experience as a hijab-wearing Muslim woman was overwhelmingly positive and sometimes, she says, quite funny. During a recent triathlon, a woman happily ran past her shouting, "I love your commitment to sunscreen!" Watch Villarreal's feed for training tips, beautiful racing suits, and personal motivation.
Cahn is a fly fishing guide raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains. After spending 15 years in the rafting industry, she joined the casting by watching YouTube videos. In 2016, just six months after the marriage, Cahn was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma. It was a terrible experience involving two surgeries and depressions. It has radically changed her life. Cahn began to live the mantra: "Tomorrow is not promised, but today I live." She quit her position as a teacher and became a fly fisher. (She also learned the metalworker and started practicing yoga.)
Today, Cahn lives with her husband and little daughter in the state of South Carolina. Life can be full of insecurity, but living purposefully has helped enormously, she says. Fly fishing is still a way of life for them. She likes to lead, even on days when she has to find time between sessions to pump breast milk. In her spare time, she ventures alone into the mountains to fish for native brown trout. Cahn's Instagram is full of beautiful outdoor photos of her daughter, handmade jewelry and beautiful fly fishing footage from the Chattooga River.
Justine Nobbe is co-founder and managing director of Adventure Mamas, which started in 2015 as a Meetup group for mothers of small children. It has since evolved into a national organization with 13 regional chapters. Nobbe's mission is to "give women space to pursue their passions wholeheartedly, not because it makes us better caregivers, but because we all deserve to be happy." Whatever it is that sets your soul on fire, you should do that. "Prior to the birth of her son (now 3), Nobbe was a climber, cyclist and solo traveler, and worked as an adventure therapist for eight years, helping young women cope with drug abuse, self-harm, and trust issues to gain resilience and positive coping skills through outdoor adventures
Even now, to make sure they have plenty of time to be outdoors (both together and alone) is a priority for their family, Nobbe believes in modeling "joy and pursuing our passions" while helping other mothers Justine is Instagram's big sister you did not know you needed, reminds you to take time for yourself and prioritize your own happiness. Come for the sweet kid and enjoy the sunset while sipping beer, abseiling cliffs and mountaineering.
Rae Wynn-Grant is an ecologist and conservation biologist. She studies grizzly bears in eastern Montana, black bears in Nevada and primates in the Congo. Wynn-Grant is also a National Geographic Fellow and the mother of a 3-year-old daughter. Growing up, she did not spend much time in nature. Her first hike was only 20 years old. (By comparison, her daughter made her first hike at the age of two.) When Wynn-Grant was the only black woman in her environmental study course at Emory At university, she felt she was the "only one who started from scratch." Only when she enrolled for a study abroad study, Wynn-Grant found her calling: to investigate the behavior of large carnivores in the wild. She completed a M.S. in Yale he received his doctorate from Columbia University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History.
Wynn-Grant wants others to know that you can start late, take a non-traditional route and still achieve your goals. She conducts fieldwork in remote locations and occasionally brings her daughter along, thanks to generous grants from the National Geographic Society. They also like spending time at home in their shared garden. My favorite photos in Wynn-Grant's feed are those of her cuddly black bear cub (yes, so).
Shanti Hodges is the founder of Hike It Baby, a nonprofit organization that enables parents to go outside with their children. She lives in LaVerkin, Utah, where she and her husband raise a 5-year-old son. Before she had children, she spent a lot of time outdoors hiking, surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking and even paragliding. When her son was born, she lived in Portland, Oregon, and did not have many friends with infants. So she asked a few acquaintances to join her for a hike. This week, five women appeared, followed by ten women the next week, then 15 and so on.
Hike It Baby currently has 300 chapters in the US and a grassroots guide training program. They allow 30,000 hikes each year. Hodges & # 39; vision is that the charitable organization continues to grow and families can enjoy nature, regardless of their "experience level or abilities". Hodges is also the author of Hike It Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers . Check out her Instagram for her outdoor adventures in southern Utah.