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Wild Women in the Woods

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Eleanor Hartley

THE STORY:

Save the world? Psshh casual. Just let young women go feral in the woods for a few weeks. They'll come back ready to lead, challenge injustice, and protect our wild places!

I am hiking Te Araroa Trail, a 3,000 kilometer (+1,800 mile) trail that runs the length of New Zealand, starting next November. I will be using the trek to raise money for the Gruffie Scholarship Fund, which is specifically for young women ages 16-25 who would like to take an Outward Bound course in the Colorado Rockies or southern Utah.

I have worked at the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) for three years now in many capacities. COBS is a non-profit that works to change lives through challenge and discovery. We take our students into wild places, give them the tools to survive and thrive together as a team, and then push them beyond their self-imposed physical and mental limits. By the end of a course they've gained self-confidence, leadership abilities, and a greater sense of compassion. Although the gender ratio for field staff is roughly 50:50, the ratio of male to female students is 80:20. As an instructor, I know how much richer our courses are when young women participate and how much more every student seems to learn from the experience.

That said, encouraging young women to get outside and get dirty is a more personal than professional cause for me. As a 16-year-old, I spent a month in Wyoming with program similar to COBS backpacking, climbing and kayaking. The experience changed my life; most importantly, it taught me that I could lead my peers and it helped me develop a healthier relationship with my body. It was my first encounter with wild places and the subsequent soothing of my usually stormy internal landscape. I discovered how narrow I considered my abilities compared to how expansive they could actually be.

Being a young woman is hard! We are told to close the gap, shatter the ceiling, un-fix our mindset, out-perform, have it all and lean in. Oh, and while we’re at it, better look good but not try too hard, work more than anyone around us but not sweat, eat but not poop, and embrace our compassion while not showing emotion. Navigating—let alone changing—this contradictory and unforgiving world takes tenacity and self-confidence. Grit, if you will, that is not easy to come by in a culture that coddles young women in all of the wrong ways.

Thru-hiking is painful and joyful and lonely and gorgeous and uncomfortable and rewarding, etc. This trek and related blog are my small push back at what I feel are prevalent and damaging expectations of young women to stay quiet and stay clean. My hope is to inspire young women to get out and adventure, and then offer some of them the means to do so.

I am funding the trek itself on my own. ALL OF THE MONEY I RAISE HERE WILL GO TOWARDS THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND! I AM NOT ASKING ANYONE TO HELP ME FUND MY ADVENTURE!

Adventuring in wild places offers young women the unique opportunity to test themselves and fail beautifully, to lead and stand confidently in their own sense of compassion and justice, to find their voices and use them. 

Your donation to this scholarship fund is not static, it will ripple through this world through the courage and kindness of the young women you support. THANK YOU 

You can follow my progress:  https://wildwomaninthewoods.wordpress.com/
and on Instagram: @wildwomaninthewoods

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To This Fundraiser

$8,851

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

     

  • Marlene Manown

    $50

  • Julie and Ty Powell

    $325

  • Lister Cabacs

     

  • Bakers

    $250

  • Bob and Joan O'Rourke

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Regina Gambino

    $100

  • Kristen Boysen

    $71

  • Gruffie Clough

    $250

  • Elly Linares

    $25

  • Karen, Julia & Alexa

    $250

  • Amanda dickinson

     

  • Rick Sommerfeld

    $50

  • Alex & Amanda Abramo

    $50

  • Emily Dubrawski

    $25

  • Susie Holmes

    $50

  • Meg Mullen

    $25

  • Jennifer Presnell

    $100

  • Pam Nelson

    $100

  • Stephanie Randall

    $25

  • Leanna & Jamie Harris

    $250

  • Allison Ghaman

    $50

  • Jenny

    $50

  • Lynn Voight

    $50

  • Virginia Dickinson

     

  • Brenda and Fred Landes

    $50

  • Christine Ladd

    $250

  • Judy & Greg Trerotola

    $100

  • Allie Niederhelman

    $50

  • Malia Davis

    $100

  • Dale

    $200

  • Sarah and Gordon

    $400

  • Josh Gallagher

    $100

  • Peter A. O'Neil

    $250

  • Elsie Humes

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Joanna Ladd

    $100

  • Anne Holmes

     

  • Sarah Breeden

    $50

  • Veronica Rimbert

    $50

  • Em Hoagland

    $100

  • Molly Trerotola

    $25

  • Benjamin Fickett

    $50

  • Elizabeth Dickinson

    $250

  • claire engers

    $100

  • Jack Klim

    $50

  • Kim Mai Pham

    $50

  • Thatcher Ladd

    $10

  • Lisa

    $50

  • Rohan Roy

    $25

  • Mareya Becker

    $100

  • Hannah Trim

    $100

  • Lisa Hurwitz

    $10

  • Veronica RImbert

    $100

  • Bill

    $100

  • Marlene and Lloyd Manown

    $100

  • Jenny Penk

    $25

  • Vic Kerr

    $50

  • Martha and Scott Busser

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Daniel Orkin

    $25

  • Lila

     

  • Mike and Lisa Landes

    $100

  • Kathryn Batwinis

    $25

  • Scott Golden

     

  • Joey M

    $25

  • Hilary Moen

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Viv

    $50

  • Gruffie & Bob

    $1,000

  • Judy Greenwald

     

  • Milena Nichols

    $50

  • Pat Billig

    $100

  • Kristen

    $50

  • Sarah Clement

    $50

  • Shannon Harness

    $25

  • Natasha Turak

    $25

  • Aaron Strain

    $25

  • Susie and Jack Holmes

    $50

  • Mareya

    $50

  • Tennessee Pass Cookhouse & Nordic Center

    $100

  • Kevin C

    $25

  • EB

    $25

  • Leslie Fried and Jeff Cohen

    $100

  • Lucia Petito

    $25

  • Pamela Phillips and Tony Crone

    $100

  • Virginia and Keith

     

  • Sara Shapiro

    $20

  • Phil Patterson

    $25

  • Brenda & Fred Landes

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Kevin's mom and your Science march buddy

    $50

  • Carmen Colombo

    $25

  • Harperrose Studios / Ann Stanek

    $150

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The Team: $8,851 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Harperrose Studios / Ann Stanek

Harperrose Studios / Ann Stanek

DONATION: $150

1 year ago

Carmen Colombo

Carmen Colombo

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Kevin's mom and your Science march buddy

Kevin's mom and your Science march buddy

DONATION: $50

You are an amazing wild (and nasty) woman! Glad you are home safely. Keep up the awesome work! 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Having benefited from the Gruffie Scholarship myself four years ago, I could not be more in support of this cause. Hurray! 1 year ago

Brenda & Fred Landes

Brenda & Fred Landes

DONATION: $75

1 year ago

Phil Patterson

Phil Patterson

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Sara Shapiro

Sara Shapiro

DONATION: $20

YOU DID IT! I miss you, and am in awe of you, and love you dearly. 1 year ago

Virginia and Keith

Virginia and Keith

1 year ago

Pamela Phillips and Tony Crone

Pamela Phillips and Tony Crone

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Lucia Petito

Lucia Petito

DONATION: $25

1 year ago