Follow These Badass Women

These people are tireless in their pursuit of adventures and making the world a brighter place. We recommend you give them a follow. And not just because it’s International Women’s Day.

Liz Clark is an icon of the sustainable ocean explorer lifestyle. More than a dozen years ago she set sail aboard Swell to circumnavigate the globe. Along the way she became more interested in finding secret South Pacific surf breaks and becoming an eyewitness to the health of the ocean. Her memoir came out last April.

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The Arena ? Photo by @djstruntz @riffe_international . Woke up this morning and read me some Theodore Roosevelt while getting ready to dive! ?? . The Man in the Arena "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."

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Native Hawaiian Kimi Werner is an advocate for sustainable eating. She uses freediving and spearfishing to catch her own food, eyes wide open to where it came from. She also has line of cool sustainable products, Keep Wild Co.

Libby Sauter not only has a speed record on the Nose in Yosemite and is building up a pretty impressive ultra mountain running resume, she is a nurse in conflict zones for babies with heart conditions. We’ll just leave it at that.

Hilaree Nelson is perhaps the country’s strongest female ski mountaineer. Last fall she made one of the boldest achievements in the Indian Himalaya, the first ski descent of the “Peak of Evil,” or Papsura, a 20-year dream. This year she made the first complete ski descent of Lhotse, a true Himalayan skiing prize.

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How far can you walk ? As far as you want ! If you add all my expeditions together I’ve circumnavigate the planet once on foot. When I want to stop ? Never …my curiosity and my thirst to understand Nature • the univers • humans are endless … “ Adventure it’s a state of mind “ my legs give me the power to take me to unknown places it’s a privilege earn with a lot of sweat but all it’s worth it because I want to connect human to our Mother Earth and sharing my experiences it’s the begging of more #consciousness #naturedansmavie #vegetarian #vegan @natgeoadventure @natgeo @tissot_official @goalzero @editionsmichellafon @annelaure_lechat @thenorthface_aunz @falke @lasportivagram @ospreypacks

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Swiss explorer Sarah Marquis has walked all over the world—no, not exaggerating and no, not all on trails. One journey took her from Siberia to Australia. Think about that. She recently made a solo traverse of northern Tasmania looking for the Tasmanian tiger.

Nepali Dawa Yangzum Sherpa is the first Southeast Asian woman to become International Federation Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA) certified, which is basically the PhD of alpinism. She is at the leading edge of a new class of strong women climbers in Nepal. Last fall, she and her brother climbed an unclimbed peak in their beloved Rowaling Valley. Dawa is just getting started—keep an eye on her.

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Australian adventure photographer Krystle Wright can take on the elements to get the shot. She paraglides, surfs, freedives, skis, and climbs. Her film, “Where the Wild Things Play,” was a huge hit in 2017. She is working on a followup.

Rock climber and women in sports advocate Sasha DiGiulian was a world champion by the time she was 17. Today she’s a Columbia graduate knocking off big-wall first female ascents around the globe. Sasha is one of ROAM’s founding contributors, and we have a lot in the works with her. Stay tuned.

Eylene Pirez is a world travel photographer and an astrophysicist who is known for her minimalist treks. Most recently she has ventured out to Aconcagua, Argentina which is the highest mountain in both the Southern and Western Hemispheres, to document her journey and spread science literacy through the Access Chile series.

Surfer, creative, and avid global explorer Brinkley Davies is a ROAMer known to use her influence for the greater good. After the Aussie graduated with a degree in Marine Biology, Brinkley decided to harness her social prominence and passion for the outdoors to protect our world’s fragile ecosystems. Her love for the ocean inspired her to start the Balu Blue Foundation, an environmental nonprofit that supports conservation projects around the world.

Second generation teen explorer Lilliana Libecki got a jump start in humanitarian adventures thanks to her dad, Nat Geo explorer Mike. She’s already done mission on each continent, each giving back to the local communities. She’s one to watch!

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What happens after finishing the intimidating, seriously intense physical and emotional journey of the @itialaska? For me, rolling into McGrath after almost 4 days of solitary riding and wilderness survival brought me to tears. When I finally say my friends and the finish and I knew I was safe, I could let the guard down and accept the love and help from friends, strangers and fellow racers. I am a fairly solitary and self sufficient person but after being stripped raw, the kindness and human connection in the hours and days after the race has deepened my appreciation for this event and the people who make it happen. The finish of the event is in Peter and Tracy’s house…a lovely couple who open their home to us like family. Racers pile in, sleep on the floor, eat mounds of food that just keep coming, and reminisce about the trail together. As riders come in, the group opens its collective arms to welcome and warm them. Slowly we rejuvenate, the blood comes back to your body and then it’s time to get on a plane back to civilization. This re entry stop was one of my favorite parts of the event. Back in Anchorage, the cycling community here continues to embrace the #iti2019 Riders with parties, watching the start of the iconic @iditarodsleddograce and help getting gear back home. Often after a really big event, I am alone to process and think about the trail and the experience. This was different. This event is so hard and so scary and so intimidating that everyone who’s done it or knows about it or is connected to it makes sure to grab hold of each other and lend a hand to help and to warm each other’s hearts. Maybe it’s the extreme physical cold in Alaska that makes the people so warm on the inside. I believe the warmth of human touch is an essential part of survival up here. It certainly has been for me. Thank you Alaska and all of the friends who were part of my journey. I truly could not have done this without you and I would not have wanted to. More photos and writing will be in the way soon. I have some stories to tell. #BeGood

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The “Queen of Pain” Rebecca Rusch is a pioneering endurance athlete. Her accomplishments on two wheels are enough to make your thighs burn just thinking about them. She recently pedaled outside her comfort zone for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Invitational, a fat-bike freeze fest along the historic trail. We’ll have more on that story coming up!

Margo Hayes set the climbing world on fire when she closed the gender gap by becoming the first woman to climb 5.15, one of the hardest grades on the climbing rating scale. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

Beyond crushing in the mountains, ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich is a passionate advocate for public lands and conservation. She’s also illuminated the dark side of social, cyber bullying. Though she recently sustained an injury, she is Everest bound next month. We’re cheering for you, Caroline!

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