The sun's shining, the roads (and rock faces) are calling—summer is an ideal time to work on that technique you've been wanting to improve or pick up a new sport. This year, there are more resources than ever for women who love the outdoors and want to make the most of the warm months. Check out these events and workshops, load up the gear, grab your girlfriends, and get ready for the best summer ever.
Ladies' Night at Brooklyn Boulders
Behold, a ladies' night that doesn’t come with well liquor and a bad DJ. Boulder, top rope, or lead climb once a week at Brooklyn Boulders. Women receive discounts on day passes and gear rentals at all of the gym’s locations. Beginners welcome!
Where: All Brooklyn Boulder gyms
When: Mondays in New York gyms, Wednesdays in the Chicago gym, and one Tuesday per month on varying weeks in the Somerville, Massachusetts, gym
Price: $19, free for members, and first-timers receive a free welcome class
SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half Marathon and 5K
The SoCal Wine Country Half is one of the few women’s-only trail races in the U.S. With scenic mountain and lake views, you’ll hardly notice the hilly course. Mark your PR with some celebratory wine tasting after you cross the finish line.
Where: Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, California
When: June 11
Price: $90 for the half, $55 for the 5K
Femme/Velo Women's Cycling Event
Hit the road with other bike enthusiasts for this 100K ride. (There’s a 50K, too, if you’re not up for the full distance.) In addition to the mass-start ride, pick up a trick or two in the mountain, gravel, and road skills workshops, learn how to care for your bike in the maintenance 101 clinic, and kick back with a beer at the after party.
When: July 1-3
Where: Whitefish, Montana
Price: Starts at $90
Women’s Photography and Fly Fishing Workshop
Outdoor photographer Jessica McGlothlin, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Yeti ads, and Outside magazine, is teaming up with Montana fly and guide company the Tackle Shop to help you up your photo game. You’ll receive an all-day, hands-on workshop, complete with guided fishing, photography instruction, a swag bag, and plenty of snacks.
When: August 20
Where: Ennis, Montana
Customize your ultimate outdoorsy weekend at REI’s Outessa Summit, an adventure smorgasbord for women, led by female guides and athletes. Choose from a list of over 200 classes and activities, including rock climbing, hiking, SUP, kayaking, backpacking, yoga, and outdoor cooking. Mix and match to make the most of your fun-packed three-day weekend—all participants get access to professional mentorship, a "hammock zone," and plenty of fireside beer and s'mores.
When: August 19-21
Where: Kirkwood, California
Price: Starts at $750