Cone backpacking with me! This is a small-group trip open to womxn of all abilities & experience levels. ⠀⠀ #Repost @traversealaska with @get_repost ・・・ Womens Backpacking 101 Trip: May 30-June 2, 2019 w/@sarahmhistand and @traversealaska ⠀⠀ Kick-off summer backpacking season and join a small group of women with Personal Trainer Sarah Miller Histand and Guide/Photographer @molliefostermedia leading this Ladies Backpacking 101 Trip. ⠀⠀ This is a great adventure for any ladies that want to get into backpacking, but aren’t ready to head out on their own yet. Or if you have backpacking experience but want to spend more outdoor time in a supportive, womxn-only environment, we’d love to have you. We’ll discuss backpacking gear, backcountry food, travel techniques, wildlife safety, route finding and navigation, strength training, mental health, photography tips, and more. ⠀⠀ **This trip is happening soon, so if you're interested please get in touch ASAP! And if you would be interested but these dates don't quite work for you, let us know -we may be able to move dates around to accommodate the group.** More info via link in bio! ⠀⠀ #alaska #womxn #diversityandinclusion #diversifyoutdoors #alaskanadventures #backpacking #hiking #onlyladies #thisonesforthegirls
Amaryllis, in full flower today. This was my grandma’s favorite flower, and she gave each of her grandchildren a bulb at some point. I love having this way of remembering her. ⠀⠀ Today this one blooms for my dear Uncle Mike, who passed away last night. He was a belly-laughing, big-hugging kind of guy who always seemed to be really in the moment. Uncle Mike, thanks for sharing your love with me. ⠀⠀ Remember to love on your people & appreciate the beauty around you, every day. 💕 🦋🌺🥀
WANT TO HELP MAKE THE OUTDOORS MORE INCLUSIVE, DIVERSE, & ACCESSIBLE? I do too. Honestly this makes me super uncomfortable, and feels like an awkward thing to write about, but -- oh well-- we've got to start somewhere. When I started #SkiBabes & #SummerStrong, I was excited to help people of all types develop the mind & body strength to enjoy themselves outdoors. I was initially surprised that the people who signed up were mostly just like me: white women, able-bodied, upper-middle class. I wanted to reach a diverse group of people, and instead I had created a group of people that were pretty similar, at least from the outside. . Because inclusivity is one of my values, I've been grappling with what to make of this. . First, it's amazing to have a place for women to come together & support each other in their outdoor recreation endeavors. The women I connect the most with deal with the things I've dealt with in my own outdoor rec journey: times of low confidence, fear, feeling not-good-enough, etc. . Honestly it's only recently in my own path through this mess of gender-related insecurities that I've stepped into my own worthiness in the outdoor space. From here, I can now see more of the messaging, both overt & covert, that tells people who don't fit the 'outdoors person norm' that they're somehow not as welcome/good at this/safe here. And it's bullsh*t. . This has to change. It's a messy area to dive into, and I don't want to do it alone. Through my college friend & always activist @iamerinbrown, I've found a teacher who specializes in DE&I work: @drtee. He takes a Liberation approach to his DE&I work. . With Dr Tee's help, I'm working now to pull together a group of outdoor professionals & enthusiasts dedicated to diversity & inclusion in the field. We're going to start by taking a 10-week course with Dr Tee. There is a financial & time investment. . If you're interested in being a part of this group of outdoor professionals & enthusiasts dedicated to diversity & inclusion in the field, send me a DM. Either way, an emoji or comment will help support this effort to find people for the group. Thank you! #diversifyoutdoors #representationmatters
Anchorage! I'm teaching in real life (!!) at the Alaska Rock Gym this month. These classes are energizing, lighthearted, and super good at addressing alignment issues & muscular imbalances.. it's a perfect series for getting ready for summer adventures of all types. . We're doing this as a trial run, so it's a really good deal: a 4-week series with 45 min classes 2x weekly + online access + free rock gym membership... join me! Feel free to reach out if you have Qs. I'd love to get sweaty & strong & have some fun with you!#Repost @alaskarockgym ・・・ Summer Strong with Sarah Histand!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ We're very proud to introduce a FUNctional fitness training for all of your summer adventures!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Sarah is the creator of the super successful Ski Babes winter training program, and is now running a 4 week training regimen starting the week of Monday, May 13th (next week!).⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Train for impact, lateral motion, posterior chain and core strength, agility, and injury prevention with Sarah's lighthearted training style that energizes and motivates!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ You'll join her for in-person 45 minute workouts twice a week. The training also has an online portal with video workouts to add a third session per week (and to help make up for a class you might not be able to make).⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To help with your busy schedules, we have a Monday / Wednesday offering at 7:30am, in addition to a Tuesday Thursday offering at 12:00pm.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Members can sign up for $100 for the entire 4 week training regimen. Non-members can also join the class for $120 (includes 1 month membership + gear rental!).⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Space IS limited so sign up with the front desk NOW!
Even in a dry cabin you can relax in the bathtub! 🤣 . I’ve been preaching the necessity of rest & recovery lately to everyone who will listen. It’s the time in-between workouts & adventures when our muscles repair & grow, and our nervous system gets to re-balance. The down-time is critical, or else we wear out our bodies & our minds. . There’s so much temptation this time of year to go-go-go. What would happen if we committed to our rest as much as we committed to our productivity? . What’s your favorite form of rest & recovery? . . . #committedtoselfcare #recoverymatters #rest #cabinlife #deepthoughts #smhtraining #summerstrong #thompsonpass #selfcaresunday
Is it paddling season yet?? My interview with the ladies at @alpacka_raft came out today, talking about my early paddling mistakes, how to train for packrafting, and why I started SMH training. The link is in my bio! ・ One question they had for me: what got you started with outdoor travel? It was fun to think about, and now I want to know others! What got YOU started in outdoors travel? ・・・ #Repost @alpacka_raft with @get_repost ・・・ Do you have a big packrafting trip planned for this summer? With big trips comes big preparation, which is why were excited to interview @sarahmhistand and hear her awesome training tips as we gear up for summer paddling. Head over to our most recent blog post to learn more about how you can get “Summer Strong” for packrafting! . . Photo by @lucmehl #packrafting #thisispackrafting #alpackaraft #packraftingwomen #womenwhopaddle #outdoorwomen #forceofnature
#lessonsfrommothernature: CHANGE ISN'T LINEAR . It's a truth I often need to be reminded of (maybe we all do?), so we can say a big Thank You to Mother Nature for driving this one home this week! . In the last month+ we've had this stretch of amazing early warm spring weather: all the snow melted away, grass started to grow, & the sun felt so good on my skin! I put away my skis for the season, made an appointment to get my snow tires removed, and was all on board & ready for summer. And now it's dumping snow! . And while I was absolutely ready for sandals & outdoor yoga seshs, I do love the lesson here. . We so often get trapped thinking that progress happens in a linear fashion. It happens in #SummerStrong: but I did XX amount of pushups last week, I 'should' be able to more today! In mental health: I thought I was over this already! It's been XX amount of time since I lost my loved one... and I wasn't that sad yesterday so WHY is it hitting me so hard today? And in outdoor recreation: I did this hike last fall and it was no problem, why is it kicking my a$$ right now? . But we can't change Mother Nature and we certainly can't change the truth about change. It's just not a linear process. Sometimes it's obvious that we're making forward progress, and sometimes forward progress feels more like having a big cry about something that we thought we were over, or down-leveling our pushups because we're just more tired today for some reason. It's all good, part of the process, and completely normal. . Don't make those inevitable “backward progress” days mean anything! It's just an unexpected snowfall in the middle of spring, no big deal. Keep moving forward. Summer is coming, I promise... and those days when you really can feel the results of your forward progress are coming too. #yougotthis . .share with me: have you had days that feel like “backward progress”? What helps you keep moving forward? . #summerstrong #functionalfitness #naturelessons #smhtraining #magicasanamonday #natureinspiration #spring #alaska #onlyinalaska #springiscoming #surprise #weather #climatechangeisreal
This quote 😍, pulling me through the difficult moments of birthing Summer Strong out into the world. @lizzobeeating ’s way of shining is so inspiring! . For me it's absolutely true - I see others shining, like @lizzobeeating , @beyonce , @brenebrown (check out both of their Netflix specials!)... @negarfoononi who first shared this quote, and @sunisacompass and @heymoosekennel who’s amazing books just came out, I'm inspired to shine as well. And maybe my shining will create some inspiration for the next person
A #SummerStrong moment from Nulato to Unalakleet last summer. . What are you hoping to do outside this summer? Will you be hiking, biking, walking, running, paddling, playing badminton? 💁♀️ Me too! Got any trips planned? Me too! 💁♀️ . Summer Strong training starts on Monday, link in bio. Photo cred @lucmehl #smhtraining #functionalfitness #hiking #backpacking #alaska #nulatohills #packrafting #trainingforsummer #outdoors #nature #onlyinalaska #onlinetraining #yougotthis
This is a selfie with my Strong for Summer workshop slides... they’re coming together great & I’m getting excited to talk about this stuff tonight! Are you coming? I’m covering the 5 most common training mistakes I see in the summer, & how to avoid them... 4:30pm AKST via Zoom & signup link is in my bio. #onlineworkshop #smhtraining #summerstrong #functionalfitness
Packrafting Warmup & Shoulder Mobility Sequence- a teaser. . This is a clip from a new Packrafting Warmup, which is posted on my website (link in bio!) & is also a great sequence for anyone looking for improve shoulder mobility, increase forearm/wrist strength, and improve spine health. . Questions for you: what would be the best way to me get you these free resource videos? Do you wish I just posted them in their entirety on social media? On YouTube? Does it work to have them on my blog & encourage you to go there?? . I’m afraid if I just put them on social media the algorithm will only show them to a few, and if you’re not on social media all the time (kudos to you!!) you won’t see them. If you’re on my email list you get an email when I have a new resource, which is great for me but I also know people are wary about signing up for email lists all over the place. . What would work best for you? I’m experimenting and learning what works best for me, without trying to do everything (because I want that time off-line too!) AND I put a ton of thought into this work & want as many people who want these resources to benefit as possible. . #crowdsourcing #doless #sociamediaisgreatbutsometimesineedabreak #packrafting #thisispackrafting #warmup #shouldermobility #injuryprevention #functionalfitness #smhtraining #summerstrong #paddlesports #kayaking #canoeing
Lunge practice coming handy in real life! . We didn't intentionally set up this shot to be the perfect representation of how indoor workouts translate to outdoor recreation functionality, but it does the trick! . #SkiBabes & #SummerStrong folks know that ALL THE LUNGES play a big part of our workouts - Back Lunges & Side Lunges & Curtsy Lunges & Brazilian Lunges & Bulgarian Lunges & Gliding Disc Lunges & Pinwheel Lunges & Elevated Lunges & ... OH MY! . It's all about developing the unilateral (one-sided) strength & stability to pull off the stuff we ask our bodies to do in real life, whether it's summer, winter, and in-between seasons. Getting on a bike is a variety of lunge. Stepping across a stream. Up a rock step. Over an alder. Retrieving a toddler from somewhere they weren't supposed to be. All types of lunges. . It's a fun creative endeavour for me to put together workouts that help us practice doing the crazy things we ask our bodies to do when we're outside, in the more-controlled indoors environment. Establishing strength & familiarity with these moves in your living room ABSOLUTELY translates into greater ability to do it outdoors. . Interested? I'm giving a free online workshop next Tuesday, and we start Summer Strong training on Monday, April 22. Links for both are in my bio. @fairweatherskiworks @sunisacompass @hyperlite_mountain_gear . . . #summerstrong #skibabes #smhtraining #shoulderseason #exitglacier #kenaifjordsnationalpark #watercrossing #summerishere #climatechange
EVERYTHING CHANGES . A favorite reminder for getting through a tough moment in the mountains.. that rain won't last forever... at some point we'll get to better walking... it has to get easier.. . It's true about our world too - this pic is from our exit off of Grewingk Glacier last week, which went through a faster-than-usual recession in the last year, receding half a kilometer since September & half of that within the last month. We learned this from #groundtruthtrekking after the trip, though if we'd known it earlier we might have changed our plans! The recession meant that the glacier no longer goes to where the Blue Ice Trail ends (we were hoping to walk off the glacier and onto the trail, boom, easy!) Now there's a bunch of lake (unfrozen) between the trail and the glacier and rock slab walls into the water around the lake. . It took some creative route-finding from the group to find a way up off the glacier, around the slabs, and to the trail, but in the end we found a route that went and were psyched to make it to this photo site where, again, everything was changing. This time it's from Winter to Spring... another change that always comes, even if in the darkest parts of midwinter sometimes it doesn't feel like it. . Now that I'm back home where the yard is mostly melted out, streets are bare, and flowers blooming, that glacier world seems a long ways off. Everything is changing fast here, gearing up for summer! I am too, with a new Training for Summer online workshop happening next week (Tuesday, 4:30p AKST). I'll put the link in my bio if you're ready to start thinking about summer training too :) . #summerstrong #smhtraining #grewingkglacier #summerishere #everythingchanges #climatechangeisreal #hardingicefield #springskiing #kachemakbaystatepark #itsnotovertillitsover @sunisacompass
I call this look “Fresh out of the mountains” or “glacier sun tan especially the inside of the nose” or “skeptical about return to internet-world.” Again, seeking strategies for gentle reintroduction to town-life... what works for you? . #hardingicefield #springskiing #skibabes #selfie #wild #firstlookinthemirror
Getting off the glacier was the trickiest part! We brought helmets for kiting but were extra grateful for them in this loose rockslide area where Grewingk Glacier is pulling away from the mountains. . @sunisacompass has the same size head as her 4yo son and borrowed his helmet for the trip- thanks Huxley! . . . . #hardingicefield #skibabes #summerstrong #safetyfirst #protectyourhead #mips #climatechange #kachemakbaystatepark #grewingkglacier #alaska #backcountryskiing
We lucked out with an amazing sunny weather window for a Harding Icefield Traverse last week. Blue sky, gorgeous mountains, great snow conditions, and an all-star group made for a lovely spring mountain trip. @lucmehl @sunisacompass #hardingicefield #skibabes #springskiing #team #alaska
Roadside packing party
More and more my adventure priorities are centered on who I get to spend time with while I’m outside. Excited to spend the week on Harding Ice Field with Caroline @sunisacompass (whose book about their 4000 mile adventure just came out) and Pat (who’s good citizen pre-trip voting efforts made the front page of the @anchoragedailynews today). It’s sunny here and we’ll see you in a week!
Hi friends! It’s my birthday, and I wanted to celebrate this year by sharing the work (& workouts) that I’ve been creating with you. 💕These workouts have seriously changed my life - they’re a great mood booster (yay endorphins!), a fun challenge for the body, and they really do make you strong. 💕I included a variety of workouts in the Two Week Trial, from my newest Summer strong workout to a First Gen workout from when I was just getting started teaching online. I hope you enjoy a dance move reward for me (at the end of each of the newer workouts!) and 💕💕 tag Someone here who might also want to try them out! The link is in my bio.
Maybe the earliest hike of the season, ever! Sure feels like spring here... at least a month early? Our world is changing fast. @benhistand #turniganarm #earlyspring #partymarch #birthdayhike #climatechange
Today is my brother Ben’s birthday! Ben has been my birthday buddy, adventure partner, confidant, and support system since we were little. Happy Birthday Ben, so grateful for & proud of you!