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GearJunkie’s Favorite Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

No matter how you like to get outside, we’ve got ideas for how you can celebrate International Women’s Day, this March 8, 2022.

International Women’s Day is just what is sounds like — an internationally recognized holiday celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

For us at GearJunkie, it also means celebrating women in sport, and celebrating each other and all of our achievements as women in the outdoors.

International Women’s Day Events & Happenings

International Women’s Day Run

If you want to celebrate International Women’s Day with other women, and like to run, consider joining a global Women’s Day running event. Here are a few happening:

Free Ski and Snowboard Rentals With evo

Evo is offering free ski and snowboard rentals for all female-identifying or non-binary customers across all physical locations — all you have to do is mention this promotion in-store.

  • March 8 only

Gnarly’s Women in Sport Clinics

In these free clinics, female-identifying athletes will learn how nutrition can affect female athletes and their training. Join for:

  • March 8 at 4 p.m. MST with Healthy Lifestyles Coach Brianna Boney
  • March 24 at 2 p.m. MST with Certified Nutrition Specialist Emily Smith

National Park Service Women’s Day Events

Each year, the National Park Services hosts several events to honor women in the park service. We recommend also checking with individual National Parks and Historic Sites close to you for more local events.

Women’s Climbing Socials

Women’s brand Wondery has partnered with Lady Crush across the Western coast to host three women’s climbing socials.

  • March 8: 6-9 p.m. PST in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland
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International Women’s Day Bike Ride

Join women across the country and world in a virtual/nationwide bike ride! This global cycling event grows bigger every year and is one of the best ways to celebrate.

Both dates have massive virtual global ride events, and you can join in whether you cycle or mountain bike, or both!

Women-Only Ski Events

  • March 7-8: Women’s Discovery Camp at Sugarbush Resort, Vermont
  • March 6-10: Women’s Only Ski Camp, Alta Lodge, Utah
  • March 7-10: Women’s Ski Adventure, Ski with Kim, Sun Valley, Idaho: Women’s Ski Adventures is a world-renowned program offering women a chance to ski in a fun, safe, and encouraging setting with other female skiers.
  • March 15: Boot Tan Fest at Bluebird Backcountry, Kremmling, Colorado: an all-women’s backcountry festival, sponsored by women-owned Wild Barn Coffee, Boot Tan Fest welcomes women from all backgrounds, as well as femme-leaning and non-binary folks. The event includes demonstrations and booths from women-led orgs and brands, live music, and a Naked Ski Lap.
  • Ongoing: Vail Resorts’ Ski Girls Rock is a program for 7- to 14-year-old girls designed to empower girls through skiing; and Her Turn program, a women-led, women-only 3-day ski clinic.

How Our Staff Will Celebrate

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Project Manager Katie Jedlicka-Sieve.

“I am planning to get a good speed workout in, a meditation/sauna session, connect with the women in my life who inspire me and support me to be my best self, and give thanks to Mother Nature for all that she gives us!” — Katie Jedlicka-Sieve, Project Manager at GearJunkie


“My favorite way to celebrate International Women’s Day is usually by gathering with female friends for a yoga session or run. Even better than impromptu plans, I’d suggest finding an all-women community event like a women’s climbing session at your local gym, or an all-women hike.

For moms and parents, I’d also recommend checking out Garmin’s Women of Adventure Children’s Book, which was created to “inspire the next generation of bold females.” The book is based on Garmin’s Women of Adventure series, and covers the stories of six women who have accomplished amazing things.” — Mary Murphy, Editor at GearJunkie


“I’m spending International Women’s Day by doing an early morning running speed workout to try to find the best version of my masters running self, helping to usher iRunFar into its second decade of equitable coverage of women’s trail running and ultrarunning, and hopefully skiing a little March powder too, if I can fit it in!

I can’t wait to watch the other women of the outdoors world take up space, tell stories, and be their best selves today — and every day.” — Meghan Hicks, Managing Editor at iRunFar


“I’m incredibly grateful for the strong women in my life. I’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day by heading out to one of our local Minneapolis hiking trails with a few of my closest ladies and our mini-girl gang (ages 0-5). Never too young to start teaching our little explorers the importance of lifelong relationships — both with the women in your life and the great outdoors!” — Julie Robichaud, GearJunkie Sales Associate


“To me, International Women’s Day is about reflecting on those before me who sacrificed, rallied, and stood up so future generations could pursue our dreams and professional/personal goals.

Today, I’m spending time with my best friend’s daughter, and we’ll talk about this history. About women like her grandmother Ellen, who hunted for more than 50 years to feed her family, and my great-grandmother, who was a pioneer journalist in Canada in the mid-20th century. She owned a newspaper, a rare feat for a woman.

Connecting these pieces for young people seems to be important on days like today. So, that’s my focus.” — Nicole Qualtieri, GearJunkie Hunt & Fish Editor


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Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.