‘We Were the Mandatory Gear’: 4 Women Talk Their Roles in Adventure Racing

This 3-minute short follows four badass adventure racers as they complete a race. They happen to all be women.

Adventure racing, like many sports, was male-dominated for a while. So much so, that having a woman on the team was “mandatory.” Now, the sport has grown more diverse and more inclusive.

Four adventure racers — Chelsey Magness, Sonja Wieck, Jennifer Hemmen, and Renee Metivier — speak to the gender dynamics of the sport as they race at Bend Racing’s LaPine Loop Race. (You may remember seeing Hemmen from team Curl and Wieck from Team Iron Cowboy in this year’s popular Eco-Challenge TV series.)

This film is short, but it gets the point across: Women are totally capable of adventure racing, and they can bring so much more than just their gender to a team.

“Mandatory Gear” was filmed by Scott Almendinger McGrath, Tim Cowley, Chip Fieberg, and Jason Cornell.

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Mary Murphy

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.

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