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If you’re not aware of the hashtag sensation of #mtnbabes and the correlating instagram account, website, and videos, you’re probably in one of these categories: a chick, aren’t into outdoor recreation, or still have dial-up internet.
But if you do fall into one of those categories, let me educate you. The mission statement for Mountain Babes is (as stated on their website):
Wewanttorepresentthosegnarly,hardcore chicks who know how to get after it and who understand the benefits of climbing the tallest peak. We believe in being all that you can be, and aspire to obtainthetoughestchallenges.We want women to thrive in theoutdoorsand appreciate the power of the mountains.

You’re thinking, this sounds great! I’d love to be a part of building a community of strong, empowered women. I’d love to inspire more women to get outside to mountaintops. How do I get involved?

The answer is simple: by taking topless photos on a mountaintop!
Wait, seriously?
Is that what inspires women to get out…?

No, it doesn’t.
Funny thing, as a chick, I don’t get hyped on seeing a pro skier atop a local peak without her shirt on. That doesn’t scream to me, hey, maybe I should go do a tempo run so I can be better mountain runner!

Videos of women spraying each other with beer by a river doesn’t really get me psyched to paddle class 4 rapids or prep for my 142 mile adventure run either. Why then?
If your photo gets posted by Mountain Babes, 9,000 IG users will see your beautiful nude back. You’ll probably get new followers. You’ll also get a few good-natured chuckles as well as comments from random men who are super psyched that women like you exist—“beautiful women, in the outdoors, naked? Hell yes!”
One thing you won’t get? My respect for you as an athlete.

As a woman, I understand the desire to be attractive, sexy. As a mountain lover I know the need to be free, and have skinny dipped or nude camped my fair share of times. But as a mountain athlete I don't find it "gnarly" "hardcore" or "powerful" to see another woman standing off a trail or next to a waterfall without her shirt on. It doesn't get me psyched to climb or run or cruise up a mountain. It makes me sad that this is the easiest and most successful path for women to get attention, even in the outdoors. Even on big mountains. In social media a woman can scale a 14er in record time and post a photo.... meh. But if she strips down on the summit, well, now that's something worth celebrating!

This is nothing new. Because sex sells. It always has, it always will. Female athletes who want to be on a cover of a magazine don’t just need to crush their sport, they need to look good doing it. Mountain Babe photos will get several thousand likes of a female hiker’s nude back, while pro kayakers, skiers, or rock climbers will often only receive a tenth of that much attention when photographed excelling at their sport.

So, here’s a shout-out to all the mountain babes who manage to be total beasts and babes without using sex as a tool for likes. A shout-out to the inspiring women who manage to get the attention and respect they deserve not because they show off their beautiful bodies, but because they use their beautiful bodies to kick ass, with their sports bras on…
because those girls need support.
Pun intended.

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On a recent flat trail run I began to drive a friend crazy by pausing my GPS stopwatch every time we had to stop for traffic or to adjust gear. Then, I didn’t start it again until I was actually running. Normally I wouldn’t have thought twice about this, but I noticed that my friend’s fingers never touched her watch other than at the outset. Near the end of the 18 miles, we approached a gate that we needed to stop and open, and I said, “Look, I’m not even going to stop my watch!” I felt like I deserved a pat on the back. I think we actually did fist bump. I closed the gate, and then immediately went to restart my watch…that I hadn’t stopped. It was then I knew I needed a stopwatch intervention.
[caption id="attachment_599" align="alignleft" width="300"] My latest drug of choice[/caption]
I was always more of an AP-phile, one who is more concerned about her average pace per mile than other aspects of the run, and I was always trained to stop the watch when I wasn't running. I had to know how far I went combined with how long it took me and how it felt, and then entered that data in my running logs. Before GPS or Google Earth, I didn’t know how long trails were, and that alone kept me off of them for many, many years. They were harder, too; my pace got super slow and I even had to (horrors!) walk sometimes. That was going to bring my run’s AP way down. Oh, my ego!
It wasn’t just my running ego, though. I’ve always used my logs as comparison tools to evaluate my training. How can it be fair to compare those tough, trudging miles up and around the mountaintop to that time that I ran a mostly downhill 10-miler on an asphalt jogging path? How can I gauge my fitness with such variety? How can I know if I’m working hard enough or getting any better? On the other hand, I also use my AP to determine whether I’m running a slow enough recovery pace, and sometimes a 15:00 mile on a steep, technical trail is definitely not recovery.
[caption id="attachment_598" align="alignright" width="300"] Old-school simplicity?[/caption]
I have a handful of benchmark routes that I repeat every so often to evaluate my own fitness level. Using segments or routes on Strava makes this particularly easy, as do other online programs like Garmin Connect, Movescount, Map My Run, RunKeeper, etc. Logging runs that way isn’t for everyone, though. Some keep it simple, like in a notebook, and some (and I just don’t get this, although I am a little jealous) don’t log their miles or time run, ever. I daresay that their fitness levels are judged by how they feel, if they’re tired at the end of the day or week, or if they just plain feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and healthy. I use all of those lovely things, too, but I just can’t hide from that AP, which lurks behind every road run I do.
When I started running trails a few years ago, however, the AP just had to go. I couldn’t look at miles in the 13s and 15s and compute it with the rest of my training, even if I knew I’d worked my butt off and was getting stronger. It took me a long while--months, even—to get to where I didn’t automatically stop my watch while stopped to rummage in my vest for some food or to check out a pretty view. I’m still split on whether to stop the watch during a break on a summit. Who knows what is the accepted thing to do? But the more important question is probably, “Who cares?”
In the end, who really cares whether my AP is 7:30 or 11:30? I mean, some of my friends might figure something was up if they saw me online getting continually slower on flat runs, but they wouldn’t, like, blackball me from a group run. And they’d still be my friends. It’s not like the competition is checking my pace out, either, because, let’s be honest: unless you’re Kara Goucher or Ryan Hall, who has competition? Not me.
[caption id="attachment_611" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Not everyone needs or wants to wear a GPS or watch. We all still have fun. PC: @ultratrailmatt[/caption]

However I end up using my stopwatch, the GPS data is ultimately for my own use, not for bragging rights on a good outing or something I feel like I need to hide or excuse on a bad run. Ultimately, there will even come a time when my own fitness level won’t matter too much to me. But until then, my AP on certain types of runs combined with how I feel does let me know if my training is progressing properly, and dang if I don’t find it so annoyingly useful. Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news Courage Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news cragaddict: Source:cragaddict: Source: