A week of wonder
WHAT: “Dirt to Indulgence After Party”
WHEN: 6pm Fri., March 8
WHERE: Boundary Bay, 1107 Railroad Ave.
WHAT: Heather “Anish” Anderson reads from Thirst: 2,600 Miles to Home
WHEN: 7pm Mon., March 11
WHERE: Village Books, 1200 11th St.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Wild Womxn Week will be halfway over by the time this issue of the Cascadia Weekly hits the streets, but that doesn’t mean area adventurers are out of luck when it comes to finding camaraderie and inspiration through their love of the great outdoors.
We’re referring to the remaining events happening through Friday and culminating in a “Dirt to Indulgence” After Party at Boundary Bay Brewery—on International Women’s Day, natch—but also to the ongoing efforts the event’s host, Shifting Gears, makes to break down recreation-related barriers.
“By participating in Shifting Gears programs, community members will walk away with the tools that they need to attain their recreational goals,” organizers say. “Whether it be learning how to change a flat tire, cycling 50 miles, locating accessible trails, finding a hiking partner, setting goals or just remembering how to ‘play,’ our aim is to create a welcoming environment for all to join in and learn.”
Those who self-identify as women, trans, femme or non-binary are welcome to take part in a number of remaining activities this week—including a Sunset Social Bike Ride, a Gear Talk Happy Hour focused on fly-fishing, a Ski and Snowboard Waxing Workshop, an evening stroll through Sunnyland, and early-morning Fit School Walks and Runs. Come Friday night, wash off whatever dirt and sweat has accrued on your person and make your way to the After Party, where you can celebrate with “glitz, glam and gals.”
You’ll have the rest of the weekend to recreate in whatever fashion you see fit, but come Mon., March 11, set aside time to find further inspiration with Heather “Anish” Anderson.
The Bellingham-based athlete has recently completed her memoir, Thirst: 2,600 Miles to Home, and is ready to share tales from her 2013 record-setting Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hike, for which she averaged 40-plus miles per day over a 60-day period. She still holds the fastest overall, self-supported time for that trail—male or female—and was recently in the news for being the first woman to complete a Calendar Year Trip Crown Hike covering all 7,300 miles of the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the PCT in just over eight months.
For her efforts, Anderson—a self-described “former couch potato” who fell in love with trail hiking and ultra-marathons—was recently named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, which means there’s hope for anybody who wants to make a big change in their life, but isn’t quite sure how to get started.
“It’s been a really beautiful thing to complete a 15-year-old dream,” Anderson said of the astounding feat. “Through planning, perseverance and a little bit of luck, I was able to set three records on this journey. All of these things are the terminus. But it is everything that has happened since I left Springer Mountain on March 1 that actually matters. It is everything I walked through, learned, and who I became along the way.”
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