His­tor­i­cal­ly, many of the great female ath­letes, adven­tur­ers, and out­door indus­try pio­neers were not always able to claim the title of both moth­er and ath­lete. Before the Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion a woman had to choose between a life of adven­ture and great ath­let­ic suc­cess, or a life where she would be able to have a family.

Even as our times and tech­nol­o­gy have pro­gressed, and oppor­tu­ni­ties for train­ing and trav­el­ing have become more acces­si­ble for men and women alike, it can still be very dif­fi­cult to raise a child and pur­sue phys­i­cal and geo­graph­ic extremes. This arti­cle high­lights a few amaz­ing women who have been able to be not only moth­ers, but also amaz­ing pio­neers for the outdoors.


Lynn Hill – Rock climber

Indis­putably a liv­ing leg­end, Lynn Hill has been a pio­neer in the sport of rock climb­ing and one of its great­est celebri­ties since the 1980s. She has accom­plished many feats dur­ing her career: she was the first per­son to make a free ascent of The Nose on El Cap­i­tan in the Yosemite Val­ley, and has numer­ous 5.14s under her belt as well as first ascents on sev­er­al continents.

Lynn always want­ed to have a child, but because of the fast-paced and stren­u­ous nature of her career, it took until she was 42 for it to hap­pen. Preg­nan­cy and hav­ing a child changed her rela­tion­ship to her sport; with par­ent­hood, and a pas­sion­ate pur­suit that took her all over the world, she found more of a need for bal­ance and security.

“For me it has been quite a jug­gling act to man­age all the demands on my time in both my per­son­al and pub­lic life. But like climb­ing itself, the most chal­leng­ing expe­ri­ences are usu­al­ly the most sat­is­fy­ing. Moth­er­hood is cer­tain­ly more chal­leng­ing than any climb I’ve done, but there’s noth­ing greater than the sense of love I feel for my child.”


Junko Tabei – First woman to sum­mit Everest

Junko Tabei was the first woman to sum­mit Mount Everest.

“Back in 1970s Japan, it was still wide­ly con­sid­ered that men were the ones to work out­side and women would stay at home…We were told we should be rais­ing chil­dren instead.”

Junko was 35 when she sum­mit­ed Mount Ever­est with a 15-per­son, all-women Japan­ese team. She was able to leave her 3‑year-old child in the hands of her hus­band and fam­i­ly mem­bers in order to accom­plish this feat.

Her ascent was a man­i­fes­ta­tion of her extreme deter­mi­na­tion and was also a sym­bol to many of the great strides for­ward that women of the era were mak­ing towards equal­i­ty and autonomy.


Gert Boyle – Pres­i­dent turned Chair­woman of Colum­bia Sportswear

When her hus­band died in 1970, Gert Boyle found her­self at the helm of Colum­bia Sports­wear, with lit­tle to no busi­ness expe­ri­ence. Gert turned a finan­cial­ly strug­gling sports­wear com­pa­ny into the behe­moth out­door indus­try that it is today. She spent 1970–1998 as Pres­i­dent, enlist­ing the help of her son and oth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers to help cre­ate her vision for the business.

One of the major turn­ing points for the com­pa­ny was its clever add cam­paigns that fea­tured Gert.

“We start­ed adver­tis­ing in 1984 with the Tough Moth­er cam­paign. In one, I put my son, Tim, through the car wash and said, ‘‘That’s the way we test our gar­ments.’ Sales shot up. Tim took over as CEO in 1989.”

Through grit and tenac­i­ty, Gert chart­ed the course for the suc­cess of her com­pa­ny and the secu­ri­ty of her fam­i­ly. Talk about One Tough Moth­er (which is the title of her book)!

Cred­it: lucy

Today’s event is all about the ladies. Look for lucy fit­ness appar­el and a huge selec­tion of Wom­en’s spring footwear and sum­mer appar­el. Don’t feel left out, guys. We still have a lot of killer gear on the menu for you. Hop to the bot­tom of this email for a taste of some of the sales that are still run­ning. There’s a lit­tle some­thing for every­one on this Thursday!

Here’s what you’ll find in today’s event:

lucylucy cre­ates fem­i­nine-styled per­for­mance appar­el designed for the gym, yoga stu­dio, or great out­doors. Think of it as fit­ness appar­el with fash­ion appeal—the kind of clothes you’d feel great about wear­ing while run­ning errands after a good work­out. Click through now for mem­ber-exclu­sive pric­ing on Wom­en’s lucy per­for­mance apparel.

Wom­en’s Spring FootwearToday brought wool sock weath­er; tomor­row is sup­posed to be sun­ny enough for san­dals. Spring is the sea­son for unpre­dictable weath­er. Are your feet pre­pared? Click through now for mem­ber-exclu­sive pric­ing on Wom­en’s san­dals, rain boots, slip­pers, and more.

Wom­en’s Sum­mer Appar­el: Sum­mer­time is when the livin’ is easy. Now shop­ping for it is even eas­i­er, with skirts, dress­es, pants, tees, board­shorts, and more from your favorite brands. Click through now for mem­ber-exclu­sive pricing.

There’s Still Time! Don’t Miss: Timex, Native, Body Up, SOG, Tool Log­ic, Cycling Appar­el, Swiftwick, Men’s Hood­ies and Tees, and more.


San­ta’s Land­ing: Did you know? On this day in 1952, Lieu­tenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletch­er and William P. Bene­dict made the first Unit­ed States air­craft land­ing at the North Pole. Like an awe­some San­ta’s sleigh, their U.S. Air Force plane was mod­i­fied with skis to enable it to land on the ice. When Fletch­er stepped out of the plane, he became the first per­son to indis­putably reach the exact geo­graph­ic North Pole. In 1961, Dr. Albert P. Crary—a sci­en­tist who joined Fletch­er and Bene­dict on the expedition—traveled to Antarc­ti­ca and became the first per­son in his­to­ry to have stood on both poles.

With Moth­er’s Day just a few days away, maybe you’re still look­ing for a last minute gift. Or maybe you want to be a tad more unique than the choco­late, flow­ers, appli­ance route. Maybe you want to cel­e­brate the spe­cial Mom in your life by shar­ing your love of the out­doors. Here are a few out­door, low cost ways to do that:

- Pic­nic! OK, this seems super sim­ple and maybe a bit cheesy, but I bet it’s appre­ci­at­ed. Spring is here, the weath­er is right, so why not pack a lunch of your Mom’s favorite foods and snacks and spread a blan­ket at your favorite out­door spot?

- A Hike For Two (or more!): Last year, a friend of mine took his Mom hik­ing as a way to get her into his favorite out­door activ­i­ty. She’d recent­ly been diag­nosed with high blood pres­sure and the doc­tor sug­gest­ed dai­ly walks. To keep her going — and to make the expe­ri­ence mem­o­rable — they’d each share their favorite fam­i­ly mem­o­ry at mile­stones on their jour­ney. Now, this Sun­day, they’re doing it again and includ­ing oth­er fam­i­ly members.

For a list of favorite trails by state, click here.

- My Mom, The Green Thumb: My moth­er is an avid gar­den­er. The virid­i­an appendage seems to have skipped over me com­plete­ly, so she espe­cial­ly appre­ci­ates it when I take the time to get my hands dirty and help out plant­i­ng trees or relo­cat­ing blos­soms. If your Mom is a gar­den mum (Get it? Mum?), why not pick up some flow­ers in her favorite col­or from your local nurs­ery and plan a Sun­day date of plant­i­ng them together?

These are just some starter ideas, but you get the pic­ture: a bike ride, a hike, plant­i­ng flow­ers, they all have two things in com­mon — they’re out­doors and they’re more about spend­ing time than any­thing else. As a Mom myself, I know that is the most pre­cious gift of all.

You should kick your moth­er out for Moth­er’s Day.

That’s right. We said it.

Insist that, this spring, she get out­doors for some hik­ing, jog­ging, climb­ing, and oth­er fun-in-the-sun activ­i­ties that end in ‑ing. We don’t make this sug­ges­tion light­ly, nor do we expect you to send her off unpre­pared. We don’t know a Mom that does­n’t like going out look­ing and feel­ing her best, and com­plete­ly accessorized.

So, from April 29th till Sat­ur­day, May 1st at 9am PST, The Clymb is offer­ing a mul­ti-brand event. Mem­bers can take advan­tage of up to 60% off brands like Lole, Salomon, KEEN, and more! If you shop now, you can get deliv­ery before Moth­er’s Day. Not a mem­ber yet? No sweat. Check out our Face­book page for info on how to join and get in on the awe­some deals.