Backcountry Squatters

A network of college clubs dedicated to growing women’s participation, leadership, and representation in the outdoor industry and community

scholarship for outdoor education

the application for our 2021 scholarship for outdoor education is now open

Applications Due December 5,2021

Woman and gender-queer people who seek non-male dominated spaces in the outdoor community can apply to this scholarship and be awarded up to $600 in order to enhance their participation, leadership, or representation in the outdoor industry and community.

about us

Run by ‘Squatters alumni, this 501c3 nonprofit uplifts women at a pivotal moment in their lives by connecting them in the sisterhood, growth, and empowerment of shared outdoor pursuits.

our chapters

We are opening the door to outdoor opportunities that women have historically been excluded from. With chapters established accross the nation, Backcountry Squatters is rapidly expanding. Look here to find a chapter near you. 

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By equipping college women with vital lessons from adventure and camaraderie, we bolster future female leaders through a make-or-break time— ensuring more women rise.

on the blog

AIARE 1 w/ Eva

AIARE 1 w/ Eva

Eva reflects on her experience taking a level 1 course through the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education with the funds she received from the Backcountry Squatters Scholarship for Outdoor Education.

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AIARE 1 w/ Hannah

AIARE 1 w/ Hannah

Hannah reflects on her AIARE 1 experience through the Colorado Mountain School as a 2020 Backcountry Squatters Scholarship for Outdoor Education recipient.

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Swift Water Rescue w/ Emily

Swift Water Rescue w/ Emily

Emily reflects on her experience of taking a Swiftwater Rescue course with the funds she received from the Backcountry Scholarship for Outdoor Education.

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AIARE 1 w/ Kenna

AIARE 1 w/ Kenna

Kenna is the first ever recipient of the Backcountry Squatters Scholarship for Outdoor Education. Here she reflects on her experiences taking an AIARE 1 course in Jackson Hole WY.

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why you should be doing yoga

why you should be doing yoga

Many of us find a lot of calm in high intensity sport, but there is something to be said for finding your zen. Mediation and yoga are proven to reduce stress and increase self-awareness.

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girl, lead the pack

girl, lead the pack

I’ve talked with many girls on this same subject: if we are skiing with a group of guys and are in front, we almost feel uncomfortable being there. Like we shouldn’t be the ones leading the pack.

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What our community says:

From the beginning this movement has never been about how fast we can ski, how hard we can climb, or how far we can run–it has always been about pushing the boundaries of what women perceive as possible for themselves in outdoor culture, and in-turn, society. Through my own experience with Backcountry Squatters, I’ve found a meaningful sense-of-place in my community and have gotten to do so alongside women with an array of interesting backgrounds and stories–an experience I believe every woman should get the opportunity to have.

-Colleen

Montana State University

The Backcountry Squatters were a pleasure to partner with for avalanche education. The turnout for the classes was always high and the women were excited to learn. It’s great to work with a club that is eager to offer educational opportunities, as well as fun experiences.

-Nina

Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center Education Coordinator

I am always inspired by the women I have met through Backcountry Squatters. This community has introduced me to strong, confident, and amazing women who all share a collective enthusiasm for the outdoors. By maintaining a supportive atmosphere to pursue unique goals and have fun doing it, ‘Squatters has helped me build confidence in the mountains, on the river and even in school. 

-Anna

Montana State Univerity

I got involved with the Backcountry Squatters  at DU when it first got up and running because I wanted to not only inspire girls to join the outdoor community but also help other like-minded girls to find more gal pals to go get after it with. That’s why it has been so important to me: because we need more girl support in the outdoor community and an inclusive environment where we can grow and learn from each other.

-Avi

University of Denver

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