Backcountry Squatters

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

Upcoming Events

4th Annual Sasquatch Skedaddle

bozeman, mt + virtual option

November 13,2021

Join us for a 1 mile/5K/10K fun run to benefit Backcountry Squatters mission of unleashing college women’s full potential as tomorrow’s leaders through the transformative power of venturing outside together. We also have a virtual option to participate from ANYWHERE between Nov. 7th-13th.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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.


Backcountry Squatters Nonprofit is seeking a hard-working and dedicated professional to serve in a multi-year term as the Board Treasurer on the Board of Directors.

The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial activity and records that align with the policies and mission of Backcountry Squatters, as well as managing the Board’s review of, and action related to the Board’s financial responsibilities.

The position is a great fit for someone who is exceptionally skilled at translating financial analytics to the Board of Directors, who understands the interests and needs of the Backcountry Squatters community, and who will enjoy working with team members to contribute to the sustainability of Backcountry Squatters. Individuals who are willing and able to dedicate time and energy to upholding the mission of Backcountry Squatters are encouraged to apply.

We are looking to fill this position immediately. For more information and the details on applying, please download the job description below.

on the blog

Consumerism in the Outdoor Industry

Consumerism in the Outdoor Industry

As outdoor athletes, we all care about the environment and are committed to combating climate change, but we often forget the impact our outdoor adventures have on the environment.

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Not Idiots

Not Idiots

not idiots We are a subspecies of river runners, more akin to lizards than to fish. They say that you’re an idiot if you’re hot on the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon shows all the signs of blistering heat; limited, shrub-like vegetation with thorns to discourage any...

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Science in the Arctic

Science in the Arctic

Anna Mounsey spent 45 days at sea in the Arctic taking and processing water samples from various depths to look for Harmful Algal Blooms. Read about her journey.

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Badassery, Butterflies, and Brooke

Badassery, Butterflies, and Brooke

badassery, butterflies, and Brooke It’s important to have personal goals for self-improvement but who or what else do you push your limits for?My close friend Brooke was the first person to call me a badass and at the time, I did not deserve the title. To paint the...

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Elevations and Depressions

Elevations and Depressions

elevations and depressions A lot of people say that mountains are dangerous and that they take lives, and although I know that is true, somehow climbing a mountain saved my life. I always wanted to climb Rainier. From across the Puget Sound I admired her and her...

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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.


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.


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. 


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.


University of Denver

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