The Uphill Climb: How Project16x is Catapulting Women in the Outdoor Industry | Clare Healy

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See how this small but mighty summit is paving way for huge opportunity...

We’ve decided to climb up the San Juan Range’s Sheep Mountain. After all, the summit is seemingly a stone’s throw away from our hut. There is no clear path so everyone - artists, writers, brand reps, climbers, bikers, runners, entrepreneurs, east and west coasters alike - scatters across the base of the mountain to start making their own. Quickly, I realize this hike would be a little different than the ones conquered before.

It’s not long until we find ourselves on hands and knees, hunting for every notch that will get us each a little closer to the top. Breaks are taken frequently, but after a few moments, each of us keeps on climbing. From all corners, words of encouragement and smiles are teeming, despite the slog to a destination out of sight.

At the end of it all, it was clear that this wasn’t too different from the present day outdoor industry…