Welcome to Backcountry Women!

Join an amazing community of women who love engaging in different activities to experience nature first-hand while gaining confidence and knowledge of the outdoors.

Backcountry Women is a community driven organization connecting like minded women who love spending time outside. Located in Manitoba, Canada, we offer diverse activities throughout the year for varying experience levels: from beginner to more adventure-seeking, from social to adventurous, all in a positive welcoming space with the opportunity to get outside your comfort zone.

We make spending time outside easier, so pack your bag and leave the organizing to us! Join us at one of our upcoming events!

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  • Save an average of $150 annually compared to non-members ($10-$15 for each event we offer)
  • Receive exclusive member discounts and offers 
  • Get notification of all new events so you have the first chance to register
  • Receive exclusive content and offers through our members-only page!

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Thu, April 09, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online
    • 38
    Register

    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, 1 DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8)

    Join Backcountry Women for an evening workshop to learn all about preparing amazing trail food!

    It's time to start prepping your food for this season's adventures. Come learn everything you need to know to dehydrate, pack and enjoy nutritious and delicious food on the trail.  Learn..

    • What to look for in a dehydrator and what accessories are helpful
    • What foods can and can’t be dehydrated
    • Pros and cons of dehydrating full meals vs individual ingredients
    • How to prep foods – blanching, dipping, checking
    • What temperature to use for different foods
    • How to tell when food is dry
    • How to store dried food
    • How to pack dried food for trips
    • How to re-hydrate dried food on the trail
    • Tips, tricks and favorite recipes from the trail

    We’ll swap stories, share recipes, answer questions and give you a chance to create and re-hydrate your own dish. Bring your favorite bowl and spork to make your own tasty meal and experience how it's done.

    Facilitators Getty Stewart & Katie Anderson 
    Getty and Katie are experienced backcountry women who love the outdoors as much as they love good food. Trained as a Professional Home Economist and pastry chef, Getty and Katie combine their backcountry experience, training in food safety, dehydrating prowess and culinary expertise to ensure the food you pack is tasty, safe, nourishing and easy to prep on the trail. They're also highly entertaining and full of great stories about their previous and upcoming adventures.

    Time & location: The workshop begins promptly at 7:00 PM CST. We have moved this workshop online!

    This will be an interactive online workshop 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm CST. Participants will need a free Zoom account. Further instructions will be emailed out to participants; please download and test your account access in advance (at least an hour prior to the start time of the workshop). Participants will receive the course handouts prior to the workshop. In lieu of taste testing, we're adding extra recipes to the handout, including a great mix of breakfast, lunch & snack and dinner recipes! There will be plenty of interaction and opportunities for Q & A throughout!

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

      • Wed, April 22, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Winnipeg, Manitoba
      • 28

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (APRIL 21)

      Climbing teaches mental and physical strength! Our climb nights are a fun and supportive way to get your climb on with an awesome community of women, and potentially try a new sport. Don't fear - just join us!!! Never climbed before? Scared to try? Don't feel like your fitness stacks up to be able to try climbing? Kick those doubts to the curb - Backcountry Women will get you through! P.S. - we have this evening privately booked just for us, so we can cheer for one another and build each other's confidence. We also build your skills during each climb night!

      This event is open to all experience levels, including beginners.

      Those new to the U of M climbing wall will receive a general climbing orientation at the beginning of the evening, and then will be assisted with getting ready to climb.

      Returning participants will get geared up, warmed up and will not only climb, but will also learn and apply skills for climbing!

      Equipment is included (harnesses, shoes). There is some chalk available to share as well.

      Climb time: starts at 7:00 pm - give yourself enough time before hand to find parking and locate the building and Active Living Centre front desk at the University of Manitoba.

      Difficulty: Open to all levels

      Location: The Active Living Centre at 430 University Crescent, University of Manitoba

      http://umanitoba.ca/maps/ 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

      • Wed, May 13, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Winnipeg, Manitoba
      • 28
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (MAY 12)

      Climbing teaches mental and physical strength! Our climb nights are a fun and supportive way to get your climb on with an awesome community of women, and potentially try a new sport. Don't fear - just join us!!! Never climbed before? Scared to try? Don't feel like your fitness stacks up to be able to try climbing? Kick those doubts to the curb - Backcountry Women will get you through! P.S. - we have this evening privately booked just for us, so we can cheer for one another and build each other's confidence. We also build your skills during each climb night!

      This event is open to all experience levels, including beginners.

      Those new to the U of M climbing wall will receive a general climbing orientation at the beginning of the evening, and then will be assisted with getting ready to climb.

      Returning participants will get geared up, warmed up and will not only climb, but will also learn and apply skills for climbing!

      Equipment is included (harnesses, shoes). There is some chalk available to share as well.

      Climb time: starts at 7:00 pm - give yourself enough time before hand to find parking and locate the building and Active Living Centre front desk at the University of Manitoba.

      Difficulty: Open to all levels

      Location: The Active Living Centre at 430 University Crescent, University of Manitoba

      http://umanitoba.ca/maps/ 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

      • Wed, June 17, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Winnipeg, Manitoba
      • 28
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (JUNE 16)

      Climbing teaches mental and physical strength! Our climb nights are a fun and supportive way to get your climb on with an awesome community of women, and potentially try a new sport. Don't fear - just join us!!! Never climbed before? Scared to try? Don't feel like your fitness stacks up to be able to try climbing? Kick those doubts to the curb - Backcountry Women will get you through! P.S. - we have this evening privately booked just for us, so we can cheer for one another and build each other's confidence. We also build your skills during each climb night!

      This event is open to all experience levels, including beginners.

      Those new to the U of M climbing wall will receive a general climbing orientation at the beginning of the evening, and then will be assisted with getting ready to climb.

      Returning participants will get geared up, warmed up and will not only climb, but will also learn and apply skills for climbing!

      Equipment is included (harnesses, shoes). There is some chalk available to share as well.

      Climb time: starts at 7:00 pm - give yourself enough time before hand to find parking and locate the building and Active Living Centre front desk at the University of Manitoba.

      Difficulty: Open to all levels

      Location: The Active Living Centre at 430 University Crescent, University of Manitoba

      http://umanitoba.ca/maps/ 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

      • Wed, July 15, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Winnipeg, Manitoba
      • 28
      Registration is closed

      DEADLINE TO REGISTER: BY MIDNIGHT, THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT (JULY 14)

      Climbing teaches mental and physical strength! Our climb nights are a fun and supportive way to get your climb on with an awesome community of women, and potentially try a new sport. Don't fear - just join us!!! Never climbed before? Scared to try? Don't feel like your fitness stacks up to be able to try climbing? Kick those doubts to the curb - Backcountry Women will get you through! P.S. - we have this evening privately booked just for us, so we can cheer for one another and build each other's confidence. We also build your skills during each climb night!

      This event is open to all experience levels, including beginners.

      Those new to the U of M climbing wall will receive a general climbing orientation at the beginning of the evening, and then will be assisted with getting ready to climb.

      Returning participants will get geared up, warmed up and will not only climb, but will also learn and apply skills for climbing!

      Equipment is included (harnesses, shoes). There is some chalk available to share as well.

      Climb time: starts at 7:00 pm - give yourself enough time before hand to find parking and locate the building and Active Living Centre front desk at the University of Manitoba.

      Difficulty: Open to all levels

      Location: The Active Living Centre at 430 University Crescent, University of Manitoba

      http://umanitoba.ca/maps/ 

      Further details will be provided to registered participants. Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address, communicating with the event organizer regarding any changes in attendance, and for checking e-mail prior to an event.

      This event allows cancellation no less than 7 days before start of event. If you are no longer able to attend, please see our No Show Policy.

    Past events

    Sat, March 21, 2020 Old Pinawa Dam Adventure
    Wed, March 18, 2020 Women's Climb Night
    Tue, March 17, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Sat, March 14, 2020 Alpine Day at Falcon Resort (w/ lesson option)
    Sun, March 08, 2020 Guided Nature Therapy Walk to Celebrate International Women's Day
    Thu, March 05, 2020 Escaladies Night Ice Tower Climb
    Fri, February 28, 2020 Riding Mountain overnight oTENTik adventure
    Thu, February 27, 2020 Evening Cross Country Ski At Windsor Park Nordic Centre
    Wed, February 26, 2020 Women's Climb Night
    Wed, February 19, 2020 Evening Skate at Harbourview Recreation Complex
    Sat, February 08, 2020 Snow Moon Hike
    Wed, February 05, 2020 Women's Climb Night
    Tue, February 04, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Thu, January 30, 2020 Escaladies Night Ice Tower Climb
    Tue, January 28, 2020 Evening Cross Country Ski in Kildonan Park
    Sat, January 25, 2020 Snow Much Fun Getaway
    Wed, January 22, 2020 Climb On! Women's Belay Course
    Sun, January 19, 2020 Winter Adventure to Pine Point Rapids
    Tue, January 07, 2020 Monthly Members “Fireside” Chat
    Sun, December 15, 2019 Break from Holiday Mayhem hike/snowshoe
    Wed, December 11, 2019 Women's Climb Night
    Sun, December 08, 2019 Assiniboine Forest Hike


    Learn more

    Backcountry Women’s primary mandate is to unite, educate, and empower women. We define “women” broadly to include individuals who identify as cisgender, transgender, femme/feminine, genderqueer and non-binary.

    This community for outdoors women in Manitoba connects us out on the trails and beyond, and provides a forum to exchange and build our outdoor-related knowledge, skills, and self confidence.

    We provide local workshops and activities that helps us address some of the barriers we face as women in the outdoors. We also foster connection among women who love being outside and provide opportunities to join new adventures where you meet like minded people, and potentially get outside your comfort zone!

    Backcountry Women believes in a judgement free space for women to encourage and build each other up. We also believe in growing outdoor leaders through our community. Life is better outdoors!

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