A Women's Climbing Festival That's Open to All Genders

Plus, winter layering for plus-size hikers

This morning got away from me, so here I am in your inbox tonight.

What I’m reading

Are Women Closing in on Men at the Boston Marathon? In April 2012, a minor milestone passed without (as far as I can tell) anyone noticing it. That year, for the first and so far the only time, the average time for women who finished the Boston Marathon, 3:36:45, was faster than the average time for men, 3:48:46. [Alex Hutchinson for Outside]

The 19th-Century Writer Who Braved the Desert Alone: Mary Austin wrote about the Mojave as brilliantly as John Muir wrote about the Sierra. Why was she forgotten? [Kate Siber for Outside]

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West:There’s less ego.” [Amanda Lucier and Amy Chozick for The New York Times]

Winter Layering for the Plus-Size Hiker: Yes, there are layers out there for you, and yes, they're good. [Jenny Bruso for Outside]

What Happens When You Drink a Gallon of Water a Day? Notes from a monthlong hydration quest [Aleta Burchyski for Outside]

Why Is Everyone I Know Bouldering All of a Sudden? “Several sources tell me that bouldering gyms are where the hot people are.” LOL [Katie Heaney for The Cut]

Blizzard Has the Secret to Building Great Women's Skis: Blizzard's Women2Women summit gathers skiers to talk about how to improve women's ski design. And it's working. [Heather Hansman for Outside]

Dawa Yangzum Sherpa Is Officially on The North Face Athlete Team: Congrats, Dawa! (More on why she’s amazing here.)

A women’s climbing fest that’s open to all genders

After three years of sold-out events for women-identified and non-binary people, Flash Foxy introduces an extension where men are welcome, too, by Emma Walker:

“We’re using the term all genders to take away that binary focus. Male, female, non-binary folks—everybody is welcome, across the entire spectrum of what gender can mean.”

Summerfest, Jun says, is another push in a larger effort to “shift the climbing culture to be a better reflection of all of us.” Inviting male allies to be part of that conversation, she hopes, will broaden the movement toward intersectionality.

Slow clap for Maya and Anna

Last but not least