We aim to organically weave together an outdoor women’s and genderqueer community to inspire confident, compassionate, empathic, inclusive, bold and motivated women who encourage us all to find and live our authentic nature and actively reshape our communities and our planet.
Alongside adventure stories, we provide the beta needed to make a mountain adventure possible. In this way, we want to mentor and provide a space for women to learn from other women. We believe sharing the intricacies and challenges of our adventures openly and honestly will give us a broader perspective of each other and the world. We know that confident, connected women make a positive impact on our community and the earth.In building this community, we express gratitude to those who came before us and commitment to the generations that will follow. We strive to steward wilderness and to practice compassion, gratitude and respect for each other, our planet and all sentient beings. Join us. Together we will embolden each other to embrace wild ideas, wild experiences and the preservation of wildness.
Jeannie Wall is a world class skier and has been an ultra runner for decades. Currently, she is obsessed with climbing in all its forms. She's a rookie gardener who spent three years helping create and run a regional sustainable food cooperative in ID and is passionate about supporting locally sourced farm fresh food. In her early 50’s, she began to realize some of her biggest dreams, like climbing Monte Fitz Roy and the Nose on El Capitan with great women partners, and she still loves to backcountry ski. She has taken some of her passion and focus into actively caring about the world and inspiring women to be their true selves. She is an aspiring meditator and ‘picketarian’ with 25 years experience developing and designing climbing, skiing and endurance apparel for the outdoor industry. One of her nicknames is “The Energizer Bunny.”
Leslie Gains-Germain loves outdoor climbing in all its forms - whether it's technical pitches of vertical limestone, big walls in Yosemite Valley, or long romps on tiered ice, she relishes in exploration, adventure, and pushing physical limits. Outside of climbing, Leslie works as a statistical consultant in the environmental sector, building models for predicting location and movement of contamination underground and in lakes and rivers. She's a novice but aspiring writer and web designer. When she's not working at her computer or exploring the mountains, Leslie spends her time sport climbing at the local crag, working on her 100-year old adobe house, or traveling between the two places she calls home - Santa Fe, NM and Bozeman, MT.
Maria is a Canadian who grew up in Austin, Texas, where she stumbled into climbing at the age of 17. After graduating with her degree in Computer Science, she moved out West in search of a mountainous backyard. Maria moved to Salt Lake City for four years, where she picked up ice climbing, skiing, and alpine climbing. In 2019, Maria set out on a solo 2000 mile bike tour through the Sierras and Cascades to climb several volcanoes. She currently lives in Bozeman, Montana with her large collection of houseplants. When she’s not outside, Maria enjoys learning about permaculture, gardening, making art, and cooking with friends. Here at Broad Beta, Maria is our web designer and creative lead.
Jane Jackson grew up in the Tetons in Wyoming, surrounded by the world of climbing. For the first 18 years of her life, she thought climbing was the most boring activity adults could possibly spend their time doing. In her early 20s, she had an epiphany, re-discovered climbing for herself, and moved to Yosemite Valley. For the past ten years, Jane has pursued ideal climbing conditions in inspiring locations from Yosemite to Patagonia to the Verdon Gorge. Now, she lives in Bishop, California where you can find ideal climbing conditions nearly all the time. When she's not rock climbing, Jane works as a writer, editor, and apprentice jewelry maker. She also loves gardening, cooking, running, and has recently started dabbling in fly fishing in the streams of the High Sierra.
Cat's love affair with the climbing community began in the southeast when she discovered a small group of climbers in Athens, Georgia. Ever since her first lead at Foster Falls in Tennessee, she's been devoted to the sport, the lifestyle, and its people. She followed the pull of climbing and outdoor photography to the Rockies in the early 2000s. She spent her 20s cutting her teeth in the Tetons and Indian Creek, thankful for a ragtag group of Wyoming locals who tolerated her as the newbie on her first trad climbs. Over the last 18 years, she has worked in the outdoor industry in various realms including guiding alpine climbing and mountaineering and leading horsepacking and backpacking expeditions, always carrying her camera and shooting photos on the side. Cat now calls nursing her full-time career, working helicopter rescues and flight transports for a medevac company and alternating spare days in the ER and ICU. When she's not climbing or working, you can probably find Cat editing photos or putzing around in her vegetable garden, revelling at the miracle of growing plants in Wyoming. Her favorite climbing memories feature the Uintas, Beartooths, and the Bitterroot, and of course the high peaks of Wyoming. Cat combines her love for technical systems with her passion for photography by illustrating Broad Beta's monthly Tech Tips.
India grew up in the Tetons in Wyoming, surrounded by radical mountaineers, but she didn't find her own love of outdoor pursuits until she had left home. She fell in love with climbing about 6 years ago. Over the last six years, she's dedicated her time to trad climbing and spent most of her vacation time on climbing trips all over the West. She lives in Bozeman where she waits tables and goes out for quick morning missions in the canyon outside town. Otherwise she's writing and reading or talking people's ears off about the power of regenerative agriculture and the magic of the natural wine movement. She writes and edits for Broad Beta.
Tori did not grow up with much exposure or ambition for mountain adventure. Having lived and worked abroad for a 3 year gap year post college, she found herself moving to Montana at 25 thanks to a chance invite from family who lived in Big Sky. She didn’t ski. She didn’t backpack. She didn’t use words like stoke, or vert, or crush. Southwest Montana called to her because she always felt like a better human when she had more time next to creeks, in the pine trees, walking through the brush. It took over 6 years of Montana living before the mountains became accessible to Tori. It happened the first time she ran 6+ miles into the Bangtails on her own, the first time she’d ever put on trail shoes. When she made it to the first ridge, alone and far away from everyone, she felt safer than she did almost anywhere. That experience changed everything.Tori has been a longtime photographer and recently begun to work with small community minded businesses who want to create marketing paths that work without sacrificing authenticity and humanity. She supports Broad Beta with marketing strategy and management, and photography.
Laura grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where they were a complete city kid. This didn't really change until senior year of college at Colorado State University and they were brought to Vedauwoo and discovered their love for rock climbing and the art of offwidth. After spending a few years traveling and climbing primarily in Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Creek, Laura landed in Bozeman with the goal of developing roots and forming a community. When they aren't climbing you can find them trail running, painting, and embroidering everything in sight. They are excited to keep working with Broad Beta to increase inclusivity and diversity in the outdoors.
Sara lives in Bozeman with her dog, Tyler. Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, she feels most at home living among mountains. Her favorite activities include skiing, rock climbing, hiking, camping, painting, and all things food. She is the owner and founder of Freedwoman Retreats, which connects participants with their inner feminine through moon circles, outdoor experiences, and yoga and meditation. To date she's facilitated retreats for hundreds of participants, creating community and connection. Besides running retreats, Sara works as an analyst in the financial services industry. When she is not working or playing outside, she frequents live music shows, is involved in the local LGBTQ+ community, and volunteers for a few Bozeman non-profits.
If you have shared any kind of climbing or skiing adventure as a team of women or gender-fluid folks, we’d love to share it with our Broad Beta community. This is a space for our untold personal journeys, their joys, sorrows, struggles and epiphanies.
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