BMC and Mountain Training have collaboratively launched OutdoorHer, a dedicated hub aimed at providing advice and guidance for everyone who is looking to learn more about managing periods and menopause in the outdoors, from participants to leaders and allies..
It has been created with inclusion in mind and we hope that it helps to support and improve adventures for all, speaking to a range of issues that have often been overlooked.
Inspired by conversations with walkers, climbers and leaders about managing their periods and the menopause when out in the wild, BMC and Mountain Training have created some simple ‘how to’ guides about toileting, periods, menopause and kit. The aim is to empower women and girls, ensuring they feel at ease and confident in their bodies during outdoor pursuits.
As part of a broader movement to empower women across various life stages, OutdoorHer follows in the footsteps of England Netball's NETBALLHer campaign and The Well HQ's The Female Body Bible.
Cress Allwood, BMC Partnerships Manager, said: “We have always believed in the great, positive power of the outdoors to transform people’s mental and physical health. This hub is designed to help women and girls feel comfortable in their own bodies so they can get the most out of our hills, mountains and crags.”
Maddie Sweetman, Partnership Liaison Officer at Mountain Training, said: “Qualified leaders play a huge part in welcoming people to the outdoors and sparking a passion for adventure that can last a lifetime. Female hormone cycles and life stages can create an extra layer of challenge, which is why everyone should have access to the knowledge required to make things a bit easier. Our hope is that this new hub can help women, girls and leaders of all genders enjoy their adventures, be themselves and support those around them.”
More resources coming soon:
OutdoorHer: Women's Resource Hub
Browse to OutdoorHer. A resource hub for women in the mountains. Provided by BMC and Mountain Training.
This resource hub is full of information on periods, the menstrual cycle, menopause, choosing kit, and going to the toilet. We have created a safe space to learn and share information, giving everyone the confidence and knowledge to make decisions that are right for you when exploring the outdoors through the different stages of our lives. Whether you’re a participant, a leader or just curious to learn more we’ve got you covered.
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