by Julie Trevelyan
Way back in 1989, some wonderful wilderness advocates decided to make a little noise about their presence in the great outdoors. In their own words, “a feisty group of lady hikers who wanted to refute Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s notion that wilderness is inaccessible to elders” got together and formed Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Their vision is simple and to the point: “Wild places will have the respect and protection needed to preserve them for future generations.” They invite all members of the public to join, donate, volunteer, or rally for the wilderness causes dear to their great old hearts!
The Great Old Broads
Open to men and younger women but primarily comprised of older women who love the outdoors, the Great Old Broads are dedicated to preserving and protecting the amazing wilderness lands of the United States. One of the ways they do this is to get together with companies like Holiday and have adventures in some of the nation’s most spectacular landscapes, which are also often most direly in need of continued protections. An upcoming joint trip,Ride the Green for Broads, is happening on the waters of Desolation Canyon on the splendid Green River, known for its flat sections that allow for scenery gazing but also for its whoop-worthy 60 Class II-III rapids. There’s still room, so sign up! It’s going to be a blast.
What: Rafting the Green River through Desolation Canyon with Great Old Broads
When: June 3-7
Why: To enjoy river rafting on the Green as well as support the wilderness preservation efforts of the Great Old Broads; a portion of the fee is a FUNdraiser tax deductible donation to their organization.
Along with their many FUNdraisers, the Broads also host an annual Wild for Wilderness On-line Auction, which features items such as outdoor adventures, gear, vacation stays, clothing, food, books, music, art, jewelry and much, much more.
Written by Julie Trevelyan.
Julie is a freelance writer and wilderness guide in southern Utah. She especially enjoys books, coffee, yoga, wild country, horses, and dark chocolate.