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How I Got Here: w/ Libby Sauter

This Woman's
Wild Life
The courage and determination to climb big walls
at record speed and work as a pediatric nurse in
combat zones stems from a strong single mother
who never let society impose limits on her daughter.
FLASHBACK. I'M SEVEN YEARS OLD, HOPPED UP ON SUGAR CEREAL
and Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" is blasting from my
boom box. The bedsprings groan and more and more of my whiteblonde hair escapes from a haphazard side ponytail with each exuberant bounce. Warm morning light filters through the east-facing
window into my soft-pink-painted room, and Benji, our family's cantankerous mutt with a perpetual snarl, looks up and cocks his head to
the side as I try my best to match those Axl Rose high notes.

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When the doorbell rings, I
leap off the bed, excited to play
outside with JJ, the neighbor
boy. We had spent the previous
morning modifying Whistling
Pete firecrackers into, well...into
bombs. And now it's time to go
into the desert surrounding our
Las Vegas neighborhood and see
what will happen when we stuff
these explosives into the various containers we pulled from
the recycling bin-and light the
fuses. I grab my backpack full of
bottles and bombs, hop on my
bike, shout a cursory "Good bye!"
to my mother and off we go.
I grew up under the tutelage of a strong single mother.
Her demanding work schedule
coupled with her unceasing desire to make me feel supported
and loved enabled me to grow up
happily wild, without the constant limits our culture all too
often imposes on little girls. She
replaced the typical admonition
"Honey, stop! You might hurt
yourself " with a simple rule: "I
trust you. Just be home before the street lights turn on."

FLASHBACK. I HEAR MY NAME CALLED, "NOW BATTING CLEAN UP!"
I adjust my helmet and step up to the plate. In the batter's box, I take a
few practice swings and then eye the pitcher. I bend my knees in active
stance. Dip my front elbow. He throws hard-right at me. I turn and
duck but, the ball lands square in my back and I go down. Crying is not
an option. "Shake it off!" my coach claps from the dugout, but as I trot to
first base, I hear snickers from the boys on the opposing team's bench.
When I wasn't out having desert adventures with my feral friend
JJ, I played second base on an open-to-all-genders-yet-still-all-boys,
little league baseball team. I may have been grossed out by my coach's
propensity for noisily expelling a seemingly endless stream of mucous
when he walked up and down the dugout, but I tried to emulate him
nevertheless. I saw a tough nonchalance in that loogie hocking.
I was good at baseball. I could field line drives and hit home runs,
but what I really wanted was to be taught to pitch. Being left handed, I
would have an advantage over all the right-handed batters. But, despite
my constant requests (and my mother's), I was stuck playing second
base, a dead end position for a lefty. "No point in teaching a girl how to
pitch. She's not going to go much further with baseball," they said.

Jordan Campbell

CONFIDENCE AND LOVE
Libby Sauter, who set the
women's speed record on
The Nose on Yosemite's
El Capitan with Mayan
Smith-Gobat in 2014, works
with a child cardiac patient
at the Tobruk Medical
Center in eastern Libya.



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OUTDOOR RETAILER - SUMMER 2018
CONTENTS
THE PULSE
HEADLINES
MERCHANDISING
MARKETING
BIG PICTURE
CASE STUDY
IDEAS
CHRISTIAN DE LA IGLESIA
SHIRA EPSTEIN
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
RESEARCH
SAWYER LAND + SEA
DISASTER STRIKES
BE THE BRAND
BREAD+BUTTER
PADDLING HARDGOODS
THE RENEWAL WORKSHOP
BROWN GIRLS CLIMB
COUNTER CULTURE
THE VIEW
HOW I GOT HERE
FROM THE ROAD
#REPLIFE
BACKSTORY
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - SHIRA EPSTEIN
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - RESEARCH
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - BE THE BRAND
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - BREAD+BUTTER
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - THE RENEWAL WORKSHOP
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - BROWN GIRLS CLIMB
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Outdoor Retailer - Summer 2018 - COUNTER CULTURE
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