Not many women use this forum on the Buzz, and I think that is too bad. But it does often take "older women" to have gotten past the competitive stage with other women, and be ready to cut the sh!t. And there aren't a ton of us on the Buzz. That said, most of the guys can't keep their eyes to themselves so it's never really a womens forum anyways, but they usually have good insight to offer with experiences with girlfriends and wives too so it ends up all good.
Talk to them about it. And encourage them to support each other, it's amazing how easily men can enable competition between women, mostly without even knowing it! It depends on their personality and level of security. Do they have a lot of women boating/recreational friends? Then they'll likely be more in tune with each other and used to enjoying such things with women. If they are more used to boating/recreating with only men, sharing the spotlight with another woman will be unfamiliar, and thus probably uncomfortable. Younger, likely more competitive.Not being female, but having heard a female perspective, men tend to be more competitive, whereas women usually compare themselves unfavorable to other women.
I've got a Grand Canyon trip planned with two young women who don't know each other, but both have good boating skills. I'm wondering if they should share a boat or each go solo.
Maybe that's so, and I only can speak from my own experience. But, I did see the same in others, and saw it more clear as I got older and was able to grow up and away from that competitiveness. So more power to the girls that stick together - yeah!I'm not that old either, but I agree with CUKayakgirl- competitive spirit isn't male or female, but personal. I never enjoyed team sports because I'm not competitive- I suck at Monopoly for the same reason.
Well I was thinking, why not? It would be fun. I was reading the info, and saw that it was applicable to only certain runs, and it seems that they don't have a rep that knows the boating around Missoula. Not a single listing for the Clarkfork River (not Clarks Fork), and only 1 for the Blackfoot, a damn long run that is rarely run in one day. I might check with them to see how to add runs, a friend of mine is putting out new river maps, so has gps coordinates and such, which might help them approve the runs. They do list a lot of Lochsa runs, which I hope to run a lot this year.I encourage all paddlers to join an Eddyflower.com Veritcal Challenge team. The point of the challenge is to raise money for a great cause, First Descents who offers a kayaking camp to young adult with cancer, while paddling as much as you can!
I was a bit amibivalent last year and couldn't talk any of my friends into joining a team, but I signed up as a team of one. In the begining, I thought that I'd just put a sign up at the office and just log the runs I'd normally do, but a competitve desire to do more emerged. Signing up for the challenge was the best thing I did for my paddling: I made new friends, I ran new rivers, and I gave a chance for someone else that has much to gain from the very sport I love.
I saw paddle rafting teams participating in the challenge as well! Just check out the eddyflower.com to get more info.