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Initiated and founded by Erin Crider in 2021, the primary goals of Uncharted Outdoorswomen (UOW) are to bring like-minded women together, help build outdoor recreation and survival skills, improve mental health and the to promote long-term environmental sustainability and conservation awareness.

Calling Black Hawk, Colorado home, Erin finds the outdoors a safe haven for improved sanity and solitude. She is a young woman with an old soul who can be found either camping or fly fishing, hunting or lounging on her patio in the foothills with her fur babies and supportive husband of 15 years.

During her partnership with Colorado Women on the Fly, Erin recognized the immense need to create an inclusive and welcoming community of women teaching women outdoors. She enjoys seeing women learn from women, grow and get better at new skills and get outside and do something different.

Erin dreamed of creating a safe and non-judgmental space for women from all walks of life to replicate outdoor skills, learn and build confidence and become fluent in the ethical use of living space. Thanks to their dedication, hard work and perseverance, UOW has already helped over 150 women in such a short time, helping them build strong generational knowledge and respect for nature.

Their mission, vision and goals align with educating and providing women with opportunities previously unavailable to women to teach their children to continue a tradition.

The Uncharted Outdoors Women’s Vision

“When the little voices in your head are just saying, stop, just do what you’re supposed to do,” Erin said, reflecting on her attitude and vision for UOW.

Licensed, committed and insured, their team of guides at UOW consists of fellow women who are expert in guiding groups in fly and ice fishing, hunting (big game, waterfowl, geese and more), horseback riding, plant identification and foraging, archery, and various other outdoor activities. Activities. They also host various clinics for introductory and beginner activities such as fly tying, shooting, duck calling and ice fishing, a 101 style crash course led and attended by women.

Shotgun Clinic, Fall 2021, Kiowa Creek, CO

Erin’s journey into the great outdoors began when her grandmother first took her fishing for catfish, crappie, bluegill and sass. That ticked the box (pun intended), and now she continues to spread her love of fishing and the outdoors to other women. Based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Utah, she has set her sights on expanding UOW’s reach into Texas and up into Montana over the next three years.

When asked about challenges and obstacles she’s encountered in getting through the bureaucracy, she bravely said, “Don’t tell me no, that never works for the other person.”

Erin Crider’s outdoor ethos

Waterfowl Hunt, Spring 2022

As a visionary and founder of UOW, Erin firmly believes in the powerful exchange that occurs in a mentoring relationship. She wants to bring knowledge and support to others and help them enjoy the great outdoors. She herself has learned from both male and female mentors and continues to mentor others.

She is a strong advocate of farm-to-table ideology through ethically hunted animal food sources and strives to use all parts of any animal she hunts. It’s not uncommon to see duck and turkey feathers, which she harvested during the hunting season to use in a fly tying event she organizes. Her passion for long term sustainable hunting is evident in her work and the organizations she works with.

But most importantly, UOW is representative of all the endeavors Erin has made and the goals she has worked to achieve. Visit her website to join the fun at UnchartedOutdoorswomen.com.

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