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All-Girl Get Away offers scenic trip into Big Horn Mountains

Gayle Smith

Walking through the Big Horn Mountains, it is hard to overlook the beauty of the mountains, wildflowers blowing in the wind, deer drinking from a stream during a cool mountain morning, or an eagle soaring above high in the sky. Mountain Guide Ellen Allemand knows first-hand what a trip into the Big Horn Mountains can do to help a person relax. Three years ago, Allemand decided to share her love for the mountains with other women, by offering them a chance to relax and regroup during the first-ever Rangeland All-Girl Get Away.

The first event was such a success, Allemand has scheduled an annual event each year. This year’s event will be held during the weekend of Aug. 13-15. “We usually meet at Dayton, Wyoming, and go up into the mountains together,” Allemand explained.

For the trip, Allemand provides tents, sleeping cots, food and a corral for horses. Women who go on the trip need to bring a sleeping bag and a cooler of their favorite beverages. They may bring a horse, but it is not required. If they do bring a horse, they need to bring certified hay or hay cubes and a water bucket, the guide said.

“What is unique about this trip,” Allemand explained, “is there is no set schedule, or anything the women going on this trip are required to do. Some women bring their horses and go horseback riding, others are content to go down to the creek to fish or just sunbathe.”

Allemand said the outing is limited to 10 women. “The event takes place on a National Forest Service Permit area,” she explained. “They only allow 12 horses at a time on the forest service lease area. Also, I find a group of 10 is a nice size group that interact with one another well,” she continued. “I also keep it to 10 so everyone is comfortable in the sleeping tent.”

Since holding the annual event, Allemand said she has enjoyed seeing the togetherness of the women who probably don’t have a lot in common. “Last year, it rained all day on Saturday and we had to spend the entire day in the cook tent drinking hot chocolate,” she said. “The beauty of it was that no one who came last year knew one another, but now they are all friends. Although a lot of the women who come are from Wyoming, we had two women come from as far away as Arizona and Michigan.”

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Three years ago, Allemand said she came up with the idea of holding the getaway because of the outfitting business she helps operate. “In our outfitting business, we are starting to get a lot of women hunters. It is neat to have women come here to hunt, but I thought they might also enjoy going up onto the mountain and feeling free to do whatever they would like to do. Someday, we would like to offer all-women hunts,” she said.

Up on the mountain, Allemand said there is a lot to do for women who enjoy the outdoors. “Our camp is at approximately 8,000 feet. In addition to trail riding, the photography opportunities are unlimited up there,” she said. “The wildlife and fishing is abundant. Last year, we had moose right above our camp. Women can also hike, or even bring a four-wheeler to ride along the trails,” she said.

Women who have attended the camp in the past have found it a great place to relax. “I think they enjoy the comrade and the easy pace,” she said. “There are no rules or expectations for the women who come here. A lot of the women have a spouse, children and a job. They think of this as a chance to get away, relax and unwind before school starts and the seasons change. There are no demands on their time here,” she said.

Allemand said women from all walks of life have came to the retreat, from housewives, chiropractors and nurses, to photographers and real estate agents. What they share is a love for the outdoors, she said.

“Last year, we decided to take a short ride and make a new trail, Allemand said. “It took us three hours just to move a short distance. We ended up leading the horses through trees, having to move some branches, and turning around a few times, but the women thought it was fun just to try something new. At night, it was fun just to sit around the campfire, drinking hot chocolate and swapping stories. Some of the women had some interesting stories to share.”

During the retreat, Allemand said women are provided three meals a day, which they can eat on their own schedule. “The women aren’t required to be up by 7 a.m. for breakfast here. If they want to sleep in until 10 a.m. and then grab a sandwich, that is perfectly acceptable. We just want the women to go up there, relax and have a good time,” she said.

Allemand said she still has spots for this year’s get away, and may schedule a second get away weekend if there is enough interest. For more information about the Annual Rangeland All-Girl Get Away, Allemand can be reached at 307-672-6717, or by e-mail at: info@rangelandhuntingadventures.com.

Walking through the Big Horn Mountains, it is hard to overlook the beauty of the mountains, wildflowers blowing in the wind, deer drinking from a stream during a cool mountain morning, or an eagle soaring above high in the sky. Mountain Guide Ellen Allemand knows first-hand what a trip into the Big Horn Mountains can do to help a person relax. Three years ago, Allemand decided to share her love for the mountains with other women, by offering them a chance to relax and regroup during the first-ever Rangeland All-Girl Get Away.

The first event was such a success, Allemand has scheduled an annual event each year. This year’s event will be held during the weekend of Aug. 13-15. “We usually meet at Dayton, Wyoming, and go up into the mountains together,” Allemand explained.

For the trip, Allemand provides tents, sleeping cots, food and a corral for horses. Women who go on the trip need to bring a sleeping bag and a cooler of their favorite beverages. They may bring a horse, but it is not required. If they do bring a horse, they need to bring certified hay or hay cubes and a water bucket, the guide said.

“What is unique about this trip,” Allemand explained, “is there is no set schedule, or anything the women going on this trip are required to do. Some women bring their horses and go horseback riding, others are content to go down to the creek to fish or just sunbathe.”

Allemand said the outing is limited to 10 women. “The event takes place on a National Forest Service Permit area,” she explained. “They only allow 12 horses at a time on the forest service lease area. Also, I find a group of 10 is a nice size group that interact with one another well,” she continued. “I also keep it to 10 so everyone is comfortable in the sleeping tent.”

Since holding the annual event, Allemand said she has enjoyed seeing the togetherness of the women who probably don’t have a lot in common. “Last year, it rained all day on Saturday and we had to spend the entire day in the cook tent drinking hot chocolate,” she said. “The beauty of it was that no one who came last year knew one another, but now they are all friends. Although a lot of the women who come are from Wyoming, we had two women come from as far away as Arizona and Michigan.”

Three years ago, Allemand said she came up with the idea of holding the getaway because of the outfitting business she helps operate. “In our outfitting business, we are starting to get a lot of women hunters. It is neat to have women come here to hunt, but I thought they might also enjoy going up onto the mountain and feeling free to do whatever they would like to do. Someday, we would like to offer all-women hunts,” she said.

Up on the mountain, Allemand said there is a lot to do for women who enjoy the outdoors. “Our camp is at approximately 8,000 feet. In addition to trail riding, the photography opportunities are unlimited up there,” she said. “The wildlife and fishing is abundant. Last year, we had moose right above our camp. Women can also hike, or even bring a four-wheeler to ride along the trails,” she said.

Women who have attended the camp in the past have found it a great place to relax. “I think they enjoy the comrade and the easy pace,” she said. “There are no rules or expectations for the women who come here. A lot of the women have a spouse, children and a job. They think of this as a chance to get away, relax and unwind before school starts and the seasons change. There are no demands on their time here,” she said.

Allemand said women from all walks of life have came to the retreat, from housewives, chiropractors and nurses, to photographers and real estate agents. What they share is a love for the outdoors, she said.

“Last year, we decided to take a short ride and make a new trail, Allemand said. “It took us three hours just to move a short distance. We ended up leading the horses through trees, having to move some branches, and turning around a few times, but the women thought it was fun just to try something new. At night, it was fun just to sit around the campfire, drinking hot chocolate and swapping stories. Some of the women had some interesting stories to share.”

During the retreat, Allemand said women are provided three meals a day, which they can eat on their own schedule. “The women aren’t required to be up by 7 a.m. for breakfast here. If they want to sleep in until 10 a.m. and then grab a sandwich, that is perfectly acceptable. We just want the women to go up there, relax and have a good time,” she said.

Allemand said she still has spots for this year’s get away, and may schedule a second get away weekend if there is enough interest. For more information about the Annual Rangeland All-Girl Get Away, Allemand can be reached at 307-672-6717, or by e-mail at: info@rangelandhuntingadventures.com.

Walking through the Big Horn Mountains, it is hard to overlook the beauty of the mountains, wildflowers blowing in the wind, deer drinking from a stream during a cool mountain morning, or an eagle soaring above high in the sky. Mountain Guide Ellen Allemand knows first-hand what a trip into the Big Horn Mountains can do to help a person relax. Three years ago, Allemand decided to share her love for the mountains with other women, by offering them a chance to relax and regroup during the first-ever Rangeland All-Girl Get Away.

The first event was such a success, Allemand has scheduled an annual event each year. This year’s event will be held during the weekend of Aug. 13-15. “We usually meet at Dayton, Wyoming, and go up into the mountains together,” Allemand explained.

For the trip, Allemand provides tents, sleeping cots, food and a corral for horses. Women who go on the trip need to bring a sleeping bag and a cooler of their favorite beverages. They may bring a horse, but it is not required. If they do bring a horse, they need to bring certified hay or hay cubes and a water bucket, the guide said.

“What is unique about this trip,” Allemand explained, “is there is no set schedule, or anything the women going on this trip are required to do. Some women bring their horses and go horseback riding, others are content to go down to the creek to fish or just sunbathe.”

Allemand said the outing is limited to 10 women. “The event takes place on a National Forest Service Permit area,” she explained. “They only allow 12 horses at a time on the forest service lease area. Also, I find a group of 10 is a nice size group that interact with one another well,” she continued. “I also keep it to 10 so everyone is comfortable in the sleeping tent.”

Since holding the annual event, Allemand said she has enjoyed seeing the togetherness of the women who probably don’t have a lot in common. “Last year, it rained all day on Saturday and we had to spend the entire day in the cook tent drinking hot chocolate,” she said. “The beauty of it was that no one who came last year knew one another, but now they are all friends. Although a lot of the women who come are from Wyoming, we had two women come from as far away as Arizona and Michigan.”

Three years ago, Allemand said she came up with the idea of holding the getaway because of the outfitting business she helps operate. “In our outfitting business, we are starting to get a lot of women hunters. It is neat to have women come here to hunt, but I thought they might also enjoy going up onto the mountain and feeling free to do whatever they would like to do. Someday, we would like to offer all-women hunts,” she said.

Up on the mountain, Allemand said there is a lot to do for women who enjoy the outdoors. “Our camp is at approximately 8,000 feet. In addition to trail riding, the photography opportunities are unlimited up there,” she said. “The wildlife and fishing is abundant. Last year, we had moose right above our camp. Women can also hike, or even bring a four-wheeler to ride along the trails,” she said.

Women who have attended the camp in the past have found it a great place to relax. “I think they enjoy the comrade and the easy pace,” she said. “There are no rules or expectations for the women who come here. A lot of the women have a spouse, children and a job. They think of this as a chance to get away, relax and unwind before school starts and the seasons change. There are no demands on their time here,” she said.

Allemand said women from all walks of life have came to the retreat, from housewives, chiropractors and nurses, to photographers and real estate agents. What they share is a love for the outdoors, she said.

“Last year, we decided to take a short ride and make a new trail, Allemand said. “It took us three hours just to move a short distance. We ended up leading the horses through trees, having to move some branches, and turning around a few times, but the women thought it was fun just to try something new. At night, it was fun just to sit around the campfire, drinking hot chocolate and swapping stories. Some of the women had some interesting stories to share.”

During the retreat, Allemand said women are provided three meals a day, which they can eat on their own schedule. “The women aren’t required to be up by 7 a.m. for breakfast here. If they want to sleep in until 10 a.m. and then grab a sandwich, that is perfectly acceptable. We just want the women to go up there, relax and have a good time,” she said.

Allemand said she still has spots for this year’s get away, and may schedule a second get away weekend if there is enough interest. For more information about the Annual Rangeland All-Girl Get Away, Allemand can be reached at 307-672-6717, or by e-mail at: info@rangelandhuntingadventures.com.

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