Garmin Women of Adventure

The International Women’s Day theme for 2021 is “Choose to Challenge,” serving as a call to action to forge a path toward a world where gender equality is a reality rather than a dream. It’s a battle that is fought by land, sea and air — at home, at work and at play. And it’s one in which Garmin Women of Adventure are helping to lead the charge, in all parts of the globe and in all manners of daring ways.

Who are the Women of Adventure? They’re fearless. They’re persistent. They’re resilient. They paddle, they pedal, they dive, they climb and they fly. They relentlessly live out their passions — and encourage athletes of all ages, abilities and walks of life to do the same.

Garmin Women of Adventure challenge gender stereotypes daily, and if you read their stories and hear their words, they’ll inspire you to do the same.

Woman of adventure Mirna Valerio wearing Garmin smartwatch

Mirna Valerio

Read: Any Body Can Do It

Watch: Garmin Women of Adventure: Mirna Valerio

“Ultrarunner, author and advocate Mirna Valerio sets big, scary, audacious goals. Race times typically don’t factor in. Finishing and defying expectations do.”

Krystle Wright

Read: I’d Rather Live with Scars than Regret

Watch: Garmin Women of Adventure: Krystle Wright

“Adventure photographer Krystle Wright travels to the ends of the earth and depths of the sea to capture unique moments. She hails from Australia and is perfectly at home in extreme landscapes and climates, as long as she has a camera in hand.”

Shelma Jun

Shelma Jun

Read: We Are Stronger Together

Watch: Garmin Women of Adventure: Shelma Jun

“Climber and community advocate Shelma Jun lives in Brooklyn, New York. While the city lends energy to her work in urban planning and female-focused events, she makes time to escape to remote areas to climb, camp and hike with her girl crew.”

Susan R. Eaton

Susan R. Eaton

Read: It’s Up to Us

Watch: Garmin Women of Adventure: Susan R. Eaton

“Canadian geoscientist, journalist and explorer Susan R. Eaton studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. Susan is the founder and leader of the all-female Sedna Epic Expedition, whose mandate is to scout, record and document disappearing sea ice in the Arctic.”

Patricia Walsh

Patricia Walsh

Read: See Me First for My Ability

Watch: Garmin Women of Adventure: Patricia Walsh

“World record-holding Paralympian, engineer and competitive rower Patricia Walsh lives to serve as an example of life lived beyond perceived limitations. She won’t let blindness define her or put a ceiling on her lofty goals.”

Steph Davis

Steph Davis

Read: The Only Way to Overcome Fear Is to Embrace It

Watch: Garmin Women of Adventure: Steph Davis

“Wingsuit pilot and rock climber Steph Davis finds peace in places that would daunt many. Her journey has been marked by great loss and unrivaled discovery. And today she’s dedicated to helping women face down their fears to achieve big goals.”

Rebecca Rusch

Read: No Big Reward Comes Without Risk

“Endurance mountain biker and activist Rebecca Rusch has been a professional athlete in various sports for more than 30 years. She continues to test her limits and shatter glass ceilings while encouraging women like you to explore your boundaries.”

Jenny Kalmbach

Read: Work, Life, Sport … You Can Balance It All

Watch: Garmin Women of Adventure: Jenny Kalmbach

“Professional stand-up paddle boarder Jenny Kalmbach has earned several sporting titles over the years. In December 2017, she earned her most esteemed title yet — mom. Here’s her advice on finding balance in life and sport.”