Women's Sport: Ten sportswomen to follow on Instagram to bring the outdoors in

If you’re getting a bit of cabin fever due to the lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus, why not escape through Instagram?

There are lots of sportswomen who explore and conquer the great outdoors in the name of sport, from mountaineers to snowboarders and with a backlog of pictures of daring exploits, their social media makes for a great distraction in times when we’re only allowed out for one socially-distanced bit of exercise a day.

Whether it is snow, sea or mountains that take your fancy, why not give some of these women a follow…

The Antarctic Explorers

We couldn’t choose between Mollie Hughes, Jenny Wordsworth and Wendy Searle who all skied across Antarctica this winter on their individual expeditions. Catch up with the adventures of Hughes, Wordsworth and Searle through a scroll back on their channels and enjoy the endless snow snaps.

Lhakpa Sherpa

In 2000 Lhakpa Sherpa became the first Nepalese woman to climb Mount Everest. Since then she has summited eight more times and with her total of nine, she has climbed the mountain more times than any other woman in the world. This season Lhakpa was due to be going for her tenth summit but sadly the season was cancelled due to the pandemic. 

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Sasha Digiulian

The American climber and now Agent Provocateur advert star would make a great Instagram follow at the moment as not only does she have pictures of her intrepid climbing adventures but she is also sharing home workout inspiration.

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Caroline Gleich

Ski mountaineer and adventure athlete, Caroline Gleich is a huge advocate for more equality in mountain sports and climate change. She has just started sharing short videos documenting her climb of Mount Everest too if you want a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to climb the world’s tallest peak.

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Saray Khumalo

South African Saray Khumalo is smashing barriers. Last May she became the first black African woman to climb Mount Everest. In January she became the first black African woman to reach the South Pole and she is working towards completing the Explorer Grand Slam – reaching the North and South Poles and climbing the highest peak of all seven continents.

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Katie Ormerod

This month Katie Ormerod became the first Brit to win a snowboard World Cup after she became the overall slopestyle champion. To make it even more remarkable it was her first season back after injury. Now she is sharing some home workout inspiration and she’s also worth a follow on TikTok.

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Bethany Hamilton

If it is the sea that you’re missing, professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is worth a follow. She lost one of her arms in a shark attack in 2003 and in a remarkable comeback story, she returned to the sport and competes in the World Surf League. There is also a documentary about her journey called Unstoppable that has just launched on Netflix for some extra self-isolation entertainment.

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Rosie Swale Pope

The saying age is just a number couldn’t be more true for Rosie Swale Pope. She is 73 and currently running from Brighton to Kathmandu to raise money for charity. On her Instagram she shares pictures from her runs and the people she meets, making it just the inspiration needed before lacing up and head out on a run.

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