Last week, Julianne Hough and Jessica Szohr went on an adventure to the Canadian Rockies in Banff with Eddie Bauer.
The goal: to help raise awareness for the Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying organization that brings awareness to the long-lasting effects of girl-on-girl bullying, co-founded by Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson. The scenic trip was as beautiful as it was meaningful, all about “badass babes supporting badass babes” in the great, wide outdoors.
So what made this outdoor adventure different from all other outdoor adventures?
"The first thing that comes to mind is that I’m surrounded by some of my best girlfriends on the planet, who always inspire great conversations and challenge me to grow," Hough tells InStyle.com. "While having those insightful conversations with my favorite girls, we are in this extremely peaceful environment doing crazy adventurous things, and disconnecting to the things that aren’t important, but grounding ourselves to the things that are."
Szhor echoed Hough's sentiments: "To be in the moment and share our laughs and the incredible landscape we were in the middle of...to feel we were a part of a much bigger picture, but still be grounded in what life and supporting each other. Being outside is very important. I hike and go on lots of walks, but need to make sure that I spend even more time in nature. The clarity and openness I felt in those mountains and on the water was such an incredible feeling"
Led by Eddie Bauer guide and Professional Skier, Lexi duPont, the actresses, and activists helicoptered to a mountaintop, hiked, and fished. Here, they share their adventures, exclusively with InStyle.com.
The women took a helicopter to a mountaintop where they hiked, did some amateur rock climbing, and an outdoor yoga class. The helicopter then took them to the Columbia Glacier where they laid the first tracks on fresh snow.
Next, the group visited the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. They canoed in Lake Louise and climbed to the top to witness the amazing view at Moraine Lake.
"We didn't know Eddie Bauer athlete, Lexi, prior to the trip and we only just met her when we landed in Canada," Molly Thompson tells us. "But during the road trip from the airport to Lake Louise, it already felt like we had known her for years. I think this trip is such a testament to the importance of female friendship because it was so soul-filling and rejuvenating to be able to reconnect with nature and ourselves while being supported, cheered on and loved by such smart and kind sisters."
Then, the group then went fishing and walked around the town of Banff before heading back to Calgary for an early flight the next morning.
"We all really went for it with every activity," Thomas says. "But, I think the true MVP when it comes to adventure is Lexi Dupont. She lives and breathes extreme adventure and is an insanely talented big mountain skier. We were making her tell us all of her crazy stories and show us all of her incredible films."
I asked the women each about their outdoor adventure beauty routines, and was met with similar answers from each: it wasn't really top of mind for any of them (except, of course, for sunscreen).
"With everything going on in our world today, the struggles of everyday life, sometimes you need to pause, take a step back, and do something to be brought back to the core of what’s really important. The easiest way to do that is by going out into nature, taking a deep breath, and feeling gratitude for the beautiful world we live in," Hough says.