Award Date

Spring 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Sport and Leisure Service Management


Hotel Administration

Advisor 1

Cynthia Carruthers, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Kurt Stahura

Second Committee Member

Dan McLean

Graduate Faculty Representative

Lori Olafson

Number of Pages



The purpose of this study was to examine the outcomes associated with a short term women's canoe trip. Short debriefings, field observations and in-depth interviews were used to capture women's experiences and the processes that take place to achieve these experiences.

Eight females from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas participated in a three day canoeing trip led by the University's outdoor program. Their ages range from 18 to 40 and are all affiliated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in some way.

Results from the participant's interviews highlighted four major themes. These themes are the disengagement from traditional roles, connection to other women, confidence and empowerment, and enjoyment. These results support that an outdoor environment can be conducive to elevating self-efficacy and empowerment in women.


Benefits; Effect on self-esteem; Empowerment; Recreation; Self-efficacy; Wilderness; Women

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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