Our Approach at Odyssey


Have you ever wanted to do something adventurous or a “first time ever,” but you’re not quite sure how to get started ? At Odyssey, we are all about first steps; we get you started on your outdoor adventure path by introducing you to the outdoors in a safe, comfortable, women-only environment.


We teach introductory cross country skiing and snow shoeing as well as day hike and backpack preparations such as route planning, appropriate footwear, clothing, equipment, and so on.  We even provide guidance on fitness preparation and, when we take you out on an adventure, we make sure that no one gets left behind.  

Our adventures, workshops, and lessons are meant to inspire, empower, uplift, and invigorate women. These adventures are for you, no matter who you are, because we all have a wee spark that yearns for a bit of adventure.


Principal Guide

Kelly Sloan has been leading groups and teaching mountain

activities for 20 years as a member of an Alberta Mountain Club. 

She is certified as a Professional Interpretive Guide, certified in

advanced wilderness first aid, and has several other safety,  

rescue, and interpretive courses.   

Her outdoor experience spans many different adventure activities

including backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering, winter

ski touring and ski mountaineering, blue water sailing, scuba

diving, mountain biking, cycle touring, paddling, and horseback


Kelly Sloan's outdoor and adventure travel has taken her to many places around the world including the Cordillera Blanca Range in Peru, the Scottish Outer Hebrides and Highlands, North-west England Cumbrian Mountains, the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia in North Wales, the British Virgin Islands, East Greenland coastal mountains, Joshua Tree, Alaska, the Yukon, Canadian Rockies in Alberta and B.C., the Long Range Mountains of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne, and numerous Canadian west coast islands.  

Adventure is in Kelly's DNA and she founded Odyssey in order to introduce other women to outdoor adventure.  Before starting Odyssey, Kelly worked as a CEO for twenty years including ten years with a feminist women’s organization.  She specializes in women’s empowerment and watching nature newcomers find joy and peace by having fun in the outdoors.