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This is so important to consider! From the always inspiring: @melaninbasecamp “To #OptOutside or Not: REI’s #OptOutside campaign encourages people to skip Black Friday sales and instead spend time outside with their families. Does this campaign make sense for ALL American families? . As I look back on my childhood, Black Friday sales are when my parents could afford to buy presents for four kids, or purchase new appliances. And we were middle class and relatively privileged. . Is it fair for people who are privileged and don’t rely on sales to put presents under a tree to tell people who do ‘not to shop?’ Or does this campaign only apply to upper middle class Americans? . In the absence of a living wage, affordable childcare and healthcare some families depend on overtime from extended holiday hours just to get by. REI’s 12,000 employees are getting paid leave to #OptOutside with their families. Not everyone has the ability to take unpaid leave off from work. Not everyone can afford to do so. What about the idea of Opting Outside? Where? How does this campaign apply to folks who don’t live in safe neighborhoods, who don’t have access to well maintained trails, parks or green spaces? What about folks who don’t have reliable transportation? Does your city bus go to any national parks? If it does, is this an inclusive, diverse space where ALL Americans feel welcome? . Are there underlying social or economic issues that need to be addressed before asking ALL Americans to #OptOutside and choose #trailsnotsales ? . How can we adapt this message so that it applies to ALL Americans? . Next Step: How do we get outdoor brands to consider Americans of all ethnicities in their advertising and marketing campaigns? . Addendum: How can outdoor brands partner with indigenous peoples to create discourse around stewardship, outdoor recreation and conservation and to ensure better economic outcomes for the communities who’s ancestral lands inspire ALL Americans to #OptOutside (recommended by @mountain_hemlock )” . . #melaninbasecamp #theadventuregap #diversifyoutdoors
I am large. I contain multitudes. [Walt Whitman] . Nature has a way of lending perspective to size. We are so small, insignificant in its presence. By immersing in the largeness, the vastness of nature, we gain insight on our own possible insecurities about our size, our supposed imperfections and the worthiness society hands out or withholds based on our ability to conform to its standards. In nature, big is celebrated! Weird is fascinating! We stand in awe of old growth trees, waterfalls and find beauty in unexpected places. We stand in awe of every thing in nature. Let’s do that for ourselves. Let’s stand in awe of all parts of us, from the roots to the trunks to the ripple of our ocean’s shore. . 📸: @the heavy.hiker
To brave the wilderness and become the wilderness we must learn how to trust ourselves and each other. [Bréne Brown, Braving the Wilderness] . Still thinking about last Saturday’s hike to the amazing Falls Creek Falls in Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest. . Happy weekend y’all!
Inspiring Hiker: @girlplusjeep / Dana says, “I had an outdoorsy childhood in large part due to my dad being a logger. Funny enough, I hated being outside back then. As I got older I found solace in hiking, a way to process my thoughts and deal with things. When I was in a horrible car accident 8 years ago it took away my ability to even walk properly. After that happened, hiking became part of my rehab after surgery. First it was crutches and 20ft, now its mountains and 30km. Nothing stops me from being outside.”
Inspiring Hiker: @toddlertrekking / Jennifer says, “I'm not what most picture when they think of a hiker. I may have to take breaks to let my heart and lungs catch up but i routinely strap 50 lbs of toddler and gear to my back and hike up mountains. By being out there with me, my child is learning to try, to fail, and to try again. About 30 minutes before this photo was taken, we fell and I barely managed to keep both of us from cracking our heads on rocks. We dusted ourselves off and finished the hike. Hiking is a way of life for me and my wild child. I grew up with the outdoors but not a lot of big hiking. We are blessed to live in an area where taking my child on big hikes is possible every day of the year, though plenty of days are spent just splashing in a puddle. The time we spend exploring in nature is time spent bonding, learning, and growing. It is my primary form of exercise and therapy.”
Fat Girls Hiking's Body Positive group hikes are open to ALL genders, ALL sizes, ALL skill levels. We go at a pace that feels good for everyone. No one is too slow to hike with us! No one is left behind! We love to share our lived experiences with one another on the trail and hope to create a space where ALL feel welcome! We ask that anyone who joins our group events refrain from diet talk, body shaming or weight loss talk. #trailsnotscales Check the events page for hike details & to RSVP.
Honored to have shared community space with the lovely, smart & funny @llituma1 at @latinooutdoors Community Campout: Sembrando Semillas in Oakland, CA a few weeks ago. She is the co-founder of @latinxhikers (a community to promote diversity / inclusion in the outdoors ) & an all around inspiring badass! . Luz says, “All my life I've depended on other people to do things. Anything.... Whether it be the gym, go to the mall, watch a movie, even go to the grocery store. The more I started traveling the more I became comfortable with doing things on my own. I also realized how little I enjoyed waiting on people or even worse have someone wait on me. hehe⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Doing things alone makes me feel empowered. It makes me feel confident in my own skin, like I'm a badass bc I'm proving to people it's not a bad thing. Yes, I'm a young woman who decides to go on hikes alone from time to time. As long as you take all the precautions it's the best way to get some much needed ‘me time.’ Its super important to learn to be alone and not be so dependent on other people. Take pride in the alone-ness, there's no shame! ⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ If anyone out there needs a little pick me up on feeling empowered by doing things on your own I highly recommend a poem by Tanya Davis called “How To Be Alone” that helped me years ago after my last relationship. I noticed myself going back to a toxic relationship just because I was scared to be alone. I still play it from time to time to help me get the motivation to go out on lonely adventures.” . #latinooutdoors #latinxhikers ⠀⠀
Amazing group hike today in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to Falls Creek Falls! . Next group hike is December 3 at Strawberry Island in Washington. RSVP & get hike details in bio!
Inspiring Hiker: @therealchristinachinelle says, “There’s no WiFi but you get a better connection.” . Happy Friday Y’all!
Inspiring Hiker: @thewandering_fairy says, “Hiking has made me feel healthier physically & mentally. When I say hiking saved my life I mean it. I've always loved nature but moving to Washington pushed me further than I ever have been before. I reached my comfort zone many times on many trails and had no choice but to push through it and keep going. Hiking has showed me that no matter what size I am, I can make it up the trail and make it to the summit and feel proud!”
Inspiring Hiker: @goreinrut / Vera says, “Being outdoors brings me joy. On a hike, I'm often accompanied by my husband or friends, sometimes I even hike on my own. I especially enjoy trails which keep you concentrated and focused and reward you with amazing views.”
Inspiring Hiker: @deeengel / Dee says, “As a little girl my only outdoor experiences were with the Girl Scouts, a few nature walks and a camping trip. As adult I felt push and pulled by life’s daily grind. My husband and I were planning a vacation to the mountains and looking for some activities. He mentioned hiking and I started looking on social media but didn’t find women who looked like me until I found Fat Girls Hiking. I felt empowered. I fell in love with it and can’t wait to hit trails again!”
I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. [Frida Kahlo]
What would you do if you were given the access & opportunity to do anything you wanted? What if you were represented in any activity you wished to try? How would it feel to be truly welcomed & included & celebrated?
Inspiring Hiker: @wandering_amylynn / Amy says, "As an overweight kid I always felt out of place in the outdoors. I even skipped recess to help the teacher most of the time! I never played any sports. I was always intimidated by physically pushing myself and afraid of being the center of attention. My only outdoor experience as a child was a family camping trip on the coast. We went on a hike during that trip and my parents had to bribe me with a twinkie the entire time. . I always believed that my weight was a limiting factor for my enjoyment of the outdoors, and even life in general. My journey to enjoying the outdoors really began with my journey to accept my body. After many failed attempts at weight loss, including a bariatric surgery, I realized that I couldn’t continue to put off my life until I was a certain size. Rather than focusing on my weight, I hired a personal trainer to help me build my strength and confidence. After a couple of years of working with the trainer, my wife and I started hiking as an enjoyable way to progress our fitness and see our beautiful state. Over time, other people wanted to join us or told us they were inspired to go outdoors because of us. I never thought that I could be a person to inspire others to go outdoors and pursue fitness! . For 2017 I decided to make a resolution to complete the 52 Hike Challenge, and I am on track to finish in December. I hope that when people see my story they are inspired to go enjoy the outdoors without worries about their size. The road to fitness is wider than we think."