Amplifying Voices Across Our Community
Who is a hiker? What is a hike? Does it require a strenuous trek? We don’t think so. We believe that everyone who enjoys the outdoors, whether on a short stroll or on a multi-day adventure, is a hiker. A hike is about the experience.
We want to welcome more people to call themselves a hiker and enjoy the benefits of time outside. As a bonus, when more people think of themselves as hikers, the larger our community of potential advocates, stewards and champions can be. By amplifying voices and sharing stories, we can help hikers know we all belong in the outdoors.
Do you have a story idea for how to expand the definition of a hike or hikers? Email us!
Read hiker stories
A Week at Mount Rainier Helped Build Community for Latina Teens
Each of the youth who joined the trip was unique and different, but they had one thing in common. None of them knew another Latina their age whom they could invite camping. By the end of the trip, they each knew seven other girls who shared both a part of their identity and their experience with the outdoors | By Sully Moreno
Throw Wide the Gates: Why Gatekeeping is Harmful to Hikers
Oct 01, 2019
Trails are for everyone, but not everyone feels welcome. Here are tips to be a more inclusive hiker.
Community & Healing
Outdoor Asian has helped me connect to nature, my family and my culture | by Joan Hong
Wheeling in the Wild
How I kept hiking, backpacking and exploring the wild places I love, with the assistance of a wheelchair | by Jenny Schmitz
Time for Self
In a period of turmoil, time outdoors was both respite and reawakening | by shon't savage
I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams
by Bam Mendiola