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
GirlTrek: Walking as a Radical Act of Self-Care
Jun 28, 2018
GirlTrek started as a hiking club. It quickly grew into a movement to reverse the systemic health crisis experienced by black women and transform the health and well-being of entire communities.
Back to Strength
After a major illness, trails were how I recovered | by Angelina Boulicault
A Path to Healing
OCD, anxiety and eating disorders once controlled me. Discovering hiking showed me a way back to myself | by Christina Hickman
Trails for All
As hiking's popularity booms, that includes a new wave of ethnic and racial diversity | by Lornet Turnbull
In Defense of Well-Traveled Trails
Dec 05, 2017
Not all hikes require rough roads and long drives to find a dose of solitude. Well-traveled trails offer something different: they offer a community of hikers—many who are first-time users trying their hand at a new sort of adventure.
The Beauty and Power of Urban Forests
Apart from the pleasure of a green view, there are many tangible benefits associated with urban forests, including improved mental and physical health, economic advantages and community health, all of which affect each other | by Keiko Betcher