AdventurUs Women Blog about Outdoor Diversity in Social Media

Diversify your Feed! The Why and How

Community is a vital part of feeling accepted and supported in your outdoor adventures and building an inclusive outdoors. For some of us, this outdoor community doesn’t exist in our everyday lives and we have to begin searching elsewhere. Social media can be a great way to discover “your people”.  Discovering accounts with voices and representation of diverse women in the outdoors is vital to finding your place in the outdoors, too. Especially when we feel so far apart from each other due to social distancing guidelines, it is essential to connect virtually. It is important to diversify your feed on social media to strengthen your own community and build an inclusive outdoors.

 

The canon of the rugged outdoorsman (read: white, cisgender, straight, thin, able-bodied man) leaves out a huge population of outdoor adventurers. Making space for those most excluded in turn makes space for all of us.

One way to diversify your feed and find like-minded outdoor folk is to use hashtags. Some of our favorite hashtags include:

#WomenWhoHike #WomenWhoClimb #WomenOutdoors #TrailsNotScales

#OutdoorWomen #EveryoneOutdoors #InclusiveOutdoors #AdventurousWomen

 

Follow organizations that make community around diverse representation in the outdoors

 

Communities represent strength and solidarity, especially those cultivated around affinity. Following the work of organizations that amplify voices of those most marginalized both keeps you invested in their movement and ensures its growth.

 

Following feeds of those with identities that may not 100% align with you is equally as important as finding those that do.  Diversifying who you follow can help greatly in expanding your understanding of the outdoors and how to make it more inclusive. And when you’ve found accounts you connect with or learn from, check out who they follow, too.

 

Tip: If you don’t share the identity of  an organization that  centers in their work for a specific affinity in a specific area, consider NOT taking  up space on their page. Learn from their content, support & pay for their work, and always ask yourself if Google could be a better place to ask your question. Diversify your feed as a way of learning and building solidarity as well as finding your own people.

 

Here are some accounts that inspire us to claim our own place and empower us to make the outdoors more inclusive:

 

Unlikely Hikers

 

Founded by outdoor community leader Jenny Bruso, Unlikely Hikers is a community for those of us who don’t fit in the mold of the people we see most represented in the outdoors. Unlikely Hikers is a diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community that hosts nationwide events, a podcast, and a beautiful, inclusive Instagram page. Scrolling through their account you’ll see an incredibly diverse array of people in the outdoors, including women of different sizes, races, and abilities.

 

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Ash Manning (she/her) is a self-proclaimed plus-size outdoorswoman working on breaking stereotypes put on bodies of all shapes and sizes. She pushes back on the narrow view of what hikers, boaters, or outdoorsy people should look like perpetuated by the outdoor industry. Ash also acknowledges there is more than just size to take into account when expanding space in nature for everyone. She seeks to aid in creating space for everyone underrepresented in the outdoor world. Ash is our next guest on the Unlikely Hikers Podcast! Personally, I can’t wait to let my hair down with another plus-size outdoorsperson. Join us TUESDAY at 5pm pst on Zoom! Details in our bio and “Podcast” story highlight. You can even sign up for reminders. Come get some social time with us! Please share 💖 . #unlikelyhikerspodcast #unlikelyhikers #mybodytookmehere #fatandoutdoorsy #onetrail #merrellambassador #EBleader #liveyouradventure #OptOutside #forceofnature #mynextadventure . [image description in comments]

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Melanin Base Camp

 

Melanin Base Camp is a community for people of color in the outdoors started with the goal of increasing participation of queer folks and folks of color in outdoor spaces. But, founder Danielle Williams says, they were there all along! MBC now works to represent outdoorspeople of color and runs a blog highlighting their stories.

 

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Hi I’m Maddi (@maddidunn7) and in my junior year of college I made one of the best purchases ever – my first mountain bike! Ever since I have been committed to becoming a better rider whether that’s improving my uphill climbing and endurance or getting over the fear of falling when ripping down trails in Colorado. Mountain biking keeps me sane, healthy, and gives me an opportunity to push limits and challenge myself in new ways! I am still improving with each ride but one day hope to share what I’ve learned with other women of color who want to break in to the sport. . . . Located on Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) land . . . Tag #melaninbasecamp and #diversifyoutdoors [Image description is included]

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Outdoor Afro

 

Centering Black people in the outdoors, Outdoor Afro reconnects Black folks with the natural world and empowers Black people in outdoor leadership. Outdoor Afro gathers Black folks and builds a community where the outdoors are welcoming for all. The Outdoor Afro blog and Instagram page feature the stories of Black people as well as provide education about issues that impact Black people in the outdoors.

 

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The collection of photos we’ve shared with you over the last several days are from a series entitled "Faces of Outdoor Afro," by Outdoor Afro-DMV leader Brittany Leavitt. ✨ "I wanted to capture the beauty of what Black joy looks like. It cannot be defined or described in one way." ✨ In recognition of Earth Day on April, 22, we asked leaders featured in the series why Earth Day and raising awareness of environmental issues everyday is important to them. Check out their responses by viewing the other black and white photos on our feed. ✨ These are the faces of Outdoor Afro. These are the faces of the outdoors. 📷: @bleavitt8 • • • #EarthDayEveryday #outdoorafro #EarthDay2020

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Fat Girls Hiking

 

Fat Girls Hiking makes community at the intersection of the outdoors, fat activism, and body liberation. Their motto, Trails not Scales, promotes weight neutrality, self-care, and health at every size. FGH hosts events all around the country (and Canada), a book club, an inclusive Instagram page, and runs a wonderful blog. All while centering fat women in the outdoors! FGH is a great place for fat folks to find community and for thin folks to learn.

 

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🌎 Happy Earth Day! 🌎 . I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better. || Sleeping in the Forest, Mary Oliver . 📍Ancestral Land of the Tillamook and Siletz People . ID: [ group of 9 people stand on a platform on various poses. In the background is a railing and behind that the ocean, trees, mountains and white clouds with some blue sky. ]

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Disabled Hikers and Disabled N Outdoors

 

Disabled Hikers and Disabled N Outdoors cultivate community around disabled people in the outdoors. Their pages offer visibility of disabled community members in outdoor settings as well as critical education around disability justice. Disabled Hikers, specifically,  gives comprehensive information on how to be, support, and empower disabled hikers. Everyone deserves access to the wonders of the outdoors, and we all need to work to end ableism.

 

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We’ve been meeting so many new friends on here, and so we wanted to do a little intro! 🍃🌾🌸 Hi there! We are @disablednoutdoors, a community focused on creating space for disabled outdoor enthusiasts. Way back, we were actually originally called “Disabled Hikers,” but it didn’t seem inclusive to our entire community to reduce outdoor appreciation to just hiking. While it’s cool if you are a hiker, a runner, a climber, or a skier— we want to help make sure that our space is open to everyone in our disabled & outdoors community. Just existing in this space is champion in itself. We are “Enjoying & appreciating the outdoors on our own terms.” ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 . Team Intros! @disablednoutdoors was founded by @wildwoodlandndn , and is now currently run by both Aura (@wildwoodlandndn) & Ambika (@gangesgal)

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Indigenous Women Hike

 

Indigenous Women Hike is a community of Indigenous women working to heal by connecting with the outdoors. In 2018, a group of women from the organization embarked on the journey to reconnect with the Nüümü Poyo. Their advocacy for Indigenous women in the outdoors always inspires us to make our communities more supportive of Indigenous folks.

 

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I started IWH in the Summer of 2017 but I had the vision to hike the Nüümü Poyo (aka JMT)while at Standing Rock during NoDAPL in 2016. Not only would this be a part of a great healing journey or ceremony but we would also hike to bring awareness to Indigenous issues and to let people know that the lands they recreate on are lands that my people and other Native Nations were violently removed from. I come from Payahuunadü which means the place where water flows. A lot of people refer to Payahuunadü as the Owens Valley. Richard Owens was a pioneer and close friend and companion of Indian killer Kit Carson. He never stepped foot in Payahuunadü yet the land and our water are named in his ‘honor’.⁣ ⁣ People come from all over the world to recreate on our homelands with little regard to her first people. People who still feel the affects of removal and the genocide that occurred here. The outdoor industry is complicit in the erasure of Indigenous history and people from the land. The OI is an 887 billion dollar industry that benefits from the removal and genocide of Indigenous people. And corporations like @rei are still exploiting us for gain without giving back to our communities. Ironically while claiming they’ve been working toward racial equity for a decade.⁣ ⁣ We travel our ancestral lands under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act because we do not need permission to travel lands our people have always and will always be a part of. All of the so called United States is stolen land and the Indigenous population sits at less than 2%. So don’t just think about this when you’re recreating. Think about this on your drive to work. Or when your boss calls a team meeting a pow wow. Think about this as you refer to National Parks as ‘Our Public Lands’. ⁣ ⁣ I am now on the board at @terraincognitamedia and we’ll be having our first Terra Talk next weekend. We are still looking for an ASL interpreter and we are prioritizing Black applicants. Link to register is in our bio. ⁣ ⁣ 📷 by @numu_wanderer⁣ ⁣

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Native Women’s Wilderness

 

Native Women’s Wilderness is a nonprofit organization that facilitates Native reclamation of the outdoors. They bring Native women together to share their narratives with, support, and learn from one another. It is essential while building an inclusive outdoors to bring Native women to the forefront of outdoor media and advertising.

 

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Two years ago today, @nativewomenswilderness was created. It initially started out as just a social media platform, but has grown so much in just two years. We now have 14 ambassadors, we create events in our native communities, we have given women scholarships to further outside skills, women have received WFRs and became trained guides through our scholarships. We have given to women’s shelters, adopted an elder, and a children’s home. But most importantly, we are changing the narrative of who should be outside. We are giving our girls a role model, someone who looks like her, we are showing her, SHE BELONGS. I’d like to thank my incredible Ambassadors, you are my strength and I couldn’t have done it without YOU! @caliwolf @queerquechua @nonookeiht_bee3eisei @t_rvso @shy_yazzie @athabascan.adventures @hozhorunner4 @erynne.michelle @aroundtheworldinkatydays @renay.h @thexicanaexplorer @yazziejoanne and Cher. THANK YOU to everyone who is following us and supporting us! We love you!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

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Hike it Baby

 

Hike it Baby supports all families with babies and toddlers as they embark on their outdoor adventures. From their social media to their outdoor events, everybody is able to see themselves represented and visualize themselves as outdoorsy.

 

 

Outdoor Journal Tour

 

Outdoor Journal Tour is a community that empowers personal growth and healing for women. By connecting with nature through ODJT events and guided meditations & journaling, women have the opportunity to explore themselves and their own self-care. Follow them on social media to be inspired to hike, heal, and reconnect with yourself & other women across the nation.

 

 

Girl Trek

 

Girl Trek organizes around Black women walking. A public health and self-care movement, Girl Trek inspires Black women to walk. In turn, they support civil advocacy to reclaim green spaces, make neighborhoods more walkable, and improve access to walking. Their social media celebrates Black joy, Black women’s history, and Black excellence.

 

 

Women Who Hike

 

Women Who Hike is a group that brings together—well, women who hike. By sharing our experiences in the outdoors as women, we inspire and empower others. Women Who Hike inspires solidarity between all women. Get involved in their group hikes and be sure to follow them on Instagram and join their Facebook groups.

 

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This past weekend we came together like we never have before, for our first big campout! In Big Bend National Park! We had ladies travel in from all over, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, California, and even the Northeast! We are so thankful to our ambassador team: @koren.motus @a.breezy.journey @aatadytin who all made the trip and @jojreese who took the lead in planning our first big campout: “The first time I visited Big Bend National Park I was alone. I hiked alone for three days, camped in my car alone, and enjoyed the alone. This time, I got to do it all over again, but this time with 27 awesome #womenwhohike! I’ve been struggling with health and sadness in 2020, and organizing this trip was a lot to take on. But the second my feet hit the ground in Big Bend I felt like I had been totally restored. Meeting each car as it arrived at camp, learning new names, hugging old friends and new, laughing to tears over woolen miniature puppies, having coffee together, somehow always hitting the road or trail exactly on schedule, sharing beautiful views, watching new friendships form, learning more about being stewards, acknowledging the land and her people, cloudy stargazing and cloudy sunrises and never being discouraged. I knew that the hours, days, months worth of planning would be worth the work, but it all still surprised me. It is so sweet to still be surprised by people, and how much I love this community of @womenwhohike! If you’re reading this and you showed up for this adventure, thank you. You all do not know how much you have healed me with your kindness and beautiful adventurous souls.” This is what it’s all about folks. Coming together not only on the trail, but also for each other. We’re so thankful to all the women who took a chance on this trip, traveled from all over, and came with open hearts and adventurous souls. We are so lucky that you’re a part of us, and us a part of you!

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Who inspires you? What are some of the hashtags you use to find other #AdventurousWomen? Tell us how you diversify your feed!