I’m a queer, fat, femme, writer, hiker, group hike leader and founder of Unlikely Hikers. A late bloomer to the outdoors, it wasn’t until 2012 that I went on the hike that would change the course of my life from career waitress to outdoor leader and advocate for underrepresented outdoorspeople.

Outside, I discovered a connection with nature, a sense of place in a world I struggle to fit into and joyful movement. I also found outdoor culture to be often hostile to those less represented, so I set out to disrupt this through writing about my experiences in search of community. This lead to the creation of Unlikely Hikers. The outdoors should be for EVERYBODY and EVERY BODY.

I live and adventure in Portland, Oregon, but you can find me all over the country leading hikes with Unlikely Hikers.

–Jenny Bruso, she/her/hers | me@jennybruso.com