Hey I wrote something for the REI Co-Op Blog about group hiking. I hope you’ll read it. And maybe cast a lil tree-vote and/or comment Share!
Excerpt: Every group hike is a learning experience for me, even when it goes “perfectly.” Especially because I don’t lead your average group. In 2015, I created an Instagram community called Unlikely Hikers, which features those often left out of the common outdoors narrative. This includes people of color, people of size, queer, trans and gender nonbinary folks, those with differing physical abilities and people living with mental health issues. Almost immediately after its creation, people started asking how they could participate in group hikes with the Unlikely Hikers community. The thing was, I’d never actually been on one.
(sidenote: editing error. UH was started in 2016, not 2015)