Autostraddle – Unlikely Hikers: Creating Space For Everyone On The Trail, One Group Hike At A Time – By, Mary Ann Thomas

Unlikely Hikers: Creating Space For Everyone On The Trail, One Group Hike At A Time – By, Mary Ann Thomas

Writer and cyclist, Mary Ann Thomas, wrote about her experience on an Unlikely Hikers group hike. Read now!

“These things — setting guidelines for the kinds of conversations we’d be having, acknowledging gender diversity within the group, and honoring the indigenous people on whose land we walked — helped address so many of the concerns that I, as a queer brown femme, have about engaging with outdoors culture. I can’t explain how unreal it felt to be able to let my guard down with a big group of strangers on a hike. By raising these things upfront, Jenny allowed me to be fully present, to relax a little, and to have joyful conversations with new friends.”

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