Sisu Magazine: Ask Jenny Bruso #3

Above image by, Elise Giordano for Eddie Bauer

Ask Jenny Bruso is a column for the quarterly magazine, Sisu, focused on grit, guts and what defines our experiences in the outdoors. Having work in actual print is the COOLEST and this magazine is gorgeously curated and smart. Buy it! See writing for the rest.

Submit your questions! Scroll all the way down to ask me your burning questions.

Issue #3 | Summer 2019

Dear Jenny Bruso,

I’m a 64-year-old trans woman who is starting the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) soon. Truthfully, I’m scared to death. Yes, I have the usual concerns about being physically and mentally strong enough, but mostly I’m afraid that I will be an outsider. The political divide in this country is too great and violence against trans women is escalating in the name of religion and patriotism. I think I just want to hike solo, camp solo and enjoy life solo. After all, you can’t hurt me if you can’t get to me. It is my intention to hike the PCT in the same fashion I do most public events. I’ll keep my head down and my mouth shut. Being alone has pretty much been my lifestyle since transitioning. I might as well do it while thru-hiking and accomplish something. I don’t know if I’m asking for advice or validation or…?

-Going it Alone

This column was posted on the Sisu website! Click to see my response xo

Ask me a question! I’ve lived many lives in my thirty-seven years on this planet and I’d love to help you avoid making stupid mistakes I’ve made and learn how to let go of the impossible standards we’re supposed to live and die by. Questions from fat, queer, trans folks, people of color and @UnlikelyHikers encouraged to submit!

All questions will remain anonymous. I won’t be able to respond to everyone who submits. By hitting “submit” you are consenting to your question being lightly edited and printed.


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