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In another special storytelling episode, we’re taking the Unlikely Hikers feed and bringing it to life with stories from Megan Banker (left), Pattie Gonia (center) and returning podcast guest, Will “Akuna” Robinson (right).
Megan Banker (she/her) is a rock climber and mountaineer living in Portland, OR. At her day job, she is a Health At Every Size (HAES) chiropractor that owns and operates a wellness clinic. She stands for diversity, equity and inclusion in both the outdoor and healthcare industries and aims to bring awareness to inequities in these areas. Teaching and leadership are her passions and you’ll find her volunteering with the local mountaineering organizations or teaching plus size rock climbing classes at local gyms.
Pattie Gonia (she/her) is an environmental advocate, outdoor community leader, and backpacking drag queen––and yes, Pattie really hikes in heels. She seeks to uplift LGBTQ people and allies in the outdoors. Outside of heels, Wyn Wiley (he/him) has worked as a photographer, speaker, teacher, and creative director. Last year, on a weeklong backpacking trip in Colorado, Wyn put on high heels and strutted for the first time as Pattie Gonia. Her first video garnered more than 100 million views across platforms. Since then, Wyn/Pattie have focused their efforts on their personal journey of using drag as a way to explore self identity, sexuality, and the natural world.
Will “Akuna” Robinson (he/him) is an army vet who has used thru-hiking as a tool to manage PTSD. He is the first known Black man to earn the Triple Crown of hiking, which is the completion of the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail. Along the way, his journey became a mission not just for himself to heal but to share the healing power of nature with veterans, people of color and everyone who doesn’t fit the stereotype of an outdoorsy person.