Unlikely Hikers in D.C.! October 7, 2017!

PLEASE RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite!

It’s finally happening! The D.C. area Unlikely Hikers group hike and meet-up is on the books! Can I tell you how tough it is to confidently choose a trail I’ve never done and then ask a bunch of people I haven’t met yet to hike it with me? Ha! I did a lot of research, but this will be an adventure!

We will be meeting at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park and doing Sections B & C of the Billy Goat Trail!

Park in the Carderack parking area (map below) and we’ll meet in the picnic area at 10am. Maybe I’ll make a flag or something and wave it like I’ve lost my mind so you can find me. Hike will begin shortly after. Group hang-out afterward (2pmish?)

Feel free to skip the hike and just come hang out afterward!

Trail stats:

Level: Easy to Moderate
Length: about 5-6 miles
Elevation: less than 300 ft. gain
Type: loop
Permit: $10 to enter park

Some helpful info:

Download a map of the Great Falls Hiking Trails [1 MB]: https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/upload/GF-Map-Page-2.pdf
Trail description: https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/billy-goat-trail.htm
Section B: http://www.canaltrust.org/pyv/billy-goat-trail-b/
Section C: http://www.canaltrust.org/pyv/billy-goat-trail-c
Leave No Trace Principles: https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

Please bring a water bottle and snacks. Not sure what the weather will be like! We’ll check in about that closer to then.

For more hiking 101 and gear info and nerdery: https://jennybruso.com/gear-list-and-tips/

This event is #sponsored by REI ❤

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Two Things

Hi loves, I’ve got two things I want to share. I, along with a handful of other Portland-area locals, was asked to write a few words about the Columbia River Gorge for Portland Monthly. I’m working on a bigger piece about it as well. Give the article a click so I look good, but I’m also posting it on my Instagram.

Second, I was featured on Sarah Vance’s podcast, Reclaiming You. You can listen to it on iTunes, Youtube and Soundcloud. Sarah Vance is an awesomely intersectional Body Image Coach. It was really great talking to her! She asked The Good questions and made me feel super comfortable—too comfortable, I got realllly tangential, but I loved it.

I hope you’re all doing the best you can and with gentleness. Thank you for the love and support, always.

Exercising in Public

For many, going to the gym or on a hike is something to look forward to to feel good and release the stress of our busy lives. For others, exercising in public is kind of a nightmare.

I swore off the gym years ago because I can disappoint myself by not exercising for free, but my favorite exercise, hiking, is a pretty public endeavor. Most of the time, I don’t really care how others see me, but every now and again, my little mind demons come out and play. I know that everyone goes through this, especially people who don’t “fit” the fitness mold. It feels impossible to not internalize negative messages we’ve received about how our bodies should look and work, but you CAN work through it.

If you breathe hard, it’s because your body needs more oxygen. When you sweat, it’s because your body is cooling itself off. It’s science and science rules!

Anything anyone says about your body is an opinion. Unless, it’s literal. Still, your body is no one’s business. The way you look says little about who you are. You are not responsible for how others view or treat you. That is victim-blaming mentality. Don’t let it be the reason you don’t do the things you want to do. Don’t wait for permission or approval. Moving is better than not moving. So MOVE! If you want to.

#sponsored #REI #ForceOfNature #OptOutside

Location: Mt. Hood, Oregon #mthood

For many, going to the gym or on a hike is something to look forward to to feel good and release the stress of our busy lives. For others, exercising in public is kind of a nightmare. . I swore off the gym years ago because I can disappoint myself by not exercising for free, but my favorite exercise, hiking, is a pretty public endeavor. Most of the time, I don’t really care how others see me, but every now and again, my little mind demons come out and play. I know that everyone goes through this, especially people who don’t “fit” the fitness mold. It feels impossible to not internalize negative messages we’ve received about how our bodies should look and work, but you CAN work through it. . If you breathe hard, it’s because your body needs more oxygen. When you sweat, it’s because your body is cooling itself off. It’s science and science rules! . Anything anyone says about your body is an opinion. Unless, it’s literal. Still, your body is no one’s business. The way you look says little about who you are. You are not responsible for how others view or treat you. That is victim-blaming mentality. Don’t let it be the reason you don’t do the things you want to do. Don’t wait for permission or approval. Moving is better than not moving. So MOVE! If you want to. . #sponsored #REI #ForceOfNature #OptOutside . Location: Mt. Hood, Oregon #mthood

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The world is garbage, but I’ve gotten more press!

Remember when I used to write and sometimes it was half-way good? I really miss that. All of these other forces, many of which are so good(!!!) keep distracting me. Fortunately, thanks to your donations, I have planned my first few days off purely to write and hike and scheme for all of you sweet things. THANK YOU!

Here’s some recent stuff I feel pumped about even though the my world is literally on fire. Literally. (Expect more from me on this soon, I don’t mean to be flippant. I’m currently fighting a losing battle against the undertow.)

The Superfit Hero Leggings contest has ended and Micki of Superfit Hero made this touching and cute video of the winners. Congratulations @bionicmama63, @jolievarela, @veggiepants! And THANK YOU to everyone who entered!


I was interviewed for the REI Co-op Journal, which is a really good thing and I love how it came out. It was an in-person interview and so far, those have been the best ones. Matt Wastradowski is a gem!

The Washington Nature Conservancy asked me to fill out this cute survey and I like what they did with it. You can do it, too!

Queer Adventure Storytelling – September 13

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/659014174303145/

Queer Adventure Storytelling happens every second Wednesday of the month featuring stories of the outdoors, traveling, and beyond by queer, trans and gender non-conforming speakers. Let’s build a NEW outdoors narrative together!

Lucky Labrador on N Killingsworth. 7pm. Free! All ages, but we can’t promise stories will be kid-friendly.

Our presenters for September 13:

Perry Cohen, Kellie O’Donnell, Isaiah Bartlett, Sarah Skelly, Zan Gibbs & David Hayden (read bios below!)

& your hosts!

Travis Clough & Jenny Bruso

NOTE: Come early! The room only seats 45-50 people so grab a seat before things get nuts. This is also a good idea if you’re planning to have dinner there.

Allies are welcome to attend. This space and the bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.

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We will need anywhere from 2-4 guests for each event, so shoot us an email with what you may have in mind and a little bit about your background as a queer adventurer. This can be defined as broadly as you like! QueerAdventureStorytelling@gmail.com Continue reading “Queer Adventure Storytelling – September 13”

Unlikely Hikers Group Hike: Warrior Point

Unlikely Hikers creates safer, supportive outdoor community for people underrepresented in outdoors culture: people of color, people of size, trans and gender non-conforming individuals and so on. This is *not* to conflate those experiences, but to share group hiking space at the intersections of these experiences. We LOVE our allies, but if you do not fit into this, I recommend checking out meetup.com which has TONS of hiking groups for various needs & communities.

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Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1062111517252744/

Warrior Point is on Sauvie Island with a cool little lighthouse. It’s a seven mile round trip trail and completely FLAT! In terms of difficulty, I can’t tell you what your body can do, but no hiker will be left behind!

Unlikely Hikers group hikes are social, community-building experiences. We move at a slower pace as a group. If you are someone who needs to crush miles, this is not the group for you.

Meet at the trailhead at 10am! I’d also love to talk about carpooling to reduce our carbon footprint. Let’s do so in the comments.

Trail stats:

Level: Easy to Moderate
Length: 7 miles
Elevation: 0 ft. gain!
Type: out and back
***Permit: Fish & Wildlife permit can be bought at the Cracker Barrel on Sauvie Island for $10 a day, or $30(ish, I think) for a year long pass, but it expires in December.
Google map: Don’t bother. Have you ever been to Collin’s Beach on Sauvie Island? The trailhead is at the very end of Reeder Road. Basically, when you get to Sauvie Island, drive 1.8 miles past the Cracker Barrel and turn right onto Reeder Road for 12.8 miles. NOTE: the last 2.2 of the road are gravel, but it’s not fucked up and pot-hole ridden.

You can peep the overly-wordy trail write-up on Oregon Hikers: http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Warrior_Point_Hike

Please bring a water bottle and snacks. Not sure what the weather will be like, but this hike is notoriously MUDDY! Getting dirty and gross in nature is good for you!

For more hiking 101 and gear info and nerdery: https://jennybruso.com/gear-list-and-tips/

I don’t want lack of transportation or gas money or parking fee to be a factor in someone deciding not to come. If you need help getting there, please get in touch with me and I’ll work it out for you. Lack of financial access is a huge barrier for many people, myself included, when it comes to the outdoors.

Unlikely Hikers Nice & Slow Group Hike – Wapato Access Trail

 

PORTLAND, OREGON:

The next Unlikely Hikers Nice & Slow Group Hike is on the books for Sunday, September 10, the Wapato Access Trail on Sauvie Island. The Nice & Slow group hikes are specifically for those who NEED a slower pace on a flatter, shorter trail. This is for the chronic pain cuties, fat babes who want/need a supportive setting like this, etc. I want to create a safer space for people to experience their bodies in nature while doing light movement.

If the above doesn’t exactly apply to you, but you want a slower group hike, please join one of my other hikes which are always slower paced.

We will move as a group and take as many breaks as we want. No hiker left behind!

This is a private, invite-only event. Please send me a message/e-mail and a few words about your unique needs. I will need your e-mail address!


Write-up for this trail:
https://jennybruso.com/2017/04/25/wapato-access-trail/

♥ ♥ ♥ Unlikely Hikers is for those underrepresented in outdoors culture: people of color, people of size, trans and gender non-conforming individuals and so on. This is *not* to conflate those experiences, but to share supportive group hiking space at the intersections of these experiences. ♥ ♥ ♥