March 3: Back Fence PDX
March 14: Queer Adventure Storytelling
March 17: Group hike – General – Silver Falls
March 24: Group hike – Nice & Slow – Tryon Creek
March 25: Group hike – Low Intensity – Old Salmon River Trail
April 21: Group hike – General – tba
May 5: Group hike – D.C.! – tba
May 12: Woman Up! by, Portland Monthly
June 2: Group hike – Atlanta! – tba
(Details for unlinked events coming soon. All events in or near Portland, unless otherwise stated.)
Unlikely Hikers creates safer, supportive outdoor community for people underrepresented in outdoors culture. We hike together as a group. No hiker left behind! Absolutely no diet or weight loss talk. Be mindful of gender pronouns, group dynamics, microaggressions, cultural appropriation and different physical ability levels.
GENERAL GROUP HIKES happen every third Saturday and will occasionally be challenging. They may have elevation gains higher than 500 feet and higher mileage.
LOW INTENSITY GROUP HIKES happen every other month, no fixed weekend/day just yet. All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive, but this series has an even stronger emphasis on this. Slower pace, elevation gains under 500 feet and usually 3-4 miles. Open to Unlikely Hikers who specifically need trails like this.
NICE & SLOW GROUP HIKES happen quarterly, or upon request, and tend to be two miles or less, with little to no elevation gain. These are specifically intended for those who want to get out into nature, but have physical or health matters that may limit movement (chronic pain cuties, fat folks, people who might be exercising for the first time and/or people who may have vulnerabilities that require emotional support). All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive, but this series has an even stronger emphasis on this. Open to Unlikely Hikers who specifically need trails like this.
BEFORE JOINING ONE OF OUR HIKES, ask yourself, “how does my body like to hike?” If you are someone who can hike big miles and high elevation gains, please refrain from joining our Low Intensity and Nice & Slow hikes. Similarly, if your body doesn’t know what 5+ miles or 500+ feet of elevation feels like, our “general” hikes might not be right for you. No hike is “one size fits all” and choosing the wrong trail could potentially harm you.
Here’s more information on what Unlikely Hikers is about. You can also read more about the structure of our hikes here: REI Co-Op Blog: Building Community Through Group Hiking.
If you have a special request for a Nice & Slow hike, please get in touch and I’ll try to make it happen! firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to see more hikes? ME TOO! Ideally, I’d do all three of these series every month. However, it takes so much work & time and they aren’t sustainable right now. Please consider donating to help make these monthly. I love thinking of the community we are building together! I don’t ask for money at events, so it is totally up to your discretion. Thank you!