KPTV12 interviewed me about Unlikely Hikers. Molly Rhiel asked good questions and was really sweet. Check out the short clip: http://www.kptv.com/clip/14126655/portland-woman-challenges-stereotypes-of-hikers-on-instagram Also, tune into Think Out Loud tomorrow at noon to catch me and my bud/co-conspirator, Travis Clough, from The Venture Out Project. You can also listen online or on the app. Y’all… if you […]Read More I’m on TV! And the radio!
(T-shirt and sticker of this slogan available in the shop!) [Note: The title of this piece is tongue-in-cheek and very intentionally in the first person. I am a fat hiker who occasionally climbs mountains. You don’t need to be able to hike up a mountain to be worthy of respect as a hiker or fat […]Read More Does this Mountain I Just Climbed Make Me Look Fat?
Or, as I like to think of this, All the Things I Didn’t Say in the Recently Posted All the Things I didn’t Say in 2017. I went to a writer’s retreat this weekend on the Oregon Coast with some serious powerhouses: Carrot Quinn, Rahawa Haile, Vanessa Friedman, Lacy J. Davis, Chardonnay, Nicole Antoinette, Kelly […]Read More Rough Thoughts
2017 – place yourself directly in the trash Every Day Was Bad News. If you survived 2017 with a modicum of good mental health, my hat’s off to you. If you tragically asked me at any point, “how are you?” I’m sorry. My blank, wide blinking eyes and mouth trying to fix itself into words […]Read More All the Things I Didn’t Say in 2017
I am extremely excited to announce that Unlikely Hikers now has a logo! Two, actually! It’s been a long time coming. Both were designed and generously donated by, Cabin Supply Co (firstname.lastname@example.org). Kind of amazing. Why two logos? For alllll of the sweet merch that’s on its way. Also, the Unlikely Hikers page has been […]Read More Logos!
Every group hike is a learning experience for me, even when it goes “perfectly.” Especially because I don’t lead your average group. In 2015, I created an Instagram community called Unlikely Hikers, which features those often left out of the common outdoors narrative. This includes people of color, people of size, queer, trans and gender nonbinary folks, those with differing physical abilities and people living with mental health issues. Almost immediately after its creation, people started asking how they could participate in group hikes with the Unlikely Hikers community. The thing was, I’d never actually been on one.Read More REI Co-Op Blog: Building Community Through Group Hiking
Three very cool things I’m happy to announce: 1. I was on a podcast that I love and I feel amazing about being asked to guest! I kind of hate hearing myself talk, especially when I’m less than eloquent, but isn’t that just such a cliche thing to get hung up on? I really enjoyed […]Read More Three 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 […]Read More Two Things
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 […]Read More Exercising in Public