As we enter 2019, I can’t help but wonder… What might you get done if you could repurpose the energy you expend on criticising your body (or anything about yourself)? How would your relationship with movement change if exercise wasn’t appropriated by weight-loss and fitness culture? What does moving your body in joyous ways look […]Read More How Might Your Life Be Different if Your Body Didn’t Determine Worth?
I feel really good about this interview with the Outdoor Project and I’m grateful to be included with the second Women in the Wild project. READ NOW! “If I dig deep, I’m sure [being a woman in the outdoor industry] means a lot of things, but “woman” sort of sits third place to my identities as a […]Read More Outdoor Project: Women in the Wild
And the “disaster” was not a too-heavy or ill-fitting pack or some other classic rite of passage. Just wait… (Gear lists and nerd talk coming soon!) Day One: We got a late start due to a group hike I had to lead that morning. I came home and my partner, Brie, and I packed our […]Read More My First Backpacking Trip Was a Disaster and I Can’t Wait to Do it Again
I woke up this morning, eyes fluttering but staying closed, cat draped across my neck, when the voice of what felt like God themself boomed straight through my being: YOU’RE ON SHE EXPLORES TODAY! I bolted right up and out of bed, walking around my bedroom like I didn’t know where I was, not knowing […]Read More She Explores Episode 67: Fat and Outdoorsy
Creative Conversations: Jenny Bruso of Unlikely Hikers – RANGE Magazine One of my favorite interviews and I was photographed for it, which is sometimes a nightmare, but not this time. Huge thanks to Lisa Daugherty of RANGE and photographer, Chelsea Parrett, for an experience that made me feel like I am exactly where I need […]Read More Recent news media
I wrote something for Outside Magazine about what it’s like to be a fat hiker out on the trail! “Many comments from other hikers—even something seemingly innocuous like “You’re doing a great job!”—are meant to be supportive and encouraging, but they don’t always come off that way. These comments are, sometimes indirectly, about our bodies. […]Read More I Don’t Hike to Lose Weight. I Hike Because I Love It.
Alright! I finally made a shopping cart system, which will make everything easier for all of us. I’m so excited to announce the new shop! SHOP NOW on Big Cartel! Accepting credit cards and paypal! ALL merch was created and designed by queer artists! T-shirts are screen-printed by hand by, Queer Kuntry. Logo designs are […]Read More NEW SHOP!
I recently had the fantastic opportunity to be filmed by the Mic Network in partnership with REI for their Human/Nature series, which “captures the small changes that real people can make toward a life well lived, a life outdoors.” Click here to see the video! I was chosen out of a lot of people for […]Read More A Party Girl’s Fresh Start
Is it weird that I sometimes say “we” as in me and Unlikely Hikers? When I think about UH, I think about all of us. Like WE did this thing together! Read online or pick up a physical copy almost anywhere in Portland! https://www.portlandmercury.com/feature/2018/04/11/19807795/the-unlikely-hiker Emilly Prado interviewed me and wrote a beautiful article that captures […]Read More We’re in the Portland Mercury!
On March 3, 2018, I participated in the storytelling event, Back Fence PDX, where I told this story from memory with no notes! This is what I wrote up for practice, the delivered piece was a bit different. It takes place in early spring of 2013. All of the photos are from that day. Ugh, […]Read More My Body Took Me Here: Angels Rest