I’m a white, queer, fat, femme, writer, hiker, group hike leader and founder of Unlikely Hikers. I have CPTSD and it affects every part of my life. A late bloomer to the outdoors, it wasn’t until 2012 that I went on the hike that would change the course of my life from career waitress to outdoor leader and advocate for underrepresented outdoorspeople.
Outside, I discovered a connection with nature, joyful movement and a sense of place in a world I struggle to fit into. I also found outdoor culture to be often hostile to those who don’t fit the white, straight-size, cishet-normative, able-bodied mold. This led to the creation of Unlikely Hikers. The outdoors should be for EVERYBODY and EVERY BODY.
I live and adventure in Portland, Oregon, but you can find me all over the country leading hikes with Unlikely Hikers.
–Jenny Bruso, she/her/hers | firstname.lastname@example.org