(Trail specs at the end) My body’s been a mess and my head even worse, but when my alarm goes off I’m up. The only thing that can get me out of bed after working late and only getting five-and-a-half hours of sleep is an all day hiking adventure. I wake up feeling different. Not […]Read More Ape Canyon (+ writing)
The idea of exercise has gotten completely screwed up. None of us are exempt from this culture of body shame, even people who have the “right” bodies and do all of the “right” things. We are told our bodies need to be “fixed” and we can do that with exercise. We aren’t told it just feels […]Read More The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts – Hanne Blank
The central story follows Expedition Denali, the first all Black mountaineering team to attempt summiting Denali, but it is so much more than that. Mills is a talented chronologer and historian who exposes the missing and even hidden history of Black people in the outdoors and the ways that has lead to disinterest in outdoor […]Read More The Adventure Gap – James Edward Mills
I was wrong to not prioritize this book the way I would’ve years ago when every new fat/body-positive book became my New Favorite. I got kind of bored with how similar the POV always is (white/middle-class/so quirky your teeth ache). HOWEVER, Jes Baker is a ass-kicking cyclone of fresh air coming to fuck up our […]Read More Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls – Jes Baker
A few days ago, I returned to one of my first and favorite hikes, the Mirror Lake trail to Tom Dick & Harry Mountain on Mt. Hood. I’ve done so many incredible trails and have the longest list of ones I have yet to do, but some call me back over and over. This is […]Read More The Journey is Good, Too.
Gear posts are often horribly condescending (Hiking in hiking boots? You’re doing it WRONG!) Or, just plain financially inaccessible to most of us. However, I have something to say: TREKKING POLES!!!! Oh shit, am I really doing a gear post?Read More Trekking Poles
The outdoors is for everyone! True, we generally don’t see a lot of diversity in outdoorsy ads and when we don’t see ourselves represented, sometimes, consciously or subconsciously, we decide something isn’t for us. If you were waiting for an invitation, consider this it! When I started hiking, I was so intimidated by the “how-to’s” […]Read More Gear + How to
Growing pains are real. Doing this blog has led me to answering some very big questions about myself and my life, which is exactly what I was asking for when I started it, but of course things can’t conveniently stop there. I’ve always been a creative person. A writer, specifically, though I’ve given many creative […]Read More Growing Pains
My amazing friend, Vanessa, wrote this article for Shape Magazine and I have a couple of blurbs in it!Read More Why America Hates Fat Women…
When a person has a lot of social privilege, they don’t have to search very hard for where they belong. There’s an innate understanding they’ll fit in most places. The image of the outdoor adventurer is white, thin, fit and straight-looking. Looking moneyed is an added bonus. Whether they ask for it or not, whether […]Read More Community, Intersectionality and Every Feeling I’ve Ever Felt.