Photos provided by the amazing Tommy Corey a.k.a. “Twerk” (@twerkinthedirt)

Inclusion and Amplification in the Hiking Community

The recent and historical injustices committed against Black, Asian American, and other People of Color has given us pause here at Atlas Guides. We realize the importance of re-examining our role in the outdoor community, specifically in regards to DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) and issues of access.

In order to hold ourselves accountable as active allies to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), we have signed onto the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge and are committed to implementing each item in the pledge. We understand that this is not a fleeting moment in history and we will continue our efforts to amplify BIPOC voices from the outdoors, and we look forward to partnering with BIPOC ambassadors, and learning more from other outdoor companies’ experiences.

We have committed to:

1) Hire and support a diverse workforce and executive leadership.

2) Present representative marketing and advertising in our media.

3) Engage and support broadly representative ambassador and athlete teams.

4) Share our experiences with other leading brands.  

Learn more about The Pledge

Awesome BIPOC Long-Distance Hikers to Follow

@SoBo_Lemon

SoBo Lemon started hiking on the Appalachian Trail in September 2019 and plans to continue hiking when COVID-19 subsides and it’s safe to do so.

@nhandi__

Nhandi “Sea Lion” thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018.

@theblackalachian

“The Blackalchian” thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017, biked the Underground Railroad Route in 2018, hiked the Camino del Norte, and completed Scotland’s notoriously difficult The Great Outdoors Challenge in 2019.

@tahliatravels

Tahlia thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018-2019.

@akunahikes

Akuna was the first African American man on record to complete the Triple Crown (thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail).

@lilbuddhahikes

Lo Phong La “Lil’ Buddha” Kiatoukaysy has hiked over 45,000 miles, including his 2010 calendar year 6,000 mile Eastern Continental Trail “route”, which is consider an ultra long-distance hiking first.

@lizthomashiking

https://www.treelinereview.com

@wucy.wu

Alice / Tiger Blood is a first generation Asian American and veteran, and is currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

@lei_hedstrom

Leilani Hedstrom (aka: Swiftie) was a successful Corporate Recruiter in downtown Chicago when she put her career on hold to pursue thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  Her goal is to promote Asian and female representation in the thru-hiking community.

@_shaintrain

Shaina aka ‘Stumbles’ was born and raised in New Jersey and is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail as her first long distance thru hike with the 2021 class


Resources

Diversify Outdoors

“[A] coalition of social media influencers – bloggers, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs – who share the goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces where people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse identities have historically been underrepresented.”

Website

Melanin Base Camp

Blogs, gear reviews, trip reports and more, emphasizing the goal “to increase the visibility of outdoorsy black, indigenous, people of color, to increase our representation in the media, advertising and in the stories we tell ourselves about the Outdoors.”

Website

Color Outside

“Color Outside helps women of color harness the power of the outdoors to create the JOY-filled, balanced lives they crave through coaching, workshops, & one-of-a-kind retreats.”

Website
"Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry" via The Trek

Organizations

Outdoor Afro

“Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature… Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization with leadership networks around the country. With nearly 80 leaders in 30 states from around the country, we connect thousands of people to outdoor experiences, who are changing the face of conservation.”

Website

Project U.S.E

Based in New Jersey, “Project U.S.E. inspires personal growth through experiential learning in diverse, safe, and challenging environments, building the foundations for lifelong success.”

Website

Camber Outdoors

“Supporting workplace inclusion, equity, and diversity in the active outdoor industry.” Check out their “resources” page for employer tools, career center, and an industry-wide job board.

Website

cityWILD

“cityWILD’s programs engage youth in experiential learning opportunities that boldly address issues of inequity, particularly in the areas of access to the outdoors and economic disparity.”

Website

Big City Mountaineers

“Big City Mountaineers instills critical life skills in under-resourced youth through transformative wilderness mentoring experiences.”

Website

Greening Youth Foundation

“The Greening Youth Foundation’s (GYF) mission is to engage under-represented youth and young adults, while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation”

Website

Black Outside

“With the knowledge that only 1% of Texas state park participants identify as Black/African-American, Black Outside, Inc was founded with the mission of expanded access, programming, and relevancy to both Black and Brown communities across Texas.”

Wesbite

Soul Trak Outdoors

“Soul Trak Outdoors is a D.C. based nonprofit organization that connects communities of color to outdoor spaces while also building a coalition of diverse outdoor leaders. We run a variety of programming to serve hands-on, experiential programming.”

Mission statement

WeGotNext

WeGotNext is a platform that “amplifies individual stories of adventure and activism from communities that have been underrepresented in outdoor and environmental spaces.”

Website