Be Connected

Here you’ll find what we believe are great resources to help you plan your next hiking adventure, find inspiration from others, and learn about the body positive movement from the activists leading the cause. Feel free to contact us for additional information!

Hiking Resources

Escaping Your Comfort Zone:  A plus-size woman’s adventure revolution based in Melbourne, VIC in Australia, which offers hikes & retreats.

Trail Dames:  A hiking group for curvy women whose mission is to welcome, empower and educate women of all shapes, sizes, and experience and fitness levels to responsibly explore nature.  They have chapters in 15 states that lead group hikes monthly.

Latino Outdoors:  Their vision is that the diversity of the Latino identity is connected with the diversity of outdoor experiences, and we are active stewards and advocates for our natural spaces, sharing our stories and empowering the next generation of Latino leadership in the outdoors.

Outdoor Afro:  The nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. They help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!

Hiking with Kids:  Great ideas for keeping kids engaged, educated and having fun while on the trail.

Hiking with Dogs:  Tips & gear for your four-legged friends on the trail.


Body Positive Resources

FabUplus Magazine:   Weight-neutral fitness magazine for plus size women.

Black Girl Dangerous: BGD seeks to, in as many ways as possible; amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans people of color.

Virgie Tovar:  Author, activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help those who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion.

Jes Baker:  Writes the blog The Militant Baker and wrote the book Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls. She is a body advocate, fat model, mental health professional, self-love enthusiast, Tedx speaker, and feminist.

Jessamyn Stanley:  Yoga teacher, body positive advocate, and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. Her classes provide a body positive approach to yoga which celebrates students’ bodies and encourages them to ask “How do I feel?” rather than “How do I look?” when practicing yoga.

Lindy West:  Columnist and freelance writer whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. Author of Shrill: Notes from A Loud Woman.

Chunky Dunk:  An annual summer series of body-positive group swims located in Portland, Oregon & Melbourne, Australia.

Fat Girl Running:  Blog by Mirna Valerio is a trail runner who believes that many of life’s lessons can be learned by simply engaging oneself in the pursuit of wisdom gained through simply moving your body in nature.


Blogs

The Outdoor Journal TourA community built for women to facilitate personal growth and alignment.

Dispatches from the Wild by Carrot Quinn:  Thru-hiker of the PCT, CDT, Hayduke Route and  L2H Trail. Author of Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart.

Brown Girl on the PCT: A blog about long-distance backpacking and the preparation and training involved in such an endeavor, sometimes interwoven with commentary on race, culture, history, and heritage as it is both perceived and experienced by one particular black woman in the US.

Alpine LilyA hiking blog and book list for outdoor women.  Alpine Trails Book Club is a hiking book club for folks in the Seattle area.

Outdoor Afro: Where Black People and Nature Meet.

Latino Outdoors: Brings cultura into the outdoor narrative and connects Latino communities and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences.


Podcasts

Sounds of The Trail: A podcast about the ups, downs, and switchbacks of trail life.

She Explores:  A podcast for and about women who are inspired by time spent in the outdoors.

Real Talk Radio: Carrot Quinn on Long Distance Hiking, Riding Freight Trains, and Living a Non-Traditional Lifestyle

Bawdy LoveLet’s start a revolution.  One where every body is worthy and no body is shameful.  Let’s be uppity love rebels who fight to take the guilty out of pleasure.  Let’s stand up and proudly declare that we deserve decadence, joy, and fun in our lives.  Are you in?