Q:  Why are you called Fat Girls Hiking?

A:  We are called Fat Girls because that’s who founded this organization, a self-identified fat queer woman, who loves hiking. Fat Girls Hiking wants to take the shame & stigma out of the word FAT & empower it.  Visibility matters!

Q:  What if I’m a guy or gender non-conforming or I’m not fat, is Fat Girls Hiking really for me?

A:  Absolutely! We love connecting & hiking with people of ALL genders, sizes, and hiking skill levels.  We are here to showcase a diverse community & believe that everyone should feel represented in the outdoors!

Q:  What if I’m a slow hiker? Will I hold up the whole group on a hike?

A:  We hike slow too! We set the pace of the group hikes with the slowest hiker.  There’s no shame in being slow.  There’s nothing wrong with stopping when you’re tired, catching your breath, and getting a drink of water.  You won’t hold anyone back, we will be there with you. Our group hikes are not a race.   We go at a pace that is comfortable for everyone.  We hike to celebrate what our bodies can do and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.  No one is left behind!

Q:  Where can I buy plus size outdoor gear?

A: This is a huge barrier for many people.  Finding the right gear, or any gear that fits is so frustrating.  We try to support small business/brands when possible.  We’ve compiled a list of some small businesses/brands that have great activewear/gear.  Most of my gear is men’s because that’s what fits.  Columbia offers women’s plus sizes up to 3x.

Q:  Is there a Fat Girls Hiking Community in my area?734

A:  FGH is based in Portland, OR.  We are slowly growing more chapters (please be patient with us as we bring you ambassadors & hike leaders that will uphold the FGH mision & values.  We have chapters in Knoxville, TN as well as Seattle & Minneapolis & LA.  We have some other cities in our sights & are working on chapters in the following cities:  The Bay Area, Atlanta, Denver, Salt Lake City and Vancouver, BC.

For more about the current chapters click the link below for more information.