Q: Why are you called Fat Girls Hiking?
A: We are called Fat Girls because that’s who founded this organization, a fat queer woman, who loves hiking. We want to take the shame & stigma out of the word FAT & empower it instead. Visibility matters!
Q: What if I’m a guy 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 body positive 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 body positive 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.
Q: Where can I buy plus size outdoor gear?
A: There aren’t a lot of outdoor stores that you can go to & buy outdoor gear in-person. I often end up buying men’s gear because it actually fits. Columbia has some basic options for women’s plus sizes, online & in store. Wal-Mart has lots of plus size sportswear, leggings, and dri-fit options at a great price. We hope outdoor retailers realize there is a growing demand for plus-size outdoor gear!
Q: Is there a Fat Girls Hiking Community in my area?
A: FGH is based in Portland, OR. We are slowly growing more chapters (please be patient with us as we bring you body positive leaders that will uphold the FGH mision & values. We have chapters in Knoxville, TN as well as Seattle & Minneapolis. We have some other cities in our sights & are working on chapters in the following cities: LA, The Bay Area, Atlanta, Denver, Salt Lake City and Vancouver, BC.
For more about the current chapters click the link below for more information.