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!

Leave No Trace is built on seven core principles that are used to communicate the best available minimum impact guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace were developed to help educate and guide recreationists in sustainable minimum impact practices that mitigate or avoid recreation-related impacts.

American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. We also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone.

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.


Be Nourished:  Portland-based resource center that offers “programs, workshops, retreats, and e-courses to help people cultivate body trust, as well as counseling, yoga, and naturopathic care to holistically complement the supportive atmosphere we believe is needed to realize long-term body acceptance, an ability to eat intuitively, and the power to psychologically and physically be nourished.”

The Body Is Not An Apology is an international movement committed to cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment.

Louise Green is a thought leader in creating a world where every “body” can realize their athletic potential, regardless of their size.  Her book, Big Fit Girl, and thriving Facebook group are resources for women who want to unleash their inner athlete.

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.


Every Body:  Podcast counteracting the pervasive myths and misconceptions about food, dieting and body image with hard science and engaging storytelling.

The Fat Lip:  Podcast for and about fat people.

Do No HarmPodcast that discusses how shifting the focus off of weight in health care can greatly improve health outcomes for patients.

Sounds of The TrailA podcast about the ups, downs, and switchbacks of trail life.

She’s All Fat:  The podcast for body positivity, radical self-love, and chill vibes only. Join Sophie and April as they talk about current events, popular culture, and the intersections between fatness and feminism.