Fat Girls Hiking has its very first international chapter in Vancouver, BC! The ambassador can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org! Check out Vancouver area hikes under Events. And ‘Follow’ Fat Girls Hiking on Event Brite to receive an email any time we post a new hike.
I am Alison, ambassador for the Vancouver, BC chapter of Fat Girls Hiking. I am so thrilled to have this opportunity. I’ve already met so many wonderful people through Fat Girls Hiking and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring.
I grew up in greater Vancouver, but really I feel like I was raised on trails. My Dad is an avid hiker and he dragged me up many mountains when I was a kid. To be honest, I was never sold on the concept. Hiking felt like hard work and I was the slowest in my family, often having to be coerced into taking any number of steps forward on the path. I remember my Dad frequently saying, “I don’t care how big your steps are but you have to keep taking steps.”
As an adult, I have a totally different outlook towards hiking. It’s not a chore anymore. And, I’m not competing with my family members, or trying to act like I’m more comfortable than I actually am. I marvel at the way being on the trail helps me to be present in my body and hear the messages it’s giving me.
When I’m not wandering forests, I am working with caregivers of young children (ages 0-6) as well as with the children themselves, providing resources and community support. I am also a parent.
Beyond hiking, working, and parenting, I somehow manage to find time for a hobby or two. I study languages. I speak English, French, and Mandarin. I’m also an amateur woodworker. I recently finished my second piece of furniture. Sometimes I do deep water running.
Mostly, I’m just a person. I live my life collecting experiences and connecting with people. I love how hiking with people encourages that connection. And, I am thankful to live in a place that is so full of forests to wander in.
I am a writer and activist from the ancestral territories of Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations in Northwest, British Columbia. Even though I grew up on mountains and in rivers, I currently live in Vancouver, B.C., where I author my blog, Sink Ships (www.sinkships.ca) and am a parent, partner and PhD student studying youth unemployment in B.C. I am also a co-founder of Vancouver’s first fat softball team, The Heavy Hitters, and a member of the Curvy Kili Crew — a group of awesome fat babes who are hiking Mount Kilimanjaro for International Women’s Day 2019.
I was so honored to become a Fat Girls Hiking ambassador. Vancouver has an intense and alienating outdoors culture that pretends it has no room for bodies of all sizes. All of us hiking together will actively make space for all bodies to be on Vancouver’s trails and I can’t wait to go outside with you!
*Diandra has moved away from the Vancouver, BC area & is no longer leading hikes for Fat Girls Hiking. We are so grateful to Diandra for getting the community going in Vancouver & wish her the best of luck on her next ventures!