Like travel, the outdoor industry is traditionally white and male-dominated. This is not to say that marginalized groups have not been recreating outdoors, but that the power-holding narrative overlooks these adventurers. The outdoor industry has been commodified and gentrified, leaving many to assume that one requires expensive equipment, ample time, and experience to recreate in the ways displayed in mainstream media. These outdoor Instagram accounts (along with their respective blogs/websites) are breaking down this dominating narrative by centering the voices of marginalized groups and reminding us that there are important stories which require our utmost attention and action.

@melaninbasecamp

Melanin Base Camp is an online site dedicated to diversifying ethnic representation in outdoor adventure sport. Their blog features articles and essays written by people who are challenging white-dominated outdoor narratives while celebrating their own ancestry and relationship to natural spaces.

Founder Danielle Williams states that the goal of Melanin Base Camp is “to increase the visibility of outdoorsy black, indigenous, people of color, to increase our representation in the media, advertising, and in the stories we tell ourselves about the Outdoors.”

Follow on Instagram for article previews and features from other outdoor explorers and athletes.

@she_explores

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Ever dreamed of thru-hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail? ⁣ ⁣ In our latest episode of “Where We Walk” a #SheExploresPodcast miniseries made in collaboration w/ the @AppalachianTrail conservancy, we feature two women: Brittany Comins aka @flickertailontrail, who hiked the A.T. in 2019 a few years after the unexpected loss of her husband, and Laura Alarcon, a Latinx hiker who hopes to “flip flop” the Trail in 2021 if it’s safe to do so.⁣ ⁣ Both women have experienced unique challenges in taking on the Trail, but they have something in common that’s core to what attracts them to it: a need, at a particular point in their lives, to do something entirely for themselves. Head to our stories to learn more about Brittany & Laura.⁣ ⁣ Listen wherever you tune into She Explores Podcast – we’ve linked a few places to find it in our profile. ⁣ ⁣ 📸 Laura Alarcon & @flickertailontrail⁣ _________⁣ #AT2021 #AppalachianTrail #thruhiking #womenwhohike #sheexplores

A post shared by She Explores® (@she_explores) on

She Explores hosts an online site and podcast dedicated to “Inquisitive Women in the outdoors and the Stories, Art, and Connection Nature Inspires.” Some of their podcast episodes cover topics such as women’s presence on the Appalachian trail, climate policy and advocacy, women of color in the outdoor industry, intersectionality, mental health, and plant-based living. Follow their instagram account to be inspired by and support the stories of some badass outdoorsy women from all over the globe!

@pattiegonia

 

View this post on Instagram

 

six months ago, i made a film with @hokaoneone all about allyship and i think it couldn’t be more relevant to the times today. . if you’re looking for where to start as an ally-in-progress, i hope that something in this film can help. . i made some quotes from the film into things you can share on instagram, too. feel free to repost em. . thank you to every human in this film, from the guest speakers of the hiking tour @teresabaker11 @cerowastecindy @davecoast @spencer.r.scott @rae_sweet_ @jitterbug_art @naturechola @noel_russ to my team @jennycdugan @katienashbeauty @daynaturnblom and to the hoka team @iammarthagarcia @k8_rod @_liligomez @kayserandco. ilysm friends. . 📍 video taken on stolen native land of the chumash, mwukema ohlone and miwok people.

A post shared by Pattie Gonia (@pattiegonia) on

Pattie Gonia is a drag queen who is bringing intersectional environmentalism, allyship, and resistance against all forms of toxicity in the outdoor industry to the forefront of their work. Follow their instagram account for educational posts, calls to action, stunning drag, and a lot of fun. You can also subscribe to their mailing list for updates on events and group hikes or check out their Youtube channel for some fabulous music videos.

@outdoorafro

Outdoor Afro is dedicated to “celebrat[ing] and [inspiring] Black connections and leadership in nature.” Based in Oakland, Outdoor Afro was founded over a decade ago and has been mobilizing leaders all over the U.S. since, facilitating events connecting Black people to outdoor recreational opportunities and pushing for climate justice. Visit their website to get connected to Outdoor Afro’s program opportunities in your area, or to find out how you can support their work.

@nativesoutdoors

 

View this post on Instagram

 

@aatadytin You can be prepared for a new journey. You can read up on the beta, weather, refresh your skills and pack essentials. But what you cannot anticipate is how much courage you will need for something new. Life and the trail description doesn’t say ‘courage level: 5 or 6.’ You have to go and find out. Maybe the courage level is too high and you have to turn around and come back when you are ready. Life takes courage. But when you put your courage to the test the pay off is usually worth it. #life #adventure #outdoors #courage #lifelessons #lessonsfromtheoutdoors #riskitforthebiscuit #beprepared #yayornay #couragelevel10 #challengeyourself #motivation #youvegotthis #skoden #stoodis #adventurousnatives #nativesoutdoors #womenwhohike #nativewomenswilderness #takingupspaceoutdoors #nativesonthetrail #nativeadventurer

A post shared by NativesOutdoors (@nativesoutdoors) on

Native Outdoors is an online shop and blog dedicated to “Empowering Native and Indigenous communities through [their] products and storytelling for a sustainable world.” Native Outdoors has an ethical and sustainable shop for outdoor gear such as chalk bags for climbers, athletic tees, hats, beanies, and stickers. They are also running a fundraiser that supplies aid to Native American tribes in the United States who are suffering disproportionately from the effects of COVID-19. Their blog, the Temoa Journal, covers topics such as Indigenous origins of skiing, educational reading lists, relationship between Indigenous communities and public lands, climate change, and Indigenous storytelling. Follow their instagram to witness and learn about the power of Indigenous communities who are fighting for their right to explore ancestral lands and practice radical joy.

These are just a few accounts, but there are SO many people out there doing the hard work of challenging the predominantly exclusive narrative of the outdoor industry. As always, please honor and respect the sacred spaces these accounts and organizations are holding for people on and offline.

What are your favorite outdoor accounts? Share with us below!

Share this:
Corynn Craig
Corynn is an editorial intern at passion passport and proud Angeleno. In her free time you’ll find her escaping to the ocean, hiking, or stirring up a real-life hurricane in her kitchen. Whatever it is, it rarely involves sitting still…unless, of course, she’s writing. She believes travel has the capacity to make us more reverent of every version of the human experience.