All I’m gonna do is share the link with a quick proviso.
This is one reason why I subscribe to Outside Online. A few years ago they got religion. Meaning, they realized that the future of the outdoors was female. Oh, and LGBTQ. Oh, and veteran. Oh, and disabled. I could go on. They still aren’t including women my age, but give it time.
To their immense credit, not only did they totally overhaul their editorial staff to be far more representative, when the inevitable trolls started writing in their complaints, they:
- Printed the ugly letters
- Invited the trolls to let the door hit them in the ass on the way out
- And gained a lot more loyal followers. Like me. This is my world, this is my work, and I applaud this kind of progress and reporting.
It took long enough but frankly, I don’t care. We’re getting there. Since then I have seen a veritable avalanche of stories about BIPOC athletes, all kinds of real folks doing real things in the outside, and the challenges they face. They cherry-pick stories from all over and present them. And now I give this one to you.
To that, and with that as the backdrop, please see this article. It doesn’t need any further embellishment. Other than, this just tickles me pink:
Thru-Hiker Emily Ford on Finishing the Ice Age Trail in Winter and Being a "First" | Backpacker
While most of the country avoided historically frigid temperatures by staying inside, Emily Ford and Diggins the sled…
Enjoy. I sure did.