Setting My Default to Happy – The Name that Changed My Life

The first time I truly enjoyed myself on a camping trip was two months ago in Moab. I have loved camping and backpacking my whole life, and I often experienced joy on these adventures, but underlying that happiness I always felt anxious, scared, or stressed. The quiet of wild spaces that most people find to…Read more Setting My Default to Happy – The Name that Changed My Life

Ditching the Mascara is not a Prerequisite for Outdoors[wo]manship

I grew up thinking that confident women almost never woreΒ makeup, especially not while doing outdoor activities or playing sports. While I don't judge the adults in my life at all for imparting on me this ideology - their intentions were good (as were those of many '90s parents who wanted to raise strong, confident daughters)…Read more Ditching the Mascara is not a Prerequisite for Outdoors[wo]manship

Imperfect Progress is Progress Nonetheless – “Welcome to the conversation, REI!”

This campaign is neither the start nor the finish of the discussion concerning gender equality and diversity in the outdoors, and we as a community have a lot of work to do. I am glad, however, to have one of the major outdoor gear outfitters onboard, and using its enormous platform to call attention to these issues. Imperfect progress is still progress. In climbing a peak, I would rather take one shaky step up and slide halfway back, then to stand paralyzed, waiting for the perfection, while looking at the summit from far below.