Being welcomed is not the same as being included. As Dr. Crystal Jones eloquently puts it, “There’s a huge difference between ‘all are welcome’ and ‘this was created with you in mind.” For many BIPOC individuals in the outdoor community, this sentiment rings true, and if they try addressing the issue they’re often met with backlash. To promote discussion and change, Arcteryx is hosting a panel discussion with a stacked list of changemakers and leaders from the outdoor community: Faith E. Briggs, Niyilolawa Uzoma Ubuntu, Kareemah Batts, and more. The event will be live on Wednesday, August 26th at 12 pm PST, and hosted by Shelma Jun. For more information and to register, head over to Arcteryx Academy’s website.
Squaw Valley stunned everyone last August by dropping the sexist slur “squaw” from their current name. While many applauded the decision, some were resistant to the idea. Change is hard, but sometimes it’s the thing we need if it means making a space more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible for everyone in the outdoors. For indigenous communities—especially the local Washoe tribe—the word squaw always been viewed as a derogatory term, often used to degrade women. Recently the women of the
One of the reasons outdoor media lacks diversity is that there are so few BIPOC folks behind the lens. But pursuing a career in photography/videography takes a hefty level of investment, which often poses a barrier of entry for many folks—especially BIPOC individuals. Peak Design wants to help eliminate any obstacles holding back marginalized communities from pursuing a career in outdoor media. Together with the help of Sony Alpha, Borrow Lenses, and professional outdoor photographer L.
Not even Mother Nature can escape the scorn of an upset person with an iPhone. Unfortunately, there are a few visitors that leave our National Parks not exactly feeling like the next Henry David Thoreau. Instead of prose and praise, disgruntled tourists love to pour their frustration into poorly crafted complaints on Yelp. That’s right, you can rate our National Parks on all kinds of review platforms, and the one-star reviews are a sight to behold. RELATED: Make a Plan to Vote