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Creating Space for All Kinds of Bodies in the Outdoors

When you don’t create gear for all types of athletes, it creates barriers. This is something that Ash Manning knows first hand. As a plus-sized raft guide, hiker, and athlete she constantly struggles with finding gear that suits her needs in the outdoors. Beyond being a major inconvenience, it quickly becomes a safety issue. Not having a proper flotation device or drysuit can mean the difference between life or death. Rather than stay silent, Manning is speaking up with hopes of addressing toxic stigmas in the outdoors around “ideal body types”. Her latest short film with Astral Footwear shares her powerful story while challenging the outdoor industry to do better. As she puts it best “the shape of my body doesn’t matter to the mountains, the white water, or the rocks...this is your space, too.”

To be honest, prejudice against plus-size people is very prevalent in the world of sports. I don’t get why people look down on them if they are trying out different things. I mean they are trying to change and be more fit that’s why they are there, what’s there to hate? I sometimes don’t get people. Thanks for sharing this TGR. Metal Roofing Durham

Body shaming has no place in the world of sports. Sports is open to anyone or any body type. Thank you TGR for raising awareness regarding these types of issues. You guys are great! Tree Cutting Services

I knew the issue of stigma surrounding plus-size people in sports, but I never looked at it this way. It never came to me that some safety gear and equipment are made to only fit people with the “ideal” body type. That type of prejudice has no place in sports. Thanks for raising this issue. Great job TGR! Septic Pumping

Don’t let anyone’s opinions ruin your day or stop you from doing the things that you’re passionate about. Just keep on grinding and show them what you got! Body shaming has no place in sports. Thanks for sharing this TGR! Septic Pumping

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Rachel Pohl on Blending Entrepreneurship and Creativity
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Rachel Pohl on Blending Entrepreneurship and Creativity

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This week in Women in the Mountains, we sat down with artist Rachel Pohl. Pohl shares what led her to become a professional artist and how she balances running a small business with her adventurous lifestyle. Nate Simmions photo. Equipped with a fresh stack of business cards, artist Rachel Pohl arrived at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer trade show with high hopes of connecting and collaborating with all kinds of outdoor brands. At the time, Rachel was 20 years old and eager to make a name for

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Chris Benchetler Creates Painting In Remembrance of the Late Greg Harms
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Chris Benchetler Creates Painting In Remembrance of the Late Greg Harms

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Mountain Athletes Launch Wine Brand Designed for Adventure
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Bringing a good bottle of wine on an adventure has always demanded some absurd extra preparation like duct tapping the bottle so it doesn't shatter in your boat. Revelshine, a new outdoor-minded wine brand, aims to eliminate that nuisance altogether. Instead of packaging their product in typical glass bottles, Revelshine opts for unbreakable, infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles. Their hope is that you don't have to sacrifice a good glass of wine for a day on the river, the crag, or at the