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Peak Design is Offering Gear Grants for Black Outdoor Creatives

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. Renee Blount, they’ve put together three gear grants for aspiring Black photographers and videographers. This initiative is exciting because diversifying our storytellers will eventually lead to richer narratives that highlight all kinds of stories in the outdoors. The application window is open
now until September 1st. Head over to Peak Design’s website to learn more and apply, as well as hear from photographer L. Renee Blount about her journey into photography as a Black woman. 

My photography is about illuminating the world I imagine. A world where people of color are being joyous in spaces that were never designed for us to enjoy. Spaces that our parents and grandparents would be nervous to travel to. — L. Renee Blount.
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Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Tribe Explains the History of the Slur “Squaw”
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Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Tribe Explains the History of the Slur “Squaw”

Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Tribe Explains the History of the Slur “Squaw”

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

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“Subpar Parks” Pokes Fun at One-Star National Park Reviews
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“Subpar Parks” Pokes Fun at One-Star National Park Reviews

“Subpar Parks” Pokes Fun at One-Star National Park Reviews

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

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Arcteryx is Hosting a Panel with BIPOC Outdoor Leaders
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Arcteryx is Hosting a Panel with BIPOC Outdoor Leaders

Arcteryx is Hosting a Panel with BIPOC Outdoor Leaders

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.