Here Are Some Hikers Of Color Who Will Inspire You To Travel The World And Explore Nature
Fact: public lands are public. They’re paid for by our tax dollars and every single one of us deserves to enjoy its beauty. Research shows that being in nature increases creativity and productivity. So often, it’s relegated to those with enough resources to have a car, gas to spare to get out of town and into the mountains, and the gear to stay safe and comfortable. As more and more brown people explore the outdoors, we’re coming up with ways to represent the little victories with hashtags like #LatinosOutdoors #MelaninBasecamp and more.
If you’re thinking about getting outside more often, whether that’s for a casual hike, a multi-day backpacking trip or giving outdoor climbing a shot, we have some brown adventurers to inspire you to just get out there.
Cristina Martinez / @xicananaturenerd
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Cristina is the park ranger we need. Read on…
Caption: “In the past 169 days, I have felt a vast range of emotions. From anxiety and stress to excitement and gratefulness, from sadness and frustration to elation and hope. This experience has sure been one of extremes and where opposites attract.
From dealing with microaggressions regarding my ethnic background and visitors questioning the urgency of climate change to hearing glaciers calve and seeing animals that are in peoples bucket list’s, it sure has been an intense experience in many ways. There have been tears for the northern lights but also tears after visitors’ ignorant comments about “Mexicans.” And through those moments of frustration and anger, I also remember the times I have smiled at seeing bear cubs learn how to swim from their mom and at the visitors who have come up to me and said “I am happy to see a ranger that looks like me.” I know I won’t be able to truly capture what the past 5.5 months have been for me when I tell family and friends back home of my time here. And it is okay if some just don’t understand- it doesn’t devalue how life changing this place has been for me. I will miss being surrounded by glaciers, forests, wildlife, and the friends I have made here. I love you Sít’ Eeti Gheiyí, I hope to see you next summer”
Yani Sanchez / @yaniquadrada
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Yani’s got an aesthetic unlike any other. This super talented photographer will traverse anywhere to capture nature in all its beauty.
Vanessa Vancouver / @vvancour
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She’s Liberian-Mexican and her heart is always full of outdoor adventures con su familia y her fellow outdoor die-hards. She makes a gorgeous ofrenda también.
Manny / @manny_outdoors
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When you’re born and raised in San Diego and move to Seattle, you spend your free time comparing your feet to bear tracks. Wait till you see the camera look up.
Chingona Flores / @mexxxica111
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She’s done it all. She’s hiked Mount Whitney, Six Pack of Peaks, ran the Malibu Olympic Triathalon. Watch this Latina take up space in the alpines, desert peaks, and inspire you in two languages.
Oscar Malo / @malofx
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There is nothing malo about the feed @malofx serves. His outdoor adventures are intermixed with stunning professional photography of ballerinas on the Golden Gate bridge y más.
Karen Ramos / @naturechola
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She’s the founder of the Get Out, Stay Out non-profit that gets indigenous-migrant children outside via camping trips and backpacking adventures. Her feed will inspire the wildest adventurers who care about justice.
EAG / @waitingforgodoy
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Who uses their real name when you have a trail name like “Eag”? @waitingforgodboy is based out of Denver and has all the sights at high heights without your fright.
Sarah Elizabeth Valencia / @sarahsheroams
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Have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain? Try bringing camera equipment. Thankfully, @sarahsheroams did that for you and you can just take it in.
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If there’s anyone you’re going to follow, put @lizzblissss in your top three. She’s your numero uno mujer. Prepare to be dazzled by the Montana mountains, the red rocks of Utah, and the glacier lakes of Washington.
Kane Hernandez / @kanehernandez
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Trail Name: “Flamin’ Hot”
Mexicano Kane hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last year, from Mexico hasta Canada and his travel pics are incredible.
Julian Hernandez / @julian__hernandez
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He takes all his photos with an iPhone 6s and he’s here to abolish ICE. And take photos of his happy, happy dog in the snow.
Gaby McKenzie / @gabymckenzie
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Caption: “Being a Belizean American, I grew up seeing many different landscapes, all of them beautiful to me. When I spent my summers in Belize, I would experience jungle terrain and breathtaking waterfalls, as well as relaxing tropical islands and crystal waters. Now that I am older, I am starting to inquire and appreciate the American outdoors that were once unfamiliar to me.”
Gabriela & Marcela / @broketexans
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They’re “dos amigas sin dinero trying to travel the US & the world one trip at a time” and they’re the most relatable.
Caption: “Time to sit down and enjoy the view! I’m probably also telling Marcy how much my legs hurt.”
Amanda Jameson / @browngirlonthenst
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Trail Name: “Zuul”
She’s thru-hiked the PCT and the CT and is counting the miles. Note: she’s at 3300 miles hikes to date.
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Bianca will show you the wonders of Belize. Caption: “Dare to try something new like cave tubing. Cave tubing in Belize 🇧🇿, we hiked for about 30 minutes to reach the river and then floated on tubes on the river for about 7 miles underground through dark limestone caves with headlamps.”
Brittany Leavitt / @bleavitt8
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She’s an @OutdoorAfro leader, REI instructor, and outdoor climber. Watch this *super* inspiring melanin beauty literally climb mountains and get out there yourself.
Gabriela Lopez / @gabriela_llopez
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She’s as big in the vegan LA Instagram world as she is for POC on the trail. Her captions will make you want to travel your inner world as much as the Great Outdoors.
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Watch her hike Devil’s ridge in Sedona, crow pose on rocks overlooking roaring rivers in Belize. She’s got the wanderlust and we get to bear witness a todo.
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If you want to see stunning photos of couples on glaciers and in the northern lights, follow @atlas_wayfarer.
Caption: “When I backpacked 250 miles along the final stretches of the Continental Divide Trail gave me a whole new perspective on life, being attuned to Mother Nature.”
Follow accounts like @takingupspaceoutdoors
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The account’s self described mission is this: “The goal is to inspire equity, inclusion, representation and diversity in all outdoor activities! The outdoors belong to ALL! ”