MELANIN BASE CAMP

DIVERSITY IN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SPORTS

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT AND HELP US #DIVERSIFYOUTDOORS


 

The Adventure Starts Here

Welcome to Melanin Base Camp: your home base for diversity in outdoor adventure sports. Our purpose is to inspire you with fresh content from Black, Brown, Asian, Indigenous and LGBTQIA adventure athletes. Join the movement and help us #diversifyoutdoors.

 

HOW DOES THIS SITE WORK?

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Check out our Featured Athletes page to hear firsthand accounts from Black, Brown, Asian, Indigenous and LGBTQIA adventure athletes. You can also find links to blog posts here!

Want to learn how to kayak? Planning a weekend hiking trip or a visit to a national park? Check out our Trip Reports page for compelling articles from our athletes and guest bloggers. We tackle gear issues, information for new athletes and complex issues like race and gender in outdoor sports. 

Join the conversation at Around the Bonfire and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. 

Finally check out #DiversifyOutdoors to connect with other organizations promoting diversity in the Outdoors. Join the movement and help us make the goal of #everyonesoutdoors a reality. 

 

MEET OUR ATHLETES

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DANIELLE WILLIAMS Danielle is the founder of Melanin Base Camp and co-founder of Team Blackstar Skydivers. The Army pushed her out of her first airplane in 2006 and she’s been in love with adventure sports ever since. Read more →

DANIELLE WILLIAMS

Danielle is the founder of Melanin Base Camp and co-founder of Team Blackstar Skydivers. The Army pushed her out of her first airplane in 2006 and she’s been in love with adventure sports ever since.

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FAVIA DUBYK Favia is a photographer, climber and member of Brown Girls Climb.  She enjoys practicing medicine and maintains an active lifestyle with her husband, rescue pup and five cats.  Read more →

FAVIA DUBYK

Favia is a photographer, climber and member of Brown Girls Climb.  She enjoys practicing medicine and maintains an active lifestyle with her husband, rescue pup and five cats. 

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ADAM MITCHELL Adam is an explorer of new places and ideas based in Tempe, Arizona. He enjoys hiking, climbing and home-brewing kombucha.  Read more →

ADAM MITCHELL

Adam is an explorer of new places and ideas based in Tempe, Arizona. He enjoys hiking, climbing and home-brewing kombucha. 

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NADIA MERCADO Nadia is an active climber, hiker and skydiver from North Carolina as well as a Cardiac nurse. She loves to challenge herself and others by conquering her fears in the outdoors.  Read more →

NADIA MERCADO

Nadia is an active climber, hiker and skydiver from North Carolina as well as a Cardiac nurse. She loves to challenge herself and others by conquering her fears in the outdoors. 

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ADAM MICHAELS EDWARDS Adam is an Oregon based whitewater kayaker chasing the dream of traveling and paddling the most exciting Class IV and Class V runs across the US. Read more →

ADAM MICHAELS EDWARDS

Adam is an Oregon based whitewater kayaker chasing the dream of traveling and paddling the most exciting Class IV and Class V runs across the US.

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WAI YI NG Wai Yi Ng is an Asana and Giddy climber making big moves on Oahu's bouldering scene. She's also active on the board of the Arch Project which advocates for access and conservation of public lands. Read more →

WAI YI NG

Wai Yi Ng is an Asana and Giddy climber making big moves on Oahu's bouldering scene. She's also active on the board of the Arch Project which advocates for access and conservation of public lands.

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HAMZIYE AMAN Hamziye’s connection to the Outdoors is a source of resilience and strength. Whether she’s hiking in the PNW or Oromia, nature offers an escape from the chaos of life and a means of balancing her identities as a Black Muslim Oromo woman. Read more →

HAMZIYE AMAN

Hamziye’s connection to the Outdoors is a source of resilience and strength. Whether she’s hiking in the PNW or Oromia, nature offers an escape from the chaos of life and a means of balancing her identities as a Black Muslim Oromo woman.

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BRYCE MITCHELL Bryce is a mountaineer, hiker and adventurer living in the Republic of Korea. While he feels most at home in the mountains his goal is to be physically fit and mentally prepared for adventure "at any elevation, on any continent and at any time."  Read more→  

BRYCE MITCHELL

Bryce is a mountaineer, hiker and adventurer living in the Republic of Korea. While he feels most at home in the mountains his goal is to be physically fit and mentally prepared for adventure "at any elevation, on any continent and at any time."

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REBECCA ROSS Rebecca is a photographer, alpine climber and backpacker based in the Pacific North West. Her interests include wolverine survey tracking for Cascadia Wild and volunteering with her local search and rescue! She’s also planning to lead a 2018 climbing expedition to Mexico.  Read more →

REBECCA ROSS

Rebecca is a photographer, alpine climber and backpacker based in the Pacific North West. Her interests include wolverine survey tracking for Cascadia Wild and volunteering with her local search and rescue! She’s also planning to lead a 2018 climbing expedition to Mexico. 

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KENNY HAMLETT Kenny is a Portland based athlete with a passion for bouldering, outreach and working with Black communities to get kids excited about climbing.  Read more →

KENNY HAMLETT

Kenny is a Portland based athlete with a passion for bouldering, outreach and working with Black communities to get kids excited about climbing. 

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