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 weekly content from Black, Brown, Asian, Indigenous and Queer POC adventure athletes, environmentalists and advocates. 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 LGBTQ+ adventure athletes, environmentalists and advocates! 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. Learn more at DiversifyOutdoors.com!

 

MEET OUR BLOGGERS

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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 and a source of identity.    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 and a source of identity.

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   BRYCE MITCHELL    Bryce is an 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 an 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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   TIFFANY MCCLAIN    Tiffany is a mountain-chasing, wander-lusting, history obsessing dreamer of dreams. Her adventures have taken her up mountains, down trails and all over the U.S. and Canada!   Read more   →

TIFFANY MCCLAIN

Tiffany is a mountain-chasing, wander-lusting, history obsessing dreamer of dreams. Her adventures have taken her up mountains, down trails and all over the U.S. and Canada!

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   REBECCA ROSS    Rebecca is an alpine climber and backpacker based in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys wolverine survey tracking & volunteering with local search and rescue!     Read more  →

REBECCA ROSS

Rebecca is an alpine climber and backpacker based in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys wolverine survey tracking & volunteering with local search and rescue! 

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   MICHAEL A. ESTRADA    Michael created Brown Environmentalist Media; sharing stories of environmental movements led by People of Color. He is a first-generation Salvadoran American, and in his free time aspires to a zero-waste lifestyle, trains as a triathlete, and drinks plenty of tea.   Read more   →   

MICHAEL A. ESTRADA

Michael created Brown Environmentalist Media; sharing stories of environmental movements led by People of Color. He is a first-generation Salvadoran American, and in his free time aspires to a zero-waste lifestyle, trains as a triathlete, and drinks plenty of tea.

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

KENNY HAMLETT

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

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   BRANDON JOHNSON    Brandon is an Air Force veteran and professional skydiver living and working in the United Arab Emirates. He enjoys canopy piloting, wingsuiting, B.A.S.E. jumping and free-flying with friends.   Read more   →

BRANDON JOHNSON

Brandon is an Air Force veteran and professional skydiver living and working in the United Arab Emirates. He enjoys canopy piloting, wingsuiting, B.A.S.E. jumping and free-flying with friends.

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