I Said I Wasn't Outdoorsy...But I Lied

Someone very boldly asked me “What is your story? What got you outdoors?” Having been asked that question before, I automatically launched into the short synopsis of my brief outdoor career… I continued on with this neatly packaged story of how I fell in love with the Outdoors in my mid twenties.  For so long I absolutely believed this narrative to be true, but looking back I now realize that...I lied.

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Mercy's Wild Diversity

“I believe we’re living in a world where things were created according to a white male perspective and here we are in 2018 and we’re still following these same rules. We’re just stuck in this little race where it’s hard to get ahead if you’re female, queer, poc….If I always hold myself to those standards and rules, I would just fail again, again, and again. Dancing to the beat of my own drum is why Wild Diversity still exists.”

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16-Year-Old Kyra Poh Is an Indoor Skydiving World Champion

Kyra Poh's distinct style of indoor skydiving is the product of immense dedication and over 300 hours of body flight in wind tunnels across the world. In between busy training and competition schedules, Kyra graciously spent some time sharing her thoughts about her journey thus far—her recent projects, sources of inspiration, and creative process.

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The Privilege of Mountaineering

It’s no wonder that sports like mountaineering are perceived as inaccessible and prohibitively expensive to many. I’m sure many People of Color would absolutely love to partake in mountaineering if not for the incredible price tag attached. Ultimately, mountaineering meets the needs of its own demographic: privileged and exclusive White communities.

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Injured? Chronic Pain? Try These Tips!

I was 13 years old when I suddenly collapsed while I was walking to my science class. I couldn’t walk. I went to several doctors who could not offer any solutions, apart from major surgery. My mom finally took me to a chiropractor who adjusted my back and eased my pain. I found out that I suffered from hip subluxation, which is partial dislocation of the hip out of the socket. Simple movement such as walking or bending over caused my hip to pop out of the joint. For the rest of my life, I would need to see a chiropractor.

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Women Rock!

At the end of the day, I genuinely felt incredibly confident in my new skills; so much so that I've already started to plan a multi-pitch trad climb in the Bugaboos, in Canada. I can’t recall having gained so much confidence from my former male instructors. Often times I walk away feeling moderately confident, but still wishing for a male companion on my climbs to put me at ease. Not this time.

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