Diversity, racism and sexism are things that many people are not comfortable talking about—myself included. We do things like rock climb to get away from society, to escape the norm—including politics and racism. But I realized that my refusal to address those issues had more to do with my discomfort. I needed to find confidence and comfort. Climbing gave me both.Read More
I cannot remember an exact moment in my life where I was taught to be afraid of white men and to keep my distance from them while playing outside or walking home from the school bus stop […] I didn't know the exact root of the fear, but it felt familiar, finely honed, and legitimate.Read More
So what makes an outdoor friend? An outdoor friend is a fellow hiker or maybe the person cheering me on as I struggle with a challenging bouldering problem…But there’s an unspoken list of things we don’t talk about. After all, the social issues that weigh on me and affect my community are the very things they come to the outdoors to ignore.
I write because I know I'm not the only one feeling the way that I do. I write because “I’m not Black enough.” I write because I love the outdoors. I write because our voices deserve to be heard.