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[This episode is part of the Health and Wellness Changemakers Series, our collaboration with Shohreh Davoodi's Redefining Health and Wellness Podcast. This post is cross-posted from Shohreh's website.]
Nature provides us with so much, from breathtaking views and fresh air to sweet smells and Vitamin D, that anyone who wants to enjoy it should be able to do so comfortably. Unfortunately, as a culture, only one type of person is typically thought of as outdoorsy, which leaves many people out of the narrative.
In an effort to cultivate community with other outdoorspeople who didn’t fit that narrow mold, Jenny Bruso founded Unlikely Hikers. As a queer, plus-size woman, she not only wanted to see more hikers like herself, she wanted to see more diverse hikers in general.
While on a break from leading group hikes around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jenny chatted with me about all things the great outdoors, including benefits, barriers to access, and respecting the land you’re on.
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Jenny Bruso is a queer, plus-size writer, hiker, group hike leader, podcaster, and the founder of Unlikely Hikers. Unlikely Hikers aims to change the narrative of who is getting outdoors and shed a more realistic light on the everyday outdoorsperson. As part of her work, Jenny leads hikes all over the country. You can find Jenny on her website and Instagram and learn more about Unlikely Hikers on Instagram and Twitter.
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