Why are YOU an #outdoorist?

By Katie Boué August 11, 2015

It started with a word you won’t find in the dictionary: outdoorist. First it was just an idea, then it became a newsletter, and now, it’s a full-blown movement. With more than 2n000 photos tagged #outdoorist on Instagram since June, the outdoorist idea has grown into a community of hikers, campers, climbers, paddlers, fishermen, cyclists, and every type recreationalist imaginable.

We sought to find out what it really means to be an outdoorist at Outdoor Retailer, where we roamed the show armed with a chalkboard and a camera. Here are some of our favorite explanations of why our industry is embracing the #outdoorist concept:

Adam Buchanan, social media manager for Experticity, is a family man who wants to make sure his children grow up to love the outdoors as much as he does.

outdoorist_OR_taniaoutdoorallianceTania of Outdoor Alliance is an outdoorist because public lands hold a special place in her heart. (Learn more here.)


Outdoor mother Brooke Gaynes has always loved getting outside, but her local trails took on a new meaning when she started sharing them with her adorable son, Huck.

Check out the full collection:

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If you’re reading this, you’re an outdoorist too. Share your photos and stories by tagging #outdoorist on social media, and be sure to follow OIA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more.