In collaboration, Outdoor Advocacy Project, Women Who Hike, In Solidarity Project and Latino Outdoors announced the #HikeUnited21 event, slated for August 2021. Hike United is a way to get people out on the trails. No specific trail. No specific distance. The goal is to simply bring people together in a time when people feel more divided than ever. Organizers are striving to host at least one group hike in all 50 states, banded together under the hashtag #HikeUnited21.
“Nature can be a bridge to healing, conversation and understanding,” said Teresa Baker, founder of the In Solidarity Project. “That is the hope we have for this hiking campaign. Bringing together the outdoor community to show a collective commitment of unity for the protection of our planet and one another.”
To get involved, brands can become a partner by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no financial obligation, just a commitment to spread the word and be part of the movement. Social media content and assets are available. The #HikeUnited2021 Toolkit is available here.
Individuals can host or find a local hike.
- Check here to see a list of existing events..
- Potential hosts can sign this form to sign up and host a hike.
- Hosts should research any permit requirements for your hike.
- And also brush up on Recreate Responsibly guidelines, and share them with hikers.
Partner organizations include: Hoka, Granite Gear, PNW Happy Hikers & Backpackers, Leave No Trace, Colour the Trails, American Hiking Society, HydroFlask, All Colors in Nature, Treeline Review, Black People Who HIke, Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Oiselle, Native Women Wilderness, Hiking Every Available Trail, Outbound Collective, North Country Trail, HiiKER, Merrell, Outside Business Journal and OnX Backcountry.
Additional information can be found here: In Solidarity Project Events.
About Outdoor Advocacy Project
Outdoor Advocacy Project was born from a commitment to provide the education and empowerment needed to harness the positive impacts we can have when we raise our collective voices for outdoor good. Outdoor Advocacy Project is an investment in our community, and a collaborative effort to bring together the resources and tools–many of which already exist–together on a single platform where outdoorists can access the answers to any question from stewardship ethics to legislative policy.
About In Solidarity Project- Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge
In Solidarity Project – Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge works to build a better, stronger, more diverse outdoor industry. They work closely with industry partners to sign The Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge and to facilitate and lead DEI-focused consulting projects, training workshops, and speaking engagements. They focus on enhancing representation across staff and executive teams, media and marketing, and athletes/ambassadors. By building a relationship of support, empathy and understanding, versus external skepticism and internal stress, they are moving the outdoor industry towards authentic inclusion. Insolidarityproject.com
About Women Who HIke
Women Who Hike began as a social media channel in 2015. Since then, we have grown into a worldwide community where women can connect with each other, both on and off the trail. Women Who Hike hosts and facilitates events with community and stewardship in mind. Follow us on social media @womenwhohike, read our blog, submit or attend an event, and find women who hike near you via our Facebook groups.
About Latino Outdoors
Latino Outdoors is a unique Latinx-led organization working to create a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. As part of this work, we are focused on expanding and amplifying the Latinx experience in the outdoors; providing greater leadership, mentorship, and professional opportunities while serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives that are often overlooked by the traditional outdoor movement. It is a space for the community to be present, share our voices, and showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in la cultura Latina for generations.