I am not a thin, svelte, or overtly sporty human. I did not play sports in high school…and quite honestly, was pretty intimidated by the whole team sports thing. I was in marching band…in Texas…and while you could argue that is a team sport…I won’t.
I am the girl who walks into walls because I am thinking. The girl who had a bag of crackers in one hand and a book in the other.
As a teen did I Walk? …Yes, to the Ice House to get a pack of Marlboro 100s, then to the Dairy Queen for a dipped cone. Walk? Yes, into the woods by my house with my friend Stephanie, Charles, and Michael to …yes, smoke…but also to make trails, to follow trails already made, and to escape.
Why am I bringing all this up?
Because as I look at hiking groups I see two types of hiking groups for women: 1) You are a sporty person and 2) you are not a sporty person.
Here is what pisses me off the most. I am not a sporty person and I am a self-proclaimed chunk…but I love to hike. When I first started hiking, I struggled to go three miles. But I do like a challenge and now I can hike up to fifteen pretty easily…but I am still a chunk.
I don’t like it when hiking groups patronize us chunky women (and maybe the chunky guys out there get this too). We don’t all want to stick to the easy hikes. Schedule a variety of hikes so your group can “grow” hikers in an environment that is supportive. Don’t give in to your underlying assumptions that fat girls can’t hike or fat girls don’t want to do anything remotely physically taxing. Knock it off with offering hikes that ensure we don’t skin our fucking knees, cause bitches, we can bleed with the best of them!
Rant done! Hike On!! 🙂