Updated 24th April 2023 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ
Why is the great outdoors so white? It’s a troublesome and problematic question, but one that is undeniably an important issue. Our national parks, national trails and other outdoor spaces should be places where everyone feels welcome and represented. But only showing white people taking on epic adventures promotes a false narrative of who the great outdoors is for, while also making people in minority communities feel like hiking and camping is not for them.
That, of course, is a harmful stereotype that must be eradicated. The great outdoors is for everyone. Now, we’re not saying that following a few outdoorsy black people on Instagram is going to change things. There are plenty more important actions you can take, like following the #blacklivesmatter movement to self-educate and effect change. But it can help. Black, Asian and minority ethnic adventurers are massively under-represented in the outdoor sector. Yet there are plenty of people out there, doing awesome stuff. And seeing people from different cultures and backgrounds enjoy the same activities as you can only be a good thing, while also increasing awareness of the challenges and prejudices that others face.
This is an evolving list and we’ve mostly focused on UK-based adventurers, with a couple of exceptions. For more outdoorsy folk from around the world, check out this great piece from Field Mag. But if you feel like we missed somebody, let us know on email@example.com.