I spent the majority of my 20's politely and cleverly avoiding hiking invitations for fear of being "the fat girl", holding the group up and being out of breath. I was afraid to let anyone see me like that. As a result, I missed out on a LOT of really cool adventures. It wasn't until my 30's that I gave myself permission to be "that girl" -out of breath, sweaty, and enjoying the hell out of southern California's incredible wild side. I was amazed by what I had accomplished and what I had seen. I was amazed by what my body was capable of. The overwhelming pride that I still get after every hike has kept me going back to new trails every Sunday morning.
I want to share the exhilaration that comes with climbing to the tippy top of a mountain, scrambling up into creepy caves and discovering that cool whatcha-macallit with other like-minded people who have been told they cant, who think they cant, and who want to say, "F-it! Lets go!" I want to give what I have discovered to other people out there and build lasting friendships around that sense of pride and exhileration.
This group is a safe space to get to know new people, explore Southern California through hiking and the occasional backpacking, kayaking and camping trips. Despite the name, this group welcomes all genders and ages. Every body is welcome! This is a body positive group and is built on the belief that anything is possible, despite your size or disabilities.
Let's get out there and be sweaty and out of breath together!