Hi all! I'm Lexi, a twenty-something year old female pediatric occupational therapist who happens to love the outdoors. & gyros & mac and cheese.& popcorn. Clothing designed for outdoor adventures doesn't fit me, and although I am physically able to hike the same hikes as most hikers, hiking clothes aren't made for me. Hence the realization that I am a plus-size hiker.
I am obviously quite a bit chubbier than many of the hikers shown in the media, but I am doing the same hikes as them. So why isn't my body type represented in the outdoor community or in outdoor retailers? Not making outdoor clothing in plus sizes that is easily accessible makes me feel like I am not "fit enough" to be an outdoor woman.
Advocacy is not something that I have ever really been good at. But by hiking, taking pictures, and calling it like it is, (I'm fat and I hike) I hope to advocate for a more diverse outdoors. Nature is an escape for everyone of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors, not just instagram models. Please, no matter your species, get out there and enjoy nature. You'll be better for it.
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