Unlikely Hikers Podcast & LIVE Show

Hey everyone, the Unlikely Hikers Podcast has become a real, living thing! The next episode records today, so if you need a dose of Unlikely Hikers in realtime or some socializing, I hope you'll join us.

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There are two episodes available! Episode 01 features Tasheon Chillous, a plus-size personal trainer and coach who practices a HAES (Health At Every Size) and size-inclusive approach. Episode 02 features Will “Akuna” Robinson, an army vet who uses thru-hiking as a treatment for PTSD and the first known Black man to achieve the Triple Crown of hiking.

The LIVE show airs every Tuesday through May 2020 at 5pm PST

  1. You will need the Zoom app, but you do not need an account

  2. At 5pm pst, click this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/806587968 (link changes weekly)

  3. Keep your mics muted and your cameras off!

Today's guest is NIKKI SMITH!

Nikki is a rock climber, award-winning photographer, author and advocate for trans and queer inclusion in the outdoors. In her own words, “I feel a responsibility to anyone who doesn’t see themselves in the outdoors. Not seeing others like me made me feel like I didn’t belong in the climbing and outdoor community and it made my transition and coming out much more difficult. It took me to a place that almost cost me my life. I know how much of a difference representation and inclusion can make to someone wanting to spend time in the outdoors, but to also help change the culture to be more welcoming.”

Community + Connection

Want to hang out? We're in this together, let's make it work for us.

Hello Unlikely Hikers and friends,

Connection, community, truth telling and stories-as-therapy feel more important than ever. I want to keep fostering the things so many of us depend on with Unlikely Hikers even if we can’t get outside together.

Your presence is kindly requested at these two virtual events this week <3

Tuesday, March 31 – 5pm(pst) – Unlikely Hikers LIVE Podcast w/ guest Tasheon Chillous. RSVP required! I’ve always wanted to start an Unlikely Hikers podcast and I’ve suddenly found myself with more time than is good for me. I have no experience, so why not just throw myself into this and do it live? It will be imperfect. It will be beautifully human. Our first guest is Tasheon Chillous (she/her). She is a plus-size certified Personal Trainer and coach who believes movement should be adaptable, fun, and accessible. She practices from a HAES-informed perspective (health at every size), not in the business promoting diet culture. Her main goal is helping you find movement that makes you feel good in YOUR body. ⁣⁣

Wednesday, April 1 – 5pm(pst) – Instagram LIVE: Unlikely Hikers Short Film Event. All you need is the device you like to use with your instagram account. Chat with us as we view! We’ll be showing 5 short films featuring Faith E. Briggs, The Venture Out Project, Will “Akuna” Robinson and others.

Will we be doing this again?

YES! I intend to do these virtual events every week through April and May, same days, same times. If you’d like immediate notification of event announcements you can follow my blog at jennybruso.com. Scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your email address where it says receive e-mail notification of each new post. If you miss any of these events, they will be saved and posted for you to enjoy at your leisure. More info on that coming soon!

Jenny Bruso
Instagram: jennybruso and Unlikely Hikers
Facebook: Jenny Bruso & Unlikely Hikers
Twitter: @jenny_bruso and @unlikelyhikers
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Happy New Year! It's gonna be a big one.

I will survive. I guess.


So, 2019.

We, uh, really did that. Barely. I truly hope each and every one of you are ok. Feeling depressed, anxious and swirling the toilet bowl of existential dread are all really normal responses to whatever the hell this living thing is in 2020. We’ll survive this, too, but we’re going to be smarter about it. We’re going to withdraw any and all hope that those in power will ever do the right thing. If they do, great! But they’re likely going to continue to drop the mothereffing ball into this gravity-free black hole, so we’re going to conjure every last drop of faith we can scrounge up and put it solidly in each other. We’re going to believe in each other and we’re going to do one better, we’re going to fight for each other.

Putting ourselves in service of others has so much to teach us about who we really are. Take a stand on something, or many things, if you haven’t found your way into community building and sustainment. Speak out about injustice. Fear of ruffling feathers won’t change the world. It won’t heal the planet or ourselves.

From a recent post I made: In 2020, I wish you a renewed sense of faith in yourself, one that accepts where you are at right now––not “you” in the past, or future––even if you seek to change. I hope your personal goals will extend to the betterment of humankind. So much of what deems us "worthy" has nothing to do with our kindness or what we give. Being well-liked isn’t the same thing as being a good person.

Alright, I’ll stop preaching. Here are our current group hike dates:

January 26 – DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX – group hike
February 1 – PORTLAND, OR – Accessible hike
February 8 – PORTLAND, OR – snow shoe group hike AT CAPACITY
February 29 – TUCSON, AZ – group hike
March 7th (or 8th) – NEW ORLEANS, LA – group hike
March 28 – OREGON – TBA
March 29 – OREGON – TBA

Oregon event invitations go up within 3-4 weeks of event date.

National event invitations go up within 4-6 weeks of event date.

Here’s where you’ll find us in 2020:

North Carolina - Tucson, AZ - Bay Area, CA - Atlanta, GA - New Orleans, LA - D.C. - Michigan - Las Vegas, NV - Seattle, WA - Vancouver, B.C. - Salt Lake City, UT - Philadelphia, PA - Ohio - Minneapolis, MN - Denver, CO - Vermont - New York - Austin, TX - Dallas, TX - Florida - Alaska - Chicago, IL - Oklahoma - Missoula, MT - Boston, MA - maybe an international location or two...

I have many more announcements for 2020! We’ll start at least 6 UH chapters, do different activities (kayaking, backpacking, beach gatherings, etc.), there will be an Accessible hikes tour and even more Pacific Northwest hikes not just in Portland ;-)

If you’d like to support these ventures that currently have no sponsorship, join my Patreon! I’ll be doing a little breakdown about these plans on their within the next week.

Take care! Take a bath! Take your dog for a walk! Take a chill pill! Take a big old break and then get back to work. I hope we get to hike together in 2020 xoxo

Here’s a photo from our recent Los Angeles group hike and trash clean-up. More of this in 2020, please:

Jenny Bruso
Instagram: jennybruso and Unlikely Hikers
Facebook: Jenny Bruso & Unlikely Hikers
Twitter: @jenny_bruso and @unlikelyhikers
Want to buy me a virtual coffee? Join my Patreon! | Venmo: @jenny-bruso

November newsletter xo

I like you.

Hello you fabulously supportive folks who opted into my monthly newsletter at some point! Look at me sending this only a month after the last as opposed to every 3-4 months.

First, I’m sorry if you’re receiving this twice! I just got a fancy new domain email “me@jennybruso.com” but the security on it is super tight, so things bounced the first time. AND I’m now using an actual mailing list. If you want to unsubscribe, for the love of god, please “unsubscribe” instead of marking it as spam. This happened a few times with my last email list, so it got shut down, which was a little bit crushing.

I know this time of year can be stressful for so many reasons: family, food & body stuff, being broke, bogus narratives about Indigenous folks, etc. I just want to say a few things:

1. You are exactly who you need to be right now. Maybe that will change later, but please give tenderness to who you are in this moment. Try to stay away from those tired old mindgames about starting your new diet or fitness routine on New Years Day. Don't bargain with yourself about what you eat now and how you'll make up for it later. And please do not comment on anyone's eating, food or bodies at your holiday events. It's a massive buzzkill.

2. "We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist." - James Baldwin –– carry this quote in your heart when dealing with conservative family members espousing dumb shit at the dinner table. The whole "we're all entitled to our own opinions" trap is a really easy way for people to feel entitled to saying harmful and dangerous things. If it is dangerous or otherwise not possible to speak up to a family member, remember, you do not have to endure it. Excuse yourself and move along, if you can.

3. Donate to an Indigenous group or initiative if you are able. Here are some I care a lot about:


Upcoming group hikes:

I am in the thick of getting 2020 dates together. You'll find us all over the place: CO, AZ, UT, OR, WA, MN, NC, D.C., CA, TX, NY, VT... and a few other places ;-) I am also very likely going to start a few chapters, but I have so much to think about before I make any announcements on that.

Current Dates:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

November 29 – PORTLAND, OR – #OptOutside – ACCESSIBLE
December 7 – SAN DIEGO, CA – group hike
December 8 – FORT WORTH, TX – Plus Size Activewear Trunk Show @ REI
December 14 – LOS ANGELES, CA – w/The Groundskeepers & Granite Gear
December 29 – PORTLAND, OR – group hike

New content:

Sisu Magazine: Ask Jenny Bruso #4 – fall 2019 – Dear Jenny Bruso, Instagram makes me feel really bad about myself. I think I need help, but I’m too embarrassed to talk to any of my close friends about it. My self-esteem is deeply affected by how well my posts do or don’t do. Worse, I feel like it’s having an effect on my outdoor life. While I’m trail running, I often think about Instagram...

She Explores Episode 133: All this Possibility - It feels major to be on She Explores a second time! This time I talked about my Salkantay Trek last summer, something that's been unimaginably hard to write about. Here's the first episode I was on if you'd like to listen to that, too: Episode 67: Fat & Outdoorsy.

If you'd like even more content from me, including more personal interaction, please join my Patreon. You can view it as buying me a cup of coffee once, twice, thrice a month. Plus you'll get PRIZES. 

As always, you can find me all over the damn internet, for better and for worse, through the links in my signature below. I am most active on Instagram. Take care!

Jenny Bruso
Instagram: jennybruso and Unlikely Hikers
Facebook: Jenny Bruso & Unlikely Hikers
Twitter: @jenny_bruso and @unlikelyhikers
Want to buy me a virtual coffee? Join my Patreon! | Venmo: @jenny-bruso

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