Black Girls Hike (BGH) is a safe space for black women to enjoy the outdoors and be themselves without feeling judged or misunderstood. It's is about removing barriers and challenging stereotypes and reinforcing the message that the outdoors is for everyone.
In Rhiane’s words:
Created in 2019, Black Girls Hike UK is an organisation that offers a safe space for black women to explore the outdoors. We know that the outdoors is great for mental and physical health but it’s not very inclusive.
For many black women, getting outdoors can feel intimidating especially when you don’t see people you identify with.
That’s why BGH was created; to empower black women to feel comfortable outdoors and create a community and sisterhood.
We believe representation matters and aim to diversify all aspects of the outdoors.
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Who is Rhiane
Feeling the pressure of going to university
Going to Open University
Struggling to know what to do
Wanting to work in international development
What childhood was like
Being in every sports team
Starting to play rounders again
Getting into walking in 2019
Taking the first step into hiking
Setting up an Instagram account for Black Girls Hike
The 5 best walks around Manchester
Not knowing what she was doing
The support of family and friends
Her love for getting outdoors
How Black Girls Hike has evolved
Having a Midlands and London BGH group
Having over 100 people attending a walk
Being overwhelmed by the numbers
The lack of Black women role models in hiking
Balancing a full time job with building the BGH community
The dream for BGH and becoming a non profit
Training up the regional leaders in Low Land Leader Qualifications
Black Girls Hike - Snowdon Challenge!
Tales of a hiker
Doing an instameet up with @beckythetraveller
Helping to build confidence in other women who come hiking
Being nominated for a National Diversity Award
Fundraising Black Girls Hike Healing Retreat
Dealing with racism all the time
Forest bathing, grounding and hugging trees
Quick Fire Questions
Final words of advice - “start small and start local"
Black Girls Hike
Go Fund Me Black Girls Hike Healing Retreats
Tales Of A Hiker - Where adventure enthusiasts share their stories
Website - https://www.talesofahiker.com
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