Unlikely Hikers

is creating a diverse, body liberating, anti-racist outdoor community.

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$3
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  • Early access to group hike information––this is major. Our hikes fill up FAST!
  • Entry into our monthly raffle with Really Good Prizes from our brand partners (gear, clothing, shoes, shopping codes and beyond!)
  • Discounts and early access to Unlikely Hikers merch
  • A shout out on the Unlikely Hikers podcast

    and more!

Dirty Boots

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$5
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  • Access to one of our two mini podcasts, Dirty Boots, available only on Patreon, featuring conversations with the Unlikely Hikers ambassador team.
  • Early access to group hike information
  • Entry into our monthly raffle with Really Good Prizes from our brand partners (gear, clothing, shoes, shopping codes and beyond!)
  • Discounts and early access to Unlikely Hikers merch
  • A shout out on the Unlikely Hikers podcast

    and more!

I Take the Long Way

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$10
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  • Access to both of our Patreon-exclusive mini podcasts: I Take the Long Way, a personal podcast from Unlikely Hikers founder, Jenny Bruso, on being a Fat & Outdoorsy hiker with CPTSD and, Dirty Boots, featuring conversations with the Unlikely Hikers ambassador team
  • Entry into our monthly raffle with Really Good Prizes from our brand partners (gear, clothing, shoes, shopping codes and beyond!)
  • Early access to group hike information
  • Discounts and early access to Unlikely Hikers merch
  • A shout out on the Unlikely Hikers podcast

    and more!

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About Unlikely Hikers

You are welcome here.

Unlikely Hikers is a diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community featuring the underrepresented outdoorsperson. We’re an Instagram community, a nationwide hiking group and a podcast. The outdoor industry and media have for too long displayed the narrowest definition of who is “outdoorsy” that isn’t representative of most of us. We are plus-size/fat*, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, queer, trans, non-binary, Disabled, neurodivergent and so much more.

Nature is infinitely diverse and so are we because we are nature.

Here’s what you are supporting with your monthly donation:

  • Our ambassador team. Our small team consists of people of many identities and lived experiences, which makes what we do that much more multi-dimensional. We invest in them and they invest their creativity, time, leadership and insight into our group hikes, podcast, social media management and content creation. They aren’t just here to look cute on our feeds––although, they totally do that, too!
  • Group hiking chapters. We are currently beginning the process of starting chapters all over the U.S. and hopefully beyond! Developing our leadership program is so much more involved than just telling a bunch of strangers on social media to go take a hike together. Our leaders are extensively trained to meet the goals, needs and safety of our diverse community of Unlikely Hikers. We are also paying our chapter leaders. Their time is an investment in what makes Unlikely Hikers so special and we want to invest in them.
  • The Unlikely Hikers Podcast. Our podcast features diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating stories from people underrepresented in outdoor media and culture. It was created as a means of connection during the COVID-19 pandemic when truth and storytelling feel more important than ever. Our new season debuts June 2021.
  • Operations. Our many endeavors within Unlikely Hikers take more time and resources than you would imagine. From the boring stuff like paying for work space, utilities, gas for group hike scouting to the fun stuff like sending your merch orders, leading hikes and developing in-person events, this stuff costs A LOT of money and time, especially as we grow all of our projects to create access for as many Unlikely Hikers as possible!

Here’s what you will receive with your donation depending on your tier:

  • Early access to group hike information––this is major. Our hikes fill up FAST. 
  • Access to two mini podcasts available only on Patreon. One featuring conversations with the Unlikely Hikers ambassador team, and another that gets personal with our founder, Jenny Bruso, on being a Fat & Outdoorsy hiker with mental health struggles available only on Patreon.
  • Monthly raffle for Really Good Prizes from our brand partners (gear, clothing, shoes, shopping codes and beyond!)
  • Discounts and early access to Unlikely Hikers merch
  • A shout out on our podcast
  • T-shirts, stickers, merch!
  • Handwritten letters from our founder, Jenny Bruso

A note from our founder, Jenny Bruso (she/her):

Hi Unlikely Hikers and friends!

Thank you for considering sustaining the work of our small team with a monthly donation. I am a white, queer, fat, femme, neurodivergent (cptsd, depression, anxiety+), writer and late bloomer to the outdoors. It wasn’t until 2012 that I went on the hike that would change the course of my life from career waitress to outdoor leader and advocate for underrepresented outdoorspeople. Outside, I discovered a connection with nature, joyful movement and a sense of place in a world I struggle to fit into. I also found outdoor culture to be exclusive, even hostile, to people of marginalized identities. This led to the creation of Unlikely Hikers. The outdoors should be for EVERYBODY and EVERY BODY.

I would love to see you on a group hike some day! 🥾✨Jenny B.


*many of us use the word “fat” for ourselves in the most literal sense and proudly. We at Unlikely Hikers understand that not every plus-size person is comfortable with this word and respect wherever they’re at in their body liberation journey.

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