Yet another article has come out pitting outdoor women against outdoor women on social media. 😔 The author writes: "These women look nothing like I do when I’m playing outside. I’m usually dirty and sweaty, with hair flying out of my ponytail (unattractively, not whimsically, for the record), or bundled up in functional gear that keeps me from freezing to death. So are my female adventure buddies, for that matter." - I think that passage alone shows the true colors of the author and the message relayed by @misadventuresmg.
After recently returning from a four day backpacking trip with three other women, all with relatively large followings on social media, I'm not entirely sure what to think. We all got sweaty, dirty, stinky and wore functional clothing and gear... and yet articles like these point the finger in a way that makes me feel like our authenticity is somehow in question because of the kind of photos we came back with.
To outdoor women everywhere. You are awesome and you are beautiful. Whether you choose to post pictures of the dirt under your fingernails, or yourself standing in front of the beautiful landscape you worked so hard to get to (whilst unleashing your gorgeous dirty sweaty hair), you are inspiring. For as inclusive as this community can feel, I'm astonished at how exclusive it really can be sometimes.
Regardless, I can't wait to get out hiking and backpacking, bag some peaks and take the kind of photos that I like to take. And I'll keep brushing my hair... because if I don't, that sweaty dirty mess will literally turn into a rats nest... and I ain't got time for that. 😂 Ladies, wear what you want, do your hair how you want, post what you want - at the end of the day I just hope you'll be safe, do your research and practice good outdoor ethics. Thanks for posting about this @missmeghanyoung - I can't wait to see your smiling face in the backcountry, lipstick and all. 📷: @jayboyzee