The 2019 OIA Participation Report shows that Black Americans hike and camp less than any other race. Only 5.9% of Black people said that they camped or backpacked. (Source: Outside Magazine)
We have partnered with REI, Katabatic Quilt, and Six Gear Designs. They donate gear for this Blackpackers program. The Backpacking program has a 6 person limit for wilderness first response purposes. We assign gear and teach participants how to properly pack for a trek! As we hike, we do a Leave no trace awareness workshop. We talk about the environment and history behind the land we traverse; focusing on BIPOC folk and their impact. We take required safety measures to ensure everyone is taught how to rehydrate, refuel, and how to make and store food in safe conditions.
From Rahawa Haile to Akuna, backpacking is a pleasure that we all can partake in! Join Blackpackers in learning how to have a safe and fun time when trekking short and long distances!