GirlTrek Founder Talks About Her Outdoor Awakening

Written By OutdoorAfro

Published on Apr 22, 2011

Vanessa G. (33) is the co-founder of GirlTrek, a non-profit that organizes walking campaigns for African – American women around the country for health, wellness, and outdoor engagement. I was simply thrilled to find her and her inspiring site, and I think Outdoor Afros will dig it too!

Vanessa wrote,  “I was hiking with my husband in Red Rocks outside of Las Vegas in this photo. I’m actually relatively new to the outdoors. I had grown up in Seattle, WA and never even been to Mt. Rainer! I now live in DC, but 15 years ago you couldn’t pay me to go hiking, camping or anything that I thought would not involve makeup and room service. But alas, I married a (now retired) professional rock climber  and my eyes were opened to so many new things. I am now officially hooked on being outside! Last August we rode our bicycles 400 miles through Montana and the Canadian Rockies. I also run 4-5 days a week, and I love to hike! This picture was taken on a moderate/strenuous  hike of 7 miles.”
Be sure to check out Vanessa, and her inspiring work and website: GirlTrek