The North Face (@thenorthface) — Discover the stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration #shemovesmountains
@elyserylander doesn’t just talk about the healing power of the outdoors—she lives it. She’s the Executive Director of @outthereadv, a not-for-profit organization that bridges the gap between the LGBTQ community and the natural world. She finds balance outside and she’s dedicated to helping queer young people forge a similar connection. Elyse knows that amongst trees and on open water is where we foster positive identity development, individual empowerment, and an improved quality of life. Elyse not only connects with queer youth—she speaks publicly and fundraises, and participates in advocacy work and education. Photo by @wanderingtrailsmedia Discover more stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains. #SheMovesMountains
@ruemapp inherited her cowboy dad’s free-range spirit, but the stories she read about people adventuring outside never looked like her. Determined to encourage more black folks to hit the trails and pitch tents, she started a blog to share her own story. That blog grew to become @outdoorafro, an Oakland-based non-profit organization that connects African American outdoor lovers to nature, and to one another. When the self-proclaimed “nature hacktivist” isn’t exploring the Bay Area’s rolling hills, she’s at headquarters, lowering the psychological and practical barriers between African Americans and the outdoors. Discover more stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains. #SheMovesMountains
Raised in a socially-minded, Indian family in NYC, Kiran, aka @madamegandhi, went on to become both the drummer for MIA and a Harvard MBA. Now, the LA-based electronic music artist and activist is pushing boundaries, using the synergy between music and social activism to elevate and celebrate the female voice. She’s the voice behind “The Future is Female,” the song we chose for our Move Mountains initiative, and gained headlines in 2015 for running the London Marathon and being a voice for the women around the world who do not have access to feminine hygiene products. Photo by @annamarialopez1 Discover more stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains. #SheMovesMountains
@laurelgolio was a no-brainer when it came to choosing the photographer for our Move Mountains initiative. With a background in visual anthropology, she uses her camera to examine communities and their subcultures, honing in on issues of self-presentation and identity. Laurel works out of a Brooklyn studio and spends 99.9% of her time by her camera’s side, allowing it to evolve the way she interacts with the world. She provides a platform for people to speak for themselves, like “We Are the Youth,” a LGBTQ photojournalism project she co-founded to share the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in the U.S. This renegade photographer took fondly to this project because she got to work with women who do some “XXX-Vin Diesel-type-shit” and use her trade to get people to shift out of one-dimensional thinking. Photo by @yael_malka Discover more stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains. #SheMovesMountains
The average person walks Corsica’s merciless GR20 trail in two weeks. Ultrarunner @rorybosio is not average. With guest appearances of duct-taped hiking poles, anti-chafe gloves and local pizza, see what the 118 mile trail looks like in 50 hours. Watch the full video in our bio.
She isn’t a runner who fights, she’s a fighter who runs. Christopher McDougall tells the story of role model, @fernandamaciel_oficial, the activist running for the human race, at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains. Let’s canvas the world with stories of female explorers to ignite more. Post a black and white image with #SheMovesMountains to tell your role model’s story.