Representation in the outdoors is hugely important. And severely lacking. One of the absolute easiest ways to help change this is to follow and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) athletes, advocates, artists, and general enthusiasts within the outdoor space.

The detriments of a homogenous outdoor culture are clear. A lack of visibility can lead to a lack of understanding of and empathy for different people and different cultures. This rings true for the company you keep, the media you consume, and the accounts you follow on social. Exclusively showing white people (usually white men) participating in outdoor activities promotes a false narrative of what a competent “outdoorsman” looks like, while also perpetuating stigmas in underrepresented communities that nature is not for them.

On the other hand, seeing people of different backgrounds enjoy the same activities that you identify with can help erode implicit biases and strengthen a sense of community through shared interest. It also, hopefully, invites you to see “your” sport from an alternate perspective.

No, following a couple dozen BIPOC outdoorists isn’t going to solve systemic racism. Yes, you still need to self educate—and if you can, donate to BLM affiliated organizations, bail funds, and police reform initiatives. Sharing antiracist materials, helpful guides for fellow allies, and promoting BIPOC activist voices is hugely encouraged too. (Maybe even Venmo your favorite hiker, climber, photog, or artist directly.) But it’s a start.

The following are 100+ BIPOC artists, adventurers, campers, climbers, cyclists, hikers, and other notable outdoor lovers to follow right now. Curated by Field Mag editors, contributors, and Luisa Jeffery aka @youdidnotsleepthere.

Jump to section:
- General Outdoors
- Hiking & Running
- Climbing
- Cycling
- Surfing
- Snow Sports
- Outdoorsy Art
- Vanlife
- Outdoor Media

Also check out: 45 Black, Indigenous & POC-Owned Outdoor Collectives on Instagram

BIPOC in the Great Outdoors

BIPOC in Hiking & Running

BIPOC in Climbing

BIPOC in Cycling

BIPOC in Surfing

BIPOC in Snow Sports

BIPOC Outdoorsy Artists

BIPOC in Vanlife

BIPOC in Outdoor Media