The squad

Embracing change, one step at a time. 

Crystal Gail Welcome

Founder/Director

Crystal is an experiential educator, inclusion specialist, author, storyteller, activist, and Black outdoor leader. She chooses to speak out against racial injustice in the United States by hiking and giving voice to her experiences. Crystal emphasizes the need for social and environmental justice and explains how discrepancies in both have led to a gap between BIPOC and nature. She also explores how sharing one’s experiences while in nature can create a unique space for healing from trauma or other adverse life experiences. Crystal leads by example and has inspired other BIPOC to foster a positive relationship with the natural world. She has been working to make the outdoors more inclusive for everyone for five years.

Carma

Backpacking Expert

Carma is a senior dog with a zest for life, a love for adventure who apologizes in advance for barking while on conference calls. She’s excited to meet and learn more about awesome people.