Casual Racism: A Conversation with Prince Shakur

Prince Shakur is a pro-black, feminist, lover of locs, queer with restless feet, writer, activist, and filmmaker who grew up in Jamaica and moved to the U.S. when he was young. Shakur has traveled extensively and holds an impressive resume of published written works and he's only 23. His essay, "A Black Traveler Confronts Racism at a Montana Resort," published recently in Outside magazine, provides an insightful and raw account of Shakur's time working and living in Big Sky, Montana, a remote ski town in the Rockies. In this interview, Shakur opens up about the nuances of taking up space, how everything is political, and the important labor of being honest. On taking up space, Shakur reveals, "I know every time I write something, every time I put something out on the internet, every time I wear a piece of clothing that has a radical message, I’m putting myself at risk, but I’m also demanding space that is mine because I’m a human being and I deserve to live, and it’s necessary. If I don’t do that then I’m not owning what I have, which I think is really, really necessary.”

A Panel Discussion on the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Environmentalism in the Outdoor Industry

This conversation took place at the Mountain Shop in Portland, Oregon on Monday March 13, 2017. Women leaders in the outdoor community, Ruby McConnell, Aisha Weinhold, Katie Crafts, Kathryn Stevens, and Erin Monahan, sat in front of an audience and discussed the intersection of race, gender, and environmentalism in the outdoor industry. One big takeaway from this event: we can do better. If you have “this much” privilege, you should be doing “this much” work. And if you aren't angry, you should be.

Conversation with Aisha Weinhold

Aisha Weinhold, founder of No Man's Land Film Festival, lives with her husband, Steve, in Aspen, Colorado, in a small duplex-like apartment, but it feels more like a tree house. You enter through the garage filled with any tool you could possibly need, then walk up the stairs to their main living space. They have bunk beds. A large window fills their space with natural light which breaks through the gold aspens that surround their home. Arriving at 9pm on the Thursday night before the second No Man's Land Film Festival kick-off tour, I found Aisha hunched over the table cutting hand-made name tags for volunteers, ambassadors, and filmmakers, her crutches close by because she had knee surgery earlier that day. 

Conversation with Natalie Siddique and Sander DiAngelis

This is a remarkably interesting tale of two friends who combined their unique skills, and creative abilities to build the vision of Moja, which means "one." Moja Gear's mission is "to take a shift away from modern addictions, to invigorate your innate passions, and to rediscover the simple beauty of a day spent outside."  

Chaos: Byron Etta Talks About the Biggest Gang in the World, "Actual" Danger, and... Whiteness

My three year friendship with Byron Etta started at Smith Rock State Park and since then we have tackled conversations about climbing, risk, feminism, racism, and whiteness. But how did we get there in this recording if this is a podcast about climbing? You're going to have to listen and find out...

Shout out to Toby Butterfield for taking most of these sweet photos of Byron! 

Majka Burhardt

How many times have you gotten turned around in your life and had to put everything back together? Majka shows us that when we are mired in the unknown it can be hard to keep pushing forward. Instead of giving up on Legado when so many people told her it was too complex, or too optimistic, Majka said, "Nope, I’m going to keep going with this because this really valuable to me and this is what I believe in." The path is not always easy when you're trying to do something that has never been done. Majka tells us how she made her vision a reality.