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Female Hiker Seeks to Bring Attention to Diversity Outdoors

The Colorado Trail runs from Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver clear across the state to Durango – 485 miles of mountain passes and adventure that you certainly need to have a good reason to finish.

Patricia Cameron has a reason.

“I’m not doing it with the lightest gear, not doing it the fastest, but I’m still out here,” she said.

Cameron is the executive director of a nonprofit called Blackpackers. It addresses the economic issues that come with exploring the great outdoors and encourages a more diverse group of people to see what Colorado has to offer.

“People who have or are experiencing backpacking know that the upfront costs of this type of activity can be tough,” Cameron said. “I know it was for me.”

Click here to see the full story from 9News in Denver.

… “So sometimes people on the trail are like ‘oh, you’re Blackpacker’ and it’s not hard to tell who I am,” Cameron said. “I know I don’t escape that feeling at any point on the trail. I’m the only person that looks like me, and I get into the towns and I’m the only person that looks like me.”

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