With the world flicking between certainties over the last few years, the outdoor industry has had to recognise the role it plays in providing an accessible sanctuary to those who need it. With this responsibility has had to come a period of reflection on just how accessible the outdoor industry appears to be, and whether it’s really doing all it can to make the joys of natural places as inclusive as they should be. Companies who hold partial responsibility for this accessibility not only need to recognise their power, but to also act on it and work towards framing the outdoors as what it is; a place for everyone.
It wasn’t until we were (temporarily) without the freedoms of the outdoors that we truly recognised just how important it is for our wellbeing, our physical and mental health and overall happiness. Recently, it seems as though various parts of the industry have started to recognise this and are taking steps in the right direction to ensure everyone feels like they can benefit from outside spaces.