Mina is a the founder and self described “Life activist” at Black outdoors and Adventure, a company/ group that started on Meetup.com in 2015 and now nears 2000 members. After noticing very few people of color taking part in outdoor activities, Mina began BLPOA and plans and organizes events with a goal to introduce people of color to outdoors and adventure activities, break stereotypes and stigmas within and outside the community. The group’s slogan captures it all “Are you comin' outdoors or nah?”
Whitney Boland is a climber and freelance writer currently working on a master’s in acupuncture. Her climbing has spanned over 17 years and taken her to countless crags throughout North America and Europe. She has ticked V10, 5.14 on bolts and 5.13 on gear, the latter of which was mostly in her current home crag of the Gunks. Though collecting ascents is all well and good, for Whitney nothing compares to climbing’s stellar, tight-knit community and the life-long friendships it has granted her.
Lauren is the operations manager and a senior guide at Discover Outdoors. Lauren started exploring the woods from the time she could walk and grew up hiking and camping throughout the northeast. She has found herself on adventures both personally and professionally in the Presidentials and Adirondacks, the Pacific Northwest, Iceland, Dominica, and to the top of Kilimanjaro multiple times. When she’s not guiding, Lauren plays Aussie rules football, runs ultramarathons, plays with her (adorable) dog, and googles phrases that start with “Best Hiking in…” Lauren loves to share her energy and excitement with other New Yorkers - helping them learn about the beauty in and beyond their backyard and to discover the great things they’re capable of accomplishing. She is the creator of Women in the Outdoors Week New York.
Laura Edmondson is rock climber and community leader for Brown Girls Climb. Laura grew up in Tennessee where she fell in love with outdoors by camping and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. After college she moved to Jackson, WY where she was first introduced to climbing. Laura has a wide variety of climbing experiences despite only three years in the sport. After leaving Wyoming, Laura took a year-long climbing trip around the world. After she decided to settle in the North East and now manages a non-profit called Best Buddies that strives for the social inclusion of people in intellectual and developmental disabilities. When she’s not working, Laura enjoys exploring her new home in New Hampshire and climbing at Rumney Rocks. Her favorite climbing spots are Kalymnos, Mae Sai in Thailand and Lander, WY.
Alexis Krauss is a singer, songwriter and front-woman of the band, Sleigh Bells. She is co-founder of Beauty Lies Truth, a website dedicated to educating consumers about the ingredients in personal care products and promoting sustainable and non-toxic skincare. Alexis studied International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College, and then received New York State certificates for elementary and bilingual education at Pace University. After completing Teach for America, and meeting her bandmate Derek Miller, she began her career as a full-time musician. A long time lover of the outdoors, Alexis is a Senior Guide for Discover Outdoors and a Wilderness First Responder. An avid rock climber, she’s recently combined her passion for climbing with outdoor education and helped launched the Young Women Who Crush mentorship program in partnership with the Discover Outdoors Foundation and the Cliffs at LIC. She’s currently fighting to protect public lands in Utah with the Our Land project and has raised thousands of dollars in support of Utah Diné Bikéyah a Native American organization at the forefront of the effort to save Bears Ears.