Your diverse experiences and personal stories are the foundation of this community.

Our Writers Residency for Underrepresented Storytellers is an initiative we put into action in 2020 to foster representation and support past-due conversations throughout the outdoor industry.

Underrepresented Storytellers

We're prioritizing featuring the work of our industry's underrepresented communities because we need to do a better job of elevating and amplifying their voices.


Our application period for 2021 is currently closed.

Residency details, from compensation to connection.

Compensation (per person): $4,000 cash and gear package from partners.

What the program entails:
- Each resident will be profiled on the Outbound Collective's website, email, social channels to 15M+ users
- Weekly featured work on the Outbound Collective's website, email, and social channels
- Introductions & networking with our industry partners
- Access to exclusive discounts from top industry brands
- Work directly with the Outbound Collective's founders

Meet our 2021 Writers Residents

Our Fall 2020/Spring 2021 residents are now alums. We're grateful for the experiences each of them shared during their residency, and we're staying connected as our outdoor adventures continue.

Angie Vasquez

(she/her) Angie is a photographer, writer and outdoor enthusiast who lives full-time in her van, Peter Parker. The founder of Girls Who Hike Florida, Angie created the hiking community to teach women how to safely recreate in the outdoors. She loves being in the outdoors and believes nature is a way to create deeper connections to herself and the world around her. Her ultimate goal is to continue exploring and teaching other women about all the benefits of the outdoors while discovering new adventures traveling in Parker.Get to know Angie on Instagram: @angels_excursions

Francis Mendoza

(he/him/sila) Naturalist, environmental educator, interpreter and JEDAI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion) consultant working with Black, Indigenous and people of color, along with other marginalized communities to ensure equitable access to nature for all.You can get to know Francis on Instagram: @roving_ranger

Samara Almonte

she/her) Samara Almonte is part of the Michoacan diaspora, raised between the lakes and tierra caliente regions of Michoacan and occupied Coast Salish territory or the Pacific Northwest Coast. Samara identifies as a P’urhepecha descendant reconnecting with her ancestors, which has greatly influenced her work as storyteller and urban planner. She grounds her work in a decolonial framework that uplifts Indigenous self-determination. Samara is the producer and host of Raíces Verdes. Raíces Verdes is an environmental justice storytelling platform, centering the healing and experiences of Black, Indigenous, people of color. You can get to know Samara on Instagram: @nuestrasraicesverdes

Industry Partners help make our Writers Residency possible.

We thank Eddie Bauer, HOKA, Coleman, KOA, and Sawyer Products for complementing our residents’ cash compensation with substantial gear packages.