What’s Missing When You Trek The California Backcountry? Individuals Of Color

Last month, two buddies and I backpacked for a week in the Sierra Nevada.We treked through meadows dotted with wildflowers, slept underneath snow-draped peaks and met a lot of other hikers: the dad and child whose Green Bay Packers caps triggered a discussion about our shared ties to Wisconsin; scientists from UC Santa Cruz studying flowers and rock formations; five recent college grads from Kentucky who were hiking the John Muir Trail prior to they spread to begin their adult lives.But as the days passed, I grew significantly troubled by the individuals we didnt meet. There were a couple of Asian hikers, consisting of a few hapas like me(Im half Japanese and half Polish )and among my friendswas half-Iranian, however not a single backpacker who was Latino or African American.