9 Outdoor Instagram Accounts That Put Women Out Front

Skip the dog pictures: these nine ‘grammers focus on women-led outdoor adventure.

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If your Instagram feed is an endless stream of pretty landscape photos and not much else, it’s time to widen your palate. These women and outdoorsy organizations will perk up your scrolling game with some serious inspiration for your next adventure.


Weekend warrior? Paulina Dao’s close-to-home adventures mix beautiful scenery from her backyard in Northern California with more than a dash of humor. She blogs about gear and adventures at littlegrunts.com; you can also catch her on BACKPACKER’s San Francisco Local page.


Ambreen Tariq started Brown People Camping in 2016, when she realized she rarely saw other families of color out in the wilderness. Since then, Tariq has built a diverse community of thousands of outdoorists who are telling their stories.


The Outdoor Women’s Alliance has teams from coast to coast organizing activities to get women out on the trail, to the crag, and on the water. Their feed runs on submissions through the #outdoorwomen hashtag, typically quoting the women in the photos about their exploits, and what wilderness means to them.


Founded in 2016 by Danielle Williams, Melanin Basecamp features people of color chasing summits and adrenaline all over the world, including women backpackers, surfers, skydivers, skiers, climbers, BASE jumpers, and bikers.


Without realizing it, you’ve probably already seen some of Alison Vagnini’s work: She regularly shoots for big brands like Chaco. Her personal feed is full of scenes from both wilderness and cities across the globe. 


Katie Boué’s feed—and hilarious Insta stories— from her home base in Utah are an inspiration to look for adventure in your own backyard, wherever that may be. She and photographer Brody Leven (@brodyleven) make quite the power couple as both outdoorists and advocates for the protection of public land. 


Abbi Hearne and her husband, Callen (@callenhearne; together they are @thehearnes), are van-lifing adventure photographers who specialize in shooting some of the raddest weddings you’ve ever seen, like this one of two slackliners who set up a massive net in Moab for a sky-high ceremony. In between gigs, the Hearnes live the always-outside adventurous lifestyle many of us dream of.


Rachel Pohl is what you might call an adventure artist. She doesn’t just paint landscapes—she treks (and skis) out to her inspiration points in the backcountry, rendering them in vivid colors that make really make the mountains pop.


Liz Carlson grew up in the U.S., but now lives what appears to be a fairytale life in New Zealand. A travel blogger who has circumnavigated the globe for her stories, she’s also an expert at taking advantage of what’s at home (though it might not be that hard when you live in a place like this).