Who we Support
Companies and organizations that The Hiking Initiative support have a mission dedicated to helping us all become better stewards for our public lands and ensuring the sustainability of outdoor recreation.Their values reach beyond recreational equipment and serve to help us all become better stewards of the environment. This page is for taking you directly to a company or organization's website, so you can read the awesome things they are doing yourself!
Please note that the organizations we support are organizations that we have chosen to put our dollars towards, and companies that we openly support have provided us with some product in exchange for promoting new products.
Biolite's mission is simple- to provide energy, everywhere. The way we cook, charge, and light our lives off- grid are transformed with their products. For us, our lives are simplified when we hit the trails. We use Biolite to cook our meals on a rainy trail, to charge our phones after using the GPS all day, and to light our circle while we camp under a dark sky. Each time we use a Biolite product, our carbon foot print becomes two steps smaller. Make sure you read their Annual Impact Report to see how they are reducing CO2 missions across the world.
Since 1979, GrandyOats has been the premier manufacturer of organic granola, trail mixes, nuts and cereals in Maine. With the development of their state-of-the-art solar facility, they are on a mission to create renewable energy and off-set co2 emissions all while creating 'real granola' with using only real ingredients. Coffee lovers, snackers, health conscious families, athletes, and food lovers searching for creative ingredients for their dishes can rejoice!
Oregon Natural Desert Association
With more than 10,000 members and supporters, ONDA is the only conservation organization dedicated exclusively to preserving Oregon's high desert. Their commitment has helped preserve iconic Easter Oregon landscapes such as the Owyhee Canyonlands, Steens Mountains Wilderness, John Day Basin and more. Their Public Lands Leader program is a first of it's kind program empowering people to speak up for public lands. Hiking Initiative Founder, Brittany Leffel wrote about her own experience which can be found here.
Native women's wilderness
Native Women's Wilderness' mission is to inspire and raise the voices of Native Women in the Outdoor Realm. To encourage a healthy lifestyle within the Wilderness. To provide education of the Ancestral Lands and its People. We here at The Hiking Initiative are committed to allyship, and believe that the outdoors is not biased or partisan, and as a result, believe everyone should have the same access to gear and public lands. This land belonged to indigenous people first, and indigenous women can help us become healthy stewards of the land.
Leave no trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibility. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year. Anyone who explores our outdoor spaces should abide by the 7 Leave Not Trace Principles. As more and more people choose to get outside, it is our responsibility to have accountability for one another by continuously teaching these princaples.