We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. We will achieve this vision by empowering all communities to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience; advocating for the protection and expansion of hiking spaces; fostering trail stewardship; and collaborating with partners whose strengths are complementary.
1. We Are Hikers
We share our love of hiking. We achieve our mission through uniting the diverse hiking community.
2. Hiking Matters
We believe in hiking’s transformative power: It boosts mental and physical health, engenders respect for ourselves and our surroundings, and creates and strengthens a sense of community.
3. Trails Are for Everyone
We believe that everyone should feel welcome as a hiker on all trails. Hiking offers low-threshold access to a positive outdoor social activity available to all.
4. We Share the Trail
We collaborate with partners that complement our strengths and weaknesses, rather than competing. We convene, amplify, and lead, rather than direct.
5. Hiking Inspires Sustainability
We protect the places we love. Because hiking directly engages hikers with their surroundings, it invites deeper personal connections with that land, leading to a commitment to care and advocate for its health and preservation.
American Hiking Society
American Hiking Society (AHS) affirms the value of a diverse hiking community. By enhancing diversity—philosophically and operationally—AHS maximizes the benefit to its individual members and to the hiking community.
Diversity speaks to a richness of resources, perspectives, and experiences. A diverse hiking community is more insightful, responsive, and dynamic than one that is homogeneous. We use “diversity” as encompassing variety in race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, education, socio-economic status, political affiliation, or parental status.
AHS therefore commits to:
Proactively recruiting individuals of broadly diverse backgrounds for its staff and board of directors.
Vigorously and proactively rejecting prejudice and stereotyping wherever it is encountered in the hiking community.
Being a good ally by actively promoting justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JEDI) in the hiking community. To that end, AHS will promote the work of and collaborate with individuals and groups with expertise in JEDI and led by and/or primarily consisting of people from groups historically disenfranchised in the outdoors.
Ensuring that our marketing, messaging, images, advocacy, and other content feature and promote JEDI.
Recruiting diverse crews for our volunteer programs.
Constantly assessing how we are doing against these commitments, being transparent about that progress, and seeking to do better.