Jun 3, 2024 - News

⛰️ 1 postcard to go: Outside Festival

Outside Festival attendees take selfies in front of a sign

Outside Festival attendees pose behind a makeshift magazine cover. Photo: John Frank/Axios

The need to diversify the faces and voices of the outdoor industry emerged as the key message from the two-day Outside Festival in downtown Denver.

Why it matters: The theme permeated a series of panel discussions and film screenings, as well as events at the festival in Civic Center park, and added a greater meaning to the outdoor fair.

What they're saying: The event is "anchored in that theme of inclusion in the outdoors," Conor Hall, the state's outdoor industry leader, told us.

Case in point: Quannah ChasingHorse, a climate justice activist and fashion model, challenged the audience at an event Saturday to consider the most impacted populations of climate change, such as her rural Alaskan village.

  • Across the way, Adaptive Adventures helped people with disabilities on a climbing wall. "It's cool that people can come out and see there's a lot of stuff for people with disabilities," said Gary Verrazono, an outreach coordinator with the Westminster-based group.
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