Ski Moms Fun Podcast

Ski Moms Connect with Mardi Fuller a Backcountry Adventurer Working to Bring Inclusivity to the Outdoors

October 19, 2023 The Ski Moms Season 3 Episode 12
Ski Moms Fun Podcast
Ski Moms Connect with Mardi Fuller a Backcountry Adventurer Working to Bring Inclusivity to the Outdoors
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Show Notes

We talk with Mardi Fuller, a backcountry adventurer, who lives in Boston where she works as a nonprofit communications director and volunteers with the local Outdoor Afro network. Mardi has appeared in Outside Magazine, the BBC, PBS and NPR. We talk about making the outdoors more accessible to everyone!  Mardi grew up in New York in a Jamaican-American family. She tells us about her early ski experiences as a child and young adult with her church groups - which ended with a broken ankle. 
A few winters ago, Mardi explored winter adventuring and skiing. With the support and guidance from her friends in Boston, she’s fallen in love with backcountry skiing (also known as skinning or ski touring). Mardi tells us about the alpine touring (AT) equipment she uses to get uphill and earn her turns. And Mardi’s clear, she is enjoying moderate terrain and not outrunning avalanches.  
We were super impressed to hear that Mardi was the first black person to join the Appalachian Mountain Club Four Thousand Footer Club. Mardi passes along her love of the outdoors through a number of programs to that aim to make the outdoors more accessible.

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