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As you can tell from the title of this blog, my name is Madeline. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations and Geography. As a student I love to learn about communications and sustainability.

Outside of school, I enjoy being outside, reading and baking. Getting outside is one the most important parts of my life and where I truly feel alive. I believe that nature should be accessible to everyone and no one should feel out of place in nature.

Along with being outside, I love to travel and experience new places. In the past four years, I have gone to over 14 countries throughout Europe and South America. I truly love gaining new and unique experiences through travel. I always try to push myself outside my comfort zone and gain these new experiences.

Being a reader, has opened my eyes to new cultures and perspectives that I would never be able to know on my own. I see reading as a way to learn outside of a school setting. I can focus on a certain topic that really interest me and do my own independent research on the topic through reading.

Reading allowed me to reconnect with nature through reading about Jon Muir. I saw the conservation efforts he took to stop a dam being put into the Grand Canyon and it truly changed my perspective of nature. I realized I had lost touch with nature and I then became motivated to regain a connection. I started going on hikes alone and it led me to an obession with getting outside.

Becoming involved with the outdoor community can be very difficult for women especially starting out. This is why I have decided to create this blog. I want to share not only my own personal stories about being a women in nature but how the outdoor community is inclusive to women or not.

Feel free to contact me at: madelinekdaum@gmail.com