Geneva is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as well as fourth-generation Japanese American (yonsei). Her passion is to create safe and accessible spaces for marginalized communities in the outdoors through leading various programs and creating affinity group spaces on the trails and in the mountains. Geneva feels most grounded when she's in relation with the land running on the trails surrounding her home. One of her favorite feelings is running on a trail that was once covered in snow, finding the connection between two sports (running and skiing) and an appreciation for experiencing the same land in a different season.
Outside is for Everyone! Everyone deserves to feel connected to the outdoors and connected with community in the outdoors. Everyone deserves to express and feel their connection to nature in different ways, whether that's going fast on a downhill bike, going on a picnic, climbing a mountain peak or staring at clouds. So much of my work and daily drive is to create safe and accessible spaces in the outdoors for people who have been historically underrepresented there.
I find balance in my daily life by getting outside in whatever capacity I'm able to. Not just that but accepting and appreciating that moment for what it is. I find it easy to get wrapped up in a fast-paced work culture. Finding the balance through nature's innate ability to slow us down and humble ourselves is extremely grounding. Some days I'm running up mountains, other days I'm walking to my mailbox. Each moment in the outdoors has its importance, and learning to appreciate that has been a gift.
I really want to run The Circuit, which is an 80-mile loop in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. I backpacked the loop years ago and kept itching to throw my pack off and feel the freedom of running. I also have a goal to try bikepacking for the first time this summer—I want to ride from my house to the Oregon coast!
I made a playlist called Powder Pow Wow that is all Native artists. I love listening to it when I ski or run. I love when the drums match the rhythm of my feet hitting the ground.
Find your community. Often times we can fall victim to the narrative that we aren't enough for outdoor spaces. Finding others who come from similar backgrounds, who look like us, who have similar values, to share outdoor spaces with makes the lifestyle one thousand times better and more enriching.