"Closing the Adventure Gap"

with ron griswell

"“How do I not only share my experiences from a selfish angle, but how do I truly get people into these activities, how do I get people who look like me to be the guides or to be the person organizing the outdoor trip... So let me go back to my university which is an HBCU, and let me see how I can start to leave a legacy and share my experiences and diversify the outdoors by getting more people who look like me on the other side of things, and hopefully not only will they start leading trips or organizing groups, but by showing other people a great time in the outdoors, they themselves and the people that they also bring out would truly come to love a place and honestly want to protect our public lands.” — Ron Griswell

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About Coffey

Ron Griswell is an outdoorist, and creative from Elizabeth City, NC – the ancestral lands of the Yeopim. As the Founder of HBCUs Outside, he is an advocate for building bridges between Historically Black Colleges & Universities and the Outdoor Industry. Ron has a wealth of knowledge and experience with introducing people from all walks of life to the outdoors from his time as a guide leading groups across the country on everything from dogsledding experiences in the Boundary Waters to 15-day whitewater rafting excursions in the Grand Canyon.


His personal and collaborative work with brands explores the dichotomies of joy, environmental & social justice, mental health, mindfulness, general wellness, exploration and inspiration using the outdoors as a medium.


Follow him on Instagram: @rongriswell




From Nogales, Arizona in the U.S. Southwest. Fernando is an adventurer, architect, writer, and climber. He likes to travel to inform his views of the world, and loves being proven wrong. 

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