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SYREN
NAGAKYRIE

One Outside Guide

SYREN
NAGAKYRIE

One Outside Guide

Syren (they/them) is an activist, writer, community organizer and outdoor enthusiast. They have become a leading advocate and expert voice in making the outdoors more inclusive and accessible for the disabled community and others that are underrepresented. Syren grew up with multiple disabilities and chronic illnesses, including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. They also live with depression, anxiety, and CPTSD. In their mid-twenties, when Syren started hiking and exploring what their body could and couldn’t do in the outdoors, they found a lack of infrastructure, support, and resources for the disabled community. It’s not enough to know whether or not a trail is wheelchair/ADA accessible. How exposed is it? What’s the grade? Are there crossings? How slick is it? Is there cell service in case of emergency? Syren founded Disabled Hikers in 2018 with four main goals: organizing group hikes, celebrating disabled people’s experiences, facilitating those experiences by making specific information available, and advocating for change in the outdoors. Syren is now working on hiking guidebooks for disabled hikers with Falcon Guides, a leading publisher of guidebooks.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

“There is ample evidence that interacting with nature provides a range of benefits, including physical and emotional well-being and a sense of belonging. And yet the people who need these benefits the most—those who are disabled or chronically ill—face the most barriers to accessing the outdoors.”