My name is Rain (they/them) and I live on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver). I am a queer, trans, non-binary, white, middle-aged immigrant to Canada.

I love being in the mountains, especially near home. My favourite type of climbing involves plenty of suffering mixed in with the fun, like starting your adventure in the middle of the night. Wearing rain pants and rock shoes at the same time. Or eating an unhealthy amount of instant mashed potatoes.

I am very passionate about making the outdoors accessible to more people. I started We Belong Outside to help change the way we think about what a climber or a mountaineer looks like.

Note on blogging while being trans

This blog has been active for over twelve years. During this time my understanding and presentation of my gender has changed. In the past I (reluctantly) identified as a woman, dressed in a feminine way and used a different name. I’ve kept all these posts up because I enjoy sharing them more than it bothers me. We are all allowed to change over our long lives.

Please refer to me with my current name, pronouns and gender whether you are talking about me in the past or present. And do not expect other trans people to take the same approach.