About Me

After a lengthy battle with a rare brain disease, I came to recognize the healing power of nature. I now use my experiences to break down barriers so more people can access the outdoors. I am an experiential educator specializing in healing adventures & restorative narratives as forms of healing. I am also an author, storyteller, activist, backpacker, and Black outdoor leader. I believe that giving voice to our experiences through adventure can provide a unique tool for interpersonal growth, positive self-esteem, and emotional well-being.

Crystal Gail Welcome writes in a logbook at the Superior Hiking Trail southern terminus ahead of her George Floyd 8.46-mile memorial hike on Saturday morning. The hike serves as day one of her 300+ mile hike on the Superior Hiking Trail to speak out against racial injustice. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)