I am here and I’m here to stay. And I’m here to enjoy it for the rest of my life.

Growing up in the wilderness of Oregon, Yesenia Castro didn’t recognize herself as ‘outdoorsy‘ even though she spent most of her time playing in the forest with her siblings. As a teenager, she collected magazines that inspired her to continue to be in the wild, but all the photos were of white people; mainly white males. This caused her to feel she didn’t belong among the mountains and didn’t even know where to start.

But then she did. She set out, made her own start and proved that she was here to stay.