Darcy Conover

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

We only get one life and there is so much to see...

Adventure makes you feel...

Free & truly alive

Favorite type of adventure?

My favorite type of adventure lasts a few days- I have everything I need on my back and I don't have to think about anything except what is right in front of me.

Favorite adventure to date?

One of my favorite adventures to date was a backpacking trip in to the Weminuche Wilderness to finish summiting the 14ers. The Weminuche is the most secluded wilderness area in Colorado. To access it, you have to ask for a special stop mid way on the train from Durango to Silverton. Once the train pulls off, you are truly alone. We hiked in 8 miles and set up a base camp below four 14ers and many 13,000ft peaks. It was early October and getting a little colder, so the only company we had were a LOT of sheep. We had incredible weather and successfully summited Eolus, North Eolus, Windom and Sunlight, just in time for the snow to come in. The melting snow created a waterfall that cascaded down from the snowcapped peaks into the golden aspen trees below... pretty much felt like a dream.

What is your next adventure planned?

My immediate goal is to finish summiting the 100 highest peaks in Colorado (I have 8 left). These provide mini adventures to beautiful & remote parts of the state. Other than that, I am planning a trip to Bolivia to make clothing donations to guides & porters for Corbeaux's Join the Flight Campaign. While there we plan to ski a few high volcanoes. So excited!

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

Oh boy... it gets longer all the time! A few highlights: Run Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon Ski Aconcagua Ski Denali Ski in Antartica Climb the 14ers in California Ski Rainier Bike hut to hut in BC Bike hut to hut in Scottland Adventure time in Indonesia & climb Carstensz Climb in Ethiopia Bike-packing through Europe

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

Actually, it is my 93 year old grandmother. She grew up on a farm in Michigan in the '20s and somehow got the adventure bug. By the '70s she was traveling around the world alone with no itinerary and a very small budget. It was such an interesting time to travel- a lot more trust in people and no internet. She actually just wrote a book about all her travels- it includes stories about 47 countries and it is 708 pages.

Adventure item you can't live without?

Corbeaux Silkweight Amie Ankle Pant & Everyday Tee. The fabric is so soft & comfortable I can't help but wear it everyday. It is super light weight & thin, but actually keeps you warm when you need it. I will wear the pieces all day (4 seasons) and then change into a fresh set for sleeping.

How can people follow your adventures?

Let me and my team help you get ready for your next camping adventure!

www.corbeauxclothing.com

IG: @darcenator

Liz Song

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

I really appreciate being challenged to go beyond what I think I’m capable of, and figure out that next growth edge. Also, choosing adventure makes me more curious, courageous, and grateful!

Adventure makes you feel...

Alive, capable, & satisfied.

Favorite type of adventure?

I love backpacking! I love carrying everything I need and going into the wilderness, be it alone or with others. It’s incredible to know I’m self-sustainable and capable of taking care of myself in the backcountry. I also love to hike when the weather’s not ideal for backpacking, but I just need to get out for the day.

Bike touring is something I’ve also fallen in love with, especially since it’s something my husband and I thoroughly enjoy doing together.

Favorite adventure to date?

I have many, but backpacking in Glacier NP was when I was completely stunned by how gorgeous Montana was. I was going up these switchbacks – up and up and up – full of wonder and having the time of my life!

Also, bike touring from Canada to Mexico was off-the-charts. I had such an incredible adventure and bonding experience with my new husband. We spent 40 days on the road, seeing the entire west coast and ended the trip in deeper appreciation and respect for each other.

What is your next adventure planned?

Backpacking this summer in the Sierras with some wonderful lady friends.

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

Backpacking:

The Enchantments

North Cascades

Wind River Range

Mission Mountains

Pacific Northwest Trail Bike Touring:

Northern Tier from the Pacific to Atlantic

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

Two folks: my mom and husband.

Adventure item you can't live without?

I love my bamboo spoon. It’s truly my fav!

How can people follow your adventures?

IG: @snowqueenandscout

FB: snowqueenandscout

TW: @SQandScout

Megan Petruccelli

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

Well… I guess because why not? What’s the alternative? I don’t know that I really choose to adventure. I grew up outside so it has become so engrained in my lifestyle that I’m not sure I could go with out it. I know, I know, I might be an adventure junkie.

Adventure makes you feel...

At home! Like this is exactly what I am supposed to be doing and where I am supposed to be. It gives me a sense of clarity and purpose. I work during the week and I get restless. Getting outside is my salvation.

Favorite type of adventure?

Can I just say: ALL! I am up for any type of adventure, but when I’m planning the adventure it always seems to revolve around 3 things: Backpacking, Skiing, or Fly Fishing. Oh and eating, of course. There is never a shortage of delicious food!

Favorite adventure to date?

I think this answer might change daily based on what is going on in my life, but if I had to pick right now I would say skiing in Chamonix or hiking the John Muir Trail last summer. Both of these were part of the inspiration to start my own outdoor company, which is another favorite, and a whole different kind of adventure.

What is your next adventure planned?

Montana for a fly fishing trip and then Yosemite for a backpacking trip.

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

Hike The Wonderland Trial

Travel around the Galapagos & Machu Picchu

Hike The Napali Coast

Heli Skiing in Alaska

Bum around New Zealand for awhile

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

My Mom! I always joke that traveling is in my blood and if anyone can vouch for that it’s my mother. She is always off on her own adventures. She taught me to figure out what I want and find a way to make it happen. She has always inspired me, challenged me, and given me the courage to adventure.

Adventure item you can't live without?

A Camera.

How can people follow your adventures?

Let me and my team help you get ready for your next camping adventure!

www.thecampkit.com

IG: @thecampkit

Laura Siddall

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

To live my motto of Don’t Die Wondering, to live my life.

Adventure makes you feel...

Alive

Favorite type of adventure?

My current adventures are around my racing and training. I’m incredibly fortunate that I get to travel to fantastic places around the world, meet fabulous people and race some amazing courses.

Favorite adventure to date?

I climbed Kilimanjaro with my sister in 2007. It was an amazing experience and nothing like we’d either done before.

Another great adventure… moving to Sydney Australia with my then corporate job. Leaving the UK and my family and moving solo overseas. Again an amazing experience that I learnt so much from and have grown from.

What is your next adventure planned?

My next adventure is to head to Europe and race over there for a few months. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Europe. I remember traveling there on holiday as a kid, and then I travelled around Eastern Europe after I graduated from University, and absolutely loved it. So many cultures and history. So I’m excited to get back there and experience the racing over there.

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

After Kilimanjaro we said we never wanted to go near another mountain again! ha ha! However shortly after the rose tinted glasses came on we started talking about Everest Base Camp! However I just think my Ultimate adventure is just having an amazing fulfilled life, where I’ve been able to travel the world, train, compete, experience the local communities, meet inspiring people and love what I’m doing.

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

The people who go against the grain. People who take a leap of faith and follow a dream and do things slightly differently, rather then becoming stuck on the treadmill of the ‘normal’ world.

Adventure item you can't live without?

My SodaStream! Ha ha! Not quite an adventure item really as not exactly ideal for travelling, however I end up buying a SodaStream most places I live! It’s the best way to help me stay hydrated.

In terms of gear…I love my Skins compression garments. Fantastic for long haul travel and recovery from training sessions.

How can people follow your adventures?

Follow me on

Twitter @lmsiddall

IG: @lmsid

Kristen Mohror

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

Choosing adventure isn’t so much a singular decision as it is a major player in my life as a whole. I think that by choosing adventure every day, I get more out of myself and those I surround myself with. Because when you can make a commitment to one thing, there are so many doors that can open up so many more opportunities

Adventure makes you feel...

Alive.

Favorite type of adventure?

Adventures that start with a midnight departure to catch sunrise on top of Mt. Hood are always the best. And always different, somehow. My favorite adventures are ones that include my closest friends, my dog, and hot coffee on the side of a mountain.

Favorite adventure to date?

Thru-hiking the John Muir Trail last summer. It was one of those adventures that serves as a tuning fork for life. It sort of set me on a different path, emotionally, and gave me a greater understanding of what I want to do do with my life.

What is your next adventure planned?

A yo-yo run of the Teton Crest Trail this summer. It’s one of my favorite places and I have no doubt the mileage, elevation gain, and exposure will leave me questioning my decision at certain points, but it’s also one of those adventures that I know will force me to dig deeper within myself and grow as both a runner and a person.

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

I have so many things on this list. I make a new list every year but this year, my ultimate goal is to take every adventure as it comes. To say yes more. To embrace the suck– because “Type 2 fun” and “Mountaineers Memory” are real things. And most importantly, to look up, always. Hopefully this year I’ll have the opportunity to run the 18-mile loop around the Enchantments, thru-hike the Colorado Trail, run Rim2Rim of the Grand Canyon, and spend more time with my nephew.

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

My mom. She’s the hardest working, most driven, and probably the most competitive person I’ve ever met. She’s been sober for 15 years and has shown me what it means to set goals and chase them down. There’s a moment during every adventure I’ve been on, whether it’s summitting Mt. Hood, climbing Mt. Whitney, or running from Santa Monica to Las Vegas, that I find an extra boost of energy when I think about the sacrifices she’s made for our family and her tenacity to better herself in every capacity. She’s a true badass.

Adventure item you can't live without?

My Dog.

How can people follow your adventures?

I post pretty frequently on Instagram. After the adventure, I’ll usually upload an album on Facebook. If I’m deep into no cell service land, I usually try to shoot a few texts to my parents so they know I’m alive. My mom likes to tell people where I am when I’m in the mountains.

IG: @kristenmohror

Crystal A. Wells

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

Connect people from different cultures through storytelling

Adventure makes you feel...

Humbled

Favorite type of adventure?

To me, there is no greater honor than to hear and tell people’s stories. Most of my work takes place in the aftermath of natural disaster, war, famine, and disease and I am constantly blown away by how, even when loss and destruction is everywhere, people are so incredibly resilient and often very generous, even when they have little to give.

It is hard to say these adventures are my “favorite,” but I do feel deeply humbled to be there and try to share the realities people are facing through photography and storytelling.

Favorite adventure to date?

I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Somalia in 2014 with the NGO Concern Worldwide and hear from people who lost their crops and were facing food insecurity from yet another drought.

Somalis are the most resilient and resourceful people and the team I was has dedicated their lives – often at great risks to themselves – to help their country.

It was really an honor.

What is your next adventure planned?

I am traveling to Kumamoto, Japan, which was hit by strong earthquakes in April, with the international humanitarian organization International Medical Corps.

The team there is helping people who are still living in evacuation centers and are not able to return home yet – particularly the elderly – and I will document that work and share stories of those still impacted by the earthquakes.

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

On a personal level, I would love to trek the Ethiopian Highlands.

The landscape and the people are so beautiful and would love to document people’s way of life there.

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

I am take inspiration from a number of female journalists who have dedicated their lives to telling the truth and shining a light on injustices in our world.

This was a profession that was largely dominated by men.

Women can often get access that men cannot and if we don’t have female journalists, we often lose the perspective of half the population.

There have been a lot of pioneers in changing this, but some women I have personal admiration for are Christiane Amanpour, Lynsey Addario, Clarissa Ward, and Arwa Damon.

Adventure item you can't live without?

My camera, Moleskin notebooks, and coffee.

How can people follow your adventures?

You can follow me on:

Twitter at @CrystalAWells

IG @cawells464

You can see more samples of my work at crystalawells.com

Kayleen Glaser

Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

I #chooseadventure because it revitalizes me. There is nothing more humbling or awe-inspiring to me than getting outside!

Adventure makes you feel...

Alive and empowered!

Favorite type of adventure?

Climbing, pretty much anything — from rock climbing to mountaineering to hiking

Favorite adventure to date?

Hiking the John Muir Trail and then staying in Yosemite National Park for a week to climb.

What is your next adventure planned?

My honeymoon — My partner and I are going back to the Sierras to hike the Sierra High Route. I’m particularly excited because about 60% of this 200 trek will be off-trail!

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

Selling all my earthly possessions, living out of a truck camper, and traveling across the United States

The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

The people who most inspire me most are the women I have been privileged enough to teach outdoors skills.

Watching them grow and come into their own in the outdoors inspires me to keep pushing my own boundaries.

Adventure item you can't live without?

My Osprey Kyte 36L backpack. This beautiful baby carried me through the John Muir Trail and has been with me on almost every approach to my favorite climbs.

How can people follow your adventures?

IG: @kayleenclimbaholic

    Tahria Sheather

    Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

    To better understand myself, the world, and my relationship with it.

    Adventure makes you feel...

    Human. We’re animals after all. There’s something very primal about being fully present in your environment.

    Favorite type of adventure?

    One that provides an opportunity to push your mind and body in every direction.

    For instance, where you’re at your limit physically, but you’re also immersed in a totally foreign culture or environment.

    Favorite adventure to date?

    I have to pick? A christmas trek along the Patagonian ice cap, filming in the Serengeti…or climbing Rainier.

    What is your next adventure planned?

    Finally road-tripping the Pacific Northwest, where I live but always travel away from, to climb, surf and ski.

    Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

    Ticking a list of peaks I’ve been dreaming of in Canada, Alaska and Asia

    Traveling overland/sea the long way from the US to my homeland Australia

    Freediving with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef

    The list goes on….

    The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

    There’s a ton of women who motivate me, but the biggest motivator at the end of the day is myself.

    I can be my worst enemy or my greatest cheerleader depending on my frame of mind. Can’t we all?!

    Adventure item you can't live without?

    Zinc. Whether I’m in the tropics or on the side of a mountain….always wear sunscreen.

    How can people follow your adventures?

    www.tahria.com

    IG: @tahria.sheather

    Emilie Cortes

    WHY DO YOU #CHOOSEADVENTURE?

    Adventure makes me feel alive! I often use the "death bed" test...if I were on my death bed looking back, would I regret not doing something?  If the answer is "yes," then I go for it!

    ADVENTURE MAKES YOU FEEL...

    Free

    FAVORITE TYPE OF ADVENTURE?

    Personally, international high altitude mountaineering is the pinnacle of adventure and my passion.  However, I also REALLY enjoy mellower adventures with friends or clients for whom the adventure feels epic.  It's incredibly rewarding to facilitate transformational experiences in the mountains.

    FAVORITE ADVENTURE TO DATE?

    You are killing me with this question, but if I HAVE to choose...it would have to be my trip to the Ugandan Rwenzoris mountain range in 2015.  The Rwenzoris are also known as the "Mountains of the Moon" and its receding glaciers are the source of the Nile.  I climbed Mt Stanley (16,762ft) in Uganda to celebrate my 40th birthday with friends and clients.  The local guides said they had never seen anyone, man or woman, climb all three country high peaks (Speke at 16,0483ft and Baker at 15,892ft) in one go with no rest days so it was extra rewarding!  We also hired the only female guide in the Rwenzoris range and several female porters – one of the few places in the developing world where women work in trekking and climbing – and danced the night away with them on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015.  The combination of personal achievement, natural beauty, remoteness, camaraderie, physical challenge and women's empowerment angle made this a trip I will never forget!

    WHAT IS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE PLANNED?

    As I write this, I'm in Kabul serving as a volunteer guide for Ascend Athletics (www.ascendathletics.org).  I’m working with a group of young Afghani women ages 16-25 on learning technical climbing, training and fitness, and communication and leadership skills to develop these women into future leaders in their country.  The main project objective is to come back and lead these women to the top of their country’s high peak, Mt Noshaq standing at 24,580ft high.  Few westerners and only two Afghani men have achieved this goal, making an ascent of Noshaq a potentially iconic symbol of women’s abilities in the global epicenter of women’s rights.

    YOUR ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST IS?

    My life goal is to climb the top 40 country high peaks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_elevation_extremes_by_country) which are all above 13,800ft. So far I have climbed Orizaba in Mexico, Stanley in Uganda/Congo, and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I have unsuccessful attempts on Denali in the US, Mt Kenya in Kenya, and Mt Blanc in France/Italy.  The top three I'm working on now are Noshaq here in Afghanistan, Ras Dashen in Ethiopia, Mt Elbrus in Russia, as well as returns to Denali and Mt Kenya.  My passion is for exploration and this "list" gives me something to stay motivated to work towards.

    THE PERSON/PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME MOST TO TAKE AN ADVENTURE...

    My mother.  She suffered from depression and committed suicide at age 40.  Her death increased my awareness of my own mortality and the preciousness of life.  Every day I live past 40 feels like a gift that I need to make the most of in her honor.

     

    HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES?

    www.emiliecortes.com

    IG: @mountaineerchica

    You can also follow Ascend Athletics at www.ascendathletics.org and consider making a donation for our Noshaq expedition!

    Jen Yih

    Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

    When I think of “adventure”, I don’t necessarily associate it with a destination. I think adventure is a mindset and philosophy on how you approach anything, it’s a curiosity about life — exploring the unknown, learning and evolving. For me, adventure, in this form, wasn’t necessarily a choice but a gift.

    Adventure makes you feel...

    Alive and Restless.

    Favorite type of adventure?

    An adventure that makes me extremely uncomfortable, one that’s humbling, makes me human and vulnerable. That feeling you get when you’re homesick and want to turn back, but don’t.

    Favorite adventure to date?

    My favorite adventure was when I moved to Hawaii in 2013 with no plan.

    What is your next adventure planned?

    My next adventure is crafting my life in certain ways to make sure I never sit at a desk.

    Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

    Bucket list — is to soon live out my dream. I call it the 60/40 Pineapple Split, that’s 60% of the year in the Pacific Northwest and 40% in Hawaii. It’s #1 on my bucket list to live a pure and honest life in every facet and I believe those TWO “places” will honor that dream.

    The person/people who inspire me most to take an adventure...

    My parents

    Adventure item you can't live without?

    My journal and a pen.

    How can people follow your adventures?

    Come with me, otherwise I’m pretty active on social media.

    www.jenyih.com

    IG: @jenniferyih