Alissa Sears

WHY DO YOU #CHOOSEADVENTURE?

I've always seen adventure as the manifestation of the human spirit. It gives life meaning. Teaches the greatest lessons. It's what makes us come alive. Realize our potentials. Go beyond our comfort zones. Embrace the transformative power of discomfort. Connect deeply with nature, culture, self and others. Experience the wisdom of nature and our world - learning every step of the way. Know ourselves. Inspire us to dream bigger, reach higher, embrace failure, get back up, deepen resilience, and do it all again.

ADVENTURE MAKES YOU FEEL...

Alive!

HOW HAS ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

Adventure has shaped my life since I was a kid...born into a family of intrepid adventurers and explorers, it's been the force that unites while also celebrating our individuality - for me, it has been the true essence of life... catalyzing the ability to face and overcome adversity, reach higher, realize my own abilities, form some of the best friendships I've ever known, and realize the potential we all have to build a better world.

FAVORITE TYPE OF ADVENTURE?

Travel. Hiking. Running. Diving. Climbing. Sailing. Entrepreneurship. Not sure I can pick just one!

FAVORITE ADVENTURE TO DATE?

Favorite adventure(s)...Climbing Mt. Shasta with my best friend - one of those life-changing adventures that built one of the best friendships I've ever known doing one of the things we love most - climbing mountains. Living in Sri Lanka. Working in Sudan. Climbing in Nepal. Backpacking in the Sierra. Sailing in Maine. Snowboarding in UT. Climbing (rock and ice) in Yosemite. Diving and kayaking the sea caves in the Channel Islands. Getting stuck in a tent on Rainier for 30+ hours. So many more!

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE PLANNED?

adVenturesAcademy is April 27 - 29!

YOUR ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST IS?

Ama Dablam, hiking the PCT, Exploring Tibet, Mont Blanc, Aconcagua, Diving and climbing in New Zealand, Sailing around the world, Riding motorcycle through South America (that one's a longtime bucket list with my sister), Riding horses through Mongolia, Rim to Rim, Kayaking out to the Channel Islands, Returning for pilgrammage at Khari Gonpa Nunnery in Thamo, Aurora borealis, Berg lake trail Canadian Rockies, Diving and climbing in Alaska, Fly fishing in Montana Too many to list!!

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

My mom. Throughout my life, she taught by example that life is an adventure - to be lived to the fullest.... she even made chores into adventures. That perspective continues to inspire me in so many ways - always finding the silver lining and knowing that anything is possible with big dreams, a great team, and the perseverance to make it happen!

ADVENTURE ITEM YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

I am a map geek. : )

HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES?

www.adventures.academy

IG: alissasears22

t: @AlissaSears

Teresa Baker

WHY DO YOU #CHOOSEADVENTURE?

I choose the outdoor arena as my oasis away from all the stresses that encompass my daily life. Being outdoor refreshes me and allows me to see life through a gentle lens.

ADVENTURE MAKES YOU FEEL...

Adventure makes me feel capable of accomplishing anything I set my sights on. No limits, no borders, no stresses.

HOW HAS ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

My outdoor life has made me realize that as human beings, we place way too much value on material things. We live a life of keeping up with the Jones's versus setting our own goals and putting a plan i place to achieve them. My life is all about how can I be of service to the planet and what can I do to influence others to do the same.

FAVORITE TYPE OF ADVENTURE?

I love discovering new trails. Driving down roads I've never traveled before, hoping out and hiking into the unknown. Amazing beauty and serenity to be found on these treks. I tend to find most solitude in solo hikes. These hikes offer time to think, self critique and take in the beauty that surrounds me.

FAVORITE ADVENTURE TO DATE?

Visiting over 15 state and national parks on a road trip I took with a fiend through Arizona and Utah. Every park more beautiful than the previous. Every park with its own story and history. It was absolutely the best journey I've taken thus far.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE PLANNED?

My hope is to find a sponsor that will jump on board with my idea of renting an RV, grabbing a few friends who love our national parks and hit the road, documenting our experience and turning it into an adventure film. The purpose would be of course to capture the beauty of America, but also to do it with a group of diverse faces. All too often tales of the great outdoors don't include faces that look like me, so hitting the road and bringing the message of beautiful landscapes and diversity to the big screen, that's what I'm working to make happen.

YOUR ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST IS?

I would love to be able to travel the country, visiting national park sites and sharing the stories I find with audiences to encourage them to step up their efforts to protect our natural landscapes.

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

I am inspired to do this work because I understand the importance of protecting the land for future generations. My 7 year old niece, who is adventurous in her own right, is one of my inspirations. But also people like John Muir who paved the way for us all. There is adventure and then there's adventure with a purpose. My purpose is to be adventurous in ways that will shed light on the need to protect our natural spaces.

ADVENTURE ITEM YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

My Camera....Period.

HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES?

FB:African American Nature and Parks Experience

Instagram: Teresa Baker11

Twitter @loveonnature

Watch her film: Diversity and Inclusion In Our Wild Spaces

Teresa Baker

Teresa Baker

Graciela Cabello

WHY DO YOU #CHOOSEADVENTURE?

Because my life has largely been defined by rich experiences. Choosing adventure means I live with the intent of living my best, most abundant life full of extraordinary experiences.

ADVENTURE MAKES YOU FEEL...

Strong, grounded, and fulfilled. Whether I’m climbing a mountain, camping with friends, or in a foreign land where I don’t speak the language, I am learning, growing, and becoming a better soul.

HOW HAS ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

Adventure has taught me patience, humility, and compassion. In the most intense, fearful, and challenging situations, I’ve learned to navigate through a sea of emotions for the best possible outcome. I’ve tested my own limits time after time, and gained a deeper understanding of my strengths.

FAVORITE TYPE OF ADVENTURE?

I am both an outdoor and travel junkie. Culture feeds my soul, and outdoor adventure plays a large part in my growth. My favorite type of adventure is one where I can have the best of both worlds. A little bit of adrenaline pumping outdoors, and a little bit of new cultural experiences.

FAVORITE ADVENTURE TO DATE?

Traveling to Peru with one of my best friends. We met incredible people, hiked the Inca Trail through a hail storm, scared ourselves to death while staying in the jungle, ate the most amazing food, connected with the land in such a meaningful way, and laughed the entire time.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE PLANNED?

I believe adventure is a way of life and we shouldn’t think of it as something that requires too much time, planning, or resources. Next weekend I’ll be doing a mural taco tour on bikes. My friends and I will ride by some of the murals sites in the San Fernando Valley while looking for the best tacos in the area. In a couple months I will be visiting Argentina to trek through Patagonia, dance a little tango, and drink a little Malbec.

YOUR ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST IS?

Travel through Latin America for six months, visit all the US National Parks, go skiing in Japan, cycle through New Zealand, and learn to play the guitar so I can be in a band. Or at minimum learn to sing a few Chavela Vargas songs - she's was bad ass.

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

My Latino Outdoors tribe. Culture completes our adventures, and through that community I feel whole.

ADVENTURE ITEM YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

My camera.

HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES?

 IG: Vida_Prana

Twitter: @TweetGraciela

Medium.com:Graciela Cabello

Allison T. Williams

WHY DO YOU #CHOOSEADVENTURE?

Because there is more to see then just normal route I take everyday. I move around a lot and currently I just moved from Atlanta, Ga to outside of Las Vegas, NV. People ask me how I got here and I say a job. Being open to change and advancing is what makes me take on new opportunities. Without change there is no adventure. I really try to experience the area and it's surroundings to the fullest because you know what I might not be here long and the planet has so much to offer.

ADVENTURE MAKES YOU FEEL...

Alive and like a wildflower. Without adventure I would never push myself to do better, I would never move and I would be stuck in a fantasy world that doesn't leave the confines of a wifi signal.

HOW HAS ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

Growing up second of four kids I was the one who was into Girl Scouts, volunteering, and happy to be sent into a program called People to People Student Ambassadors. I traveled to England, Ireland and Wales my eighth grade summer before becoming a freshman in high school. I was so scared and my film camera broke during the trip so I barely have any pictures but it was so amazing to see the world. Now in my life I found my path in conservation which I rediscovered volunteering in my adult life through trail work and working on national scenic trails. Again like a young adult I was scared, I started in North Florida and lived in the woods and everything from the snakes to the extreme spring weather had me freaked out. Through embracing change and finding community in the people I worked with I couldn't stop volunteering to be outside under all the weather experiencing what the atmosphere had to offer. So now when I move somewhere totally new (I'm from Wichita, Kansas so midwestern girl all day) I have to really look at the landscape because from the south to the midwest to the west... It's all DIFFERENT!

FAVORITE TYPE OF ADVENTURE?

I love visiting public lands and camping. I collect national park stamps but I don't just stop at national parks there are so many different public land agencies and they all have something different to offer. From viewing the Super Bloom phenomenon, to hiking around a crater, to visiting a Fort in the middle of nowhere Kansas, to viewing the beautiful blue waters of the ocean-it so cool to take in our public lands.

FAVORITE ADVENTURE TO DATE?

This is so HARD! I've had some awesome experiences as an AmeriCorps member working in Florida and experiencing all the Florida Trail has to offer, but also experiencing the Appalachian Trail in it's most stunning states. But I'll switch gears to my favorite activity yoga. I went on a yoga retreat in October 2015 to Ghana. I traveled solo until meeting my group to travel seven hours from the capitol of Accra to Cape three points which is in western Ghana and stayed oceanside at an eco lodge on the southern most tip of Ghana. I slept on the beach, did yoga, ventured to a lighthouse, worked on a volunteer project at the neighboring school, went whale watching in a viking ship, which turned really weird and lots of engagement with local people all around the region. I was in Ghana for 14 days and wouldn't have traded that experience for anything.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE PLANNED?

Since I'm living outside of Las Vegas, Nevada currently and there are so many amazing places around here my list is narrowed down to three top places. Grand Staircase Escalante (Utah), Antelope Canyon (Arizona) and Yosemite National Park (California).

YOUR ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST IS?

I could say a really cool place but my ultimate adventure is to join the Peace Corps and serve a 2 year term somewhere that needs me the most. That could be anywhere in the world.

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

My mom who is an experience junkie is always really happy to see my pictures and hear about my trips. She travels a lot and is so excited to travel solo or with her girlfriends. My dad takes a little more wiggling to travel out the country so my mom takes adventure by the horn and goes.

ADVENTURE ITEM YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

So hard but I'm going to say hands down my Chacos. These sandals are so durable and adapt to whatever surface you are walking on. From slippery rocks to uneven turf these shoes are glued to my feet.

HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES?

Instagram : @Sizzlemayfield or Twitter: @trifectadiva

Allison T. Williams

Allison T. Williams

Bianca Roman

WHY DO YOU #CHOOSEADVENTURE?

I choose adventure because its liberating, it frees my mind of mental clutter, keeps me present, and connects me to the importance of what it truly means to have fun. I also choose adventure because it keeps me curious about about the unknown.

ADVENTURE MAKES YOU FEEL...

Alive and healthy.

FAVORITE TYPE OF ADVENTURE?

Traveling of course!! Or something as simple leaving the office during my lunch breaks to street shoot with my camera. The human condition is an adventure in itself.

FAVORITE ADVENTURE TO DATE?

So difficult to name just one, but if I have to... I'd say the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE PLANNED?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the 7 summits, to help raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Its an organization that is near and dear to my heart. Most people don’t know that at St. Jude's, children receive their treatments and families NEVER have to pay a dime. You can donate here: www.events.stjude.org/walkclimbrun

YOUR ULTIMATE ADVENTURE BUCKET LIST IS?

I've been lucky to have checked off a few items, but the bucket list continues! In no particular order: An African Safari, walk through the catacombs of Paris, swim with sea turtles, travel to Portugal, climb Aconcagua, Pico de Orizaba, Base Camp at Mount Everest, hike in Zermatt Switzerland, swim in Jellyfish Lake of Palau, Carnaval in Rio, visit Yellowstone, fly fishing in Montana....I can go on.

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

My dad. He's always been and still is the most adventurous member of my family. Love you, dad!

ADVENTURE ITEM YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?

My journal, my music, and a good book.

HOW CAN PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES?

Here at Altitude Seven and IG: @bwriterdancer

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

    Shanti Hodges

    Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

    I feel like being a parent doesn’t mean adventure has to end. I didn’t know this would be the case when I first had my son, but now almost 3 years later I have been on more adventures than ever before. I am trying to help other parents see that camping, hiking, adventuring with a young child is possible.

    Adventure makes you feel...

    Alive!

    Favorite type of adventure?

    I don’t have a “favorite” adventure. Right now we are doing a lot of hiking and car camping because this is what’s easy with a toddler. In our future I see some biking adventures (maybe even bikepacking), rafting, packrafting, and eventually some backpacking when Mason can carry his gear. I would have to say anything outside where I can see a beautiful view or explore an amazing forest is my favorite. Waterfalls, please! Long empty beaches! Mysterious canyons. An oasis in an unexpected place. I love it all!

    Favorite adventure to date?

    We have been on so many in the last few years. One of the best might have been Mason’s first birthday. We went with some friends on a boat out to a remote bay in Alaska and Mason celebrated his first birthday in a place only accessible by boat with almost 20 hours of light! We camped out, fished, hiked around. We also have done some amazing hikes in Baja, Yosemite, Moab, Zion, the Columbia Gorge. I feel like every day I head out with my little guy on to trail, it’s another amazing experience. Seeing him hike part of Emerald Pools trail yesterday in Zion was so exciting and rewarding. When he spots animals and calls out their name, I love it. He knows more animals than cartoon characters.

    What is your next adventure planned?

    Right now I am traveling with Mason hiking 30 hikes in 30 days. We are in our final couple of days. We have been in 7 states and met hundreds of families who we have hiked with. It has been both a good and trying adventure. There are moments when I asked myself,” why did I decide to do this?!” and then Mason looks over at me and says, “Mommy I love you. Let’s go camping.” Then it all makes sense. This was by far the biggest adventure I have been on with Mason so far. Next one will be rafting in June and then Alaska in July and Canada in August.

    Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

    Hike hut to hut in Europe with my family, drive across BC, get to Yellowstone and more national parks. I think just sharing the big beautiful world with my son. I hope to someday take him to Asia and maybe India.

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

    Usually my husband. He suggests something and then the next thing I know he’s planning it and we are off. I also am so inspired by so many of the families I watch on Hike it Baby pages. There are so many adventurous people doing what I am doing right now and I am definitely seeing their adventures and following suit.

    I feel like the more of us that get out there together and adventure with our kids, the more others will get out there and then inspire us to go even further than we thought possible. For example, I don’t think Mark and I ever thought we would be hiking through Zion with Mason at this early age and here we are and it’s like no big deal. This park is so set up for families and all levels of hiking so we can do easy and harder things based on how we are feeling.

    I also have a new friend Nancy Crowell @flowingelements who I met through the internet. She is bikepacking through Bolivia right now with her partner and 3 year old. She has totally been inspiring me lately and when I feel like giving up on an adventure, I just check-in with her (well now I can’t cause she’s in Bolivia) and she helps remind me I can do this!

    Adventure item you can't live without?

    iPhone + GoPro. Gotta document it, or how else will you all know what we are up to!? Really good, light jacket and rain pants, and down vest-With that you can make it through most things.

    How can people follow your adventures?

     

    www.hikeitbaby.com

    IG: @HikeItBaby

     

    Jen Gurecki

    Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

    Because life’s too short not to. There’s always some sort of risk or fear associated with adventuring, but it’s worth it. It leads to crystallizing experiences that shape you as an individual, help you grow, and see the world in an entirely new way. There’s also a sense of renewal and grounding that occurs during adventures. Things become clear again, and you get to reset from the stress of the day-to-day grind.

    Adventure makes you feel...

    ALIVE!

    Favorite type of adventure?

    Outdoor adventures in foreign and not-well-traveled lands. I love the element of anticipation that comes with experiencing new places and cultures — you literally don’t know what’s behind the next turn. There’s also this entanglement between nature and culture—it’s as if you can’t experience one without the other. That’s why having an element of the outdoors intertwined with any adventure is so important.

    Favorite adventure to date?

    28-day white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon in January. The 28-day and January elements were a big part of why it’s up there at #1. Only thing I would have done differently was stay longer.

    What is your next adventure planned?

    Now that it’s spring, I always head down to the East Side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to camp, hike, hot spring, and backcountry ski. I have the beginnings of a trip to either Zanzibar or Rwanda planned for summer 2016. I haven’t been to either so I’m quite excited to see what I can work out.

    Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

    JaPOW.

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

    It’s not so much the person as it is the story. Adventures are fragments of larger life goals, where the physical, emotional, and spiritual are woven together. I’m incredibly moved by storytelling that includes the complexity of the journey, and that’s what inspires me.

    Adventure item you can't live without?

    Black Diamond headlamp.

    How can people follow your adventures?

    IG:@yogurecki and @coalitionsnow

    Founder of Coalition Snow-We make women’s skis and snowboards that don’t suck.

    Melissa and Makaila

    Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

    There is nothing more rewarding then seeing my daughter grow up in nature. To see her experience so many different adventures together, it is such great bonding time as well as an amazing way to learn on every aspect.

    Adventure makes you feel...

    It makes us feel free. It takes all the pressure off. It makes us feel strong when we accomplish new great adventures. To see the joy and pride in my daughters eyes when we explore is worth everything to me.

    Favorite type of adventure?

    Do we have a favorite? That is hard. We love backpacking, scrambling, hiking, climbing, kayaking, skiing and snowshoeing. My most favorite? Nothing beats getting on top of a mountain, Ill do whatever brings me up there

    Favorite adventure to date?

    My friend might not agree with me on this one…but last year we set to do Heart Mountain. As usual I was prepared for anything. I usually prepare to spend the night, I never want to be caught with my daughter in an emergency and not be able to provide the necessities. Heavy fog had surrounded the mountains and visibility was horrible and had to wait for it to lift off . By the time we could finally start safely it was already much later then I wanted. We finally made it to the top after having a few places slow us down and that is when we made the decision to do the full loop, as I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable doing the scrambling part again. Unfortunately, it took quite a bit of time with my 5 year old to do the full loop and it got dark, real dark. To my surprise, again, as I was crying, thinking, how could I do this to my daughter, she started singing me songs and telling me it was okay, that everything would be okay, even if we stopped and spent the night. Thankfully we made it back to my car safely that night.

    So why would this be one of my favorite adventure? Because not only did we still have a fabulous day, we also grew stronger together. We were prepared to stop before we made mistakes, but most of all, when my daughter talks about this trip, she smiles, a smile so big and proud.

    What is your next adventure planned?

    We just decided to head down to Washington in a few weeks to climb Mount Adams!

    Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

    My dad and I went to Peru together and I simply cant wait to share the same experience with my daughter. Nepal, Iceland and Africa is also on our list!

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

    This shouldn’t be hard to guess…My daughter of course! And of course her biggest crush on instagram @ethanclimber

    Adventure item you can't live without?

    Since we do many adventures alone, we feel safety is our main concern. We love to have our inReach on our adventures. It is so nice to have piece of mind if something were to happen to us. And if (hopefully never) something happened to mom, my daughter knows how to communicate using it. My daughter would add a rope and “her” Mountain Hardwear Scrambler backpack…(she totally calls it hers!)

    How can people follow your adventures?

    www.rockies-chick.com

    IG: @rockieschick22

    Olivia Halfen

    Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

    It makes me feel alive and life is too short not to feel that.

    Adventure makes you feel...

    ALIVE!!!!!!!!

    Favorite type of adventure?

    If I have to choose my favorite type, I would say it’s living in Hood River and being able to pick from the goodie bag of options whenever I want. At times it could be jumping on my bike and spending hours letting my body and mind get lost in Post Canyon, my backyard. Or trying my hand at kiting in the magic that is the Columbia River. Second to those adventures would be jumping on a plane headed over to Chamonix, the place that captured my heart many years ago.

    Favorite adventure to date?

    After a health / life scare, I decided to do what I had dreamt of doing for most of my twenties: I quit my job, moved to Courchevel, France and became a glorified ski bum. I worked insane hours but I lived and worked about 500 feet from the Disneyland-esque mountain. That feeling of having an hour off and spending it in the magic that is the French Alps is most definitely what my dreams are made of. I walked away with a life experience that I will never forget and life lessons I’m fortunate enough to be able to apply every day.

    What is your next adventure planned?

    I recently blew my ACL so my adventures have been limited to PT sessions and soul crushing exercises at the gym. Provided I can get my knee up and running in time, I am dreaming of heading over to Morocco to kiteboard this July.

    Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

    Skiing the fjords in Norway
    Kiteboarding in Brazil
    Mountain biking in BC

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

    The people I get to surround myself with all the time: my friends. They inspire me to get out there and do what I love, every single damn day!

    Adventure item you can't live without?

    All of the gear that is permanently housed in the back of my truck:

    Mtb bike shoes
    Bike pump
    Wetsuit
    Kite gear
    Bathing suit
    Flip flops
    Down jacket

    How can people follow your adventures?

    IG: @livhalf

    Mary Cecchini

    Why do you #ChooseAdventure?

    I choose adventure because it’s a critical part of me being me. It’s who I am. Without it, I don’t think I could ‘live big’ in an authentic way. And besides all this, why NOT choose adventure?!?! Life is more fun, complete and interesting when you create space for adventure.

    Adventure makes you feel...

    Alive.

    Favorite type of adventure?

    The kind of adventure that you don’t anticipate or plan; the experiences happen without your knowledge, orchestration or effort. I call these magical travel moments —— it could be going off the trail slightly to discover a turquoise lake you didn’t know existed, finding the perfect swimming hole, or the turning the corner to discover a hut that is selling ice cold beers for 2 euros. These are the type of magical moments I aim to sprinkle throughout the trips I host to add surprise and delight along the way.

    What is your next adventure planned?

    My next adventure is a two month trip to Europe that kicks off in August. I’ll start with a Living Big trip to Iceland I’ll host for 9 women {trip details here!} and the two month trip ends with a Living Big trip to Croatia I’ll host for 8 women {trip details here!} In the four weeks between these twoLiving Big trips I plan to rent an apartment in Florence, Italy to work on a few writing projects, research a future Living Big trip to Italy and enjoy the adventure of living like an {Italian} local. Saluti!

    Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

    My bucket list is currently 67 items long {check it out if you need some inspiration for your own bucket list} but I’d say rock climbing at an epic Oregon location, camping in Hawaii, road tripping down the California section of Highway 101 and going on an oyster crawl up the Washington coast line are at the top of my list.

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

    The women in the Living Big community that I serve. I realize the opportunity and responsibility of being their conduit to adventure, to making memories and seeing the world. It’s my job {whoa, pinch me!} to explore and be adventurous so I can recreate these experiences on the trips I host and adventures I lead.

    How can people follow your adventures?

    Ah I’m blushing, thanks for wanting to follow along on the fun! You can follow my adventures on Instagram {@MaryLivingBig} and through Facebook {@LivingBig} And women that want to join for any of the adventures —— international adventures, long weekend adventures in the Pacific Northwest or day-trip adventures that are based in/near Portland, Oregon you can learn more at LivingBig.org.

    IG: @marylivingbig

    FB: Living Big