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...
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?
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.