Melanie O'Toole

Adventure makes you feel...

Alive. A super exciting one allows me to get into a state of flow, where the rest of the world falls away.

What is your favorite type of adventure?

I seem to get the most enjoyment out of remembering the times I thought “I’m terrified/exhausted/freezing right now and I’m never doing this again!” And then I get home and can’t wait to do it again.

Favorite adventure to date?

There are so many, but one that sticks out is climbing Kilimanjaro. It was the first time I pushed my body and mind that far and was pretty impressed by how much it could take. That trip gave me the confidence to try other things and push even harder.

What is your next adventure planned?

Hmmm… I just moved to Brazil so I am pretty keen to check out the Amazon. And Guyana. I really want to go to Guyana. I have no idea why.

Your ultimate adventure bucket list is?

It changes every day. Today I want to do long-distance dogsledding in Canada. It just popped into my mind. I also want to go mountaineering in Iran (we’ll save that one for later), spelunking in Mexico, and trekking in Madagascar.

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

This has to be my mother. She used to visit the USSR when I was growing up and would come back with crazy stories and even more amazing photo slides that she would show on the wall of our house. In my mind, Russians lived in a fairytale land with Kings and fur hats and Winter Palaces. Thinking there were actually places like that to explore really caught my imagination.

Adventure item you can't live without?

Blistex lip balm and those little liner socks with the individual toes. They are lifesavers against blisters when walking for a long time and also for added warmth in a cold environment. Plus, they look ridiculous. That’s a bonus.

How can people follow your adventures?

IG: mellyotoole