Ari Novak is an ice climber and mountaineer based out of Bozeman, Montana. Novak’s love of ice and rock climbing has led him to establish ﬁrst ascents around the country and around the world. In 2019 Novak and his team established the hardest water ice line in the Indian Himalaya, “Snow Leopard” HW7 150m. In Montana, Novak established “White Tara” along with Conrad Anker who describes the route as “one of the best rock routes in the State” In Alaska, Novak has explored some of the most remote reaches of the Matanuska glacier as featured in National Geographic. Novak’s number one passion is sharing climbing through teaching ice climbing technique to enable others to enjoy the mountains as safely as possible. Novak is a regular instructor at the Ouray and Michigan Ice Festival. In addition to ice climbing Ari enjoys ski mountaineering and all things winter.
Based in Golden, Colorado Native Britt Greer is dedicated to getting more women on bikes. As the Director of Women’s Programs at COMBA, she’s developed a series of events aimed to support, grow and empower the Colorado lady shred community. Since 2015, she’s been a lead coach with VIDA MTB Series, helping women confidently push past their comfort zones and push their limits on the bike. When she's not hosting events or coaching, Britt races pro in local enduro circuits, mostly to force herself out of her own comfort zone, though she doesn’t take this (or herself) too seriously. She’s an athlete/ambassador for; PEARL iZUMI, Yeti Cycles, WTB, Deuter and Clif Bar. Having lived in both Spain and Argentina for year long stints, Britt has a deep rooted passion for travel. For her, there is nothing more soul-fulfilling than exploring the world via unsullied trails and experiencing disparate and meaningful human connections around the globe.
Colby is a professional adventure travel guide who leads active outings all over the globe. He has an affinity for mountain and polar realms. Some of his mainstay gigs include the John Muir Trail and Yosemite Grand Traverse in California, sailboat-based camping and kayaking in Antarctica, trekking in Patagonia, and polar bear photography trips in the Canadian Arctic. The ability to strike a balance between the adventurous, relaxing, and educational aspects of world travel continues to make Colby a sought-after expedition leader. Backed by a degree in Environmental Sciences and a myriad of professional certifications, he finds his passion for guiding in connecting people to wilderness in ways which they may not be able to experience on their own. The guiding lifestyle also leaves plenty of room for other pursuits – Colby is a published travel and nature photographer, likes beer and mountain bikes, often ropes up, and is an all-around top-notch outdoorsman. He’s thru-hiked the AT, trekked the Cali section of the PCT, tracked sloth bears in India, plodded up volcanoes in Ecuador, paddled through marble caves in Chile, and enjoyed local brews at the highest pub in Africa. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Polar Tourism Guides Association.
Eric grew up in New Jersey snowboarding the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, but now lives in Denver. He’s a civil engineer by day, and a serious weekend warrior. Eric is a competitive mountain bike racer who travels across the western United States competing in enduro races. When he isn’t racing, Eric spends his time fly fishing on the river or hiking to high alpine lakes in search of hungry trout. Eric strives to spend time in the outdoors every single day.
Eric is a multi-discipline pro bike athlete living in Colorado. With a passion for fitness, Eric coaches and trains athletes while attending Regis University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Huge jumps and fast singletrack are his playgrounds. Look for him on the National Enduro race scene and ripping trails all over the Rockies.
Faith was the first female to reach the same level as men in the sport of highlining, and she quickly proved that being a woman is not a disadvantage. Within six months of highlining she had crushed the previous female world records in the sport of slackline and has since continued to break her own records to set new ones. She is the first and only woman to reach the 100-meter length in highlining. She currently holds no less than five world records for women in the sport of slackline, is the only female regularly free soloing, and continues to push the limits not just for women but for the sport itself. Despite juggling the busy life of a professional athlete, she still manages to organize the annual Girls Only Slackline Festival along with her women's highline team G4G, which focuses on women highlining.
Based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Favia is an avid boulderer who specializes in toe-hooks, lowball roofs, and complex traverses. Outside of climbing, Favia is known as Dr. Dubyk and serves as a physician at the University of New Mexico where she practices pathology. She enjoys sports and animal photography during her free time--often capturing images of her rottweiler-mixed dog, five cats, and her mountain-biking husband, Brian, during their many adventures.
Tyler Fontes and his family just recently moved from Phoenix to Salt Lake City and love exploring all the amazing new trail around the city. They live the urban lifestyle next to Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, however they love exploring the great outdoors and try to get their twin three year old boys in nature whenever possible. Tyler is a full time stay at home Dad to Caellum and Emmerich and is always getting his kids outdoors. They love that their kids love exploring nature as much as they do! As a family they enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and biking around the neighborhood and around the downtown area. Tyler and Andy started hiking with their kids when they were four months old and haven't stopped since. In the past three years, they have taken their boys hiking/camping at the Grand Canyon North Rim, Chiricahua National Monument, Zion National Park, Mammoth Mountain, McDowell Mountain Preserves and other National parks surrounding Phoenix. Caellum even took his first steps at their camp site in Zion National Park! Exploring and respecting nature is a family value Tyler and Andy love passing down to their kids.
Gabrielle is an East Coast sport climber, boulderer and now traditional climber based out of Southern Maryland. When she is not spending her weekends getting out to the crag, she can be found at Earth Treks Hampden in Baltimore, MD teaching bouldering classes. Gabrielle’s focus in rock climbing, in addition to achieving her project goals, is on the community. She strives to work with affinity spaces, climbing/outdoor companies, and individual leaders to help increase access to climbing and the outdoors, as well as to share and uplift the voices of those in under-represented communities. Outside of rock climbing, Gabrielle is a full-time cybersecurity engineer and graduate student, set to finish her Master’s in Cybersecurity in December 2019! While rock climbing is almost always the only thing Gabrielle wants to do, she also really enjoys getting any moment she can outside - be it running, hiking, backpacking, or reading in a hammock.
Rey was born in Germany in 1966 and this Swiss/American national now resides in Laguna Beach, Ca. with his wife Carmen. Hans is a former Trials World Champion and inductee of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of both the Mountain Bike Freeride movement and the Trials riding scene. As a professional rider and ambassador for the sport, he continues to travel the world, having so far visited 70 different countries. During the mid-1990s, Hans created the Hans Rey Adventure Team, visiting remote and extreme locations around the globe, often riding his bike where a bicycle had never been ridden before. Hans seeks out locations that are both historic and mysterious, always capturing his exploits for the media.
Jaylyn Gough is from the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. She holds a master's degree in clinical social work and has been a social worker for over ten years. She is also a guide and a mountain bike race coordinator. She is the founder of Native Women's Wilderness, created to bring Native women together to share their stories, support each other, and learn from one another as they explore the outdoors. She also sits on the board of Women's Wilderness in Boulder, Colorado, that encourages and supports young girls in exploring the wild as well as putting on classes and excursions for women. She's an avid climber, hiker, mountain biker and a landscape photographer.
Jen is a two-time world champion and five-time X-Games medalist in halfpipe skiing. Today, she helps others redefine their relationship with fear through her work as a mindset coach. Most recently, Jen was on Season 30 of The Amazing Race, competing alongside her teammate, Kristi Leskinen. They went on to finish with the highest average of any female duo in the show's history and were the first team to ever finish all 12 legs in the top 3. Jen loves sharing her adventures and personal development journey through her blog, which has inspired thousands to live a fully-charged life. She currently resides in Park City, Utah, where she and her husband, Chris, have started their business, Escapod.us, a teardrop trailer company with sights set on making outdoor adventure more accessible for all. They love to ski, mountain bike and snuggle with their dogs, Milo and Luke. You can catch up with Jen on her favorite social media platform, Instagram @jenhudak or follow along at jenhudak.com.
John Soltys Family
John Soltys is a father, a husband, and adventurer. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest and never considers leaving, even when it rains for 100 days straight. You can find him where the highway climbs into the mountains, tucked against the river, at the end of a long dirt road. He and his family hike, snowshoe, backpack, climb mountains, and flyfish. John writes at <a href="http://moosefish.com/news" target="_mf" rel="nofollow">moosefish.com</a> and hangs out on the internet: <a href="https://twitter.com/moosefish" target="_tw" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/moosefish/" target="_ig" rel="nofollow">Instagram</a> as @moosefish, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/moosefishdotcom/" target="_fb" rel="nofollow">Facebook as moosefishdotcom</a>.
Originally from the flat lands of Indiana, Karsten has found his obsession in the mountains. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States including Grade V big walls in The Black Canyon, Long’s Peak, and Zion National Park. Karsten’s experience outside of the U.S. includes many peaks over 17,000ft in Boliva and Equador, as well as major alpine objectives in Africa and Argentina. Lately Karsten has been traveling to more exotic climbing locals such as Armenia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for work and play. Karsten spends his springs working in the High Sierra and the rest of the year traveling the world working for Fox Mountain Guides heading up their alpine programs. Karsten gained AMGA Alpine Guide Certification in 2013 becoming the first guide in the Southeast to achieve this certification. He also successfully completed the rock guide program in 2009 becoming the Southeast’s second AMGA Certified Rock Guide. Karsten has successfully completed the AMGA Ice Instructor Course, Leave No Trace Masters Educator Program and AIRIE Level II Avalanche Course. He has also passed his Canadian Avalanche Association Operations Level 1 certification and his American Avalanche Institute Level 3 certification. Karsten is a licensed Provider for the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Programs. He is also a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B), and has his ACA Advanced Swift Water Rescue Certification that he puts to use volunteering for the Brevard Rescue Team as their “go-to” man for high angle technical and wilderness rescues and backcountry searches.
Author of the blog, For the Love of Climbing, Kathy lives for rock climbing, brown dog snugs, belly laughs, sharing doughnuts with strangers, positive vibes, spontaneity, van-dwelling, and unplanned adventures. Between baking and loving on dogs, she is desperately trying not to kill the last few living basil plants in her apartment.
Living by the mantra, "it's not that you only live once, but that we only have one life to live", Khai sees everyday as a chance for adventure and experience. Born and raised in Colorado, Khai’s first love became the mountains and all the adventures within their peaks and valleys. He became obsessed with experiencing the mountains in multiple ways – climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking and backpacking. Wanting to see more mountains ranges with an occasional beach sunset, Khai took up a career in aviation and has since surfed in Costa Rica, snowboarded in Japan and scuba dived in Guam. And the adventure is just getting started.
Laura isn’t a traditional outdoor enthusiast like you read about in magazines. A 2009 University of Notre Dame graduate originally from Seattle, Washington, she works as a global sales executive in the financial world by day. Evenings and weekends, she’s a mountain dweller and outdoor warrior. Laura re-ignited her love for the outdoors when she moved to sunny, adventure-filled California in 2009. She spent five years living and working in San Francisco, trekking in every West Coast National park she could find. In early 2016, she accepted an opportunity to spend some time in her company’s London office. Now in the UK, Laura recently, she started The365Adventure snapchat channel, a channel taken over by one adventurer a day, 365 days a year. The purpose is to allow curious individuals to share their stories, discover, and inspire/get inspired by fellow enthusiasts. When not in the office or coordinating social media efforts, Laura can be found on a lake, scrambling up a mountain, or training for her next international marathon. Laura believes that the passion for the outdoors and ability to participate should not be restricted to hardcore enthusiasts, but should also be fully accessible and welcoming to the urban adventurer. It’s because of this that Laura is extremely passionate about connecting globally conscious adventurers and brands to one another through what they all have in common: love for the outdoors and the planet on which we live.
Melody and her family-husband and 4 children- live in Utah and was inspired by her youngest child, Ruby, who has Down syndrome. Hiking was a way to cope with the diagnosis and change in family dynamics and she quickly realized she loved carrying her on her back and sharing her love of the outdoors. She is determined to show that everyone has a place in the outdoors and that a diagnosis doesn’t have to limit you. Currently her family is on a mission to hike in all the National Parks with Ruby and their 3 other children. Melody created @downwithadventure as a way to share Ruby’s adventures, promote kindness and inclusion and encourage women to find their passion and take time for self care. She is obsessed with cactus, maps, flamenco dancing and hiking in skirts.
Desert dwellers with roots in Idaho and NorCal, Morgan and Cade Peirce are raising their kids in the outdoors. Their little crushers have been climbing since before they could walk and are passionate boulderers just like their dad (mom’s hoping to get them psyched on multi’s in the near future).
“Having worked in the climbing and angling industries for over a decade, it’s been a lifelong passion to raise little outdoor stewards of our own. We’re stoked to bring Deuter along on all our adventuring, both near and far from home.”
Morgan keeps a relatably hilarious online journal of what she calls “one gloriously cute shit show”. Follow along for a real life account of what it’s like to recreate outdoors with littles. The ups, downs and in-betweens.
With the same analytical approach she took during her collegiate years, Priscilla expresses her passion for the outdoors rigorously and methodically. She takes the knowledge that she gained as a Mechanical Engineer and applies it to some of the biggest and most challenging mountains in North America. Whether she is on a remote photo-shoot in Northern Canada, or on a Bigwall in Yosemite; you will always find her cool, collected, and with a larger than life smile. Priscilla hopes to share her love for nature through her actions, when she isn't climbing you can find her performing Aerial Arts, Skiing, Hiking and practicing Yoga. Using her knowledge of complex rigging systems, she is able to get innovative angles and photographs of all the mountain sports that she holds dear. Priscilla believes that through movement and photography she can inspire others to get outside and obtain a greater appreciation of our natural world.
Brittany Goris is a part time writer, illustrator, and bone collector, and a full time rock climber. She has been climbing for almost twenty years, and divides her time between her lifelong quest to be as well rounded a climber as possible, and her passion for testing herself on all the world's hardest crack climbs. Her accomplishments include first female ascents of numerous 5.13+ trad lines, and her dreams include trying all the rest of them. She can be found following the seasons in her van to climb wherever it's the right weather for long pitches in short shorts while working remotely as a Graphic Designer for Seattle's Girls Rock Math (which runs STEM-based summer camps for young girls), obsessing over climbing history on rest days, smelting trash nuts out of beer cans in the campfire, or attempting to take the longest road from you at Settlers of Catan.