Best experience camping with a pet: My dog, Marley, was diagnosed with cancer at 5 years old. The next year of his life we did everything together. He was pretty healthy and happy up until the end, a 70lb lab/boxer mix. That summer, I taught him to sit quietly in the kayak so I could take him to an island in the middle of a lake for a weekend of camping. I knew he would have the whole island to himself and I wanted him to run and play to his heart's content! We made the 45 minute kayak across successfully - he was so well behaved. I'll never forget the weekend that he ruled the island!
Spirit animal: The Coyote. The Coyote is clever, but also knows when to jest. I started noticing coyotes passing by my car on the highway or out in the wilderness when I made a big move to Montana a few years ago.
Outdoor bragging right: Oregon has hundred and hundred of waterfalls to visit. Some are hidden in old-growth forests, while others are steps from your car next to a highway pullout. I love letting people know that that's not something you find much anywhere else in the world.
Favorite adventure friend: My dog, Dodge. He's great.
Outdoor bragging right: That one time I ran the New River with my fellow guide trainees at 12 feet in July. The scale is arbitrary, but the river isn't run commercially above 10 feet. It was wild as that sort of water isn't typically seen in July on the river. It was definitely Spring levels!
Cushy cabin or backcountry bivvi? Bivvi. All the way.
Can't live without gear item: My camelback. I use it constantly for tons of different activities!
Dream destination? I'm a cold weather lover at heart. Anywhere above the Arctic Circle would thrill me, particularly a place that sees few tourists, like Greenland.
Coolest thing you've done outside this year: In November, I took a trip to Switzerland and skied the Matterhorn. The Italian border follows the Alpine ridgeline, so I enjoyed the novelty of zipping back and forth between countries while I carved lines.
Spirit animal: I've been told I have the personality of a Golden Retriever. I never turn down opportunities, I'm unfazed by adverse weather and I'm content to walk around the block when I can't fit a backpacking trip into a 20-minute time slot.
Favorite camp hack: I don't give a smack what they look like, but Crocs friggin' rule for camping. They're light as can be, so I can strap them to my bag with no added weight. They're as comfy as a cat in a sun beam and they float so they're easy in water. Not to mention they are easy to slip on when you've got to zip open the tent flap at night and dehydrate.
Cushy cabin or backcountry bivvi? That answer depends on if alcohol is involved.
Outdoor bragging right: I love to do big adventures with little to no notice. I mountain biked across Washington state, climbed Mount Rainier unguided with friends with only two weeks notice/planning. I just got back from a long weekend in Chamonix, France that I booked less than two weeks prior.
*If you are getting rad and no one is around to see it, are you still getting rad? It's a deep question that I sometimes ponder when I am skiing or biking solo... I still lean towards yes, because it's all about having fun whether you are with people or not!
Two Truths and a Lie: I go to karaoke bars and perform Motown songs under the name "Kevin Bacon". I drive a vintage maroon motorcycle with a sidecar year round. Outdoor retailer "Moosejaw" named a jacket the "Chris Harrington Blended Wool Jacket" after me.
Can't live without gear item: Suunto Ambit 3 Peak Watch (#stravaeverything) and my Merrell All Out Peak trail running shoes. If nude running were socially acceptable, I literally would need nothing else.
Favorite camp hack: My body strongly dislikes dehydrated food. I cook all of my meals beforehand and pack them into quart-sized freezer bags, reheat/boil in my reactor/windboiler and eat straight from the bag.
Outdoor bragging right: I was a sponsored mountain unicyclist for several years and I've unicycled a fair amount of the trails through Moab.
Have you ever herded buffalo from a mountain bike? Why yes, yes I have.
Can't live without gear item: My sleeping bag and sleeping pad. I recently replaced my sleeping bag after 6 years, and in that time I'd spent well over 400 nights in my sleeping bag. That works out to roughly 1 out of every 5 nights in my bag. For 6 years straight.
Coolest thing you've done outside this year: We pulled up to the Conundrum Creek near Aspen, CO at 10pm in the rain with plans to sleep at the trailhead. I half-jokingly suggested to my Gociety group that we start hiking instead, and then 9 miles (and one scary moose encounter) later, we arrived at our destination in time to setup camp, hang out soaking clothes by the fire and slip into the hot springs just before dawn. After trudging through wet darkness for several hours, sitting in the cozy pool watching the sun illuminate our surroundings was so satisfyingly breathtaking.
Favorite camp hack: Crowlers! Obviously beer isn't the lightest thing to take backpacking, but find a brewery that will pour 32 oz of fresh draft into a huge can and you can at least optimize the packaging.
What is your 2016 outdoor goal? I have signed up for my first 50 mile trail race. I have done a 50k distance in the past, but 2016 is the year to step it up and prove to myself that I can do this. Squaw 50 miler is a go!
Can't live without gear item: I can't live without my phone. Without it, I would be unable to track the hike I am on or take pictures of the adventure. If there are no photos, it didn't happen.
Biggest outdoor fear: Getting lost in the cold. I don't mid getting lost. I don't mind being cold. Being cold with no end in sight would be difficult.
Coolest thing you've done outside this year: Would have to be the number of sunrise hikes I did before work. Although none of them were particularly challenging or technical, it was great to be up and about seizing the day with the sun.
What if you biggest outdoor fear? Rattlesnakes! I usually have 1 of my 2 dogs with me on outings and I'm constantly on the lookout for them.