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Amoris Walker: 35, Seattle, WA
Spirit Animal: Champagne.
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!
Abbie Tumbleson: 28, Corvallis, OR
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.
Amber MacPherson: 37, Black Hawk, CO
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!
Nick Meekhof: 23, Walker, MI
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.
Ashley Rosener: 27, Grand Rapids, MI
What's your biggest outdoor fear? Porcupines and axe murderers... there's a crazy story here, I promise.
Outdoor bragging right: I biked almost 190 miles in one autumn weekend on a paved/gravel trail. 94 miles one day in the warm sun, 94 the next in a cold, constant rain.
Favorite hiking companion? My trusty Border Collie mix, Taylor.
Nick "Indian Jones" Leuck: 32, Evergreen, CO
Spirit animal: River otter. I'm hyper.
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.
Casey Albert: 27, Fort Collins, CO
Coolest thing you did outside this year? I went to Peru and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was an amazingly breathtaking experience and I HIGHLY recommend it!
Cushy cabin or backcountry bivvi? Probably cabin, but mostly because I'd hope a hot tub was included!
Spirit animal: My dog, Burt, or a sea otter. Depending on the day.
Roy Hobbs: 30, Colorado
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!
Kristen Cowan: 28, Denver, CO
Can't live without gear item: Salami and cheese.
1 Degree of Outdoor Celebrity Separation: My climbing mentors are longtime (30+ years) friends with Frank (of Frank and the Tower fame), so I've climbed with him several times there at the Tower.
Outdoor bragging right: One of two known Gocieters to backpack in their own homemade whiskey.
Chris Harrington: 32, Denver, CO
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.
Chris Riedinger: 28, Bothell, WA
Spirit animal: Grizzly bear. I'm a tall dude, fairly dense and I haven't been clean shaven in 6+ years - the griz fits me well.
What's your next big objective? I'm currently looking forward to a Denali summit/ski descent in June 2016.
Backcountry bivvi or cushy cabin? www.pnwbus.com
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.
Colin Downs: 25, Golden, CO
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.
Taylor Reese: 29, Golden, CO
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.
Maija Gustin: 26, Los Angeles, CA
What is your biggest outdoor fear? Dehydration, always. Hydrate or die. It used to be falling down a mountain, but did that this year and lived to tell the tale.
Favorite camp hack: Beer. Does beer count? A nice Deschutes brew when hiking the Columbia River Gorge, or some Modern Times for Big Sur.
Outdoor bragging right: Fell down a mountain: see above.
Mike Ranzinger: 27, Boulder, CO
What if your biggest outdoor fear?: That someone will call me to go on an adventure and I don't have the right gear with me! THE HORROR!!
Can't live without gear item: My mountain bike named, 'The Peacock'. It's actually the single most important physical item to me that I own. I would sooner give up my car, 'The Carrot'.
Basil Newburn: 33, San Mateo, CA
Spirit animal: Hmm... Goose. What versatility! Land, sea, air. Permanently wrapped in premium down insulation. Always on the move, wander over continents.
Coolest thing you've done outside this year: Kayak among over 40 migrating humpback whales in Monterey Bay without getting swallowed.
Logan Ledford: 28, Salt Lake City, UT
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.
Kevin Briggs: 34, Fort Collins, CO
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.
Hamlin Wade: 26, Washington DC
Spirit Animal: Marmot. I mean, come on- they're cute, have sweet whiskers/beards and they've struck the perfect balance of being highly social and communicative while also appreciating the importance of rest and relaxation. They enjoy lounging on rocks and making friends while exploring high alpine areas. Plus, over the 4th of July, I overnighted in the boulder field of Long's Peak and totally became best friends with one. So, I've got that going for me, which is nice.
Michele Cooper: 31, Denver, CO
Camping Must: Bacon. Nowhere else in life do I really, but when camping, breakfast must include bacon.
Can't live without gear: Oh my! This one is a problem. If I had to boil it down, my mountain bike, "Peggy" and a pair of skis. We will leave out all the gear needed to enjoy those two pieces of equipment.
Mike Bell: 34, Lakewood, CO
What is your favorite book involving the outdoors? Probably the Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. His exploration of a zen mindset and the overlap of his relationship with himself and the great outdoors has spoken to me in many different voices while reading it over the years.
Spirit Animal: Wildebeest. I like to migrate significant distances in large packs of like-minded people :)
Justin Komback: 36, Colorado Springs, CO
Can't live without gear item: Patagonia UL down hoodie. Lives in my pack if it's not on my back.
Outdoor bragging right: I spend more time outdoors than you do... oh yeah, I said it!
Cushy cabin or backcountry bivvi: Backcountry fo sho. Nothing beats sleeping under the stars.
Mike Grice: 32, Morristown, NJ
Can't live without gear item: My headlamp! Most adventures extend past dark, sometimes unexpectedly, and it's a nightmare getting caught without it!
Outdoor bragging right: Becoming ski patrol as an excuse to be a partial ski bum and ride all day! For the safety of the public, of course!
Spirit animal: I would be a hawk. Soaring high above timberline overlooking the land.
Maggie Burns: 29, Denver, CO
Outdoor bragging right: Showing off how beautiful living in Colorado is through my pictures. I LOVE living here and exploring new places and trails!
Coolest thing you've done outside this year: Hiked around Peru which included Machu Picchu and other ruins. Peru is a beautiful country with breathtaking views!
Stephen Martin: 29, Colorado Springs, CO
Favorite camp hack: Brewing delicious coffee on a multitude of different brewing methods and varieties... which is to be expected from being a half barista | half adventurer.
Outdoor bragging right: I live in Colorado.... enough said!
Tyler Anderson: 29, Denver, CO
Cushy Cabin or Backcountry Bivvi? Cushy Bivvi Backcountry Cabining.
What is your biggest outdoor fear? It's been a big year for me and my spearfishing adventures in South Florida, so it would have to be underwater blackouts. With the chaos that can occur in underwater sports, it's easy to overdo it and there isn't much safe haven underwater.
Brandon Smith: 27, Portland, OR
Dream Trip: SkiMo trip in the Ruth Gorge of AK, or backpacking in Patagonia.
Favorite camp hack: A little bit of aluminum foil makes a great windscreen for stoves and a black contractor trash bag is great for melting snow in the sun.
Brett Forrest: 26, Denver, CO
Spirit Animal: Marmots are most certainly my favorite spirit animal. They just hang out and chill at high altitudes like it ain't no thang, where I tend to struggle to reach. Good on them!
Camp Hack: Going camping with people who have more gear and knowledge than me, so I can sit back and drink beer.
Sarah Wallace: 31, Frisco, CO
Coolest thing you've done outside this year - I work remotely... so I wanted to work remotely in the truest sense of the word. I set myself up with solar and a hotspot and was able to work from my campsite on Washington Gulch Road in Crested Butte, CO for a week! I woke up everyday, went riding or hiking and worked a full day on my computer, (complete with video conferencing, which shocked my boss!), while surrounded by incredible views.
Becky Prill: 25, Fort Collins, CO
Can't live without gear item: Aviator sunglasses...the sun never sets on cool.
Spirit Animal: I was told by a friend that you cannot pick your own spirit animal. Said friend also said I was a flying squirrel.
Devin Black: 28, Denver, CO
What outdoor activity would you most like to pick up? Climbing. The entire climbing world is foreign to me. But it looks super awesome and rope skills are incredibly useful!
Outdoor bragging right: As a Colorado native, I've skied 15 consecutive months. Not planning on ever stopping!
Favorite camp hack: The old, flannel-in-the-stuff-sack-pillow trick.
Alysa Fritz: 23, Denver, CO
Spirit Animal: My spirit animal would have to be a seat otter. Anytime I go to an aquarium, I sit in front of the sea otter exhibit for hours watching them twirl around.
What's an outdoor activity in which you hope to excel in one day?: Outdoor climbing, bouldering and kayaking!
Nicole Murray: 30, West Milford, NJ
Coolest thing you've done outside this year: 10-day road trip through Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks included a few day hikes, a snowy overnight in Grand Teton, paddle boarding and mountain biking!
Outdoor bragging right: Getting upgraded to pro downhill mountain bike racer!
Favorite camp hack: Banana s'mores.
Jessie Hoyng: 23, Denver, CO
What is your biggest outdoor fear?: Forces of nature. Nature is amazing and incredibly powerful. The possibility of encountering things like avalanches, lightning strikes, extreme changes in weather, etc., out there can be pretty frightening.
Favorite camp hack: Make s'mores with chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers. You'll be in for a mind-blowing s'more-gasm.
Brad Surratt: 28, Denver, CO
Can't live without gear item: Eno Hammock....double nest, of course ;)
What is the scariest outdoor experience you've had? While canyoneering in a remote section of Escalante, UT, our primary rope sunk to the bottom of a 15-foot deep "pot hole". After a half hour spent trying to recover it, we had to give up due to risk of hypothermia. We were able to jerry-rig our backup rope with enough pull cord to semi-safely make the descent.
Chelsea Pereira: 33, Point Pleasant, NJ
Cushy cabin or Backcountry Bivvi? I've done many a cold, wet, tent sleeping nights in every season and all across the country, which I have enjoyed. However, I do appreciate a cabin now and again :-)
Favorite Camp Hack: I make my own natural tick repellent spray for myself and my dog from rose geranium oil and coconut oil.
Adam Nubern: 28, Statesboro, GA
What is your biggest outdoor fear? Becoming disabled. Yea, morbid. I really enjoy getting outside and doing sweet stuff. Sometimes my mind races about the "what if". I really respect disabled athletes for overcoming their obstacles and pursuing their dreams given their barriers.
Favorite camp hack: Just learned about this one for all you ladies out there: On car camping trips, bring some kitty litter to stop those frigid morning, hop-out-of-the-tent pee disruptions.
Jen Kates: 36, Denver, CO
True of false? I have traveled to six of the seven continents and have dipped myself in four of the five oceans. If true, which continent and ocean are left to explore?
Can't live without gear item: My four-legged "gear item" on the trails is my trusty rescue pup. He is so motivating, offers free love and helps lug the water supplies up the mountain.
Biggest outdoor fear: Becoming a bear burrito.
Sara Higgins: 31, Boulder, CO
Biggest outdoor fear: You know, they say mountain lions can see us, but we never see them...
Spirit animal: Snow leopard - they are elusive, powerful and if they could ski, I bet they'd crush!
Coolest thing you've done this year: Skiing powder in Japan! Weaving through the beautiful silver birch trees in knee-deep pow with big fluffy flakes dumping on my head...what could be better?! Kanpai!
Tory Voight: 30, San Francisco, CA
Cushy cabin or backcountry bivvi?: Backcountry! I want to work for my experiences and be with people without distraction. I also want to maximize the amount of time I'm outdoors so I can paint and draw the landscape with my portable supplies. I'm indoors enough with my day job.
Can't live without gear item: My red plaid Jetboil :) We tend to have little cooking competitions with our Jetboils and I'd like to think I've won a few times with my stir fry.
Meta Bergwall: 25, Ft. Collins, CO
Favorite camp hack: Pre-made breakfast burritos warmed up over the morning fire.
Coolest thing you've done outside this year: 2015 was full of cool adventures. I bought a mountain bike and dove in head first (mayve too literally sometimes). I traveled to Peru where I hiked the incredible Inca Trail and went swimming in Lake Titicaca - the world's highest navigable lake (~12,500ft). To finish up the year, I completed my first winter summit of a 14er, Mt. Sherman.
Milada Kostalkova: 33, Denver, CO
What's your biggest outdoor fear? Other humans.
Coolest things you've done outside this year: It's hard to pick just one thing since I try to enjoy the outdoors as often as I can, but this year it would have to be hiking the NaPali coast on Kauai. The surroundings were just so different from my usual stomping grounds here in Colorado - humid and jungle-like, with breathtaking views of the ocean and rugged coastline and dotted with hidden beaches. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park!
Andy Meuser: 28, Tacoma, WA
Favorite camp hack: Snickers bar for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. Fantastic glycemic index, easy to eat anywhere, (just make sure you don't break your teeth off on one when you reach for that midnight snack in your tent on a 20-degree night...)
Can't live without gear item: Long underwear! Required for me to survive since I get hypothermic so easily. Everything else is a distant second place. Extra socks, does that count?
Mary Trimble: 24, Denver, CO
Cushy cabin or backcountry bivvy? A little bit of both. It's all about balance, right?
What inspires you most to get outside? People! I want to have as many outdoor experiences as possible and being outside makes me feel wild and free. When I take a deep breath and look around, I get so excited and never want to stop exploring. There is no better way to learn than from the people who are already living the adventures that you aspire to have!
Elizabeth Briggs: 33, Parker, CO
Coolest things you've done outside this year: Competed in the Teeny Weenie Bikini Contest at Copper Mtn for closing day wearing a costume made from duct tape (and took third place!) It was a balmy 19 degrees out and snowing... so I'd say it was definitely one of the coolest things I did - literally!
Current outdoor mission: To summit all of Colorado's 58 fourteeners with my trusty Loki, the husky dog, in tow. We're on track to finish next year and he'll be the first dog in history with documented proof of completion!
Erin Swanson: 31, Steamboat Springs, CO
Outdoor bragging right: I have hiked the salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, went hang gliding in Argentine and dare to sky dive in Hawaii. Also, I've caught a 68-pound salmon in the Patagonian region of Chile!
Spirit Animal: Probably a Moose. They are just so majestic and powerful.
Luke Rein: 22, Bristol, RI
Favorite camp food? Peanut butter - and it has to be good, real, peanut butter. 100% peanuts, unsalted on a blueberry crunch Clif bar. Really fantastic when you've been biking in the rain for 8 hours, or are really cold and don't want to make anything more involved than that.
Outdoor bragging right: Rowing is an outdoor activity, right? I'm a national champion.
Cabin or bivvi? I'll sleep outside, thanks. Or in the back of a Subaru.
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