We're honored to support so many movers, shakers, explorers, travelers, athletes and adventurers. Here's a bit more about our team.
Eight long years to Olympic trials and then a history-making win in Rio. Kristi never considered quitting, knew she would succeed, and continued to keep faith despite many obstacles.
Her story is currently inspiring student-athletes across the nation, and brings hope to people in all walks of life and in all professions.
NO HURDLE TOO HIGH
In 2016, Kristi and her teammates, Brianna Rollins and Nia Ali, made history by becoming the first Team USA women to sweep an Olympic track and field event. It was also the first time any country has swept women’s high hurdles. For Kristi, her Olympic Bronze Medal was the crowning achievement in a long upward surge toward success, including many international and national wins.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kristi began running track at the age of 14 after four years as a dedicated cheerleader. She went on to be a four-time Georgia State Champion as well as a school, county, region, and state record holder. In her senior year she won the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. She was a high achiever asÂ four-time time NCAA runner up, ACC champion, ACC record holder,Â and school record holder.
Kristi has competed in over 40 different countries, and continues to rank in the top ten worldwide for 100-meter hurdles.
Kristi was just as focused and dedicated in her educational studies. She signed a full scholarship to Virginia Tech after receiving numerous scholarship offers. She graduated with honors, earning a 4.0 average and a degree in political science.Â
She was also president of the National French Honors Society.
BEATING THE ODDS
Kristi is committed to speaking openly about her experiences with the type of random violence that can sometimes strike innocent citizens without warning. She lost her father to gun violence at a young age, and was at Virginia Tech during the mass shooting in 2007. She also meets many fans who generously relate their own similar encounters. Her success demonstrates that everyone can rebound from tragedy with even greater strength, and can prosper despite extreme obstacles.
In a recent interview, Kristi remarked: âI want kids, adults, everyone to know that despite hard times, a hard life, and personal tragedy, you can still achieve joy, happiness and success.â
ITâS A NEW DAY
Constantly pushing herself to surpass past accomplishments, Kristi continues to train for competition. In the aftermath of her Rio win, sheâs also visited the White House, been seen on the runway in sponsored fashion shows, made an appearance on the Steve Harvey show, and become Health & Fitness Ambassador for the Seattle Sounders FC. In addition, she remains the U.S. Ambassador of Sport to the country of Guyana.
Kristi continues to share her motivational story with NCAA student-athletes across the U.S., so that her wealth of knowledge, positive attitude and lifelong determination can inspire others to greatness.
I started running when I was pretty young, I would spend the entire school day daydreaming about running in the mountains and being outside.Â So when I was old enough to grow a mustache I decided to hang out in the mountains a lot.Â For the past few years I’ve been focusing mostly on long trail races.Â I really enjoy the freedom of spending an entire day running around a mountain, or through a range.Â If you have any good adventure ideas, hidden trails or mountains that need exploring let me know, I’m always looking for something new.
I started climbing in 2002 while attending nursing school in Colorado. I love all types of climbing from bouldering to big wallsÂ but I have a passion for the mountains and the complexity of alpine, traditional and ice climbing. Quickly, I found an affinity forÂ remote alpine climbing in the largest ranges around the world. I have completed multiple expeditions to the Karakorum Range ofÂ Pakistan, Himalaya of Tibet, Nepal and India, the Tian Shan of Kyrgyzstan, the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy (Colombia), theÂ Peruvian, Bolivian and Patagonian Andes, to include six first ascents and multiple new routes.
Sharing cultural experiences, meeting new people, traveling both domestically and abroad has opened my eyes to the world as aÂ climber and an individual. I always strive to share these experiences with others, to influence and inspire them to get outdoorsÂ and test their comfort zone.
When not climbing abroad I can be found locally in the San Juans of Colorado or working as a Trauma nurse in Oakland, CA.
Tammy Wilson livesÂ and explore in Mammoth Lakes, CA! Climbing is my main activity I occupy my time with but I also enjoy going on hikes around the Sierra. In the winter months I love to get out and snowboard, and take my dog snowshoeing. Photography is also a passion of mine, I make sure to bring the camera along for all of my adventures!
Landon Faulkner was raised in the rural foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains as the middle of three children. From an early age, he spent his time building forts and running through acres of family owned land. This early gravity towards the outdoors. That love of the outdoors has continued with him throughout his life and his early mornings are spent trail running in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. His sport of choice has become trail and ultra running, where he find peace and solace in the mountains in nature. Landon, his wife, Kyra, and two daughters, enjoy adventuring together as often as possible and now call Utah home.
Hi! My name is Jennifer, and I’m a climbing, peakbagging, homeschooling, adventure-loving mother, currently residing at the base of the Sierras with my husband, and our two children. Iâm also a woman living with Lupus (SLE) and Celiac Disease, two commonly co-occurring autoimmune disorders.
Being a family of climbers, we’re often outdoors. When not out on the rocks, you can find us camping, hiking, exploring our favorite known mountainous areas, finding new ones, or training/goofing-off in our recently-built climbing cave.
Trained as an Epidemiologist, I was readying for medical school after years of putting myself through college as a single mom, when life threw a curve ball, dramatically altering my course. My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 Multiple Myeloma and needed care. After moving North to be with him while he underwent 2 years of chemo followed by a stem-cell transplant, I joined the local SAR group’s mountaineering/climbing course where a new path awaited (along with my future husband).
It wasnât long before I developed an intense passion for climbing. Being placed in the present moment, weaknesses front and center while being forced to seek out strengths in order to ascend a route so closely mimics overcoming lifeâs challenges. This fundamental part of climbing is ever-present, and thereâs nothing quite like being 100âs of feet off the deck, route finding, totally relying on yourself and your partner in every way.
Does living with multiple chronic illnesses makes an adventurous lifestyle tricky? Definitely. Impossible? Not a chance. Through years of demanding no less than the right to follow my dreams, I’ve realized that “impossible” is only a state of mind. Healthy eating is crucial for remaining in top shape for climbing and avoiding dreaded flare-ups that can land me in bed or the hospital. As a woman climber with Celiac it’s an honor to represent one of my favorite makers of a gluten-free food made ideal to bring on any adventure!
Michael is based in Flagstaff, Arizona where he is currently pursuing his PhD in Forest Science.
His research emphasis is aiming to better understand plant-soil organism interactions in theÂ context of dynamic climates and across varying soil types. Michaelâs work hopes to provideÂ valuable knowledge to enhance land management practices and plant restoration projects.
When Michael is not studying, he is bound to be outside. His primary form of recreation as ofÂ late has been mountain biking. If he is not on his saddle, he is bound to be outside hiking.
Backpacking has been a crucial component of Michaelâs life since he was young. Michael is alsoÂ a photographer and writer. Finding inspiration in landscapes, Michael frames stories rooted inÂ cultural, natural, and human history with his camera and publishes semi-regularly on his blog.
The fusion of Michaelâs scientific background and his artistic lens meets in landscapes when heÂ is working and recreating in the captivating landscapes of the southwest.
I am a Florida native traveling to where the next adventure takes me. Though I mainly focus on all types of distance running, I am an outdoor enthusiast with a zest for anything epic! I love meeting new people, getting lost in vast natural areas, interacting with wild animals, and my family/friends. I am currently a coach in NYC for New York Road Runners and an aspiring race director and conservationist. As my professional wondering leads me to new places I am glad to have Munk Pack help fuel my way to new heights in all my unreal adventures!
Born and raised in Alaska, Luke enjoys breathtaking vistas, midnight-sun bonfires, winters â for their lack of mosquitos â and forging stories from exploration. His family and mentors passed on an appreciation for art and creativity, a passion for wilderness, an addiction to animal companionship and a love of science and health.
He moved to Colorado to attend college and, on the highways and back roads of the Rocky Mountains, discovered an endless network of adventure. Lead by his passion for storytelling and the planet, He currently studies journalism and environmental affairs.
When heâs not hitting the books in Colorado or wandering the fjords of Alaska, Luke is hopping on jets to explore international landscapes. Heâs left tracks on Spainâs Camino de Santiago, South Africaâs bushveld, Belizeâs rainforest floor and Icelandâs volcanic interior. Each journey he completes only inspires more, pushing him to learn new skills in adventure sport, outdoor leadership and story forming.
Adaeze (pronounced “uh-daisy,” like a flower) is an adventure-hearted singer/songwriter working full-time as a worship leader in Colorado. When she’s not musician-ing, you can usually find her galavanting around the mountains of what she’s dubbed the perfect-for-her state. She’s out exploring weekly, and does freelance photo ambassador work on the side. A vibrant lover of travel, snowboarding, and the color turquoise, Adaeze stays active and busy, and has a blast doing so. She enjoys creating in many forms, like using her iPhone to capture her adventures and making art and designing with her own handwriting. You can check out her blog at shetheadventurous.com.
A father of three (daughters), weekend warrior extraordinaire, and certified experience collector who is always looking for that next adventure. Photography has been the mechanism in my life that has taught me to slow down and live in the now, as each moment can have memories worth holding on to.
Born and raised among the Sierra Mountains and the eclectic lifestyles of the Bay Area, nature and my family is the âhomeâ where my heart is. I started running when I was in Middle School because XC allowed me to run freely through dirt, sticks, and over rocks. When my parents told me I had to pick between dance and Track & Field, I began racewalking because it reminded me of a dance. My first time being quoted in the newspaper is when the reporter asked me what I think about when I runâ I was 12-years-old: âHello trees! Hello flowers!ââ Ha, my passion for the outdoor activities is in this birdâs nature. My athletic, professional, and creative interests take me exploring worldwide. When I’m not running or racewalking kilometers upon miles, I’m: – Dreaming up costume designs inspired by characters my boyfriend (a professional writer) introduces to the world in his novels and short stories. I wear them. – Snapping photos with my beloved camera or whatever image-capturing device I can get my hands on. – Assisting photographers and directors with lighting, production, acquiring marketing material, and editing. I LOVE being around other Creatives and Explorers, meeting new people, and giving dogs skritches behind the ears and belly rubs.
Willy Zellmer is a former professional cyclist turned outdoorsman who now lives in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Durango Colorado! If he’s not out riding his road bike, he’s making his way up scree fields and probably pushing his luck just a little too far.
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