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 as a four-time time NCAA runner up, ACC champion, ACC record holder, 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.
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.
IT’S A NEW DAY
Constantly pushing herself to surpass past accomplishments, Kristi continues to train for competition. In the aftermath of her Rio win, she’s 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. So when I was old enough to grow a mustache I decided to hang out in the mountains a lot. For the past few years I’ve been focusing mostly on long trail races. I really enjoy the freedom of spending an entire day running around a mountain, or through a range. If you have any good adventure ideas, hidden trails or mountains that need exploring let me know, I’m always looking for something new.
Tammy Wilson lives 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! @tammyfaye
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. I’m 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 wasn’t 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 life’s challenges. This fundamental part of climbing is ever-present, and there’s 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!
I am a professional licensed skydiver with over 400 skydives, an Elite Obstacle Course Racing Athlete, a Nurse and Military Veteran. It’s amazing getting to travel, hike, and explore new places to skydive and race. I am privileged that I get to experience the world from the perspective of 14,000 feet falling through the clouds with a parachute, to hiking the mountains in the pacific northwest, to seeing the many colors of the fish 40 feet under water in the Caribbean while scuba diving, to crossing the country in a flock of BlackHawk helicopters on a military mission, and getting to experience the beautiful scenery during obstacle course races from the flatter flowered covered lands in Texas to the top of Mount Killington in Vermont. I get to push myself to a level of fitness I never even thought existed. My fitness journey resulted in a top 20 Spartan Race Elite placement for the US Stadium point series for 2016, a podium finish at the Tristate Battlefrog Race, and multiple top 10 elite finishes in Spartan Races and Savage Races. When you put your whole heart into something, you can accomplish anything. I’m looking forward to future adventures and what life has in store for me.
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 — for their lack of mosquitos — 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 he’s not hitting the books in Colorado or wandering the fjords of Alaska, Luke is hopping on jets to explore international landscapes. He’s left tracks on Spain’s Camino de Santiago, South Africa’s bushveld, Belize’s rainforest floor and Iceland’s volcanic interior. Each journey he completes only inspires more, pushing him to learn new skills in adventure sport, outdoor leadership and story forming. @luke_hyce
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 “home” 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 run, I was 12-years-old: “Hello trees! Hello flowers!” Ha, my passion for the outdoor activities is in this bird’s 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.
I grew up on the Texas coast and was raised in a family who spent most of our free time on the water. Whether it was at the beach or on the boat, we were always surfing, fishing, swimming, or exploring any body of water we could. We also took every opportunity to travel to visit new beaches and coastlines we hadn’t been to before. I now reside in Austin where I work for a surf brand called Waterloo Surf Craft. When I’m not working I spend much of my time exploring the Texas Hill Country, fly fishing, going out on the lake to wakesurf, or getting back to the Texas coast to surf as often as I can. I also still continue to dedicate my travels to discovering new landscapes and coastlines to explore, fish, or surf.
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