Woolx scoured the globe searching for intrepid adventurers to test out Woolx gear in the most extreme conditions, we’ve assembled this group of globetrotting daredevils into the #WoolxinAction team! Every month Woolx Life features one of our amazing Woolx in Action team members – Meet December’s team member of the month Justin Knowles!
Justin Knowles is a Bay Area father of two young boys who gets outside as much as possible. He enjoys trail running, lightweight backpacking, mountaineering, and family camping. His outdoor adventures are centralized in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Sur, Sierra, and Colorado Rockies. He’s climbed and trekked in New Zealand, Ecuador, Peru, and Japan. Justin is also an active volunteer with the Trail Center (trail building) and the San Mateo County Parks Foundation. You can follow along with Justin’s adventures in the Bay Area and the world on his blog TechnologyHiker.com. Earlier this year we asked Justin to fill out the official “#WoolxinAction Questionnaire”, read on to delve deeper into the mind of an extreme brand ambassador!
Backpacking in the Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest.
Favorite Woolx product?
Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?
- New Zealand has the best access to world class outdoors. The people are friendly too.
Justin wearing the X302 on a recent trip to Egypt and Turkey.
What’s on your bucket list, any big adventures that you dream of undertaking?
- I’d climb to climb Orizaba, the 3rd tallest mountain in North America. It’s near Mexico City, and the logistics are relatively simple for a quick ascent.
- I’d like to hike the PCT but realistically not until my young kids are grown
What’s your favorite outdoor memory?
- Hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand during a Southern Ocean storm. The ranger in the hut explained that we’d all have to helicoptered out the next day due to flooding. Instead, the sun came out, and weather was brilliant on final day on the Milford Track
Staying toasty warm in the X305 Base Camp Hoodie on Mt Tallac above Tahoe .
Do you have a nickname?
- Quality was my trail name from the AT
What’s the scariest moment you’ve had outdoors?
- Being wholly unprepared made for a scary, first, Mt Shasta climb. My buddy and I had just passed the crux (red banks chutes at ~12k) when we saw a mass of people descending toward us. Strong summit winds turned all climbers around. We could not descend the same way we climbed because we left our ice axes in the car. To find a less steep route, we had to traverse across exposed cliffs covered by pebbles. A false step would not have been good. After ~15 minutes of terror driven, adrenaline fueled climbing, we felt comfortable enough to take a deep breath.
Justin with the next generation of adventurers!
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
- Taking naps. George Costanza was spot on.
What is your favorite time of year and why?
- Spring in the Sierra. Good weather, stable snow, and longer days make for blue bird days.
Do you have a personal hero, or heroes who inspire you?
- Winston Churchill. He never, ever, ever, ever gave up – through many trials and tribulations.
Thanks Justin! Check in next month to find out more about another one of our awesome Woolx in Action team members! You can follow along with Justin’s adventures with @Woolxwool on Twitter and Instagram and on his own website TechnologyHiker.com.