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 will feature one of our amazing Woolx in Action team members – Meet September’s team member of the month Dennis Plato!
Dennis is a lover of hiking, cycling, and generally being outside. In the summer of 2008, he cycled 3,600 miles from North Carolina to California. After that, he worked for six years in financial services. He decided adventuring was more fun, so he turned in his notice and embarked on his next big adventure: an attempted thru-hike of the 2,180 mile long Appalachian Trail. Dennis left from Georgia on April 28, 2015, he’s currently somewhere in New England and is closing in on Katahdin! We caught up with Dennis on the trail earlier this summer and he was able to fill out the infamous “WoolxinAction Questionnaire”. Read on to delve deeper into the mind of an extreme brand ambassador and thru hiker!
Woolx in Action Profile – Dennis Plato
Dennis on Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the highest point on the AT!
Favorite Woolx product?
I love all my WoolX clothing, but my favorite has been my lightweight t-shirt (Dennis has an Outback T in Denim). I wear it nearly every day! It goes a week or longer between washes and always feels fresh when I put it on. It’s also super comfortable.
Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?
I spent some time in Morocco and would love to live there for a while. There’s a great diversity of experience and terrain: the bustling markets in Marrakech, the beaches, the Atlas mountains, and the Sahara.
What’s on your bucket list, any big adventures that you dream of undertaking?
I’d like to cycle the US coast-to-coast unsupported. I did a supported tour in 2008, and going solo seems like the next step.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep and why?
Probably 24 hours, for final exams in college. I adventure best on at least four hours of sleep.
What’s your favorite outdoor memory?
I did a 126 mile bike ride into Colorado Springs. We were battling headwinds for much of the day, and ran into a hail storm and dust devils for the final ten miles or so. Several strong riders took cover from the storm in a porta potty. Riding through that storm felt great. I love being outside in adverse conditions.
What’s your favorite food, or the best meal you’ve ever had?
Pizza. I’m easy.
Do you have a nickname?
My trail name is Octopus. I carry a little orange octopus stuffed animal on the outside of my backpack. I picked him up while doing the cross country ride in 2008. He’s a hell of a travel companion.
What’s the scariest moment you’ve had outdoors?
Prior to hiking the AT, I did a one night shakedown hike. Every sound on that first night got my heart rate going. I knew it was irrational to be scared, but I still was.
If your life had a soundtrack what songs would be on it?
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
Do you have a favorite animal?
I love dogs and can’t wait to get one!
What motivates you to keep going when the going gets tough?
I tell myself that the way out is through. I also remind myself that working through that particular moment is what I signed up for.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I’ve binge watched a few shows on Netflix: Battlestar Galactica, West Wing, House of Cards… the list goes on.
Is there anything that you’ve never done but would like to try?
What is your favorite time of year and why?
The fall is my favorite. I’m from New England, and the leaves are beautiful. The air is also nice and crisp!
Do you have a personal hero, or heroes who inspire you?
I’d have to say my dad, who passed in 2005. He lived with integrity and in line with his values, and that’s something that I shoot for on a daily basis.
Thanks Dennis! You can keep track of Dennis’s progress on the AT on his blog TheBusQuestion.com and with @Woolxwool on Twitter and Instagram. You can also watch video directly from the Appalachian Trail on Dennis’s YouTube Channel Bus Question!
Check in next month to find more about another one of our awesome Woolx in Action team members!