Ellie and Loki – Gray’s Peak Trail
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 our amazing Woolx in Action team members – This month meet Elizabeth Briggs!
Elizabeth lives in Colorado where she and her extremely handsome (and furry) adventure partner Loki spend their time in the mountains snowboarding, climbing and exploring! You can follow along with Elizabeth and Loki’s adventures on her Instagram @followyourfeet17. To get to know Elizabeth better we asked her to fill out the new and improved “#WoolxinAction Questionnaire”, read on to delve deeper into the mind of an extreme brand ambassador!
16 Questions w/ Woolx:
What inspired you to become an outdoor adventurer, did you grow up participating in a lot of outdoor activities with your family, or is it something you were drawn to on your own later?
I wish I could say that I was one of those kids who was raised chasing their dreams in the outdoors, but in reality it wasn’t even until about 5 years ago that I took my first camping trip. At the time I had been going through some pretty heavy stuff emotionally, and I finally just decided that I was tired of the hole I was living in and that it was time to make a change. I started climbing mountains, which became my therapy, and soon after that this entirely different world just opened up in front of me. Now I find that every single day is an adventure, with no limit to where we can go and what we can see next.
Climbing across the knife’s edge of Kelso Ridge at nearly 14,200 ft. Torreys Peak, CO.
Do you have any special plans, or trips in the works for 2017? Any big long term goals?
Loki and I will be moving to the mountains full time, finally finish climbing all the 14ers in Colorado together (only 9 left!), and celebrating with a trip to Banff up in Canada.
Our ambassadors come from all over the U.S., and we’ve got a few international team members too! What’s your favorite local activity, or the best part about exploring the region you call home?
I love that Colorado has so many different landscapes within this one state. We have mountains, desert, plains, lakes, canyons – the list just goes on. Everywhere you look is a different outdoor playground. And I’m a mountain girl, so I’ll climb anything I can get my hands – or feet – on. Whether it’s mountaineering in the summer or snowboarding in the winter; if it’s a big pile of rocks, I’m there.
View of Hallett Peak from a frozen Nymph Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park
What’s your most embarrassing moment outdoors, or your favorite epic fail memory?
I’m not really the type to get embarrassed, to be honest, but one of the funnier moments was when I did my first solo skydive in AFF. The pilot of our plane was also in training and carried us way outside of the drop zone, which I didn’t realize, being a newbie. When it came time to land, I found myself over a residential area, completely out of view of my instructor, so I just picked the most open area I could find – a weed-filled trench right next to a pond – and slid right in. When the team finally found me I was standing there, half off the ground, trying to untangle my wet parachute from a tree with a broken elbow and a huge grin. Needless to say, I passed my Level 1.
What is your most often worn, go-to Woolx item?
It’s a tie – the Mia tee when it’s warm outside or the Blizzard ¼ zip top when it’s cold and windy.
Splitboarding in the alpine back country – Fletcher Mountain in the background.
Do you prefer solo activities, or do you like having partners on your adventures?
Well with Loki by my side, I’m never alone on any adventures!
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Do you have a personal motto, or words you live by?
“If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough.”
Pizza or tacos?
Oh come on, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child…
Summer or winter?
This one’s even harder than the pizza/tacos debate!
Mountains or coastline?
Mountains. I’ve never taken a beach vacation in my life! Someday we’ll have to change that.
Are you inspired by any of your fellow Woolx in Action team members? If so who?
Every single one of them is inspiring! Anyone who dedicates their life to the outdoors in some way inspires me, regardless of what they’re doing.
What place do you find yourself going back to over and over again? What place would you love to visit that you’ve never seen?
Outside of Colorado, I spend a good amount of time in Utah and the Pacific Northwest. The landscapes are so breathtaking and there’s always somewhere new to adventure that I haven’t yet seen. As far as places I’m dying to visit: Alberta, Nepal, Vietnam, Norway, Chile, Iceland, the list could go on and on.
Bouldering near Canyon de Chelly, AZ.
What’s your favorite outdoor/adventure themed movie?
Touching the Void. It highlights the life or death decisions that mountaineers often deal with and such an incredible will to live in the face of what seems like an impossible circumstance.
If you could be any animal for a week, which animal would you choose?
I’d be Loki! His life is better than most people’s.
Waiting on the snow near Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
What one item could you not live without (apart from your Woolx of course)?
My camera. Someday when I’m too old to drag my walker up even the smallest hill, I’m going to have all these beautiful memories to look back on and remember how awesome my life was.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Know the difference between summit fever and safety, and never be too proud to turn around when necessary. The mountains aren’t going anywhere. You can always try again tomorrow.
Upper Antelope Canyon – Page, AZ.
Thanks Elizabeth! We can’t wait to follow along with more of your adventures where you #NeverLeavetheDogBehind! Keep checking in with Woolx Life to find out more about all of our awesome Woolx in Action Team members! You can keep up with team #WoolxinAction on Twitter and Instagram with @Woolxwool.