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 Erin Cunningham!
Erin is a Minnesota native currently residing in Washington State where she spends her time as a critical care nurse and avid outdoors-woman. You can follow along with her adventures backcounty skiing, hiking and sailing on Instagram @erin.noelle1. To get to know Erin 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!
15 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 grew up traveling to National Parks every summer on family vacations, immersing myself in Junior Ranger programs, hiking, camping and learning as much as I could about the terrain, wildlife, climate and geology of the parks. My parents greatly influenced and inspired me to live an active, healthy lifestyle. As I grew older, I started to revisit the parks and relive those childhood memories. Life changes lead me to Washington state, which is where I found my true self again in the mountains.
Do you have any special plans, or trips in the works for 2016/17? Any big long term goals?
I’m actually planning on taking the winter off work (or working casual as a nurse) to ski, mostly in British Columbia. I have quite a few backcountry hut trips planned as well as some traverses. I can’t wait to experience the beauty British Columbia and earn every single turn in the backcountry.
Mount Rainier, Washington State.
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?
My most favorite pastime is ski touring! There’s nothing like using your own two legs on skis to access some of the most remote locations of the Pacific Northwest. And the reward of skiing back down is one of my most favorite feelings in the world!
What’s your most embarrassing moment outdoors, or your favorite epic fail memory?
The first time I experienced a PNW “powder day”, I was on my snowboard and proceeded to carwheel down the entire run under the chairlift at Mount Baker. Needless to say, I had to relearn how to ski and snowboard in the heavier snow we have here in the coastal mountains but I think I have it down now!
What is your most often worn, go-to Woolx item?
My most prized Woolx possession and the most perfect layer for spring ski touring is my Base Camp Hoodie! I won’t leave the house without it!
Backpacking Meager Creek, BC.
Do you prefer solo activities, or do you like having partners on your adventures?
When I first moved to Washington, I did a lot of solo hiking but as I met people in the outdoor community and through social media, I learned that experiences are so much more meaningful when shared. Sometimes being in nature with others is the best type of therapy and sharing a special experience makes those connections that much more special.
Pizza or tacos?
Tacos! Mexican is always on the menu at least once a week!
Summer or winter?
Mountains or coastline?
Mountains all the way!
Are you inspired by any of your fellow Woolx in Action team members? If so who?
Stacia Glenn is always an inspiring mountain crusher! I love her drive and determination to accomplish her goals, always with a smile on her face! Aaron Frank is also a dear friend who has a contagious passion for photography!
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?
Mount Rainier is a staple for me out here in Washington. Hiking and climbing in the summer and skiing in the winter/spring. I would love to ski in Switzerland, New Zealand and Patagonia some day!
Climbing Vantage Pic: @laura.berridge
What’s your favorite outdoor/adventure themed movie?
One of my favorite documentaries – Meru.
Edit from Woolx: Here’s one of our favorite documentaries. It’s Erin’s June 25-27 2016 Mount Rainier climb, summit and ski descent.
If you could be any animal for a week, which animal would you choose?
An Orca whale. They’re such relational animals, so curious, and have so much fun singing and dancing in the water!
What one item could you not live without (apart from your Woolx of course)?
Skis! (and camera of course)
Stevens Pass, WA Pic: @mitchpittman
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“There is an inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself. Who knows she’s capable of anything she puts her mind to. There’s beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path. Who isn’t thrown off by obstacles along the way. There’s a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences. Who knows she can fall, pick herself up and go on”.
Thanks Erin! We can’t wait to see photos and hear more about your amazing adventures skiing in British Columbia this winter! Keep checking in with Woolx Life to find out more about all of our awesome Woolx in Action Team members! You can follow along with their adventures with @Woolxwool on Twitter and Instagram.
Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia.