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 adventure lifestyle photographer and Alberta native Glenn Parry!
You can check out Glenn’s amazing outdoor photography from his travels throughout Canada and abroad on Instagram @glennparryphoto and on his website glennparryphoto.com. To get to know Glenn better we asked him 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’ve always loved sports and the outdoors. As a kid I grew up camping all the time with my family and I believe that is the main reason why I love to be in the mountains. My parents taught me to enjoy nature and enjoy exploring early on in life. I’ve taken it a few notches further where I have traveled to some pretty unique places in the world with my backpack and camera in hand.
Kings Creek Canyon, Opal Range of Kananaskis Provincial Park, Alberta. Shot by @jenniferanne222
Do you have any special plans, or trips in the works for 2016? Any big long term goals?
I’ve already traveled to India, Nepal, and Bermuda so far in 2016. In the summer I spend most of my time around home in the Canadian rocky mountains. There are hopes and dreams to visit Asia again in the fall. Myanmar is a country that I find intriguing and I hope to go visit soon.
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’m from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The best part of living here is being close to the world famous Lake Louise and Banff National Park. The Canadian Rockies are home to world class ski resorts and backcountry touring. The mountains offer something for everyone. My favorite activities are drinking coffee in backcountry huts and photographing the northern lights green glow.
Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta.
What’s your most embarrassing moment outdoors, or your favorite epic fail memory?
Favorite epic fail memory was on New Years Eve. I went with 4 friends to a backcountry hut to celebrate New Years Eve, along with a girl who was my date. I had spent time with her once before and she mentioned she was a snowboarder. So I helped her rent splitboard gear and avalanche safety equipment and we toured to a remote hut. The night was great, met many new people and had great food and I even brought fireworks in my backpack to ring in the new year. The next day we went to snowboard away from the hut. It was located near the edge of a 100m / 300 foot cliff. My “date” pushed her splitboard as we were hiking to the first slope and it got too far in front of her. It slid away out of control and flew off the cliff and got lodged on a rock half way down. So for the 8 kilometer hike out my friend and I shared his gear with one ski on each foot. I used my avalanche shovel on my other foot as a snowshoe. My “date” used my splitboard, and we hiked out in waist deep powder for 6 hours. (mormally its a 2 hour snowboard out.) We got back to the cars at dark. We never did see the snowboard again, and my “date” had to pay $1000 to the rental shop. And needless to say, that was the last time I went on a date with her.
Cirque Peak, Banff National Park, Alberta. Shredding fresh turns after a long day of splitboarding up the mountain.
What is your most often worn, go-to Woolx item?
By far my most worn Woolx item is my Grizzly Hooded Sweatshirt. It comes with me on every adventure.
Do you prefer solo activities, or do you like having partners on your adventures?
I love the social aspect to my adventures. I love to share a summit view with someone else. Seeing their reaction makes me appreciate the scenery even more.
Do you have a personal motto, or words you live by?
Jobs fill the pocket, adventures fill the soul.
The view before the summit of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah.
Pizza or tacos?
Summer or winter?
Mountains or coastline?
Why can’t we have both? But mountains are my first love.
Are you inspired by any of your fellow Woolx in Action team members? If so who?
I am inspired by everyone who has a thirst for adventure and a creative eye to capture those moments.
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?
I always head back to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I just love it here in my backyard. There is so much to see and so many different places to play.
I’ve always wanted to snowboard in Japan, see the landscape of Lofoten, Norway, and go scuba diving in Madagascar. And those will happen soon. I’ve also wanted to see Joshua Tree National Park in California.
Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park, Alberta.
What’s your favorite outdoor/adventure themed movie?
I just watched “Meru” produced by Jimmy Chin. It is an incredible mountain climbing documentary. I also like any snowboard movie that comes from Sherpas Cinema or from Brain Farm.
If you could be any animal for a week, which animal would you choose?
I’d be a tiger. Without a question.
What one item could you not live without (apart from your Woolx of course)?
Kananaskis Country Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
In 2010 I was nearly killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. From that moment on I have lived my life with intention and passion. I strive to be generous and I try to make sure I never take any blessings for granted. I try to inspire others to think differently about how they spend their time and their money. And I always try to spend as much time as I can outdoors and experiencing new international cultures.
Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah
Thanks Glenn! We look forward to seeing and sharing more of your stunning photographs from your travels in 2016. 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.