Wild Iris -Lander, WY Photo: Nick Brennan
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 – Laura Catherine Edmondson!
Laura Catherine grew up near the gorgeous Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, Tennessee. She’s a lifelong hiker and camper who discovered rock climbing in 2015 while living in Wyoming; and she’s been hooked ever since! She works on her climbing skills at the Obed in her home state of Tennessee, while traveling the U.S. and Mexico in a converted camper van, and on trips abroad to South East Asia and the Mediterranean.
You can follow along with Laura’s adventures on her Instagram pages @laura.edmondson and @venturesinvagary. To get to know Laura 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!
10 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 outside the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee and spent my summers camping and hiking with my family. I was also lucky enough to go to summer camp every year where I got to try rock climbing and backpacking.
“Pet Semetary” 5.11a – The Stephen King Library in South Clear Creek – Obed, TN Photo: Lauren Van Nostrend
Do you have any special plans, or trips in the works for 2016/17? Any big long term goals?
I am currently in the beginning stages of a 6 month climbing trip across the Western US and Mexico. [Editors note: Laura took this trip in the late summer and fall of 2016]
Moab Dessert – Photo: Nick Brennan @nickbplus
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?
The climbing at the Obed in East Tennessee is incredible and not to be missed if you’re in the area!
What is your most often worn, go-to Woolx item?
My Woolx Mia Tee!
City of Rocks National Reserve, NM.
Do you prefer solo activities, or do you like having partners on your adventures?
My favorite outdoor activity is climbing which is inherently a partner sport and I think having someone around to share the experience with is invaluable.
Do you have a personal motto, or words you live by?
“Make the unknown your home.”
View of the Obed River after climbing at South Clear Creek – Photo: Nick Brennan @nickbplus
Potash Bong Hit on Wall Street in Moab. Photo: Nick Brennan
Pizza or tacos?
Summer or winter?
Mountains or coastline?
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?
Grand Teton National Park is somewhere I am always drawn back to. I would love to climb in Split, Croatia and hope to cross it off my list in the next few years.
Delta Lake at the base of Grand Teton – Photo: Sarah Stephan @shimmer046
Key Lime Sky in Maple Canyon – Photo: Nick Brennan @nickbplus
Thanks Laura! We can’t wait to follow along with more of your adventures as you climb and explore the world! 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.
Snow King Boulder Park