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 photographer and climbing enthusiast Peter Hoang!
You can check out Peter’s amazing photography from his travels throughout Canada and abroad on Instagram @pete.hoang and on his website peter-hoang.com. To get to know Peter 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 think like most outdoor enthusiasts, I was drawn to natural places. I grew up in a metropolitan area and didn’t get a lot of the outdoors early on. When I picked up photography and climbing it really expanded my territory, and eventually got me outside.
Do you have any special plans, or trips in the works for 2016? Any big long term goals?
I try not to talk about my future plans until they’re done, but my climbing objectives for 2016 are aimed to challenge my technical and mental abilities, and I’m hoping to gain some more international experience 😉
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?
Climbing at our cliffs is definitely my favourite (and main) local activity. Since the cliffs here aren’t considered to be an international destination yet, they haven’t quite caught up in terms of congestion, so you can still find yourself alone. The rock here is also quite challenging to read and protect, so you can build up a pretty decent skill-set.
What’s your most embarrassing moment outdoors, or your favorite epic fail memory?
I once threw one of my ice axes into a waterfall when I was screwing around at a belay. There was a hole in the ice with some rushing water behind it, and I thought it would be pretty cool to see more of it. So I start chipping away, but lost my grip at some point and watched my axe disappear into the gaping hole. I finished the last pitch with one axe, and someone got some sweet booty gear in the spring I’m sure.
What is your most often worn, go-to Woolx item?
The Basecamp Hoodie is definitely my most prized Woolx item. It’s the perfect weight to use in a variety of scenarios and works great as a layer or a standalone piece. It essentially makes my packing list a little lighter by cutting out other pieces of clothing.
Do you prefer solo activities, or do you like having partners on your adventures?
I don’t think I prefer one over the other, since they both have their values – depends on what I’m trying to get out of the experience, they both teach very different lessons.
“The Monument” White Bluffs
Do you have a personal motto, or words you live by?
“You’ve never going to feel like it.” More-so a reminder than a motto. I do my best to repeat this myself when I get up for an early start, or when I look up at an intimidating climb or approach. I haven’t yet regretted any decision to endure those discomforts haha.
“Predator” Rumney, NH
Pizza or tacos?
Tacos…. there’s so many pizza joints – the world needs more tacos!
Summer or winter?
Winter… which isn’t to say that I want it all-year-round. I think the finite nature makes it all the sweeter… I also really just like ice climbing.
Mountains or coastline?
Tough! I love surfing, but I don’t like fighting for waves, so I’ll take the mountains 🙂
Are you inspired by any of your fellow Woolx in Action team members? If so who?
I really enjoy catching up on Adam Nawrot‘s feed – he takes some pretty rad shots and does a good job telling a story. Anna Pirko is pretty cool too! She’s out climbing with me quite often, so I can see her personal efforts on the wall.
“Legends of the Fall”, Ontario.
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 find myself re-visiting North Conway quite often. In every stage of my climbing career it’s always had something to teach, both for rock and ice. I would love to go to the Ruth Gorge in Alaska though 🙂
What’s your favorite outdoor/adventure themed movie?
I’m not sure I have one actually. Lately my favourite outdoor/adventure-based videos have been shorts, most notably these two:
Algonquin Provincial Park overlooking Maggie Lake
If you could be any animal for a week, which animal would you choose?
Probably a falcon of some sort, to experience flight 🙂
What one item could you not live without (apart from your Woolx of course)?
Live without? That’s heavy. Perhaps this is cliche and expected, but I’d have to say my camera. I derive a lot of joy out of capturing genuine moments, even if they aren’t technically the most sound photos.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind.” It kinda helps you get along with more people, and carry less when you’re angry at strangers.
Smuggs Ice Bash, VT.
Thanks Peter! 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.