Our ambassadors

Hi! I'm Danielle Chmelewski, and that's my adventure sidekick Turk. Born, raised on the east coast outside of Philadelphia, I recently moved to Portland, Oregon to experience everything the west coast outdoors has to offer. One of the best things about working remotely as a Marketing Manager for a software company is the flexibility that allows me to spend plenty of time outdoors. I seem to have become a "Jill of all trades", as I enjoy a little bit of everything - hiking, backpacking, climbing, biking, downhill and cross country skiing, kayaking, surfing, whitewater. You name it - I almost never say no to an adventure! I'm looking forward to where my hiking boots take me.

Hi, I’m Chris Denu and you can most likely find me in Colorado or traveling the Western U.S. in my self-built campervan. I fully participate in a variety of outdoor pursuits, from thru hiking to peak bagging, to skiing and mountaineering. I also run a website and blog (theboldnomad.com) where I hope to inspire and educate others to get out and pursue their adventure goals. I tend to have my hands in all things outdoor industry; photography, coaching, volunteering, and advocacy.

Here’s the interview with Chris Denu

My name is Marinel M. de Jesus (aka Brown Gal Trekker). I’m a former prosecutor in Washington, DC turned entrepreneur, writer and full-time mountain/digital nomad. In 2016, I founded Peak Explorations to market global treks to solo travelers and promote equity and inclusion of marginalized/indigenous communities within the trekking tourism industry. Despite my extensive travels, I deem Washington, DC as my home base in U.S. where I teach backpacking classes and organize outdoor events. I’m also the founder of the media platform, Brown Gal Trekker, which promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors.

Here’s the interview with Marinel de Jesus

My name is Stephen Dishong, aka Ranger Steve. I’m a State Park Ranger at Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso, Texas. I am also a member of El Paso’s Search and Rescue Team. I love adventure and outdoor activities. I like to think of myself as an opportunist, who pretty much says YES to an opportunity to get my adventure on. Paddle the Panama Canal, YES. Spend a week in the Atacama Desert, YES. Hike sections of the Appalachian Trail, YES. Exploring wilderness and meeting as many people that call it home, brings joy and purpose to my life. I hope to see you out here, soon!

Here’s the interview with Stephen Dishong

My name is Annie Dube, Detroit-native currently living in the Arizona desert. I’m a nature lover, adventure enthusiast, runner, and climber. I feel the most alive when I’m out in the wild, whether it be scaling a steep face or relaxing with friends around a campfire. I spent the better part of 2017 traveling solo through Ecuador and Peru summiting high Andean peaks and trekking through the region’s rugged backcountry. I hope that through sharing my experiences with the world, I can inspire others to live their own adventures.

Here’s the interview with Annie Dube

My name is Evan Johnson and I am a writer and photographer born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont. When I'm not trail running, hiking and skiing, I can be found baking bread, lounging by a lake or swimming hole, or making maple syrup. I never leave the house without my camera and a change of socks.

Here’s the interview with Evan Johnson

My name is Jesse Maloney and I live in the great state of Minnesota. Here, we have all four seasons and an endless number of outdoor pursuits tailored to each one. I try to get to them all! I enjoy snorkeling, bouldering, cliff jumping, hiking, kayaking, ice climbing, and anything else anyone invites me to try outside. I love to travel with friends but I especially appreciate my time alone, bushwhacking to new locations.

Here’s the interview with Jesse Maloney

My name is Skye Marthaler and these days I hang my hat in Tennessee. I was raised on a farm in Wisconsin and being in the great outdoors has always been a part of my life. I prefer to explore offbeat places and find hidden natural treasures that most folks may never see. Currently I am on a journey to summit the fifty state and five territory highpoints of the United States. As a photographer and filmmaker I enjoy sharing my adventures with others with the goal of getting them out their front door and adventuring as well.

Here’s the interview with Skye Marthaler

My name is Cody Sowa and I'm a full time, professional photographer based out of Colorado. I recently built my own teardrop camper from scratch in order to travel the U.S. and capture all that Mother Nature has to offer. I've hiked Mt Kilimanjaro to help bring clean drinking water to East Africa and volunteered with local non profits to get our youth into the outdoors more often. If it involves the outdoors, I want to do it. I live my life with the motto, "Adventure Awaits!"

Here’s the interview with Cody Sowa

My name is JJ Taylor and I love living in Arizona as it allows me to enjoy my love for wake surfing year around along with taking in a sunset hike each evening. I travel often combining work with pleasure and seek out adventures on a weekly basis. Some of my favorite places I visit are Sedona, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park, plus many natural hot springs and waterfalls. I love backpacking just about anywhere, as long as I can hang my hammock to sleep under the stars.

Here’s the interview with JJ Taylor

I'm Christopher Perreault (aka. Ducky), from Mount Vernon, Iowa. The outdoors is my life and is shaped by my wife and children. In 2008, I started Ugly Duck Adventures, a youth soccer program that is now morphing into a youth outdoor adventure group. As a family, we do an annual week-long pack in canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota, and take two weeks to travel, tent camp, hike, bike, climb, and kayak.

Here’s the interview with Christopher Perreault

My Name is Matt Mosteller (aka PowderMatt), and I hail from Alberta, Canada. Spending trail time is my jam and letting the magic of the outdoors and nature transform me. I passionately believe in the power of “outside time” on people. Through my adventures, writing and way-making, I hope to be able to share what I have experienced and the true goodness one can gain from being outside and being community-minded. We can all thrive through social responsibility, care for the environment and a shared purpose of spreading joy and goodness. Come join me on the long trail as we head out to convert ordinary life into priceless experiences.

Here’s the interview with Matt Mosteller

My name is Amanda Edmonds I was born and raised in Utah. I am a mama of two wildlings and a Great Dane. My happy place is in the desert surrounded by red rocks and sand. I can be found rock climbing, camping and paddle boarding all over this beautiful state. I am so passionate about getting kids outside and try to get my own children outside every day, in some capacity. So many people think adventure ends once you have children but for my little fam it was the opposite. We are outdoors more than ever! I can be found on Instagram @adventuringwithkids.

Here’s the interview with Amanda Edmonds

Hi, my name is Angela Crampton and I reside in the state of Washington. I grew up camping but found outdoor sports to be my outlet. I ski in the winter, mountaineer in the spring, climb and hike in the summer and fall, and rinse and repeat. I'm a volunteer as a mountaineering and climbing instructor for a Washington-based outdoor club and want everyone to find their outdoor niche in life. In addition to instructing, I have climbed all five of Washington's volcanoes and am looking to attempt most of them on skis in upcoming seasons. When I'm not instructing or playing outside, I'm traveling and sampling microbrews. In the shoulder seasons, I enjoy writing about my outdoor adventures or sharing outdoor tips focused on women in the outdoors on my blog, angelatravels.com.

Here’s the interview with Angela Crampton

My name is Kasandra “Bagels” Fleury and I live in the beautiful Green Mountain State of Vermont. I am a dog trainer and love being able to incorporate my love of dogs and dog training with my passion of hiking and of the outdoors. When I’m not working, I’m likely out in the woods or the mountains with my two dogs, Maggie Mae “Grublet” and Radar O’Reilly “Sneasel.” I hope that stories of my adventures with my canine companions will help inspire others to get out there and have fun exploring with their pups too. No place I’d rather be than on a summit with my best friends at my side.

Here’s the interview with Kasandra Fleury