COLORADO AMBASSADORS

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JULIA BECKLEY

Favorite Adventures:

Julia loves adaptive adventures of all kinds and being a part of community is where she thrives! Julia’s service dog Mowlgi joins her on lots of adventures and has visited 4 different states in the year that they have been together! Julia is always looking for her next adventure. 2019 is not even close to over with two more half marathons in two different states, plenty of snow activities to come and memories with friends to make!

Why She Always Choose Adventures:

At age 11 Julia was diagnosed with idiopathic anaphylaxis that resulted in an eventual diagnosis of Mast Cell Activation Disorder and a permanent tracheostomy for airway support. At age 17 Julia was diagnosed with a rare bone disorder, Hypophosphatasia, and has broken over 38 bones!

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ALY JOBSON

TRAIL TIMEOUTS - ACA SPRUCES UP COLORADO 

Favorite Adventures:

Rock Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Anything out in nature!

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures: 

After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a more outdoor-focused lifestyle, she has summited 10 14ers, completed multiple backpacking trips, climbed many rock climbing routes, and more...all things she couldn't do in her home state. Choosing adventures, taking risks, pushing past self-doubt and fear is where people grow the most. Aly lives a life of constant self-discovery, and adventuring is just what she does. 

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KATY JURGENSEN GLOEGE

REWILD YOUR CHILD

Favorite Adventures:

Hiking and exploring Colorado with family, Camping, rockhounding, Photographing wildflowers, Katy’s happy as long as she’s outside. 

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures: 

Katy grew up exploring, hiking and backpacking Colorado. Her family taught her every day is an adventure. Now that Katy has her own family she’s on a mission to share that joy with them.

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JAMES KERSEY

Favorite Adventures:

Mountaineering, Class 3/4 scrambling, Backpacking, Snowshoeing

 

Why He Always Chooses Adventures: 

James's first mountain experience came the summer after college when, on a bit of a whim, he and college friends set their sights on Mt. Shasta in California. Armed with not much experience and facing very icy conditions on the Hotlum-Bolam Glacier, they only made it to ~12,000ft before turning around - but he was hooked. Since then (and after some much needed training), James has climbed mountains in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Wyoming. He feels most at home and a sense of peace high up in the mountains and calls Rocky Mountain National Park his home away from home. He's now looking to share these experiences and adventures with others!

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ZACH KINZLER

ACA MOUNTAINEERING TEAM

 

Favorite Adventures:

Winter backpacking and mountaineering

 

Why He Always Chooses Adventures: 

Adrenaline, pushing his body, and the feeling of succeeding. He also choose adventures because he  thinks more often than not you fail to achieve what you wanted to accomplish. The humbling experience is good for the soul. It lights up your mind on how to become better and succeed at your next attempt.

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DONI MARSELIES

Favorite Adventures:

Backpacking in the spring and winter and photography hunting.

 

Why He Always Chooses Adventures:

Marsel loves the outdoors. He often enjoys nature by going on solo backpacking trips. Since he would go out and about by himself, he likes to make sure that he knows everything there is to know about his surroundings. He likes looking at his immediate landscape that sometimes includes trees, rocks  and random shrubs with a hope that he can catch a glimpse of any type of wildlife; so he can capture it with his camera. Lately he's been writing about his hikes, and hope someday he can make a living writing about his experiences in the outdoors. 

JENNIFER OLIVAS 

Favorite Adventures:

Hiking, trail running, paddle boarding, cross country skiing, and road-tripping through the mountains.

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

Growing up in Colorado, Jennifer has always had a love for nature and the outdoors, but she didn't find her adventuring legs until she was in her early 30's.  Now she adventures for her physical and mental health and to experience the kinds of places nature has to offer that make her feel the most alive. 

RYAN PARISI

Favorite Adventures:

Snowboarding, Scuba, Hiking, Slalom Skiing, Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Bouldering, Camping, Jeeping, Travelling, Fishing... LIFE! 

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

Ryan finds every walk of Life an adventure. She believes adventures are what allow people to live life to the fullest-not just float through it- float?... river float! Who's in?! Ryan wants to see it, try it, do it all!

MOLLY QUIRK

Favorite Adventures:

Hiking and backpacking with friends, furry companions, and solo. Traveling to camp in National and State Parks since a child, she values the beauty and majesty of mountains, oceans, and deserts alike. In the last year, she has visited Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Her favorite trip to date was Havasupai Indian Reservation in Grand Canyon National Park. She is also a fan of yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking, horseback riding, and trekking to hot springs.

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

As someone with ADHD, the outdoors is one of the most critical ways she harnesses energy into something positive. Getting outside helps her stay focused! Born and raised in Orange County, CA, spending time at the beach and swimming in the ocean was a calming activity which instilled the importance of adventure and recreation. Now, as a teacher she continues to see the value of nature and how it guides youth and adults alike to stay in the present moment. She is passionate about ensuring that all people have access to outdoor recreation and its benefits.

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KRISTY ROGGEMAN

Favorite Adventures:

Hiking is probably her number one, then camping. She is attending school to become an outdoor professional and her first back packing trips are with her class. Backpacking will most likely become her favorite because it combines her 2 favorite things in to one.

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

Because choosing adventures is what she wants to do for a living. She has been hiking for the last 8 years and been getting more extreme over the last 4-5 years. Hiking and camping and being in nature keeps her happy and healthy. She also loves to take pictures of her adventures and would like to get better at using a “real” camera.

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TERRI RYLANDER

Favorite Adventures:

Terri’s favorite adventures include anywhere she can get to by foot, especially hikes to mountain summits. She loves spending hours on the trails either hiking or trail running and appreciates the beauty and serenity it provides. In the winter, you’ll find her either Nordic skiing or backcountry xc skiing, again in the solitude of nature.

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

Terri grew up in the outdoors. Her house backing up to the woods, she spent all day playing and exploring the natural world around her. She had parents who also loved the outdoors and took her family camping nearly every weekend. Terri was lucky to be taken to many ranger talks and still chuckles when she thinks about the time they played the Lone Ranger theme song and asked if anyone knew what the tune was. No one else raised their hand so she spouted out, “Lone Ranger!” The crowd laughed because they were really asking for the name of the original classical tune, the William Tell Overture. With her friends continually asking her to take them on hikes, she looks forward to showing others that they too can enjoy the beautiful places we have here!

BRANDIE SMITH

Favorite Adventures:
Camping, Fishing, Hiking, outdoor/ Wildlife photography, pack trips, Ice Skating, Rock Crawling, ATV & Dirt Bike Riding, Camping Trips, Rafting the rivers of Colorado... LIFE!


Why She Always Chooses Adventures:
Brandie was born and raised in the high country, & grew up in the outdoors.Her family Ranch backing up to the woods, she spent all day playing, exploring & learning the natural world around her. She had parents who also loved & worked in the outdoors and took her family camping nearly every weekend.


After her dad was taken by gun violence, Brandie was diagnosed with CPTSD & developed extreme anxiety and panic disorder. She begin isolating herself and eventually wouldn't even go outdoors. Fortunately, she knew getting outdoors was critical in her recovery & spending time outdoors was a calming activity
which instilled the importance of adventure and recreation. Now, as a victim advocate, she continues to see the value of nature and how it guides youth and adults alike to stay in the present moment. She is passionate about ensuring
that all people with or without disabilities have access to outdoors!

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STEPHANIE SOLORZANO

COUCH TO TRAIL

Favorite Adventures:

They are all so memorable! She loves camping, hiking, kayaking, SUPing, and off-roading but if she had to choose just one, it would be stargazing at Bishop Castle. Her husband took her to San Isabel before they were married, almost 25 years ago, and she fell in love. After they got married and had their kids they started taking them there too. Two years ago they were blessed to be able to purchase a cabin there. That area is beautiful, but the castle is MAGIC! When she is there she feels like she's in a fairy tale and anything is possible. Stargazing at the castle was so much fun. Being there with ACA was like being there with family. The live music, the friends the atmosphere it was beyond words. This is what adventuring is all about.

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

Being outside makes her happy. Life is bogged down with stress and drama. When she is outside she feels peaceful, hopeful and whole. Now that she has had a taste of this contentment, she wants more! She wants to do all the adventures and she is so thankful she found this wonderful community to do adventures with. The second part of my why is that she never went on adventures. She was overweight, out of shape and isolated. She always felt like that was for other people, not her. She did a health program in January 2017 and she lost 60lbs. With my new health, she discovered that adventures are for her! She loves the challenge of hiking and meeting new people. 

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AWK STANLEY

Favorite Adventures:

Hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing, and traveling. And food! Food is an adventure too right?? 

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

Nature and the outdoors is where she finds her therapy and peace. Having never visited Colorado at all, Awk decided to move to Colorado 3 years ago after a slump in her mental health. If the saying is true about the mountains calling, it called and Awk answered. It was probably the best decision she could have made and she doesn’t regret it one bit! The positive impact that nature and the endless outdoor possibilities have really helped her find her inner peace. She always choose adventures because life is full of amazing adventures and she wants to share it with as many people as possible! 

JACKIE WILSON

Favorite Adventures:

Backpacking Machu Picchu, a bike and barge trip in the Netherlands, backcountry hut trips, backpacking Havasupai (Obviously! She's done it 12 times!), the Grand Canyon rim to rim, the Grand Tetons, and Yosemite National Park. As well as hiking, snowshoeing, and backpacking almost anywhere in Colorado! She loves to travel and experience the great outdoors with workout vacations being her favorite. She loves hiking by herself and with her dogs (her best adventure buddies!) and hiking with others. It was an amazing adventure fostering dogs also for a Rescue; She was able to help save lives and help these dogs experience love and find people who truly care about them.

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

She loves experiencing new places, meeting new people, and sharing these experiences with others. Every new adventure is exciting and every new experience, even if it's on the same trail. She always find peace in the mountains. When life can get so crazy busy, a hike in the mountains, especially if there's a waterfall or stream involved, brings calm to her world and fills her soul.

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