I crave post epic-adventure exhaustion. There's nothing better than exploring our wilderness and playing outside. It keeps me inspired, hopeful, and reignites the spark that is liveliness. Recreating in the backcountry isn't just a lesson in alpinism, but relationships. It strips away all the insignificant layers of humanity. What is left is a team of adventurers, all purely human, working together to achieve a shared goal and return safely. The bonds formed in nature are unattainable elsewhere. It is the realest classroom. And we must pledge to save it.
This is why I crunch.
Caroline Frieda Markowitz, 27
Chief Executive Cruncher
Current: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman
All-time: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Dalai Lama
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." Audrey Hepburn
Current: "Alaska," Maggie Rogers
All time: "Forever Young," Bob Dylan
Piece of equipment: I can't live without my Patagonia Nano Air. And life without hooded clothing is unimaginable.
I'd like to have met: My Great Grandma Frieda, Gilda Radner, Yogi Berra, Gandhi
Reading: "Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay," by Elena Ferrante
Favorite authors: Jon Krakauer and Ernest Hemingway
Hobbies: Writing, coloring books, making playlists, baking concoctions, playing everything outside, not acting my age