Hello past Live Outside and Play readers, new LOAP fans, and friends of Blue Ridge Outdoors and Elevation Outdoors! We are your new road team for the 2017 season, and we couldn’t be more ready to get rubber to pavement and start the adventure.
Excited isn’t even close to how we feel about starting this journey. Ecstatic, euphoric? Fired up! We can’t wait to sleep with the doors open, see every sunrise, meet a thousand new people, and share their (and our) stories.
Roxy loves surfing snow, cast iron campfire dinners, and making Ben dance in various outdoor locations. In her non-adventure time, Roxy plays didgeridoo, mixes mean margaritas, and creates a lot of lists. She hails from Northern Va., where she learned how to cast her friends in homemade movies every summer. She refined her skills in New York City, and when the mountains spoke to her more loudly than the skyscrapers, she moved to Denver, Colo. From there it was a quick hop, skip, and jump to every outdoor activity imaginable — summer camp for adults.
Ben loves arduous hikes, jetboil coffee (i.e. needs), and scrambling class 4 skree fields without an end in sight (Roxy’s nightmare). In his non-adventure time, Ben tells dad jokes, unpretentiously sips craft beer, and re-organizes his adventure gear. He grew up in Ohio where some of his earliest memories were camping with his grandparents, enjoying the outdoors, and building really sketchy bike ramps in the woods. Like Roxy, Ben moved to Denver in search of adventure and found an outdoor playground. He’s worked in digital media and outdoor television since 2009 and is ready to ditch the desk for something a little more scenic.
We will be van’ing all over the East Coast from the southern charm of Georgia up to the grassy knolls of Pennsylvania. If you live ANYWHERE near ANY of those states, we want to meet you! Here are some places where we can cross paths:April 1st: Tallulah Festival, Lakemont, Georgia
April 2nd: Meet Up #1: River cleanup on the Chattooga River
April 14th—16th: Tom Tom Founders Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia
April 15th: Meet Up #2: Group ride at Tom Tom Fest
April 21st—23rd: Tuck Fest, Charlotte, North Carolina
May 5th—6th: Cheat River Fest, Albright, West Virginia
May 7th: Meet Up #3: River cleanup on the Cheat River
Not only do you get to hang out with us, you also get to familiarize yourself with some incredible outdoor companies: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine. We will have giveaways, snacks, and high fives. Come hang out. If you can’t make it, you should contact us via social media.
See you out there!