Fresh voices, bold ideas, vibrant conversations
Our ambassadors are regular people who embody the Out There ethos: they ask big questions about themselves and the world around them; they find strength, inspiration and healing in nature; and they harness their experience of the world outside to tell stories that make us think.
Current Out There Ambassadors
In 2015, Stacia decided to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, having never been camping or backpacking before. Now, she can't get enough of America's long trails and has hiked sections of the Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Florida Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, Benton McKaye Trail, Foothills Trail, and Bartram Trail.
Her favorite adventure buddy is her Standard Poodle, Shooter, and her favorite mountains are the southern Appalachians.
Max Crooks and Jaye Groves
Max and Jaye live in Monterey, California with their dog and three cats. They have backpacked a lot, including trips through Zion, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon and the Skyline-to-Sea Trail (to name a few). Their future plans include hiking the John Muir Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, finishing the Tahoe Rim Trail and having their wedding in 2019. Their other interests include roller derby, Olympic lifting, Crossfit, reading, running and gardening.
Max has a degree in mass communication with a focus in public relations and a minor in leadership. Jaye is persuing a degree in psychology, has a background in marine biology, and has been a roller derby athlete for five years.
We were devastated to learn that Tess Ley passed away on April 1, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.
Tess was an Australian adventurer and mother, and she spent the last years of her life working to balance her time in hospitals with her time in nature.
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Alexandra is a mama to three feral kiddos. She’s a lover of the outdoors, and can be found paddle boarding one of Wisconsin’s many lakes, romping around on the family farm or leading hikes with Women Who Explore. She is passionate about advocacy and will be co-leading a hike with Freedom Hikers in August through the Mountains of Utah (to free women and children from sex trafficking). She is happiest when hanging by a campfire with her family and a cup of coffee in hand.