Meet the first cohort of Out There Ambassadors

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Stacia Bennett

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. 

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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.

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Tess Ley

Tess Ley is an Australian adventurer, mother, and full-time cancer patient. She’s spent the last two years working to balance her time in hospitals with her time in nature.

When treatment is effective, she kayaks, hikes, horse rides, paddle boards and *tries* to ski. When treatment is knocking her around, she forest bathes and gently snorkels the nearby marine parks. Tess is passionate about parenting children in the wild and helping others with chronic illness get into nature. She also ambassadors for Born Wild Project and Adventure Mamas.

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Alexandra Moritz-Hanson

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.

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