(Bozeman, Montana—February 11, 2016)—Ambassadors for Oboz footwear are ramping up for 2016 with adventures, words, inspiration and good clean fun on the trails. For 2016, Oboz selected 15 new people to join seven who will continue to tell of their tales on the Oboz Trail Tales blog as well as via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The 22 ambassadors for the 2016 Trail Team hail from all corners of the US, and now include a few international representatives from Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. They were chosen from a large pool of applicants of thru-hikers, 300-nights-outside-a-year hikers, rural and urban dwellers alike, trail builders, writers, peak baggers and adventurers who go the distance and then report regularly on their travels and escapades on the Oboz Trail Tales blog as well as Oboz’ social networks.
Fifteen new people join seven returning Trail Team members, including Shawn Forry, who completed the first-ever winter thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015.
“We’re excited to expand Oboz’ gang of trail enthusiasts for 2016,” said Josh Fairchilds, co-founder and Vice President of Oboz. “These people inspire our community every day, and they are really at the heart of what Oboz is about. We welcome these adventurous storytellers.”
Oboz picked 15 new people to join the Trail Team in 2016. They are:
Elisabeth Brentano, Southern California: Elisabeth has chronicled her journeys on Instagram since 2014, when she made a major life change after being eliminated from her corporate job. She rejected the idea of taking another job at half the salary, and instead, hit the road—establishing herself as a writer and photographer. Her story about taking a different path is told here.
Joyce Britton, Los Angeles, California: It’s one thing to get outside when you live a mile or two from a trailhead. It’s an altogether different story when you are in Los Angeles, a city known for its traffic jams. But that doesn’t dissuade Joyce, who gets out every weekend and broadcasts her adventures on her blog at http://www.talesofthetrailsseries.com/.
Belinda James, Grafton, Australia: Australians are known for their spirited adventures, and Belinda is no exception. She’s traveled the world over in search of the best climbing walls and off-road treks, lived throughout North America, and is now a registered nurse working near her hometown. She’s also an ambassador for Deuter packs.
Ryan Huetter, Mammoth Lakes, California: A full-time mountain guide (AMGA Rock Guide, Assistant Alpine Guide, apprentice ski guide) who works in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Ryan Huetter is also an ambassador for Iridium Satellite Communications and Clif Bar. Find him on his website as well as on Instagram and Facebook.
Brenda Johima, Vancouver, British Columbia: After surviving breast cancer, artist Brenda Johima was more inspired than ever to make a difference and help others. She does this, in part, by inspiring herself through hiking and nature. Her art is showcased on her website and Instagram.
Benjamin Jordan, British Columbia, Canada: Benjamin has spent the last ten years breaking boundaries in sport and society. It began with a world record skateboard journey for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, which led to flying a paraglider across Canada to help send kids from low-income families to camp. A year later, he taught the first Malawian to fly a paraglider, made an award winning film and used its popularity to launch new projects. Find him on Facebook and Instagram.
Kristen Lummis, Grand Junction, Colorado: Kristen Lummis, a.k.a. Brave Ski Mom, started her blog in 2010 and has emerged as an expert authority on all things family and adventure travel related. Don’t be fooled by her moniker—she does a lot more than ski and has resourceful tips to share.
Peter Morley, Burscough Lancaster, United Kingdom: Peter Morley never drives. An Oboz fan, Morley walks and bikes everywhere, even in the U.K.’s unpredictable climate. He also loves to make music. Check him out on Facebook.
Adam Noll, Signal Mountain, Tennessee: There are few things Adam has not done. He’s taught, worked as an executive for YMCA, led wilderness trips, writes, and explores. His goal in life is to get outdoors and to inspire others to follow suit. Check out his thoughts and adventures all over the web, starting with his webiste Ask That Outdoor Guy.
Adam Nutting, Tuscon, Arizona: When Adam hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013, he launched his site, Hiking the Trail. This online journal has evolved into a comprehensive resource for all things hiking and gear related, wit trip reports, travelogues, gear reviews and more He’s also been an ambassador for Columbia Sportswear, the Sierra Trading Post, and Sport Chalet.
John Stephens, Boone, North Carolina: At 18, John is our youngest ambassador, but he’s not your typical teen. “I firmly believe that life wasn't meant to be lived from one place, it was meant to be searched for, it was meant to be explored,” he says. “And who doesn't love a good adventure?” Follow John’s adventures, including a 2016 thru-hike, on Instagram and Twitter.
Sandy Tarburton, Waitsfield, Vermont: The communications Director for Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Sandy is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, an international hiker, and a mother. Find her on Facebook.
Lina Thompson, Georgetown, Indiana: In August 2015 Lina decided to take time off from her corporate job to travel and explore the U.S. Don’t expect her to get a regular job anytime soon. When she explores a region, Lina immerses herself; she’s backpacked many miles, from the Sierra Mountains in California to the Catskills Mountains in New York. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Lisa Verwys, Bozeman, Montana: Hometown ambassador Lisa Verwys describes herself as “small in stature, big in personality.” Which is to say: she’s clever and funny and lives for the outdoors. Take this, for example: she’s underway on her goal of The 7,100-Mile Year in 2016. She shares her adventures on her blog as well as on Instagram and Facebook.
Seven Trail Team ambassadors from 2015 will stay on to represent Oboz on their adventures this year. They are:
Shawn Forry, Truckee/Midpines, CA. Shawn, aka Pepper, is best known for completing the first winter traverse of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014-2015 and writes about his often grueling ‘Who-knew-you-could-do-that?!?’ epics at his site Margin Walker. Before discovering hiking, Shawn played drums for a decade in a punk rock band. Identifying trees, bettering his skiing, crosswords and more keep him busy.
Sage Clegg, Bend, OR. Sage has been telling us about her adventures almost from Oboz’ first day in business. She pioneered the creation of the Oregon Desert Trail in collaboration with the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) in 2013. On has multiple thru-hikes under her shoes, including the Grand Enchantment Trail in New Mexico; the "Triple Crown" trails; and the cross-California Japhy Ryder Route. When not logging miles, Sage loves to sew and bake.
Craig Romano, Mount Vernon, WA. Craig is a guidebook author and accomplished outdoor writer. In 2016, his three new guidebooks will be published: 100 Classic Hikes Washington; Urban Trails: Bremerton; and Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula 2nd Edition. His top ten hikes in Washington—some of them real leg busters—are offered here.
Renee Patrick, Bend, OR. Since joining the Oregon Natural Desert Association as the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator, Renee is living and breathing all things ODT, one of the newest long distance trails in the country. As coordinator, she’s fine-tuning the resources available for thru-hikers to tackle this 750-mile epic desert hike in Eastern Oregon—and, better yet, she’ll spend much of 2016 hitting big sections of trail herself.
Aaron Hussman, South Lake Tahoe, CA. Aaron's been wearing Oboz for years and hiked 500 miles in one season in 2013. World traveler, and Tahoe native, Aaron spends days outside and on trails as part of his work as an environmental advocate for the League to Save Lake Tahoe.
Rich Van Antwerp, Cedar Rapids, IA. Rich swapped golf for hiking three years ago and never looked back. This year, rich plans to hike Washington’s Wonderland trail, along with a range of shorter hikes, and to continue supporting his daughter’s interest in backpacking. Read about their first father/daughter backpacking trip here.
Matt Allenbaugh, Roanoke, VA. A furniture maker and all-around outdoors enthusiast and instructor, Matt has an impressive hiking resume which includes a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a winter hike of the Presidential Traverse, the Art Loeb trail and much more. Plans for 2016 include Chile, the John Muir Trail and starting up the Dirty Thursday Trail Crew to keep local trails ship shape.
For more information about the Trail Team program, contact Rachel Walker at Rachel@obozfootwear.com.
Oboz (www.obozfootwear.com) creates ‘True to the Trail™’ outdoor footwear inspired by the wild environs surrounding the company’s Bozeman, Montana home. ‘The Oboz’ is a place for exploration, play and work, as well as a state of mind that has deep respect for the area’s rich natural heritage. Oboz shoes—which debuted in stores in 2008—are designed to have meaningful innovation, steadfast performance and recognizable quality and durability. Oboz plants a tree for every pair of shoes it sells through Trees for the Future (www.treesftf.org), an international organization that improves livelihoods in communities around the world through beneficial tree planting.