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Food for the Sole Ambassadors

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Ambassador

Renee “She-ra” Patrick – Long distance backpacker


Renee completed her first thru hike-  the Appalachian Trail- in 2002. She was transformed by the experience and has been thru-hiking every since.

She’s completed every major trail you can name, and several that you’ve probably never heard of.

Those experiences, plus a love of the natural resources and community that we are so fortunate to have stewardship over, led her to what must be a dream job for her; working at Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) as a Trail Coordinator for the newly completed Oregon Desert Trail.  Imagine having a job where you get to hike and talk about hiking!

Read more to get to know her!

  1. What’s the worst trail/adventure meal you’ve ever concocted?

    Ramen with instant potatoes. there's nothing redeeming about that, or nutritious. but it will fill the belly!

  2. What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?

    Roaches

  3. What do you appreciate most in your friends?

    Laughter

  4. What song would you choose as your “entrance” song, to announce you?

    Empire Ants by Gorillaz

  5. What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

    setting myself and all my gear on fire from an alcohol stove mishap

  6. If you had a billboard, what would it say to represent you?

    How you live your days is how you live your life - Annie Dillard

  7. Who or what inspires you?

    Trying to see what is over the next hill, mountain, horizon line

  8. What are the five things you cannot do without?

    Books, wine, fresh air, trails, love

  9. What is your favorite breakfast meal?

    Anything with bacon

  10. If you came with a warning label what would it say?

    Restless leg syndrome

We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Renee.  If you don’t already know of her, go check out her blog at https://sherahikes.wordpress.com/

She also posts for @wearehikertrash

Ambassador

David Wells – Professional kayaker


David hails from Maine and enjoys exploration. He has been in the outdoor guiding industry for over a decade, an outdoor educator and explorer. Currently David’s main passion is expedition kayaking. Last year he was a member of the Summer Rains Tour, which successfully paddled 18 rivers with a first descent from the border of Lesetho and South Africa on the Mkomazana River.

  1. What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?

    Gabon Viper

  2. What do you appreciate most in your friends?

    A sense of global humor!  

  3. What song would you choose as your “entrance” song, to announce you?

    Easy, Sandstorm by Darude

  4. What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

    I have broken my Humerus and my L1 + L2 vertebrae on separate occasions on separate continents due untied shoe laces at the top of staircases. I am trying to make the switch to Velcro...

  5. If you had a billboard, what would it say to represent you?

    Go See Africa!

  6. Who or what inspires you?

    The explorerers Hendri Coetzee and Peter Meredith. Hendri’s book “Living the Best Day Ever” is a must read for anyone interested in exploration, leadership, and the nature of humanity.  

  7. What are the five things you cannot do without?

    Clean freeflowing rivers. Dry socks. Audiobooks. Manu Chao. A Postive Attitude. 

  8. What is your favorite breakfast meal?

    Cold Pizza or Baked beans (honestly try it!)

  9. If you came with a warning label what would it say?

    Tries everything twice (see untied shoe laces) 

  10. If you could time travel, when/where would you go?

    Back to the White Nile before 2011 in order to paddle Bujagali Falls again! This was before the headwaters of the White Nile was flooded by the funding of the World Bank which resulted in the destruction of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

David also enjoys canyoneering, backpacking, jungle camping and plain outdoor fun! When bushwhacking into rivers for self-support trips, ounces equal pounds and David says that Food for the Sole lifts his spirits as well as gives him healthy energy to enjoy the experience.

We are beyond stoked to have such an adventurous spirit on board the Food For The Sole Ambassador team!

Learn more about Dave at:

Summer Rains Tour

and @daverdanger

Ambassador

Arthur McMahon - Hiker/Writer


Arthur loves to walk. It's as simple as that. Whether it be in the mountains, on the beach, or along the city streets -- he believes walking is the best way to experience the world. Hiking and camping had always been a regular part of his life, but Arthur's 2015 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail sparked a passion for the outdoors that continues to this day. He hasn’t stopped crushing miles since.

  1.  What’s the worst trail/adventure meal you’ve ever concocted?

    In my early days of lightweight backpacking I carried a variety of powdered rehydratable food. I had eaten some rehydrated chili in my ziploc bowl, but I was still hungry. Rather than washing out the bowl for the next food I figured some instant mashed potatoes would blend well with the chili leftovers. Great idea, right? Well unfortunately I had a few baggies of white powder, all unlabeled. Without much consideration I dumped what I though was the potatoes into the bowl and added water. To my dismay I soon realized that I had confused the instant potatoes with powdered horchata (Mexican sweet milk). I had made a bowl of sweet and spicy chili milk, and I was hungry enough to drink it. And you know what? It was somewhat good. Maybe it wasn't the "worst" meal I've concocted, but it was odd, for sure.

  2. What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?

    Ants. Oh god.

  3. What do you appreciate most in your friends?

    Kindness-- inward and outward.

  4. What song would you choose as your “entrance” song, to announce you?

    Sweet- The Ballroom Blitz

  5. What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

    I herniated a disc in my lower back by lifting my girlfriend off of a living room couch when I was in college. I had a final exam the next morning and had to shuffle my feet all the way across campus. It was the worst.

  6. If you had a billboard, what would it say to represent you?

    Let's make it a digital billboard synced up to an Arthur McMahon app. Anyone can write whatever they want! What could possibly go wrong?

  7. Who or what inspires you?

    My wife. My parents. My friends. My family.

  8. What are the five things you cannot do without?

    My wife. A bit of alone time each day. Something to read. The privilege to step outside and go on an adventure whenever I please. An early morning cup of coffee.

  9. What is your favorite breakfast meal?

    Homemade banana bread and coffee.

  10. If you could time travel, when/where would you go?

    I'd skip around the future as much as I could. I can already spend my time learning about the past, but no one can tell me about the future. Let's go take a look and see where humanity goes.

At home in Eugene, Oregon, Arthur enjoys spending his time exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. He's traversed countless trails along the Pacific Coast Mountain Range and the Cascades, and he's always seeking new adventure. Backpacking, fishing, and canoeing are a few of his favorite outdoor hobbies.

Arthur is an outdoor journalist who has written for established outdoor institutions like The Pacific Crest Trail Association, Backpackers.com, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, and more. He has published his own trail journal (Adventure and the Pacific Crest Trail (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CRMR76S)) and regularly blogs at http://arthurmcmahon.com.


You can find Arthur on Instagram @arthur_mcmahon and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/arthurmcmahonauthor/).


Ambassador

Emma (Pepper) - Hiker


Emma grew up in Southern California and has always had a deep love of the outdoors, hiking and camping from a young age with her family and Girl Scout Troop. She is an avid hiker and on the trails, she goes by "Pepper". She started backpacking in 2014, with the Trans-Catalina Trail on Catalina Island and fell in love. 

  1. What's the worst trail/adventure meal you've ever concocted?

    On my first backpacking trip, I packed nothing but tortillas and tuna. Those aren't necessarily that bad, but after eating nothing except that for 4 days, just the sight of either was pretty sickening!

  2. What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?

    I would not want to hear what a louse has to say. 

  3. What do you appreciate most in your friends?

    I appreciate the ability to pick up where we last left off. Many of my friends have their own thing going on and live far, but whenever we do get the chance to see each other we can catch up as if we were never apart, and I really like that. I also like people who genuinely listen and care, I tell a lot of boring and pointless stories, and it is nice to know that someone likes me enough to truly listen to them. 

  4. What is the dumbest way you've been injured?

    I once sprained my wrist by tripping over nothing while walking at a normal pace over flat pavement. It was such a bad sprain I had to wear a brace for almost a month, just because I am clumsy! 

  5. If you had a billlboard, what would it say to represent you?

    It would probably just be a big picture of my bearded dragon, Hemingway. He's pretty cool, I'd be fine with it. 

  6. Who or what inspires you?

    I am inspired by women who have come before me and helped pave the way for the progress of the future. That sounds kind of cliche, but I am truly grateful to those who sacrificed much in order to create a better future for those who will come next. I am also inspired by the women who are currently leading the way and creating positive changes today! 

  7. What are five things you cannot do without?

    Water, books (ebooks are acceptable too), great podcasts/music, a great hiking buddy and a beautiful spot to enjoy it all in

  8. What is your favorite breakfast meal?

    I don't really have a name for it, but I like to take a thin bagel, fry it in butter, and crack an egg in the center of it, then top it with whatever I happen to have in the kitchen at the time, spinach, cheese, onions,  etc. It is so simple and so good, even without any toppings! Can be eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus its fast, easy and cheap! Win-win-win! 

  9. If you came with a warning label what would it say?

    Warning: may go into nature for weeks at a time and ignore you/responsibilities.

  10. If you could time travel when/where would you go?

    I would go to the first World's Fair in Chicago, in 1893. I read about it when I was little and have always wished I could have experienced it!  I think it would be so cool to see the "new inventions" of the day, and compare them with the current technology we have, and even see where our current technology may have originated!

She had dreamt of backpacking the John Muir Trail since she was a child and had decided it was time to make that dream a reality. In the summer of 2018, Pepper completed her 250-mile solo hike of the John Muir Trail, leaving Yosemite the day before it was closed due to fire, and returning the day before it reopened. She loved this trip and felt like it was too short, but really enjoyed having great, real food along the way to help fuel her journey. The food she ate was definitely a huge part of her adventure, and she is planning more adventures in her near future! 

In her free time, when she's not hiking, she volunteers at local non-profits in the Bay Area where she lives, educates others about sustainability issues, updates her blog, challenges herself by rock climbing, and painting pictures of the nature she loves. 

You can follow her adventures at www.pepperhikes.com or on Instagram @pepperhikes.

Also, she’s a great painter! You can check out her art on her blog at www.pepperhikes.com/art

Ambassador

Scott Peterson (plaid) - Climber


Plaid is a climber that came to the game late in life. He didn’t start climbing until he was 42, but once he got the climbing bug he couldn’t get enough of it. Plaid’s claim to fame is climbing the obscure off-the-beaten path stuff. Immersed in the whole climbing lifestyle, the places, the people, the adventures, Plaid has found an absolute love for the sport. He’s gotten a lot of mileage in the 13 years he’s climbed, and he’s still got a long list of climbs to tackle. 

  1. What’s the worst trail/adventure meal you’ve ever concocted?

    I haven’t made on I wouldn’t eat. 

    Once while spending 24 days on the face of El Capitan climbing the Tempest route. I brought enough food for 14 days. As the days wore on I would get into my food bag and there would be a can of sardines. I can eat sardines and they are good protein but most days they would go back in the bag. Then toward the end of the climb as I kept throwing the sardines back on the bag, all I had left to eat was sardines. I was so grateful The the other two climbers liked sardines. I would trade them for a can or peaches or whatever they would offer. 

  2. What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?

    My stupid dog. Cause he’s seen me do some pretty stupid stuff I don’t want my wife to know about. 

  3. What do you appreciate most in your friends?

    Honesty and no complaining. 

  4. What song would you choose as your “entrance” song, to announce you?

    “Tubthumping" song by Chumbawamba -  I get knocked down, but I get up again 

    That’s the Plaid theme song

  5. What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

    There have been so many. 

    I once tried to get the red plug out of a toy gun barrel and cut the heck out of my hand. My Dad was not so psyched!

  6. If you had a billboard, what would it say to represent you?

    “Toughness is a mindset. It’s how you get through the hard times.” Plaid

    This, with a picture of some with me climbing some hard. 

  7. Who or what inspires you?

    Yosemite inspires me.  My wife’s life inspires me. 

  8. What are the five things you cannot do without?

    My wife, climbing, good food, coffee, and my time in the morning before the crap hits the fan. 

  9. What is your favorite breakfast meal?

    Hotcake House omelette and hot cakes

  10. If you came with a warning label what would it say?

    Don’t make angry.

Plaid’s accomplishments to date include his first El Capitan Route; a solo aid climb of the Zodiac Route in 2013. That was followed by spending 24 days on the face of El Capitan climbing the Tempest route with Pass The Pitons Pete and Jerry the Jet in 2015. He also climbed a first ascent of Cottontail Tower in The Fisher Towers with Richard Jensen on a route they called “Line In The Sand”. 

In the Portland Oregon area where Plaid lives he and his partner climbed St. Peter’s Dome then subsequently climbed 100 routes over 100 days all in a 100 mile stretch of The Columbia River Gorge in 2011. 

Plaid is someone that doesn’t give up easily. This comes in real handy climbing the kinds of routes he’s into!