Ambassadors


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Emmie Hine - Ruggette Platform Consultant

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@emmiehine

Emmie is a climber, snowboarder, and hiker with a passion for cider donuts and crag dogs. You’ll usually find her climbing, reading, or consuming large quantities of tea (or some combination of the three!). She spent last year studying abroad in the U.K., where she learned to trad climb, established a training group, and helped host the Oxford University Mountaineering Club’s first womxn’s-only events. As captain of the Oxford climbing team and former president and captain of the Williams Climbing Club, she’s committed to fostering an inclusive environment and helping everyone send the gnar!

Adelle Richards

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@funkadelleic

Adelle is currently finishing up her Outdoor Recreation Business Administration degree at the University of Maine in Farmington. Her passion for the outdoors comes from growing up in Western Maine, where she still currently resides. Her favorite outings are to Weld, where she has a family camp she has been going to since she was born. Weld has some of her favorite views and hikes, Tumbledown Mountain and Center Hill. She is a budding traveler, and among her favorite activities are hiking and stand up paddle boarding (or any watersports). She is a camp counselor for Girls Camp in Readfield, Maine.

Ali Altman

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@ali.altman

Ali is a rising senior at Colgate University where she is finishing up her double major in Biology and Women's Studies. Growing up in Colorado, she was raised as an outdoor enthusiast and loves everything there is to do outside––especially running, skiing (alpine and telemark!), hiking, biking, cliff jumping, and stargazing. On campus, she is a leader for the Outdoor Education program and hosts a dope film festival every fall that celebrates badass women in adventure sports called No Man’s Land. She loves sharing a cup of coffee with a friend and getting fired up about social justice issues, especially reproductive health. She is equally passionate about snuggling with her dog and having spontaneous dance parties! Honestly, she could probably eat mac n’ cheese for every meal and listen to Bruno Major for the rest of her life and be happy. She couldn’t be more excited about joining the Ruggette community and helping them promote gender equity, inclusivity, and sustainability in the outdoors!

Alyson on rock

Alyson Stewart

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@Alysons18

Alyson was born and raised near Seattle, WA and currently attends Colorado State university. She studies neuroscience and is passionate about looking at correlation between wellbeing and time spent in nature, as well as using brain scans of incarcerated people to prove that the jail system needs a lot of work! Her love for the outdoors started from cross country ski trips up Mount Rainier until she dedicated her life to soccer. The outdoors found their way back to her heart and now, when she's not in class or working at REI, you can catch her mountain biking and climbing like no one’s business. She joined the CSU cycling team and advocates for badass womxn around campus when she's not crying over chemistry classes. A good old game of minigolf and ice cream are the top ways into her heart!

Ambika Rajyagor

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@gangesgal

Ambika is a 24 year old Indian-American from Southern California who loves to be outdoors as much as possible. She's a runner, a hiker, an explorer, and a beginner climber—-which all pretty much contributes to why she's such an advocate for nature conservation and defending our Parks. She's also an Outdoor/Adventure blogger and photographer, so you might see her on IG @GangesGal or online at GangesGal.com. Outside of her love for the outdoors, she's also a special needs and disabled advocate, a human rights activist, and a proud intersectional feminist. A lot of her work outside of her full-time office job and blogging is dedicated to giving back through advocacy and community service. She just wants to leave the world a better place than when she found it! She's super stoked to be an ambassador for Ruggette, because she sees a lot of connections between both of their missions. Cheers to future adventures!

Anna Behrens

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@annabehrens_

Anna is currently a junior at the University Of San Diego studying behavioral neuroscience and biomedical ethics. While the waves and sand are an exciting new adventure, her heart and home are in the mountains of Park City, Utah. She’s happiest hammocking in the aspens, summiting a peak with friends, skiing on a blue bird day, or camping on the red rocks of southern Utah. She has a firm belief that raisins are the best trail snack, shooting star wishes will always come true, and no mountain is too tall if you’re accompanied by some bad ass womxm.

Annabelle in front of a vista

Annabelle Feist

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@ab_feist

Annabelle is an alpine ski racer turned ski patroller with a deep-seated love of maple ice cream. She recently graduated from Williams College where she taught ice and rock climbing for the outing club, re-founded the Williams ski patrol, and learned to whitewater kayak. She is currently teaching wilderness medicine for SOLO while she applies to medical school and spends the year chasing adventures. She is obsessed with finding new ways to live more sustainably and getting more womxn excited about and involved in the outdoors -- especially in climbing! Her secret talent is designing labels for her homebrew beers.

Ashlen on a boulder

Ashlen Weddington

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@ashlenkate

Ashlen is a rock climber, yoga teacher, and someone who is happiest outdoors. She is from Southern California and spent all of last year traveling through the U.S. and Canada in a van. She currently works as a writer and is studying English, Business, and Sustainable Agriculture. You can typically find her wrestling rocks, drinking matcha, taking film photos, whipping up plant-based recipes, or trying to pet a cat. She recently published her first book: "Vegan in a Van: Healthy, Plant-based Recipes on the Road."

Caitlin on a big wall

Caitlin Vitale-Sullivan

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@caitvitale

Cait spent her childhood being dragged up the granite slabs of the City of Rocks, Idaho behind her mom and dad, and the mountains and hills of Southeastern Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Colorado were the backdrop for her formative years. Later, the fjords of Norway provided a learning arena for highlining and climbing, and cemented an awe of natural landscapes. She now has a home in Madison, Wisconsin while completing a masters in Agroecology. She hopes to share her love of the outdoors and of movement with others, through mentorship, promoting equal access, coaching, and community building. In her spare time, you can find her doing acroyoga, playing fiddle, doing handstands, and singing Swedish folk music.

Caleigh Smith

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@caleighfsmith

Fortunate enough to grow up in Colorado with an active and outdoor-oriented family, Caleigh has always been passionate about adventuring outside and exploring nature as much as possible. She grew up ski racing (both alpine and telemark), show jumping horses, and playing the violin. While at Colorado College, she solidified her love of skiing and began exploring the backcountry. She was also introduced to climbing, rugby, and whitewater rafting. After graduation, she moved to Spain and Chamonix, France for a year to pursue climbing. All of these hobbies led her to Jackson, Wyoming, where her friends tried to convince her to mountain bike, to which her dad jokingly remarked that she had enough hobbies that could get her hurt. The risk is worth the reward though, as Caleigh raft guides in the summers, adventures in the off-season, and does her best to ski and help others do the same in the winters. She is excited to join the Ruggette community and to help promote sustainability, gender inclusivity, and equality in the outdoors.

Cal Waichler

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@cwaichler.art

Cal grew up in North Central Washington and is endlessly inspired by big mountains, deep winters, and wild rivers. She’s studying Environmental science and printmaking at Colby College, and hopes to combine her interests in science and art into environmental communication work someday. Her favorite things are wild salmon, cedar trees, and ski mountaineering in an old silk bathrobe that used to be her grandmother's. Through ski coaching, sharing skills, and bringing new friends into the backcountry, she strives to see more womxn empowered in the outdoors.

Caroline Dunbar

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@caroline_dunbar417

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Caroline is a senior at the University of Vermont studying Fisheries Biology. When she isn’t slamming books in the library (which occurs infrequently), she spends most of her time backcountry skiing, fly fishing, sailing, and climbing with friends! She hopes to one day work as a fly fishing guide, and work towards empowering womxn in the outdoors, or research the effects of fish hatcheries on the natural world. She likes her peanut butter smooth, powder days deep, days on the water breezy, and seeing a lot of other ladies owning the outdoors. So, raise a glass and give a yip to the ladies, and everything Ruggette is about to accomplish and become!

Caroline Murphy

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@murphmurphycarol

Murph is a native of Massachusetts, a Big Maine Woman by choice, and a faithful Wash-A-Shore to Cape Cod, MA. Murph has morphed her long time love for the ocean into a connected passion for mountain living and learning. Her passion for outdoor living and learning has taken her across the American West and back to the East, making her current home in the White Mountains of Maine. Murph is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies M.E.d program. She currently teaches high school humanities in Bethel, ME. Murph is an avid outdoorswoman and has guided trips for her school and many others. She most notably has served recently as a Leader on the Junior Four Point nine-day winter backcountry experience her school. When not in the classroom, she can be found exploring the beauty of the White Mountains and beyond on her skis, my bike, or exploring a river with her fly rod in hand. Murph is driven by the desire to get students out into the amazing wild and natural environments right outside their doors just as much as she loves teaching students the power of language and prose. OH, she also lives and loves to shred the patriarchy. She has been known as the “best reader on the mountain."

Caroline Ullem

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@caz_ullem

Caroline is currently a senior in high school in Southern California, but she has spent her childhood frolicking through downtown Chicago, suburban Wisconsin, Iowa, the Rocky Mountains, and, most recently, Leadville, CO (through a semester at HMI). Caroline loves to find nature's magic in every moment and place, from the wildest Utah canyon to a beautifully curated garden. Her smile is usually the widest when she is eating ice cream, at the summit of a mountain, persuading a friend to go on a run with her, or teaching someone to ski at the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program. She believes that nature is a magical place that deserves to be protected, admired, and shared with everyone!

Ella Hall

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@ellarhall

Ella grew up in the beautiful Methow Valley, Washington, and is currently pursuing a major in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. Formerly a competitive cross-country skier, Ella is into all things outdoors, especially trail running, skiing, and wildflower ogling. Ella spent the summer in Jackson, WY interning at the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and worrying about being eaten by a bear while running alone through the Tetons.

Emilie Robinson-Leith

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@ek_robinsonleith

Growing up, Emilie spent a lot of time in the mountains of Vermont. Now, you’ll find her in Vancouver either backpacking, climbing, or out in the backcountry looking for the deepest pow. In between adventures, she studies biology at the University of British Columbia, and she's training to be an EMR. She always takes her watercolours on all her backpacking trips, and she knows a wicked good recipe for backcountry cinnamon rolls. She is beyond stoked to be working with the rad womxn of Ruggette, and she cannot wait for the adventures to come!

Emily Shannon

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@em_shannn

Emily, originally from New York, now resides in Carbondale, Colorado. She is a NOLS and HMI alum, and graduated with a B.S. in environmental studies from SUNY ESF with a focus on environmental communication. She is currently working at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School as a teaching fellow where she coaches the nordic team, assists in the residential dorm program, and leads wilderness backpacking trips. During the summers, she works at the High Mountain Institute (HMI) leading multi week backpacking trips for their summer program teaching leadership classes and how to be a backcountry chef. When Emily is not working she is trail running, playing mandolin, biking, skiing, planning her Pacific Crest trail thru-hike, fixing gear, or watching Seinfeld.

Emma Williams

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@erwilliams1

Emma, currently finishing up high school in Richmond, Virginia, is a climber, mountain biker, and hiker who swears she should be living in New England. She spent a semester last school year studying in Colorado at HMI, where she developed an even greater love for adventuring on backpacking trips in the Utah canyons and skiing in fresh pow. Emma competes on her school’s mountain biking team and has earned herself a spot among the top ten in the state. Though she competes against other women in races, she is the only woman on her team. As she works on recruiting more women from her school to compete and practice with her and as the next captain of her climbing team, she is committed to making the outdoor space a welcoming and inclusive one.

Emory Banker

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@emorybanker | @salt.chuck.art

Emory grew up in Alaska. She recently joined her school's cycling team at Savannah College of Art and Design where she is studying to become an illustrator in publication design. She grew up cross country skiing and has now been teaching kids how to ski for five years. Overall she's an outdoors enthusiast and excited to try all kinds of new things!

Geneva Ascher

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@genevacomposts

Geneva was born and raised in Breckenridge, Colorado, and has been skiing since she was 11 months old. She learned to stand in her father’s ski boots and the sport has stolen her heart ever since. She currently attends Western Washington University studying outdoor recreation and leadership. Growing up in a small ski community has shown her the importance of love for the outdoors and she hopes to carry that into her future. Being a female athlete in the world around her is so inspiring and she feels everyone should have equal opportunity to access the outdoors.

Georgia Panitz

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@gpanitz

Georgia grew up in New York and is currently studying at Williams College. She works with the Williams Outing Club spearheading the group's outreach, and loves having the opportunity to lead hikes around the beautiful Berkshires. In working on community outreach, she is always thinking about how to reach people of all backgrounds to get outside regardless of experience. In addition to hiking, Georgia's favorite ways to spend time include trail running, kayaking, and simply hanging out outside with friends!

Grace Johnson

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@juicetape

Grace is currently a nursing student at the University of Utah. She moved from Washington, D.C. to Salt Lake City, UT to enjoy all things outside. When she's not studying or in clinicals, you can find her skiing, hiking, surfing, roadtripping, camping, fishing, paddle boarding, travelling, or skateboarding. Skiing is her one true love––it has shown her the freedom to explore new worlds, the privilege of meeting like-minded friends, and the way to live life to the fullest. She had the opportunity to share her passion of skiing with little youngsters by being a ski instructor at a local resort. Her dream is to incorporate her love of the outdoors, helping people, traveling, and the medical field by becoming a flight/travel nurse and ski patrol. Cheers to enjoying the outdoors and the people it brings together!

Hallie Holland

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@hallie.holland

Hallie is a guide, educator and good-time-haver from Idaho. Her life has taken her from the tops of the Cascade mountains, to the canyonlands of Utah, to the cities of Europe, to the rivers of Chile, and all the way back to her home state. When she’s not in the classroom teaching Leadership or Spanish to high schoolers or in the field with NOLS, she can be found admiring snowflakes, water droplets or dirt from skis, a boat, a bicycle or on foot––frequently with dog Nix in tow.

Ingrid Thyr

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@ingrid.thyr

As an elite level cross-country skier, Ingrid is stoked to spread the Rugette stoke to the Nordork world. Ingrid joined the Crosscut Elite Ski Team in 2020 after skiing with Williams College for four years and graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and Mathematics. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she is happily getting a taste of Western mountain life in Bozeman, Montana. When not playing in the outdoors, eating, or sleeping, you can most likely find Ingrid doing a crossword, practicing on her new washtub bass, or enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Iyana Williams

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@justanother97

Iyana is a 22 year old, relatively recent graduate of Michigan State University, working as an English teacher in Valencia, Spain while simultaneously hopping into any outdoor adventure that is available, and working to make sure that space is available for other people who look like her too. #decolonizetheoutdoors

Jen Trujillo

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@itisjenifer

Originally from Chicago, Jen is a rising junior at Colgate University where she studies Peace & Conflict Studies and Film & Media Studies (making an outdoor film is on her bucket list). While she has always been in love with the outdoors, it was not until a few years ago that she began to explore different outdoor sports and activities. She enjoys rock and ice climbing, canoeing, hiking, and stand up paddleboarding. At Colgate, she is a staff member for Colgate Outdoor Education. Staff members lead wilderness adventure trips, physical education courses, and team building programs. She is super excited to lead a biking preorientation this August on Zoom for incoming first-years! As a proud Latinx womxn, she seeks to close the gender gap while also inspiring womxn of color to go out and explore the outdoors.

Jess Hebert

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@jess__hebert 

Jess is a Maine native and Colorado transplant whose love for wild places runs almost as deep as her love for wild blueberries. Growing up she had virtually unlimited access to the outdoors and, since enrolling at Colorado College, has joined CC Outdoor Education in their mission to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone. When she’s not exploring (or climbing) the nearest outcrop with her Geology classes, you can find Jess planning and leading trips and trainings for CC Outdoor Education, teaching 5th graders environmental science, tearing up the slopes of Arapahoe Basin, often with ski school in tow, or frolicking among the sagebrush and mule deer of Colorado.

Jordan Averill

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@jordan.averill

Jordan, originally from Massachusetts, grew up hiking in the East Coast woods. Since graduating from HMI, she now lives in Colorado and can’t get enough of the canyons in Utah and the mountains of the West. Jordan is a student at Colorado College studying Psychology and Human Biology. At CC she is involved in the Outdoor Education program, where she works at the gear house and leads backpacking trips. When she isn’t studying or at work, you can find her running along the trails on campus or at Red Rocks Open Space.

Kaitlin Raven

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@thatssokaitraven

Kaitlin is a passionate outdoor worker who has spent the last 4 seasons traveling back and forth across the country to chase the next seasonal opportunity. Though originally from Chicago, she has lived in Florida, Arizona, New Hampshire, and California before landing at her current home in Bozeman, MT. She has a passion for building sustainable trails and has spent the last four years gaining a diverse skill set. She’s worked in invasive vegetation management, habitat restoration, conservation stewardship, volunteer outreach and management, fundraising, environmental education, ski instructing, wilderness first responder, and as a trail crew leader. Her favorite title is “Trail Dog,” a title reserved for those who have the tenacity to work numerous seasons and have extensive knowledge of trail work. When not wielding a chainsaw or pulaski, you can find her skiing, climbing, biking, backpacking, or drinking an IPA with her friends. Long term, Kaitlin would like to see more people from underserved communities and underrepresented populations in the outdoor job industry.

Kami Bakken

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@kami.bakken

Kami grew up in the flatlands of Minnesota, but found her way to the mountains of Colorado to study Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Sustainability at Colorado State University. Since graduating from university, she has found herself exploring different environments across the country, from being a sea kayak guide in California, a white water raft guide in Utah, to a climbing guide in Colorado. Her work now revolves around advocacy within the outdoors and making the outdoors an equitable and accessible space. You can find her on the river or trails in Frisco, Colorado where she currently lives, most likely drinking coffee or eating breakfast burritos.

Katja near pines

Katja Freeburn

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@katjafreeburn

Katja grew up in Durango, Colorado and is studying at Fort Lewis College in her hometown majoring in graphic design and environmental policy. Growing up, she nordic skied competitively and then moved on to racing mountain bikes in high school and throughout college. Katja loves to be outdoors and is into backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and riding her cyclocross on all the trails around Durango. She recently got into trail running and ran her first rim-to-rim of the Grand Canyon and hopes to do it again in the future.

Khristina

Khristina Read

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@tinabecca

Khristina is a rock climbing fanatic, writer, and environmental activist. She studied cultural anthropology in college, but discovered her true passions to be outdoor recreation and environmentalism in the last couple of years. Khristina cares deeply about diversifying the outdoors, and she hopes to be able to inspire other womxn of color to get outside as much as they can. When she isn't climbing, you can find Khristina hiking, writing, and traveling.

Kristiana Peric

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@kperic62 | @theecothoughts

Kristiana Peric is a twenty-something year old Croatian-American that has no idea what she wants to do with her life :D All she knows is that she loves exploring the world and learning about all the beautiful religions and cultures that are held within it. She is constantly striving to learn how she can better live sustainably for Mother Earth herself. She loves creating–creating better outcomes, art, music (well…..trying to) and would probably have emotionally imploded at this point if she hadn’t come across spirituality, meditation, and journaling a couple of years ago. She's trying to live each day as a free individual that lives in alignment with her soul and expand herself in every which way.

Lauren Shaffner

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@laur.shaf

Lauren is 19 years old and is studying environmental studies and sustainability at Michigan State University. She lives on a 3,000 acre farm, and has much experience with farm work and livestock. She first started to realize my love for the environment at around 13 when she began taking photography. She feels that nature is the most beautiful thing, and the closest thing we have to God. She sees herself producing sustainable clothing in the future as it’s something necessary for a clean Earth. She feels that the environment is what calms her down in times of stress, and gives her hope in times of sorrow. Altogether, she's a 19 year old with a dream much larger than myself. Love your mother Earth.

Lianne Burrell

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@lianneburrell | @liannextraining

Lianne lives in British Columbia but grew up on the east coast of Canada. Currently, she works as a sport coach/personal trainer, but when she isn't coaching, she is climbing, splitboarding, trail running, mountain biking, or something along those lines. She loves getting involved in the community and promoting/empowering womxn in sport and strength training. She also loves the feeling of a drinking a beer after a 12 hour+ epic!

Lior Gross

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@gross_adventures

Lior Gross is a connector; they connect people to information, information to ideas, and people to people through poetry, ecology, community organizing, and spirituality. They work as a scientist, educator, and activist in order to inspire people of all ages to experience the world they walk through with wonder so that communities may be mobilized towards relationship, stewardship, and connection. They love rock climbing, backpacking, geocaching, and kayaking, in the woods of Piscataway land and the mountains of Arapaho territory.

Maggie O'Shea

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@shaggie_omea | @maggies_camera

Maggie O’Shea hails from the east coast, living in Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine (with a brief venture west to Colorado and Washington) throughout her life. She now is headed to Santa Cruz, CA to help build climate resilient communities by day and run, garden, and climb by night! She is very passionate about ice cream, maps, and, finally, inclusivity and accessibility in the outdoors. A recent graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, she spent her time there creating systems to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of the college’s Outing Club and hopes to continue this work in her new home in Santa Cruz. She also studied Environmental Justice at Bates and sees inclusivity and accessibility of outdoor spaces as intimately intertwined with her climate justice work (aka the work she does when she’s not playing outside!). She hopes to help create an outdoor community that not only is equity and justice-focused but also one that reimagines what outdoor adventuring looks like to include all the multitude of ways that folx engage with the natural world.

Martha in the forest

Martha Campos

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@nonbinary_plantas

Martha is a queer, non-binary person of color and Martha uses they/them/theirs and she/her/hers pronouns. Her ancestral roots are in so-called Mexico and they currently live on Kizh/Tongva ancestral lands in so-called California. Martha has a Bachelor's degree in Native American Studies and with two minors: Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning and Climate Science and Policy from the University of California, Davis. Martha recently became a Certified California Naturalist and a Certified Climate Steward! They love to learn about mushrooms, native plants, and marine organisms like deep-sea creatures! She also spends most of her morning in her garden, listening to hummingbird calls, and watching the magic as her plants and soil flourish!

Mary Smith

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@_quite_contrary_mary_

Mary grew up in Tulsa, OK, and earned her bachelor’s in journalism in 2019 at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently working towards her master’s in public relations and wants to smash the barriers that have made so many groups feel unwelcome in the outdoors and work to see that everyone is represented in outdoor recreation media. Mary’s loved hiking and camping since she was a kid and has started to cross National Parks off her list (Zion is her current favorite). She is also a running fanatic and ran her first marathon in 2019! You can catch her devouring podcasts, books, dark chocolate, and the latest season of Queer Eye, as well as mapping out her next camping trip, pretty much any day of the week.

Maya Sternthal

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@mayasternthal

Maya Sternthal grew up right outside of New York City and now lives in Toronto, Canada. As a dual citizen, she grew up skiing, hiking, camping, canoeing, and cycling all around the American Northeast and Canada. Maya further developed her love for the outdoors by spending eight summers at an overnight girls' camp in Maine where she learned about the intersection between feminism and outdoor adventure. She is currently working to promote inclusivity in the outdoors as the vice president of her college's outdoors society. Maya is studying Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto and just returned from volunteering on a beyond-organic farm (which she absolutely LOVED!). In addition to her love for the outdoors, she is passionate about travel, music, art, education, and responsible agriculture. Maya is so excited to work with the Ruggette team to help more womxn find their place in outdoor adventure!

Megan atop a peak

Megan Fantes

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@afantesyworld

Megan currently lives in Boston, but found her love for the outdoors while studying abroad in New Zealand. After returning Stateside in search of the same adventures, she graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s in Statistics and a Master’s in Computer Science. She is a certified Data Nerd and likes to disprove the stereotype that “tech people” aren’t “outdoors people.” During the work week she is a data scientist, and on the weekends you can find her snowboarding, hiking, sewing, or asking her friends to go on a walk with her.

Melissa Baake

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@mellyfresh92

Melissa is a super adventure enthusiast. Anything outdoors goes! Photography and snowboarding are probably her two favorite hobbies right about now. She's always looking for the next new adventure 💪

Meryl Willet

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@brighterthanthesea

Meryl is a mountain biker, adventurer, professional Storyteller, and woods-wanderer. You will often find her in the woods, on wheels, or foot, with dogs, always with dogs.

Mollie Jepsen

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@mollie_jepsen

Mollie Jepsen, from Whistler, British Columbia, is a National Team athlete and World Cup Champion who represented Canada at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She is passionate about inspiring more women to go play outside and closing the gap between for women in the outdoor community. She is currently studying at Quest University Canada in Squamish, B.C. while pursing her athletic goals to attend the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Natalie Pressman

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@natpressman

Natalie is a former snowboard instructor/racer, a clumsy climber, and frequent outdoor activity hype-man. Currently working as a journalist in Yellowknife, much of Natalie’s nature time is spent in snow. Beyond a love for outdoor activities and the rad communities that surround them, Nat is an avid reader, writer, Pinterest recipe browser, and almost always has snacks.

Nicole Bonilla

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@theopenroadlesstraveled

Speaking with Nicole, you would never guess that she was born and raised near the heart of New York City. With her clear passion for the outdoors and conspicuous lack of a Brooklyn accent, she often sounds like someone who would feel more at home surrounded by towering trees than massive skyscrapers (spoiler: she’s equally comfortable near both). But growing up in the city, Nicole didn’t always feel such a strong connection to nature. It wasn’t until she moved to Austin, Texas after college that she fell in love with hiking and the freedom of being on the trail. She took that sense of freedom to the next level in 2017, when she left her secure corporate career for the life of a full-time adventurer. For over a year, Nicole drove across North America in her Subaru Forester, visiting as many National Parks as possible (she ultimately made it to 43). Some of her most memorable experiences include backpacking to the breathtaking Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon, and hiking along the vertigo-inducing Angels Landing trail in Zion. When her extended solo road trip came to an end, Nicole continued the adventure by becoming a summer hiking guide in Yosemite National Park, where she got to experience the Sierra Nevada with others on a daily basis. She now resides in Moab, Utah where every day is a new opportunity to get outside and smash the gender-specific adventure gap.

Nicole Greene

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@nicole_greene_

Nicole Greene is from Park City, Utah. She's a rising senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and is an Environmental Studies/Sociology combined major. She's also a member of the Alpine Ski Team and lives in a theme house called Commons College that focuses on community outreach and cultivating an inclusive environment. For the past two summers she has lead for Apogee Adventures, a company that empowers youth through outdoor adventure. Spending her time outside, whether it’s mountain biking, ski touring, hiking or camping is something that she values and enjoys doing with her good friends and family! Oh, and her favorite mountain summit snack is an avocado (whole)!

Paige Shetty

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@whoispaigeshetty

Paige is a true Bostonian at heart, but has a deep love for the Southwest and Colorado, where she has spent the past three years as an undergraduate student at Colorado College. After a three-month NOLS course in New Zealand, she has gone on to challenge herself by leading outdoor trips for first-time campers in the canyons of Utah, biking 150 miles from Colorado Springs to Aspen, and learning how to rock climb. Paige is also a big sustainability nerd, and hopes to go into sustainability consulting and corporate social responsibility. When she is not recreating outside or diving into sustainability issues, you can find Paige meticulously crafting new playlists or eating toaster waffles.

Payeton in a large field

Payeton Childers

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@payeton.c

Payeton is a Coloradan, former Georgian, and a recent graduate from The University of Georgia where she studied International Affairs with a minor in Spanish and Latin American & Carribean studies. She moved out West with her partner and their pets to be closer to the mountains. She is currently working for Colorado Parks & Wildlife and helps people get outside in a way that is safe for them and the wildlife/natural resources in Colorado. In her free time you can find her hiking, climbing, laying on a blanket in the park, or knitting a beanie for a friend. Her dream hike at the moment is the Camino de Santiago through Northern Spain!

Rachel atop a rock

Rachel Skeen

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@rachel.felicity

Rachel works remotely in Asheville, NC as a Field Marketing Specialist for Merrell. When she's not helping retailers, she's working her way through all the hikes western North Carolina has to offer! Having grown up in Florida, she never realized just how accessible the outdoors can be, but near the end of high school she was introduced to hiking in the Sunshine State and her current life started building itself. Rachel became a trip leader for her university's Outdoor Adventure Program and led college students on backpacking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and caving trips for two years. Now you'll always find a day pack in her car filled with snacks, ready for any trail or overlook or random park she might find! Rachel learned to never forget what it feels like to be new at something, so her current challenges are learning how to mountain bike and working on her rock climbing ability. Photo credit: @rachelbpressley

Samara kneeling outside

Samara Almonte

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@nuestrasraicesverdes | @samaralasirena

Samara Almonte is a first-generation Chicana born in the United States, with a transnational upbringing between her ancestral home of Michoacán, Mexico and occupied Coast Salish territory, or Western Washington state. Samara holds a B.A in Urban Planning and Sustainability Development, with a specialization in Environmental Justice, from Western Washington University. During her time at WWU, Samara was active in many student organizations, including the student and staff coalition that established the first Environmental Justice minor within the university in 2019. Samara is a Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program alumni, from the University of Michigan and a Movimiento Estudian Chicanx de Aztlan alumni. Outside of her professional life, Samara is the creator and host of the podcast Raíces Verdes (Green Roots), which focuses on validating, archiving, and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color in connection to the environment. To learn more about the podcast, visit nuestrasraicesverdes.com

Sara with a trail sign

Sara Chojnowski

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@sara_chojnowski

Sara is originally from Boston but is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan studying environmental science. She spends her summers on the beaches of Cape Cod and thinks that the best days start out with a nice long open water swim! Some of her other hobbies include hiking, reading, and journaling. She just completed her first sprint triathlon last year and is working to get stronger and more involved in the sport. She is passionate about environmental justice and voting with the environment in mind as well as empowering young womxn. That is why she loves coaching youth sports like soccer and basketball. She is also very passionate about smoothies. She is always up for an adventure and is so excited to help Rugette grow!

Sarah Boatner

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@sarahboat

Sarah grew up in the shadow of the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. With a degree in environmental education from the University of Vermont, she is passionate about intersectional environmental teaching frameworks, being a feminist killjoy, and the feeling of a mountain breeze in her leg hair. After a few years of guiding ice climbing and teaching forest preschool, she decided to invest in her true calling: being a dog mom to Rita Rue, mountain dog in training. Now living together in Thelma the truck, Sarah and Rita enjoy hitting the trail/skin track with Ruggette pockets overflowing with dog treats, human candy, and trail-made bouquets of wildflowers and sage.

Sofia Nathoo

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@sofianathoo

Sofia Nathoo is a born and raised New Yorker but has always loved the outdoors. From a young age, she spent time playing soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and golf, and skiing both for fun and competitively. She continued to pursue her interest in the outdoors by attending Swiss Semester sophomore year of high school. She is currently on a gap year before attending Georgetown University in the fall. She spent the first half of her gap year at High Mountain Institute's Rock Climbing & Conservation program backpacking and learning how to rock climb in Colorado, Utah, and Chile. After discovering this love for rock climbing, she has continued to pursue it independently mostly indoors and has been encouraging her non-climber friends to come to the climbing gym with her and try out the sport.

Sonya on a snowy trail.

Sonya Jampel

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Sonya spent most of her childhood frolicking in the woods of Massachusetts––either in Eastern Mass near her home or in Western Mass during her summers in Becket, MA and while attending school at Williams College. When she is not teaching her middle school science students about the beauty of the world around them or how to interpret data, Sonya enjoys running, hiking, swimming, biking, dancing, and dreaming about snow in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. Her recent post-grad passions include scheming long distance cycling routes, learning how to cook and beating her mother at the NYT crossword mini. She is stoked to join Ruggette in creating clothes that make you feel good, look good, and promote values of equity and sustainability.

Stevie Walker

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@stevie.walker

Stevie is a passionate environmentalist, outdoorswomxn, and aspiring marine scientist. Her favorite outdoor activities include, biking, hiking, skiing, and whitewater SUP. She’s finishing up her undergrad in Environmental Geoscience at Boston College, and plans on spending her life studying the ocean! Right now, Stevie is preparing to go on a research cruise and will be sailing from New Zealand to Tahiti.

Veronica Jones

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@choss_baby

Veronica is a rock climber and an artist originally from Cleveland, OH. Her relationship with the outdoors began when she went to the High Mountain Institute in Leadville, Colorado during high school and she hasn’t looked back. Between semesters studying Sculpture and Computer Science at Colby College, Veronica lives in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky honing her rock climbing skills and taking artistic inspiration from the breathtaking scenery of the Southeast. Veronica loves teaching people to climb and is in the process of obtaining her guiding certifications from the American Mountain Guides Association so that she can show more women the magic of climbing. Veronica’s perfect day involves tacos, climbing with badass women, drawing, and the color yellow.

Zoë McKinney

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@zoe.mck

Zoë is from North Conway, New Hampshire, in the heart of the White Mountains, which is where her love of the outdoors began. Either skiing up–and down–mountains, across fields, running over mountain tops, or trying something her friends are passionate about, she loves to spend her time outside. When not in the outdoors, you can probably find her in the kitchen making cookies, cakes, or attempting to figure out how sourdough works (she fervently believes chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake are the answers to most of your snack needs). She is currently studying psychology and education at Bates College and hopes to work with elementary and middle school students in her future either as a teacher or a social worker. She hopes to share her experiences in the outdoors with other womxn and show that however you define outdoor activities, it can be an empowering and inspiring space.