Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018 - 29
Compass | PERSON OF INTEREST
Hiking the West Rosebud Trail in
Montana's Beartooth Mountains.
mountain. Freaky, but fun - and totally doable with an on-trail support network."
HARD-WON LIFE LESSON FROM THE
RIVER: "Go with the flow. There's no
Vice president of operations for adven-
fighting a river - or life's direction - so just
ture-travel tour company Austin Ad-
roll with the current."
ventures and Outside magazine's 2014
Family Guide of the Year, Kasey Austin
CHOCOLATE OR CHOCOLATE LUNA
is an exuberant champion of outdoor
BAR? "Chocolate everything!"
recreation in general, but especially
of its ability to inspire and empower
A LUXURY WE'LL ALWAYS FIND IN
women. Spurred into action by increasing
YOUR DAYPACK: "My swimsuit. It's light-
demand, the 28-year-old introduced the
weight and good for a polar bear plunge,
company's first women-only itineraries
no matter the time of year."
this year: 12-person adventures (led by
her) in Costa Rica, Zion and Bryce Canyon
THE ONE BOOK EVERY WOMAN
national parks, and Glacier National Park.
ADVENTURER SHOULD READ: "Wild by
IF YOU WERE A MERIT BADGE, WHICH
ONE WOULD YOU BE? "Happy camper:
FAVORITE GUIDING PARTY TRICK: "I
Life is good."
know an almost irritating number of
riddles ... 'Give me food and I will live. Give
FAVORITE MEMORY FROM YOUR COSTA
me water and I will die. What am I?' Fire."
RICA TRAVELS: "Getting almost too close
to caimans on a kayaking trip through
WILDERNESS SKILL EVERYONE
Tortuguero National Park. So cool."
SHOULD KNOW: "How to build a fire."
IF YOU COULD TAKE PEOPLE ON ONLY
AT SUNSET, YOU'LL FIND ME WITH:
ONE TRAIL, IT WOULD BE: "Angels
"A G&T and buttered popcorn, my two
Landing in Zion. It's five miles round-trip,
and its exposure and drop-offs are sure
to challenge anyone's version of normal.
PLACE YOU'D MOST LIKE TO EXPLORE
There are sections with chains secured in
THIS YEAR: "Iceland or somewhere in
the rock where you pull yourself up the
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