Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 42
Hiking the West Rosebud Trail in
Montana's Beartooth Mountains.
PERSON OF INTEREST
FAVORITE MEMORY FROM YOUR COSTA
RICA TRAVELS: Getting almost too
CHOCOLATE OR CHOCOLATE LUNA BAR?
IF YOU COULD TAKE PEOPLE ON ONLY
A LUXURY WE'LL ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR
ONE TRAIL, IT WOULD BE: Angels Land-
DAYPACK: My swimsuit. It's lightweight
A G&T and buttered popcorn, my
ing in Zion. It's five miles round-trip,
and its exposure and drop-offs are
sure to challenge anyone's version
of normal. There are sections with
chains secured in the rock where
you pull yourself up the mountain.
Freaky, but fun - and totally doable
with an on-trail support network.
and good for a polar bear plunge, no
matter the time of year.
PLACE YOU'D MOST LIKE TO EXPLORE
THE ONE BOOK EVERY WOMAN
THIS YEAR: Iceland or somewhere in
WILDERNESS SKILL EVERYONE SHOULD
KNOW: How to build a fire.
AT SUNSET, YOU'LL FIND ME WITH:
ONE WOULD YOU BE? Happy camper:
HARD-WON LIFE LESSON FROM THE
Life is good.
RIVER: Go with the flow. There's no
V I RT U O S O L I F E
What am I?" Fire.
close to caimans on a kayaking
adventure through Tortuguero
National Park. So cool.
IF YOU WERE A MERIT BADGE, WHICH
fighting a river - or life's direction -
so just roll with the current.
ADVENTURER SHOULD READ: Wild
by Cheryl Strayed.
FAVORITE GUIDING PARTY TRICK: I
know an almost irritating number
of riddles ... "Give me food and I will
live. Give me water and I will die.
Women-only itineraries: Nine-day
Costa Rica journey departs March 17,
from $3,498; six-day Zion and Bryce
Canyon adventure departs May 20,
from $2,798; six-day Glacier National
Park trip departs July 1, from $3,198.
Vice president of operations for adventure-travel tour company Austin
Adventures and Outside magazine's
2014 Family Guide of the Year, Kasey
Austin is an exuberant champion
of outdoor recreation in general,
but especially of its ability to inspire
and empower women. Spurred into
action by increasing demand, the
28-year-old will introduce the company's first women-only itineraries
this year: 12-person adventures (led
by her) in Costa Rica, Zion and Bryce
Canyon national parks, and Glacier