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Taking 5 With: Kirsten Alexis

Meet Kirsten Alexis, a California girl with a passion for everything adventure and outdoors. From paragliding and skydiving to mountain biking and surfing, Kirsten is determined to explore all the world has to offer while inspiring others to push themselves and live their dream life.

Founder to This Adventure Life, Kirsten shares her experiences, travel stories, and tips to help other explorers on their adventures. Sharing experiences of her own as well as stories from inspirational people she's met along the way, Kirsten has created a place for inspiration through exploration and adventure.

Follow her on Instagram at @KirstenAlexisAdventures to keep up with her adventures.

Take a look at her go-to moccasin - The Emery, and see where she's explored in them.

1. What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I have a pretty long list of interests and hobbies; life is too short to not try everything! I love hiking, high-altitude mountain trekking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, skydiving, paragliding... I love anything that involves a good adventure! I also love photography and making videos. Most recently I got into drone photography, which has let me see and capture the world from a whole different perspective. It's quickly become a favorite hobby of mine, and I can't wait to get more experience and amazing footage from my travels and adventures with it!

2. Where is your favorite place to explore/travel?

This is such a tough question! I’m so fortunate to have explored some of the world’s most beautiful places, but I would have to say the Canadian Rockies hold an extra special place in my heart. There is just something about those towering rugged mountains, turquoise glacial lakes and crisp clean air. I even like exploring it in the winter, and I’m a California girl who used to think 50 degrees was cold! Whatever the season, there are always new adventures to be had there, and new trails to explore. From Banff, Jasper, Yoho and the Kananaskis, I am constantly finding new trails, summits, lakes and amazing people I am proud to call friends. It truly feels like home.  

I also love Lake Tahoe (I can’t just have one favorite place). Growing up, it was my second home. I learned so much there: the essentials of hiking, how to ski, biking, paddle boarding and more. To this day it remains such a magical place; every time I make the drive, I am still in awe of the big blue lake.

3. What do you like about the Emery slipper?

The Emery slipper is perfect for relaxing after a long day on the trails. My feet definitely take a beating, so there is nothing more comfortable than these slippers. They are so soft, yet surprisingly durable. These are definitely my go-to shoe after an adventure. They are perfect for lounging around, but also super cute to wear out!

4. Why are Staheekum slippers a great choice after an outdoor activity?

After any grueling outdoor activity I put myself through, I cannot wait to take my dirty boots off and slip into something more comfortable. These slippers are perfect: comfortable, soft and easily packable. I bring them with me wherever I go now! 

5. Do you have any tips for first time explorers?

There is no better time than now to get out and start exploring. It may sound super cheesy, but it’s so true! Life is so short, and every day is such an amazing gift, so if you have a dream go chase it!

Some of my more practical tips would be to make sure to research where you are going, and make sure you have the right gear. Don’t be afraid to go on the journey by yourself! Don’t be afraid to try new things and get out of your comfort zone, but stay smart about your decisions. Stay aware of your surroundings. Be prepared: weather, conditions can change in an instant when you are out in the wilderness. Get involved in the outdoor adventure community: these people are some of the most adventurous, funniest, kindest and most inspiring people I have met, and I am always honored to be surrounded by their company. Take only photos, leave only footsteps! Now get out there and make some memories!

The Emery is a versatile slip on for any girl on the go. They come in a soft cushioned flannel lining or luxurious shearling for extra coziness, perfect for exploring in nature or relaxing around the campfire.