Sun Valley, ID
Amy grew up in rural Pinedale, Wyoming and fell in love with the outdoors through science, skiing, and raising animals. Her wild-west thirst for adventure and adrenaline has fueled a professional skiing career from big mountain to the backcountry. Simultaneously, she is utilizing her degrees in psychology, communication, and outdoor education to direct a women’s backcountry retreat program leading people from all walks of life on multi-day backpacking excursions through the mountains and desert. She is a backpacking guide for Sawtooth Mountain Guides and is in the process of earning a AMGA Ski Guide certification. On every adventure, Amy creates multi-media content with the goal to inspire through action.
What do you do to create balance in your life?
I create balance in life by continually setting intentions and checking in with myself. My goal is to thrive in the four main realms of life by setting specific goals. The areas of focus are intellectual/professional, health/physical, emotional/social, and spiritual. I notice if any one of these is lacking, I feel out of wack. To get back on track, I always turn to time outside to recalibrate and move forward.
What inspiration do you find in the outdoors or what motivates you to get outside?
No matter what mood I’m in, getting outside enhances my outlook in a positive way from finding inner peace to playing simply for fun. Skiing, biking, hiking, climbing, rafting, riding horses - it all makes me feel happy, connected, challenged, and eager for more. I’m motived by those feelings and it always keeps me coming back for more. I can’t imagine a day without breathing fresh mountain air. It’s just part of who I am and who I always will be.
What does Let The Outside In mean to you?
Let The Outside In means to embrace the connection between myself and nature. From literally drinking in the mountain water and air (or dirt after a mountain bike crash), to showing gratitude and respect to the wilderness. Let The Outside In is recognizing the intricacies of these big beautiful ecosystems and how they’re interconnected with who we are as humans.
How can you inspire others to Let The Outside In?
As a backpacking guide, I spend multiple days with others in the backcountry trekking through the mountains and desert. By being immersed in the wilderness, we naturally tune in to our surroundings which inherently helps tune into ourselves and how we are completely connected to the wild spaces. My main focus is leading all women backcountry retreats which enables women of any experience level to Let The Outside In while learning about the environment, technical outdoor skills, and connecting with like-minded people in beautiful places.