Caroline grew up in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado but spent much of her early adult years along the rocky coast of Maine, fostering a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors. Following a Division I ski racing career, Caroline now splits her time between working for RMI, a nonprofit focused on decarbonizing global energy systems, and her outdoor pursuits—skiing, running, biking, rafting and camping.
How often do you hear folks rave about the dried up riverbeds they explored, or the empty bottles that floated past them while paddling? I stand behind Stio’s value that "We Are Caretakers," because without being conscious consumers, environmental advocates and stewards of our natural resources and ecosystems, the outdoors we have the privilege of exploring today will not be the same for future generations to enjoy.
Striking a work-life balance is paramount and I feel incredibly fortunate to live in a mountain town where access to the outdoors is at my fingertips. I work long hours at my desk supporting climate tech innovators through my work at RMI. That's why I carve out as much time as possible in the evenings, mornings and weekends to enjoy the ecosystems I am working each day to protect. Whether that's via an early morning skin, evening mountain bike ride, or weekend camping getaway.
Skiing Cotopaxi in the Ecuadorian Andes or rafting the Futaleufu River along the Chile-Argentina border.
Dance Monkey by Tones And I
For me, what is almost more important than the time spent outdoors, is the people I spend it with. Don’t get me wrong, solo time outside is incredible. But when it comes to creating a life filled with mountain adventures, it’s key to find a partner or group of like-minded friends that can serve as companions, support systems, mentors, cheerleaders or even challengers at times.