What's at the top of your bucket list?
Tell us about your dream trip.
I mean, if we're dreaming big - then heli-skiing (boarding) in New Zealand! With a Lord of the Rings tour thrown in there.
What's your favorite thing about Next Adventure?
I LOVE the basement. Having a consignment shop keeps gear and outdoor clothing incredibly accessible to folks.
What's your favorite product at Next Adventure?
I defiantly hit up the Wilderness Technologies brand when I'm in the store, and recommend it other folks as well!
Tell us a little more about yourself!
I'm in my 40's and identify as queer, trans, and nonbinary. I moved to Portland from New England five years ago. I grew up in coastal Maine, not far from Acadia National Park, which is where I fell in love with mountains. I didn't come from a skiing family, but as a 90's skateboarder, I gravitated towards snowboarding when small segments of snow shredding started showing up in my VHS skate videos. I bought my first used board at 14 with some babysitting money and discovered a whole new way to be obsessed with mountains. My college life was based on ski mountains and the price of a student season passes (Sugarloaf in Maine & Crested Butte in Colorado).
After college, I moved to Boston to check out city living after my first 20 years in small towns. My outdoor life slid to the side; being in queer punk bands became my new focus. A few years into my Boston life, I was like...mountains...I want to do that again and started driving north for year-round weekend journeys to the White Mountains in NH. Some of my favorite trips were the Presidential Traverse and Tuckerman's Ravine.
Since then, I've been summiting anything I can, splitboarding (found a used one in the basement of Next Adventure!) around Mt. Hood, and backpacking when I can find the time. (A few summers ago I was able to thru-hike The Long Trail in Vermont with my best friend). My love of mountains and snow is deep! Now I'm the Director of Operations for The Venture Out Project, a Queer, Trans & LGBTQ Outdoor organization that leads trips in the Pacific Northwest and New England.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I play clawhammer banjo as part of an old-time music community here in Portland.
Check out Travis's adventures with The Venture Out Project: