The Adirondacks to the Andes - Minus33® Merino Wool Clothing

The Adirondacks to the Andes

January 2017 was a month of adventure.


I started the New Year snowboarding with friends at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. Temperatures hovered around 0 degrees Fahrenheit at the summit of the mountain.  Visibility was poor at times but it was still some amazing riding. After 4 days in the Adirondacks, I made my way down to Eastern PA to meet my girlfriend and fly out of Philly to volunteer in Ecuador.  Our nine hour layover in Atlanta gave us enough time to leave the airport and explore what the city had to offer.


Snowboarding at Whiteface

Snowboarding at Whiteface


My first two days in Ecuador, I lived out of my carry-on since my luggage was left in Atlanta!  Luckily, I had an extra set of clothes in my backpack which included my Minus33 Appalachia Women’s Lightweight Wool Crew, a pair of leggings, and my Minus33 Merino Wool Day Hiker Sock.  I wouldn’t say they smelled great after two days, but it kept me comfortable through two days of volunteering and touring around the city.


Ecuador was the experience of a lifetime. We lived in a volunteer house with a host family in Quito, Ecuador.  On weekdays we volunteered with at risk children who work with their families in the open-air markets around Quito.  Living and working alongside the local people gave us a genuine look into Latin American culture. During some of our free time we were fortunate enough to visit two local foundations who provide prosthetics to the underprivileged population in Quito.  The first was Fundación Hermano Miguel, a medical clinic who provides rehab and therapy, prosthetics and orthotics, human rights services of persons with disabilities, and other medical services.  The other was the Range of Motion Project, a foundation started by an American to provide 3D printed prosthetics to underprivileged Latin American communities.



“Ama la vida” at the Equator


Of course we left time for play too.  We explored the city, traveled outside of the city to indigenous villages, went zip-lining through the Andean forest, we went hiking, and stood with one foot on either side of the Equator.  We rode a cable car up past 10,000 ft into the mountains then hiked and rode horses up an active volcano to about 13,000ft, and we went to a bird sanctuary in a town with the highest bird population in the world.  We got to experience the people, the food, and the unpredictable weather in Quito’s “wet season.”  The slogan of Quito is “ama la vida,” love life, and that’s exactly what we did.


Zip Lining in Ecuador

Zip Lining in Ecuador

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minus 33 merino wool clothing, winter snowboarding, outdoors, merinoholic EmmaAny situation that pushes the limits of my comfort zone and has a positive impact on other people is what makes me the happiest.  From volunteering in rural Ecuador, to the local animal shelter, Minus33 gear keeps me comfortable and dry so I can focus on what’s important.


During my free time, you can find me on a mountain snowboarding, camping, kayaking, or hiking with my Siberian Husky, Kya. We love to be outdoors and moving.


Favorite Minus33 Product: “My favorite Minus33 product is the Low Rise Trail Sock.  They are soft, the perfect weight, they provide cushion, and keep my feet dry and cool.  They’re great for hiking, working out, and day to day wear.”

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