Explorer Spotlight: Rebecca Nichols

Name: Rebecca Nichols | Age: 39 | Location: Fonda, NY.

What’s your day job?
I work from home as a Customer Service Advocate.

What are your favorite things to do outside?
Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing.

What first drew you to the outdoors?
I have always enjoyed the outdoors especially camping however, my passion for hiking began when I started doing it as a way to get fit.

What’s your favorite hometown adventure? ...and, almost as important, where’s your favorite spot to get a beer after?
Favorite hometown adventure would be Kane Mountain Fire Tower a great little sunset hike. I'm not a beer drinker but often have some Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey in my pack!

What’s your essential gear that never gets left at home?
The Fireball Whiskey of course, only joking! My Headlamp (Always in my pack along with first -aid kit, map, compass).

What’s your favorite trail snack?
Cheese and Turkey Pepperoni.

Any go-to soundtracks when you’re hitting the road?
I'm a radio station flipper.

What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened while you were adventuring? And/ or funniest?
Not so much scary as nerve racking but my daughter became dehydrated on a 18+ mile hike.

Who’s your number one adventure partner-in-crime? Who inspires you?
I have to answer my 13 year old daughter to both. Her strength mentally and physically on trail at her age amazes me.

What are your top destinations for adventure travel?
My heart is definitely in our Adirondack Mountains, New York but also finding a recent love of The White Mountains in New Hampshire.

What’s on the top of your must-do adventure list right now?
Mt. Rainier, John Muir trail, Everest Base Camp

Show us your most memorable photo, and tell us about it!
My most memorable photo is actually of my daughter and I when she became a Adirondack 46er. We have 46 high peaks in the Adirondack Mountains, I completed them in October 2014 and she finished in July 2015. We are both currently working on our Winter round.

And last but not least…What’s your personal motto?
Hiking, I love that shit!