Whitney James

Whitney is all about the mountains, yoga, good brew, and good reads. With a degree in philosophy and background in digital marketing, she's combined her passion for the written word with the outdoor industry. She was managing editor of Outside Magazine’s Summer Buyer’s Guide 2014, and now writes for publications like REI, Adventure Journal, Huckberry, and beyond. By day she works for Outside GO, and on the weekends well you get the point, she's our kinda gal.

Adventure with Whitney: @whitneyljames & WhitneyJames.com

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

MOUNTAIN TOWN? 

Crested Butte, and not because I'm biased. I will never forget my first weekend exploring the backroads and bike trails just outside of town. My first Notorious FIG pizza at Secret Stash didn't hurt, either.

COFFEE SHOP?

Iconik Coffee in Santa Fe for their bulletproof coffee, homemade bagels, and live bluegrass sessions every weekend. 

BREWERY OR APRES HANGOUT?

Aspen Brewing Co, hands down. I had my first beer here after moving to Colorado from sea-level, and needless to say that at 7.5% it was a memorable one!. 

PLACE TO GRAB GRUB?

Brunch at River and Woods in Boulder. With items like buckwheat pancakes with bourbon and peaches, I'm not sure you can go wrong! 

PLACE TO PITCH A TENT FOR THE WEEKEND?

I won't give away my favorite camping spot, but let's just say it's near Chopwood Mercantile and it sometimes sees snow in July. 

TRAIL TO HIKE OR MOUNTAIN BIKE?

Trail 401 is the best mountain bike trail on earth as far as I'm concerned. As long as you don't mind a grueling climb, thin air, and a little mud.

PLACE TO ESCAPE TO?

I grew up in Washington State and have a spot by a river in the Cascades that will always be special. Whenever I go back I marvel at how lucky I was to grow up camping there as a kid.

THING ABOUT CRESTED BUTTE?

That unless it's the Fourth of July, Crested Butte feels like Colorado's last undiscovered mountain town. Plus it's has epic cross-country skiing making it my year-round favorite!

ASPECT OF CHOPWOOD MERCANTILE?

Chopwood is one of those places you can't go into without wanting to take a piece of it home. It's like you've entered a good friend's cabin and all of your favorite brands happen to be on display. 

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