Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Merrell: Meet the 2017 College Ambassadors

Merrell is an outdoor brand that specializes in hiking shoes and clothing. As a Merrell College Ambassador, I get to lead amazing trips with the Outdoor Adventure Club through the generous grant provided by Merrell and Outdoor Foundation. Some of the trips include camping and hiking at local and state parks, ice skating, horseback riding and 5K runs. I love being an ambassador and am continuously inspired by my fellow colleagues! My only qualm is that we all live so far apart :) Be sure to check out their breathtaking Instagram feeds for some serious outdoor envy!

Emma D. // Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
My favorite outdoor activities are hiking and paddling. I have two dogs who I love to bring on my adventures. My fun fact is that I will be graduating with my M.B.A and am moving this summer! My favorite Merrell item is the Women's TrailMist Rainjacket. The weather in St. Louis is so unpredictable so this is the perfect item; not too hot, not too cold, and it keeps me dry!

Rachel S. // University of Central Florida
Rachel's favorite outdoor activity is hiking. She spent time doing mission work in Swaziland, Africa the past two summers. She stayed at a game park reserve where she could see elephants at the watering hole from her front window! She works as an Outdoor Adventure Trip Leader at the University of Central Florida where she takes people backpacking, teaches them how to surf, and invests in students' outdoor education. Her favorite Merrell item is a tie between the Liberty Agility Peak Flex shoes and the Willow Hike Tights because, well, pockets!

Grant S. //  University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 
Grant's favorite outdoor activity is canoeing. His fun fact is that he spent most of this past year in New Zealand. His Merrell pick? The Freewheel Chukka Shoes!

UP N. // Brown University

U.P. loves backpacking and hiking! Did you know that she can make minute rice in under a minute?! Her favorite Merrell item: Fallon Rain Shell (P.S. you HAVE to check out these color combo options!)

Jordan J. // Humbolt State University

Jordan's favorite outdoor activity is backpacking and/or kayaking. Fun Fact: his mom dated MC Hammer when she was in high school! His go-to Merrell item is the Moab hiking boot. 

Andrew S. // Colorado State University
Andrew's favorite activity is mountaineering and his fun fact is that he love bears. His favorite Merrell item is the Unbound Jacket. In his picture, he was on an ambassador trip to Zimmerman Lake!

Charlotte S. // Whitman College
@_.charlotte.sometimes._ / / @mckinleythecat
Charlotte's favorite outdoor activity is backpacking. In 2016, she got a concussion from tying her shoe before a hike. Her favorite Merrell item: "Everything! But, if I had to choose, the Everlong Tech Tight or the Moab." She also has an adventure cat (how fun is that?!) so be sure to check out McKinley's feed, too! 

Elsie C. // University of Alabama

Elsie's favorite outdoor activity is rock climbing (but really anything involving people and the outdoors). Her
 fun fact is that she has traveled to over 20 countries and lived in Tanzania for 5 months. Her Merrell "ambassador pick" is the Everlong Tech Tight! 

Tobey S. / / University of Arizona

Tobey's favorite outdoor activity is rock climbing. She loves hip hop music and recently saw Grandmaster Flash in concert. Her Merrell Ambassador picks are the Around Town Buckle Slide Print sandals and the Kota Quilted Poncho 🙂

Racheal R. / / Texas Woman's University

Racheal's favorite outdoor activity is snowshoeing and she's crazy about the outdoors! She is a senior studying nutrition. She
 will be interning for North Carolina Outward Bound this summer to train to be an assistant instructor. Her dream is to one day make healthy backpacking meals for the outdoor community. Her favorite Merrell item: Granite Moab Performance Select Dry shoe. 

Raina A. / / George Mason University

Raina is a Senior studying Parks & Outdoor Recreation. Her favorite outdoor activities are backpacking and rock climbing. Fun Fact: she thru-hiked the John Muir Trail in California!
Her ambassador pick is the Women's Everlong Tech Fleece Hoodie - "It's SO soft and stretchy and it's the perfect top to just throw on with any pants and go!"

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