When she’s not skiing, climbing or biking, Kit is busy raising her two young daughters in a way that encourages their appreciation for the natural world and gives them the skills to move around comfortably in the outdoors.
When he’s not in the mountains, Mark works with The North Face research, design and development teams and lectures frequently on his life of adventure. Of all his adventures, Mark sees getting married and having a family as the greatest one yet.
David Carrier Porcheron
Commonly known as DCP, David has been snowboarding for more than 18 years. Committed to preserving the places he, his friends and family enjoy, DCP works to plant trees and off-set carbon footprints.
Combining a passion for exploration, mountains and skiing, Hilaree has traveled to some of the most exotic mountain ranges on earth.
Diane Van Deren
When Diane settled down to raise a family, she shifted into a coaching role, teaching positive attitudes and self confidence.
Michael is a four time member of Team USA for the 100K World Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and has lead the team each year that he was a member with his best finish ever last year in 2010 with a Bronze Medal for the USA.
Peter’s name has been synonymous with the exploration of Mt. Everest for nearly three decades. He has led numerous expeditions to the mountain and has summited seven times. Peter is a strong proponent of Sherpa culture and has documented their talents at high altitude in books and films.
Q&A with Juan Martinez
Apr 30th 2012
Juan Martinez grew up in South Central Los Angeles, but the opportunity to explore the Grand Teton shaped a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Juan D. Martinez is Director of Leadership Development and Natural Leaders Network for the Children & Nature Network. In 2011, Juan was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and represents The North Face as an ambassador for outdoor exploration. Read more
21 Ways to Start Creating a Restorative Neighborhood or City
Apr 26th 2012
As of 2008, more than half of the world’s population lived in cities. That’s a huge moment in human history. By 2030, that proportion will likely jump to two-thirds. This transformation will produce one of two outcomes: the end of meaningful daily experience in nature, or the beginning of a new kind of city. Here are some ideas, adapted from The Nature Principle, that I believe can help us understand what it means to create and live in a restorative city, beginning with your neighborhood. Read more
Jim Zellers, Athlete Parent Blog
Apr 26th 2012
1. Exposure can be as important as doing the activity. When our kids were old enough to walk we would strap skis on their feet and they'd just walk around the house or outside without us ever having them get on snow. Read more