Hey guys! I’m Kirsten Alexis, and I am a California-based content creator and outdoor adventure enthusiast. I believe that life truly begins outside our comfort zones, and that we become our best selves by stepping into the unknown.
I was raised on Jimmy Buffet and Rolling Stones songs, beaches and messy art projects. I was lucky to have grown up in a time where outdoor adventures were mandatory, where playing outside and having a big imagination was the best therapy, and when social media was nonexistent.
When I was 12 my life completely changed. I had spinal fusion surgery for moderate-severe scoliosis. You could say I was uncool before it was cool. We’re talking rolling backpack, back brace and braces… Let’s just say when you look that good it teaches you to have a big personality. Jokes aside, the experience taught me that life is so short, and can change very quickly. It taught me to be grateful for what I have and to always follow my dreams while I can.
I got my Bachelors Degree from UCLA in art. My main focuses were photography, painting and drawing. I loved nothing more than getting out of civilization and losing myself in nature. Some of my favorite memories were exploring places I had never been and documenting my experiences through my camera or painting on canvas. There’s so many stories behind those pieces. I held art shows in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area.
I live for adventures, and anything that goes fast. I’m definitely most comfortable all geared up, and feel that some of the best therapy in my life comes from pushing myself out of current comfort zones (safely of course). I am also a big dreamer. I love the seemingly insignificant, simple moments in life. I live for moments that humble me, challenge me and make me think.
I strive to create content that is original, engaging and inspiring rather than uninspired, cookie-cutter work that instills a fear of missing our or inadequacy. I want everyone to be motivated to live their dreams and be their best selves through creative, true-to-life storytelling and media sharing.
In terms of outdoor adventures, I am a high-altitude mountain trekker with dreams of completing the Seven Summits. So far, I have done Kilimanjaro and I hope to attempt Elbrus as soon as the international lockdown restrictions lift (2022 looks to be the year). I am also a licensed skydiver, and aim one day to be a coach. I also can be found surfing, paddleboarding, snowboarding, skiing, hiking and exploring with my camera or drone. I love sharing stories and photos from my travels, and getting to know other people through their experiences.
So far, I have been to six continents and over thirty countries. A great deal of my travel has been solo, and it has taught me so much about the world, society and myself. It taught me that life is what we make of it, and that the world isn’t a big, scary place. In fact, it taught me that I am much stronger and fearless that I ever thought possible. It taught me that I am in control of my life, and I can create my own adventure and have a positive impact on the world.
Some of my most memorable travel and adventure experiences have been:
- Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro during one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen. That was my first summit over 14,000 feet, and I learned that I could conquer my goals if I just believed in myself, stayed positive and put in the hard work.
- Going on a safari and seeing the Big 5 in Tanzania.
- Trekking to Everest Base Camp and seeing Mount Everest in person. It burned a fire in my soul to one day attempt the actual summit.
- Visiting a rescued elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
- Getting my skydiving license. This sport has changed me in so many ways. I’ve met so many people and jumped in beautiful places such as Sebastian, Kelowna and Monterey.
- Freediving with whale sharks in Baja California, just a few hours outside of Cabo San Lucas.
- Backpacking the Mount Assiniboine trail.
- Trekking to Machu Picchu via the legendary Inca Trail.
- Exploring Iceland. There is so much to see on this little island, especially outside the city and touristy spots.
- Filming an adaptive ski program in Winter Park, Colorado.
- Learning how to paraglide and getting my P1. I flew in Monterey, Santa Barbara, South Bay Area and San Diego.
- Roadtripping around the western United States and Alberta, Canada, to host hiking and adventure meetups.
- Freediving cenotes in Tulum, Mexico. If you go before the crowds get there, and especially in the off-season, you can swim in some seriously clear water. There is definitely a reason these are so popular to visit!
- Training for Kilimanjaro via the 14ers in Colorado.
- Backpacking Western Australia and falling in love with the remote landscape.
- Taking surf lessons and bettering my skills in Hawaii. The Hawaiian islands are famous for roller waves that are perfect for beginners and intermediates alike. I love nothing more than being out in the warm waters and watching a long, easy wave on a longboard. And sometimes you can see turtles out there!
- My first solo backpacking trip across Europe. This trip got me addicted to traveling.
- Hiking Panorama Ridge in a day.
- Hiking Mount Whitney in a day.
- Fat tire biking in the Canadian Rockies during a polar vortex. We pedaled though almost -30 degree temperatures to generate content for a local adventure company in Kananaskis.
- Believe it or not, exploring local spots during the pandemic. It awakened my mind and let me know how blessed I truly am to live in such a beautiful place. It gave me a break, and let me get creative to adapt and move forward. It also gave me time to see my family, and made me realize what really matters in life.
My most notable big mountain summits:
- Kilimanjaro – 19,000 feet
- Mount Whitney – 14,000 feet