As a city dweller all my life, nature holds a deep and unique importance to me. Growing up on the streets of Chicago there was a lack in the traditional sense of nature - with an absence of trees and grass and very few wild animals to be seen. I longed to experience the wide open spaces of the great outdoors. Yes, Chicago offers pretty magical views of cityscapes, yet I found myself interested in other landscapes and highly curious about the mystery of nature in general.
Beyond leaving behind a piece of art for the neighborhood to enjoy, we always leave the area looking better than it did before, pulling weeds or planting trees and flowers when possible. I know how sacred a green space can be, that small bit of nature in these areas can change people’s lives. I have seen and personally experienced the impact it has in the city. My mission as an artist in Chicago is to share nature with my community whenever and as much as possible.”
This is a unique year for the Fjällräven Classic. Why take part?
It’s an honor to keep the Fjallraven Classic tradition alive and to continue to spread Fjällräven’s mission of inspiring people to get out in nature in a sustainable way and to especially be with nature during this historical time, even if it’s virtually. I'll do whatever I can to help others experience the spirit that lies within ourselves, just as being outside on the trail does.
I’ve never been on this trail before, I'm excited to see what's around the bend, crossing mountain streams, seeing the seasons change & spending time with my team. I also prepared for and recognize there will be challenges ahead, being in nature in a smaller group then past Fjallraven Classics. I might not be talking much or sharing the sights with friends, instead, this will be a time to re-connect with nature during a very unique point in our lives. I’m looking forward to what messages nature will give me and to those watching on TV.