North American Fjällräven Classic Trekker: Siobhan Phillips

Fjällräven’s Wholesale Marketing Specialist, Siobhan Phillips, is no stranger to experiencing nature. With miles under her boots, hours on the trail and wisdom from differing landscapes, Siobhan has been enjoying nature’s beauty her entire life.
In addition to her tenacity of adventure and a passion for learning, Siobhan believes in the strong and simple intrinsic connection to the elements of nature and how this connection is essential for humanity’s general sense of well-being.
We sat down with Siobhan to ask her about her inspirations, her insights and her lifelong passion around reflecting with nature as her constant teacher. Here is what she shared:

When did you become an outdoor enthusiast?
It innately appeared. When I was a kid, I remember thinking how big surrounding nature felt, spending time in my grandmothers garden or roaming a new part of the forest or down by the lake. Growing up in Ohio, I was always fascinated by the geography of the west, so I was naturally pulled into nature and inspired to see all it had to offer. When I am outside I feel like “myself.” Spending as much time in nature is a never ending education for me. It always has been and it always will be.
What influenced your passion for the outdoors?
I’ve always been drawn to the natural colors of the earth, to wide open spaces & the mystery and magic of the seasons and their elements. 
What motivates you to spend so much time outdoors now?
I love experiencing new places with different landscapes, however, I also love stepping into and opening myself to new experiences in old places I’ve visited in the past. I love going back to nature with fresh eyes. Fresh eyes and a fresh mind push the boundaries of learning the extremes in both my mind and my physical capabilities.

Do you prefer trekking alone or in a group and why?
Depending on length & difficulty, I actually enjoy both, but prefer to share the experience and beauty of the outdoors with someone whether it’s my partner Christian or a friend or two. I also love learning from others, like what the local native birds, plant species, and near-by critters are.
What is your favorite place to go trekking? Favorite time of year?
I recently moved to Boulder, CO and it’s amazing to see how much it has to offer. So right now, the foothills of the Rocky Mountains are my favorite. I’m especially loving the temperate, comfortable late summer days and the cooler night hikes when summer meets fall.
When things get tough on a trek, how do you stay motivated to keep going?
It is subjective to me, knowing the easy parts wouldn’t be easy without the more difficult moments. I also try to stop my wandering mind and remember to stay in the present. Checking in with myself during challenging times is a mindful way to remember that "I'm stronger than I think I am." These check-ins are also a nice reminder to stop, look and listen to what’s around me.

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.
What are you looking forward to most on this trek
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.

What do you hope viewers of the Fjällräven Classic livestream take away from the experience?
That nature, in all its simplicity, is so important for our well-being… whether you are outside on the trail or online in your “home-office.”

What products, clothing, and supplies do you always have on hand for a trek?
The most important clothing are sufficient layers, I’m a fan of wool in every layer, including my beanie. I never forget my chap-stick, sandals or camp chair to kick back in after a long day on my feet, nourishing food & good coffee… Oh and don’t forget gloves!
What Fjällräven products do you like to bring with you on a trek? Do you have a favorite?
My absolute favorite hiking pant for all seasons is the  Keb Trousers, the new "curved" version are amazing! I love the freedom of movement they provide me. An all-time favorite layer is the High Coast Merino Sweater, it keeps me comfy and dry while being the perfect weight. I always pack my Keb Eco-shell  for those windy and stormy moments in the mountains, and the ergonomic Kajka, my technical pack of choice… my “nature” home away from home.
Describe your best trek. And, where do you want to go to next?
I always seem to enjoy the nature around me, something close to home that ends with a picnic, a glass of wine, and a good night’s sleep! When the time is right, I would like to explore all the wonders of Utah soon.

Follow Siobhan over three days as she treks the North American Fjällräven Classic trails via livestreaming on Fjällräven Classic TV starting September 30th . Despite the challenges presented by 2020, we remain committed to giving people the ability to experience and be inspired by nature, wherever you are.

Click here to watch Classic TV
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