los angeles, ca
travel, outdoor adventuring
camera, pocket knife, adventure hat
nothing is more healing than getting outside. sometimes when the pain is heavy and the healing process appears to be a long road ahead, the best thing you can do is strap up your hiking boots and hit the trail. this is where and how alyx schwarz discovered her escape and recovery from a back surgery, on the trail. committing weekends to exploring, blogging, traveling and discovering her home state, alyx found herself and a purpose worth pushing for.
a few years into balancing life as a weekend warrior, alyx decided to share her passion for the outdoors with others and founded shoestring adventures la, a free meetup community for la weekend warriors just like her. hustling isn’t a hustle when you’re doing what you love and this lady found a way to play, push and share her passion for helping others find empowerment through outdoor experiences without looking back. these guided hikes have grown to inspire the pursuit of her true passion, organized guided weekend camping and backpacking trips across california parks.
take a few to check out our Q & A with alyx and discover why shoestring adventures is the best kept secret that all the get-outsiders of la will soon be talking about.
how did you get into hiking?
hiking was a restorative, low-impact alternative to my previous hobby of triathlons. i craved new experiences that would give me opportunities to learn about myself and every peak i climbed or destination i reached, i felt more empowered to take on life’s daily challenges.
what made you want to pursue a business centered around getting outside?
being outdoors brings me into the present moment. i enjoy sharing that with others.
you’ve been organizing guided trips for a while now, what inspires you to keep it up?
the shoestring adventures community has become my extended family. i love watching first-time campers go on to have their own adventures with skills they have learned and friends they have made on a shoestring adventure.
what is something important that you have incorporated into your guided hikes that you feel has elevated these experiences?
i started with my wilderness first aid certification, a 2-day course which i recommend for anyone who spends time outdoors. recently, i got my wilderness first responder certification, an advanced course in handling wilderness medical emergencies. every trip is a lesson in what to do next time but safety is a priority when i bring others outdoors.
tell us about your first trip?
my first shoestring adventure in 2014 didn’t turn out as expected. we couldn’t have a campfire, the water at the campground was turned off, the hot springs i promised everyone were sealed off and we got separated from half of the group during a hike. at the end of the day, all the campers were just happy to be outdoors with new friends. their happiness was enough motivation to plan the next trip.
as i mentioned earlier, every trip is a lesson in what to do next time [in this case, i learned] proper planning is key.
what’s something that you think every new outdoor explorer should know?
the outdoors can be very rewarding and teach you a lot about yourself. in return, we should take care of our environment. i teach and practice leave no trace on all of my trips. i also host trail clean-ups through my meetup shoestring adventures la.
i believe having a solid support system is crucial to being a successful entrepreneur.
who is someone that has impacted you and helped you find success in pursuing your passion?
shortly after starting the business, i was introduced to my adventure soul sister sasha from trail mavens, who guides skills-based camping and backpacking adventures for women in northern california. through our phone calls and video chats, we share the challenges and successes of running our own guide businesses. she motivates and inspires me to be a better leader. i hope to finally meet her in person this summer. i also have my mentor jacqueline boone to thank for guiding me from blogger to business owner.
keep trekking on, we’ll see you at the trailhead soon. until next time…
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