Introducing The Wilderness Collective
Their passion for each other, photography and the outdoors drives a will for adventure.
Welcome to The Wilderness Collective
Cirque is excited to partner with The Wilderness Collective. A creative brainchild of Colorado couple Glen and Alana. “We started dating three years ago after we met at a folk concert in Englewood, CO and not only fell in love with the band but each other! Traveling is a way for us to reconnect with each other and our environment outside the daily grind of school and work. We started taking pictures on the road and it’s only grown from there. The Wilderness Collective is a project that we developed out of our shared love for photography, meeting new people, and the outdoors. Our work reflects who we are: a creative duo always up for a new adventure.”
Alana is a Colorado native raised on the ski slopes and campgrounds of Rockies. As a child, she was always outside, usually in the company of the family dog. Glen was born in Indonesia and grew up roughing it with his three other brothers. After bouncing around the globe, he came to Boulder to study and enjoy the mountain lifestyle.
Cirque Mountian Apparel is excited to partner with The Wilderness Collective as they exemplify what it means to be #CarvedByNature . We sat down with Alana and Glen, a couple brought together by their passion for adventure, travel, photography and the outdoors to get a better feel for who they are as they prep for the trip of a lifetime!
How are you Carved By Nature?
Living in Colorado has fundamentally shaped our lives and our relationship. Nature is so resilient to extreme conditions and our outdoor adventures have taught us that while having a plan helps with our journey, spontaneity is so important and you have to just go with the flow. Ultimately can only tag along and enjoy the ride!
While traveling, what hobbies and passions do you take part in on the road?
A few years ago, we were driving through New Mexico and stopped at a rest area after seeing it on a billboard. Little did we know that Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM would become an annual trip; we love to take friends and family for a fun day of swimming and cliff jumping. Discovering hidden treasures like this is what makes travel so exciting. It’s also a way for us to constantly re-discover ourselves and the excitement we find in our relationship. And even though we see each other every day, it’s nice to just have the time to talk, laugh, and belt out pop songs on the radio together.
What is your favorite travel snack?
We try to cook together every night when we’re on the road, although sometimes after being in the car for 10 hours, the only thing we want is junk food. Our favorite travel snack is Flamin Hot Cheetos washed down with soda from the last gas station. We know, we’re from Colorado, we should have said our favorite travel food is quinoa!
With so many great national parks and iconic landmarks, what do you look for when planning a road trip?
Although we’re pretty spontaneous, planning a trip still takes months for us. Even though we wish we could hit every spot and soak it up for hours at a time, that would set us back and distract us from getting to our destination. We usually do tons of research about the place we’re heading by reading articles, checking social media, and through local word of mouth. It’s a rough itinerary that allows us enough flexibility to switch it up if something exciting catches our attention. We try to look for things we can’t normally do, so we especially like to hit a lot of hot springs, national forests, and challenging hikes.
What is your dream trip?
Right now our dream trip is to go back to Glen’s birthplace in Indonesia. It has been 17 years since he was there last, and we would love to reconnect with family. The sightseeing and food have been on our minds since we started traveling abroad. Indonesia has an amazing natural and cultural heritage from tourist hotspots in Bali to active volcanoes off the beaten track. It’s also nice not to have to worry about the language barrier since Glen is a native speaker and Alana can converse with his grandma enough to say, “your food makes me go to heaven and back”.
Up next on our itinerary right now is Alaska in the summer. 2 people, 1 dog, 12000 miles. Follow us on our journey north, and welcome to the Wilderness Collective! – Glen and Alana
Stay tuned as they pack up for a trip of a lifetime and hit the road to Alaska!
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