Here's to 2012, and to a 2013 Full of Adventure for Chaco Ambassador Eileen Ringwald

So 2012 has come to a close, was it a great adventure year for you? It was for me, and I'm looking forward to 2013. Every year people seem to make resolutions around this time, to tell you the truth, I usually do not. Instead I love to stay prepared for the opportunities that may come my way. Sometimes being prepared means that certain opportunities will inevitably show up, such as in the case of going on say, a permit required backpacking trip, but sometimes that can also mean taking off for an unexpected week in Yosemite because a friend's friend bailed on them.


The Forth Annual Jtree Tweetup

The Fourth Annual Jtree Tweetup, a camping and climbing tweetup which officially took place from November 9-11, 2012 (though many came early and some stayed later) was a lot of fun as usual. This year it was mainly cold and windy, though thankfully not as windy as the forecasts had originally said it would be (one day had predicted gusts of 50 miles per hour, but I'd guess we only experienced 30 mph gusts at most). The hearty Twitter climbers braved it all to camp, meet and climb. One of the things I love about JTree Tweetups is seeing my Twitter friends in person and how a bunch of strangers can become friends, sometimes a little adversity can bring folks together.


Chaconians Give Thanks

Chaco takes great pride in our loyal Chaconian following. This season we are very thankful to have such a tremendous community of adventurers. Chaconians are the heart and soul of Chaco, breathing life into the shoes as you explore, teach, reach and perform.

The Chaco Ambassador Team helps carry our Chaconian message, through competitions, outdoor education and worldly travels these ambassadors organically spread the Chaconian vibe and inspire more people to seek adventures near and far. Below a few of the Chaco Team members share their thankful thoughts with us. Please feel free to do the same in the comments section below this post. 

Follow all the Chaco Ambassadors here on the Chaco blog and on our Chaconian social places- Facebook and Twitter. Together, they represent all of us - our goals; our destinations; our life of adventure! Adventure on Chaconians and stay tuned as we follow the Chaco ambassador team.

EMILY SUKIENNIK: This thanksgiving I am thankful for my boyfriend, Mark, who has turned out to be the most generous, kind, and supportive person in my life.  I am also thankful for the desert which provides me with clarity and strength. 

A competitive athlete, Emily challenges herself by walking across a one-inch wide piece of webbing suspended high above the ground. She's looking to surpass the women's world highline record and gain attention for her sport. Read more about Emily at

LINDSEY WILSON: I'm thankful for all the dirt, mud, bugs, leaves and sticks I clean out of my house on a daily basis. It means my kids have been outside enjoying all the right things! :)

Lindsey Wilson is an environmental educator, outdoor fanatic and mom. She is founder of, a blog dedicated to providing inspiration and tips for making family adventuring fun, easy and accessible.

EILEEN RINGWALD: I'm thankful for the wonders of the earth, and the love of my family and friends. I'm also thankful for the different opportunities life has given me in the past year, life is an adventure on which I am happy to be!

Born and raised in Southern California, Eileen's spent much of her life scrambling on trails and rocks and growing her love for hiking and climbing. She took this love of adventure and formed, a climbing and outdoor community.


Malibu Creek Back Areas Approach... in Chaco Sandals!

Sometimes the hike to your favorite crag areas can be adventurous all itself. There is a rock pool traverse that is used to access climbing areas in the back portion of Malibu Creek State Park. It’s a bit intimidating to some but my Chacos have been up to it!

More 10 Year Anniversary - Chaco Boot Give Away!

It's been 10 years since first launched and one of the highlights of this time period for me has been joining the Chaco Ambassador team. Well, I was thinking what better way to celebrate a 10 Year Anniversary than to give away something new! I love my pairs of Chaco sandals and flip flops, but I've also discovered their great line up boots!


Adventure Close to Home: Mixing it Up with Eileen Ringwald in Southern California

My life as a Chaco Ambassador isn't always about just one sport. Sometimes it isn't even about a sport at all, it's about adventure and just plain fun. This past weekend was a great mix of all of the above for me.


A Day in the Life of Chaco Ambassador Eileen Ringwald

About Chaco Ambassador Team member EILEEN RINGWALD: Born and raised in Southern California, Eileen spent many of her summers on family camping trips scrambling on trails and rocks and growing her love of nature. She took this love of adventure and formed, a climbing and outdoor community. She is also the organizational force behind the annual Joshua Tree National Park rock-climbing meet up. Eileen’s photography can be seen at


A Yosemite Hike – and some Tips if you hike the Link

My last blog post here was about my Yosemite trip last month, well you're not reading a repeat, I went back this month!  


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