Kirsten (she/her, Colorado) grew up in Washington state, riding bikes around her neighborhood and camping in the rainy old growth forests near Mt. St. Helens. After several years of residing in Colorado, she eventually put the two – biking and camping – together. Her first bikepacking trip was from Durango, CO to Moab, UT via the San Juan huts, a life-changing experience that developed her deep love for challenge and adventure. Fully unsupported trips followed, solo and with friends. She now spends most of her time exploring the roads and trails of northwest Colorado and the vast deserts of Utah, while also dreaming of exploring far off places. She currently works at a small bike outfitter and shop in Steamboat Springs, CO where she leads guided rides, hosts clinics, and assists bikepackers with routes and equipment. She is excited to work with Bikepacking Roots to develop community and camaraderie, as well as educate others how to enjoy and respect the outdoors.