Aisha Weinhold is many things: first and foremost, she's a visionary entrepreneur who created a film festival to directly confront sexism and the glaring lack of female perspectives in the outdoor world. Aisha can attack a mountain on her skis like a charging bear, and discuss female representation with class and humor. These are many of the reasons we're proud to call her both our Ambassador and our friend.
What gets you out of bed in the morning these days?
Husband farts? Just kidding... I got a new mug. It has the perfect handle and reads "You have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyoncé." So in a way, Beyoncé gets me out of bed every morning. Lately, I have been feeling wildly grateful to be alive. Amidst the chaos the consumes so much of the world, I am trying to not take waking up as a given. Thank you, Beyoncé.
What’s on your summer bucket list right now?
I have spent this summer focusing on multi-sport adventures. I just got back from Alaska, where I went on some incredibly daunting and spectacular packraft missions. I also have a few long-distance rollerskating objectives, run-out multipitches, and big mountain runs that need some time and attention. Ultimately, I want to find myself strong and brave in Yosemite this Fall.
Current source of inspiration?
Currently, I am inspired by the daylight. Have you ever climbed/boated/biked at night? It's fucking hard! I have been challenging myself to make the most out of all the daylight that the sun gives me. The days are only getting shorter, you know?
What are you a beginner at right now, or trying for the first time?
I am a new explorer. I usually stray away from the "choose your own adventure" and choose a story that has been completed many times with a lot of beta. It has been freeing with a steep learning curve to abandon the well-traveled routes and walk a path that is virtually unexplored. I am also learning to play the trumpet. There is nothing poetic there.
What is helping you keep it together? Any saving routines?
I love to sit. I was raised Buddhist, so I have done my fair share of "disciplined" sitting. But lately, I have been into casual sits. Sitting down, sinking your legs in the river after a long run, drinking a beer, and listening to the new Two Dope Queens podcast. I have a really hard time slowing down, but things are always that much sweeter after pressing pause.
If you had $300 to spend in the Wylder shop, what would you spend it on?
I would buy both of the Salmon Sisters mugs and the tea towel. Then I would buy one of all of the other tin mugs in the store, because you can't break a tin cup and they make you look mysterious. Then I would purchase the whole library. To finish it off, I would complete my collection of Parks Project shirts and a pair of Gramicci shorts.
Favorite brand in the Wylder shop?
I love the Parks Project line. I am moved by their mission and commitment to preserving our public places. I feel good every time I wear their clothes because I know that my money went to preserving the places that I love the most.
What did you plant in your garden this summer?
It isn't even worth mentioning because I am the greatest threat known to plants.
What is at the top of your Spotify, ‘recently played?’ Or, favorite current music?
The new Ke$ha album "Rainbow" and the "Baby Driver" soundtrack. Gold.
Who is inspiring you right now? Why?
I am wildly (wyldly?) inspired by Kathy Karlo. She is the latest addition to the No Man's Land Film Festival team. I have never seen anyone take on the world with so much tenacity, courage, unapologetic positivity.
If you’ve ever been profoundly changed by a landscape, which one, and why?
Yosemite National Park changed my life. I had spent years dreaming up a landscape that would crush my wildest visions of possibility, searching for a space that scared me to the point of never wanting to leave the ground, yet motivated me to explore every corner. Yosemite is big and bad and steeped in the richest pioneering spirit. But the traffic is awful - you shouldn't go.
Are you an activist? If so, what are you fighting for and why?
I am passionate about empowering young women to challenge their personal stereotypes and push through oppression in an informed and inspired manner. Everyone faces adversity in some area of their lives. Regardless of the focus, I want to help people find the tools to DO SOMETHING about their issues, rather than waiting for someone else to find the solution.
Anything else you want to add?
My baby, No Man's Land Film Festival is returning to Carbondale, CO for our third annual Flagship Festival September 14th-17th. This year we are running a four-day event consisting of guest speakers, panel discussions, workshops, adventure meet-ups and of course - a kickass film program featuring the raddest and baddest female athletes.
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