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If rock climbing and hiking are part of your love language, you'd get along with our AmbassaTur Megan. Residing in Las Vegas, she's a Social Media Manager who likes to spend her spare time exploring all that the Southwest desert has to offer. 

 

Megan hiking

Where is your hometown?

Huntingtown, MD



Where do you currently reside?

Las Vegas, NV


What are your favorite ways to spend time outside?

Rock climbing & hiking in the Southwest desert



What is your most beloved piece of Turtle Fur gear?

The gray wool mittens! They were the first piece of cold weather gear I ever bought and they made me feel as though I actually COULD have a good time even when it's cold out.

 

What Turtle Fur product comes with you on every adventure, and why? 

The neck warmer is absolutely essential! I hate chilly neck drafts and scarves just don't do it.

 

What is your most cherished outdoor memory? 

I cried on the last route of my first trip to Joshua Tree National Park for rock climbing. I'd wedged myself into a large crevice to rest 50m up a rock face while following a new partner, a real old school gentleman with no qualms about simply choosing his own trad routes up the face of the granite, and the tears just started flowing. As I stared out at the boulder fields, I wondered (not for the first time) why the hell I choose this for fun. Why I force my hands to pull me up cliff faces and trust my feet not to slip a millimeter, slice my fingers open on edges like razor blades and smash countless body parts into unforgiving stone, just to reach the top of something. I don't know why.

 

I returned to Joshua Tree two weeks later for my second climbing trip.

 

Megan hiking with her dog If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why? 

Wadi Rum, Jordan for the gorgeous sandstone. I'm enraptured with the desert and after seeing videos of the sheer cliffs and red sand of Wadi Rum, I knew I had to be there.


What is your day job?

Social Media Manager & Content Creator


What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

When I was struggling physically and mentally a couple of years ago, I took a random trip to Zion with strangers and ended up hiking Observation Point on my own. When I reached the top, it felt like the most difficult thing I'd ever achieved in my life. That feeling lead me to focus more on my personal health so I could pursue even longer and higher goals.

 

Two truths and a lie:

- One time, my dog got stuck at the bottom of a drop-off in a slot canyon and we had to use bandanas to create a makeshift harness and pull him out.

- My dog's name is Skiball because I worked in an arcade as a teenager.

- My dad was a nuclear engineer on a submarine when I was a kid which lead me to become a Marine Biologist.

 

Where should people go if they want to follow along on your adventures?

Instagram: @theregoesmegan

Website: www.theregoesmegan.com