Taylor Lanier - Snowboard/Climber/Rafter - Colorado, USA



 Your Age: 23

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Vail, Colorado

Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboarding, Climbing, rafting, kayaking, yoga, surfing, skating

What’s an average day for you like? Winter: snowboard in the daytime, hike in the afternoon. Summer: Raft in the daytime, climb in the afternoon. After activity beers are usually a must. Ending the night with acoustic songs around a nice warm fire.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? Snowboarding: pushing past the pain of catching an edge. Climbing: Pushing past the pain of sore and scabby fingers. The easiest, enjoying the in between thrills that you catch!

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Absolutely NOTHING! Because being a female pursuing adventure sports is empowering, thrilling and FUN!

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? In the climbing world it's often difficult to climb next to men. Everything they do appears effortless where it might take us weeks to figure out the move. Not to mention, where they might make one move, it might take us 3 or 5! One thing I wish to change in the climbing world is the stigma that "girls can't keep up with guys." Often guys will rush in to give beta and assists thinking we can't figure it out for ourselves. Back off boys! I'm gonna figure this out, and all on my own!

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? My personal style is simple: laid back. Chill. Au Naturale. I believe it's important for women and girls to embrace their natural looks and be comfortable in their own skin! I like bright colors, fun flowing styles and enjoy a boho/hippie look. But honestly, I'm usually just wearing whatever is clean!

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Patagonia, Mountain Hardware, Prana, Smartwool, Black Diamond. All of these brands never sacrifice their morals for their quality and you can always expect the exact quality you want, not to mention amazing customer service!

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? It is always important to FEEL good when you're out in the back country or in nature. You don't want to be shredding a gnarly line in the snow or water if you're not feeling 100% on point that day. It could always lead to detrimental consequences. Feeling good and looking good is always important to being your personal best, and accomplishing big sends!

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Adventure sports are always more dangerous than regular activities because there is the added risk of the elements. In climbing, you're at the mercy of rain, wind and everything they bring with it. In rafting, the river is ALWAYS in control, you're just learning how to work with it. To be an adventurist, you have to be able to keep your head calm in extreme situations, and is one of the reasons I enjoy these sports so much!

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. River is all about carnage. Simply put, you learn the most on the river when you mess up and are forced to recover. I've flipped boats, pinned boats, and done accidental 360's off rocks, and I'm a better raft guide for having been through those experiences and learning what's gotten me into and out of them.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The adrenaline rush of ripping through high class water, being 50 feet up in the air dangling off the side of a cliff with only your hands and feet connected, or flying down a mountain hopping off little pillows of snow.

What is your favorite trick? Too many to name, mostly I just like to keep things fun and walk a delicate line of pushing myself but not getting out of control. I'm obsessed with handstanding!

Do you own any other toys? Snowboard, climbing gear, kayak, surfboard, skateboards.

What gets you pumped up for the day? Waking up and seeing nature come alive. Watching the sun rise above the horizon, hearing birds sing their morning songs, and gulping down cool fresh air into my lungs.

What are three things you could not live without? My friends and family, my adventure toys and my dog!

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I don't have any expectations for my sports. Sure, I set goals and I work towards accomplishing them. However, mainly I just partake in my sports because they grab at my soul. It's not necessarily a choice to do these things but a necessity for my well-being and happiness.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? All the boyfriends I've had who have been my dire hard adventure and climbing partners, my mother, and my dog!

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? At the moment, Candide Thorax and Steph Davis.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I really enjoy live music, hanging with friends and GEAR SHOPPING!

How about in the off season to stay in shape? Yoga is my cure all for staying in shape because I can do it anywhere at anytime, it's always different and fun and usually teaches me something about myself in subtle ways. I also enjoy hiking, climbing indoors and running on treadmills.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? Summit some big walls, be comfortable kayaking class 4 water and learn some new tricks on my snowboard!

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Freeride and backcountry for snowboarding.

Favorite conditions? Sunny and beautiful of course, preferably having dumped 10 inches the day before!

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? At the moment I would like to visit Chamonix, France for climbing and snowboarding. I would love to return to Kalymnos, Greece for climbing and I would love to go explore Central and South America for rafting and climbing.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? So many! But mainly artists like Odesza, Griz, Sylvan Esso and Zhu.

What turned you on to your sport? Being an adrenaline junkie!

Any new tricks you’re working on? I'm always trying out new tricks! Mostly, at the moment, I'm working on strengthening and furthering my climbing technique.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Traveled around Europe climbing in many popular climbing destinations!

What other extreme/action sports are you into? Snowboarding, climbing, kayaking, rafting, surfing, skating, yoga.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Reading books, finding ways to fix our broken political system, fighting world/child hunger and poverty.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? I love a Never Summer snowboard! Their technology is cutting-edge, light weight, specific and fitting.

How would you describe your riding style? Ballsy! It's not always a good thing, but I don't mind beating myself up to get good or learn something new.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? A nice, ice cold, heady IPA.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Who knows!! Still trying to figure that out. I thoroughly enjoy guiding backpacking and climbing trips, and teaching leave no trace practices to our future generations.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Instagram- @LetsBeLove