CHELSEA RAJAVOURI | My journey into the abyss of all around "wellness" has been ever-evolving. Growing up camping, hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, and exploring the untouched wilderness of places like the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, the vast frontier of Alaska, and the unpredictably pristine volcanoes of Washington, I built a strong connection with nature pretty much from the beginning. After the last 7 years of traveling the world- backpacking, living, learning, hiking mountains, teaching yoga, creating art, studying nutrition, meditating, and experiencing new cultural perspectives in Australia, Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru, I decided to set some roots in Telluride (flexible roots, of course). To me, the mountains have a healing power unlike anything I've ever experienced. I love the stillness of being completely separated from the daily grind of society. I love the sense of accomplishment and empowerment you gain when you reach a peak and know that YOU DID THAT. I love to live my life intentionally and mindfully, and work to do so in every action, thought, move, decision I make each day. The first time I set my eyes on the land that is now High Camp Collective, I had chills. I knew it was a special place, and I knew it had to be shared. To me it is a place for everyone. A place to meet yourself as you are, open yourself to nature, expand your comfort zone, learn and grow and flow and laugh and just enjoy the moment. Reconnect with your true self, create space in your life and your mind, and let go of what is holding you back from living your best life.
KEVIN JOHNSON | We've been traveling for half a decade with the dream to find a place to host wellness retreats. HCC couldn't be more of that dream coming true. These mountains have impacted us, and we want to bring that impact to others, while just striving to be #wellenough. Come learn something new about yourself you didn't think existed, or just take a conscious breath in nature and discover something new. Either way, you'll be glad you did.
MATT GUERTIN | Hi Friends, I'm Matt and currently have the feeling that every time I write a bio I am changing everything about my interests, ambitions and even self perception. So that being said, my past 6 months self has been obsessing on this idea of the "obstacle being the way" pushing comfort zones, unknowns, and the relationships born around "team struggle.” I think that’s a big reason why I wanted to start High Camp Collective. I want to replicate the feeling of that time where you honestly didn't know if you were going to survive the situation, the type 2 fun, and the buzzing you and your group had after you found safety. If you haven't felt it, you should. Whether thats just walking out in the woods or submitting to a night in the backcountry shelterless. Expanding comfort zones in nature is what I think can help every person on earth. I’ve been humbled by this feeling with my time living off the grid in Alaska running glacier tours, to remote island in Panama and now running a backcountry hut in the woods. It’s not that I hate people, I just love the connection between nature, comradely, and that crazy feeling you get in your gut when you walk into the high alpine, or paddle out in the ocean without an idea of what lies ahead. The crew we have formed here is the actual true story of my dreams coming alive. We're all in the business of not being able to tell work from play and living this life with the clear intention to do good with the foggiest way of how to do it. But, to do all we can to make it reality! I also am trying to find the best way to make coffee in the backcountry.. Current belief is The Aeropress - does it get any better? Do you have a different way? Shoot me message I'm dying to know.
ANNAMARIE VAUGHAN | We've been traveling for half a decade with the dream to find a place to host wellness retreats. HCC couldn't be more of that dream coming true. These mountains have impacted us, and we want to bring that impact to others, while just striving to be #wellenough. Come learn something new about yourself you didn't think existed, or just take a conscious breath in nature and discover something new. Either way, you'll be glad you did.