Brian Donnelly

 Photo by Ian Sharman

Photo by Ian Sharman

"I love all forms of human powered travel. Since I fell in love with trail running at a young age, that’s always been my primary lifelong passion, but I’ve wholly devoted myself (in the past) to whitewater kayaking, fast packing, rock climbing, and ski mountaineering.  I’d say right now that I’m most passionate about longer, multi-day adventures to more remote places, places like the Sierra High Route, which is mostly off trail and requires a special skill set that combines many of these different skill sets in different ways.

I’m mostly motivated by my own humanness, I think.  I’ve learned that I’m happiest when I’m in nature, moving my body, traversing landscapes, sleeping under the stars.  I think humans were meant to do these kinds of things.  It’s part of our design.  So the motivation is to find that simple form of happiness and I happen to find it very easily when I’m outside, in nature, and human powered.

Skout is a favorite food choice because they care where their ingredients come from and they keep it simple.  It's whole organic foods and a bunch of it comes from here in the Pacific Northwest.  It's just what I need whether I'm on a big multi-day adventure or just a fast afternoon run in the forest below my house."