Darcie Gray

Image credit Paul Porter

Image credit Paul Porter

You miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t say yes to.
— Darcie Gray

Darcie Gray

Born and raised, Pacific Northwest
Current residence, Teton Valley, Idaho
Location, wherever the wind takes me

Kiteboarding, dirt biking, mountain biking, hiking, spearfishing, surfing, skiing, & traveling

What drives you?
Stepping outside of the comfort zone.

How did you get started?
My family was incredibly active in the outdoors, I grew up skiing and sailing in the PNW. It wasn't until my mid 20's when I discovered the excitement of adrenaline sports. That's when I got into kiteboarding, shortly after I got my first real taste of mountain biking and dove head first into racing downhill. Every activity I've done, sparks an interest in the next, I find myself always wanting to try everything. I've learned that I love everything I try. So naturally, my gear closet just keeps growing. 

Side note: It's true what they say about gear (in my case regarding dirt bikes) the correct equation for the amount you should have is: 1 + the number currently you own. So the problem of space in the gear closet is real.

Words of wisdom?
You miss 100% of the opportunities you don't say yes to. My favorite experiences have been the ones that I've just said yes to (sometimes even to complete strangers). I just go for it, ask no questions, and put total trust in others. I've found things work out - always - the experiences give you lifelong memories, deep friendships, and the best stories. (You never know, one day you might just end up on the Patagonia website or in a Pacifico commercial in Mexico.) 

Any adventure you’re dying to do but haven’t yet?
Countless! But the top of my bucket list is riding dirt bikes through the Himalayas and adventuring through India.

What is your all-time most memorable adventure?
Quitting my corporate job, packing up my little van and moving to Baja for 5 months. At times I had to push through total anxiety - how was I going to make money, pay bills, sustain a relationship back home? I had to stop focusing on the comforts I had come to rely on, and just live day-to-day. I am grateful for the support I had during the adventure; however, stepping out on my own forever changed my view on life, work, balance, identity, and sense of community - all for the better.

What do you do to recharge?
I get outside, nature has an amazing way of resetting the mind, body and soul. 

Patrick Hook