Alex Torquemada

An Amazon. Like the river and the women. 

Alex can best be described as having a towering Amazon-like stature. There is a 90% chance that she will be wearing leggings and flip flops, covered in dog hair and probably eating something with or covered in cheese. She is always with coffee in hand, ready to make plans and get things done.


What are your three most prized accomplishments?

1. Winning the 2012 NCAA national rowing champion. Some of my greatest memories are of being a collegiate athlete and it's one of the major aspects that propelled me through to get my degree. (BA in International Studies)
2. Giving into the dirtbag lifestyle and becoming a river guide, which was an absolutely life-changing experience that has given me a completely new sense of self-love and confidence.
3. Creating and selling personal artwork. I don’t think people realize how vulnerable of a thing it is to do. I’m pretty happy I’ve started and I’m excited to see where it takes me. If anything, I’m happy just to be creating.

What are your three favorite things to do?

I only get three?! So hard to choose. Ok...well I love spending time outdoors. From rafting & rock climbing to trailing running & swimming. I also love creating art! I’ve been working on a lot of watercolor and pen & ink pieces recently inspired by my favorite locations. It is one of my great stress relievers. Lastly,  I love to cook! Mealtime and food are a huge component in my life. Whether it’s a weekend barbecue or deep in the backcountry I always try to make an effort to create something special.

Where are your three favorite places to be?

Beaches, desert, canyons - I love it all!

Coastal Northern California. Moonstone beach / Houda point in Trinidad, CA are some of my favorites. They are so iconic with my hometown that they bring nothing but feelings of nostalgia. Joshua Tree has a special place in my heart being my inaugural introduction to the world of climbing outdoors and it’s always in the back of my mind. I’ve been itching to get back there. Finally, I became a firm believer in love at first sight after visiting and hiking the Grand Canyon. I’ve been back twice now since my first visit and have been dreaming of it ever since. I’m endlessly humbled by its vast and immense beauty and power.

What keeps your passion alive?

Strong coffee, good beer, great friends and terrible jokes.

What is your greatest passion?

To pursue the radical and experience it all.

What is one thing that people don't know about you, but should?

I love jeopardy, trivia nights, and almost anything having to do to do with random knowledge trivia.

What is your wildest adventure?

I feel like my wildest adventures are still yet to come. The most recent was probably my close encounter with a bear which was more em-bear-assing that adventurous.

If you could go anywhere and do anything, what would it be?

I love to travel and I feel like every couple of years I ask myself this question. I like to see my dreams become reality and try very hard to make these goals come to fruition. Last year I wanted to climb Machu Picchu so that’s what I did.

This next year my eyes are set on rafting down the Grand Canyon with a small group of my closest friends. I’ve applied for permits so, for now, it’s just crossed fingers and daily prayers to the river gods in hopes of acquiring a permit to make this dream happen.

In the next couple years who knows what it will be?! Life is short why not do the things that you truly want?

What is your personal definition of feminism?

Feminism to me is about equality, representation and collective effort. I feel incredibly blessed to have been surrounded by some seriously badass ladies and feel inspired by them all the time. To me, feminism is about supporting those around you and creating platforms to show that women are capable and deserve to have their voices be heard.

What do you find valuable in being a woman in the adventure/outdoor industry?

This is a really incredible time for women in history. Not only just within the adventure/outdoor industry, but globally. I feel that we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those who blazed the trail before us. I think now more than ever it’s an incredibly powerful position to be a woman in the outdoor/adventure sector.

Who is another woman who inspires you?

Oh my gosh so many to choose from! These are some of my most recent inspirations.

I feel like a lot of my daily inspiration comes from Janne Robinson her poetry and overall tenacity are incredible, plus her motto “this is for the women who don’t give a f**k” is just great.

Tyler Wright is a major inspiration right now athletically. I feel like she is really challenging the surfing world and charging like no one else. I love her disregard for the status quo and pursuing what she loves in a very authentic way.

Lastly, I’ve been following Nikki Frumkin for a while now and just love everything she creates. She gives me hope in integrating creative outlets with a pursuit of the outdoors.

In the coming years, where would you like to see women in sports/adventure/outdoors?

I would love to see more community support for organizations like NMLFF. I really think that public representation is key in supporting future generations of empowered young girls. I also would love to see more women in more executive roles of major outdoor companies.

Additionally, I would LOVE  to see a shift away from “gender-specific” gear. I’m not a big pink paisley kind of person and I think that there is a big discrepancy when it comes to the type of gear women want and the type of gear they need.

For more on Alex, you can follow her on Instagram or check out her upcoming event March 8th with Adventure’s Edge in Arcata, CA.