I’m a skydiver, rock climber, and a ready-for-anything explorer. My ultra-love for the wilderness has drawn me to ultra-running and I’m head over heels! My heart lives for miles and miles of single track and rocky ridgelines to alpine lakes and scrambling summits. I eat burritos every day, drink an absurd amount of coffee and treat my puppies like children. I might be the weirdo that kicks up a conga-line when social situations get stale, but I believe getting up, getting wild and going on an adventure is the very best way to get to know yourself.
Through ASDT I’ve met an army of like-minded ladies who are beaming with love and passion to cultivate a community of women encouraging each other, facing their fears, and checking things off their bucket lists. We are driven to make a persuasive and positive impact on the world around us.. and have a dang good time doing it! :)
Hey I’m Ashlee aka Smash, Ging, Double “ee”. I am lucky to have been born in this amazing place of Ogden, Utah. With the amount of growth to this town, I’m truly grateful to be a part of such a supportive community. Side Note: I absolutely love Ogden. :)
A little about me… After college at Weber State University in Ogden, I took a leap and jumped into a summer position in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park. In the three years I lived there, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined how that place changed my life. The park allowed me the freedom to explore so many ecosystems, see wildlife, and learn who I wanted to be with never ending possibilities. I loved meeting people from all over the world. I found new loves for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and I did as much as I could physically possibly do in my off time. When I moved back to Utah, I realized there were many places here that I never got to explore. It’s crazy, but it took me leaving Utah to really appreciate what this state offers outdoors.
Being back in Utah has been a journey with some extreme highs and lows. For a long time I struggled with who I was supposed to be according to everyone else and who I wanted to be for myself. I slowly lost some of my passions while my weight ballooned to an unhealthy level.
I’ve been on a journey for the past two years to get back to the person I want to be. With a nutritional shift and cutting out some unhealthy habits, I’ve found my passions again for half marathons, hiking, trail running, exploring, and even heading to the gym for a variety of classes. The outdoors became a revitalized positive therapy which allows me the time to explore and challenge myself, while creating amazing new adventures and getting results.
For me, ASDT came along right at a time where I needed it the most. With women who are supportive, smart, confident, adventurous, and downright funny, I was able to open up and be myself again. I started as a participant to get outside, to enjoy life, and to get healthy again, but as I moved along my path with ASDT, I found way more than I could have ever imagined. I found this home where women are strong and supportive, but yet vulnerable and not perfect. I tend to say, “I found And She’s Dope Too, but truly ASDT was the one that found and saved me.” So to that, I say Thank You!
Amy grew up in rural Pinedale, Wyoming in the foothills of the Wind River Range where her passion for outdoor adventure was innate. Skiing has fueled her wild-west thirst for adrenaline and passion for mother nature. In 2009,Amy won the title Miss Wyoming Teen USA and placed in the top 15 at Miss Teen USA. She’s been skiing for 23 years and skied in several international commercials, won state championships racing, and stomped her first backflip in 8th grade. Amy graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT where she studied Psychology of Communication and Outdoor Education while working as a trip leader for the Outdoor Recreation Program. Amy formerly worked in public relations at Mountain Sports International (MSI) with the Subaru Freeride Series (Freeskiing World Tour) and is a professional talent as an on-camera personality, athlete and model combining her aspirations in the outdoor and entertainment industries. She also has published science research about glacial recession and brain injuries during ski jumping which she’s presented at international conferences.
"Life on Earth is absolutely incredible, and my goals in life are to have as much fun as possible with good people in beautiful environments. We have to take action to make our lives all that we dream of. ASDT is a perfect example of this. A company with genuine people working to do good in our communities."
I was fortunate enough to travel across the US and Europe when I was younger, but always felt the call of the mountains. I moved to Ogden Utah 11 years ago and have loved every second of it.
I'm a desert rat through and through. I'm happiest on a river in the middle of a desert canyon. I love Trail running ,river rafting, canyoneering, and hiking, and I'm always down for a summit beer. I'd much rather be out in the desert than anywhere else in the world.
I've learned that life is too short to do anything other than what you love. I'm able to balance my love of the outdoors with my love of my job, brewing beer.
I was fortunate enough to find ASDT, and with it a platform to share my love of the outdoors and meet amazing women along the way
I'm so lucky to have been born, raised and to live in my precious Eden, Utah, where playing in the dirt and running around wild are made a bit easier. I have the most loving, rad family and the coolest and kindest circle of friends a girl could ask for.
Yoga has been one of my main flames for about 6 years now and I've been teaching it for over 2. The reason I continue to get on my mat is because yoga opens me. It opens all the things that I've stitched together, that are rigid and stagnant in me, both on a physical and emotional level. So much of this crazy, amazing life tries to shut down what wants to be free flowing and spacious. There are only a few things for me that do a killer job at counteracting that and yoga is one of those things. So, I keep practicing to continue the opening.
Kiley was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah, she has had many hobbies throughout her life but adventuring in the outdoors has been the one constant. Kiley loves to rock climb (bouldering in particular), hike, run, camp, backpack, roller blade, slack line, basically if it's outside she probably enjoys doing it. One of Kiley's greatest passions is helping women grow and gain confidence in an outdoor setting. She dreams of one day owning a tiny house out in the middle of nowhere and living a simple outdoor oriented life.
My name is Melissa and I am an Ogden resident who has lost over 115 pounds and found a whole new life filled with passion for the outdoors. An avid trail runner, I love gathering any girls willing to play on the local trails to bag peaks and log all the miles I can. I recently expanded on my passion for fitness and became a Certified Personal Trainer in hopes of spreading my love to those seeking a more fit life. It is my dream to help everyone see their best life is waiting for them to reach out and grab. I'm so excited to create new memories, add friendships, run all around town and have lots of laughs with anyone and everyone!
Natali Zollinger is from Moab, Utah and a desert girl at heart. She's built the perfect surf-and-turf lifestyle as a raft guide, professional stand up paddle boarder, RVR 2 RVR Instructor, Fitness Trainer, and Onewheeler Extraordinaire. You can find Natali traveling around the country in her upriver van, training, teaching and chasing her next adventure. Visit her website natalizollinger.com for more details for to sign up for her Pretreat Workout Video Series.
I grew up spending majority of my childhood outside. Camping, biking, snowboarding, cross country skiing; you name it. I look back and feel so blessed for where I was raised, what I was able to try and the life I was able to experience. What keeps my seed of peace growing within myself is nature, the balance, clarity, and healing it gives me, as well as my spiritual practices. Everyone travels a different life path to becoming who they are; mine happens to take the shape of the outdoors. It has taught me so many lessons, showed me so much love, gave me so much joy, and healed me immensely. Finding a new landscape or one you hold dear to your heart can help gain a whole new level of love, empowerment, and compassion; you learn more lessons every time. If it wasn’t for my quick choice on a move to Utah, a meditation retreat, and getting back to nature I would be a completely different person than I am right now.
In coming to Utah, ASDT found me and inspired me. Being a part of this company is… indescribable. They share such passion, love, and empowerment for getting women outside, being active, trying new things and not being afraid to get after it. Being surrounded by women who are so diverse in what kinds of outdoor lifestyles they live is the most inspiring experience. ASDT allows me to be my true self, experience new things, and meet tons of new amazing women. They are constantly creating, giving, and aiming to bring us women together who possess a soul of adventure.
Ashley grew up as an outdoorsy kid in Tennessee, catching bugs, building forts, and camping in the woods behind her house. She went through many phases in life, but she always returned to nature for solace. Her first trip out west wasn't until she was 21, but she immediately knew it is where she belonged. She moved to Colorado just 3 short months after that trip, and that is where her love for the outdoors grew even more. She spent her time obsessively climbing outdoors, learning to ski, and slacklining. She was captivated by big mountains and all of the fun and exciting things that came along with living near them.
A few years later, Ashley moved to Utah with her boyfriend and they welcomed their daughter into the world. Ashley was determined to continue to do the things she loved, despite having a new baby. Through much inspiration from the ASDT community and her desire to make new friends, she decided to create a local outdoor hiking club for moms and children, called Wasatch Little Explorers Club. Ashley continually enjoys being a part of the outdoor community here in Northern Utah by being involved with ASDT, running her hiking club, and soaking up the mountains, with her daughter, in their very own backyard.
My passion for the outdoors gives me a greater appreciation for the place I call home. I am extremely grateful to be born and raised in Utah. I have always loved the outdoors. My best memories as a kid are being covered in dirt, fishing with my dad, and camping with my family. I spend most of my time traveling, climbing, fly fishing, hiking and camping with my family.
I am so blessed to be a part of a community that brings women together to share our passion for the outdoors and our inspiration for life. My mission is to live boldly, share my story, grow from my experiences, appreciate every passing moment, learn from others, and to live a beautiful life flooded with LOVE.
Julie Cornelius lives in Moab, UT and loves mountain biking, nutrition, traveling and being outdoors. She combines her passions by guiding mountain biking and working as a nutrition coach. She loves anything that gets her outdoors but can mostly be found on her mountain bike- shredding local trails, bike packing through the desert or traveling overseas to explore new areas with her bike. In the time that she has been riding bikes, she has seen many women join the sport and the outdoor communities. She is extremely passionate about helping women get into mountain biking and the outdoors. Her favorite rides are taking self proclaimed beginner mountain bikers on a challenging ride and seeing them overcome their fears. She is excited to be a part of the ASDT community and looks forward to helping more women get on bike, into the outdoors, and to also share her passion for nutrition and health.
Shawnee has a degree in adventure recreation and leadership and believes strongly that one should play where they work. She has been teaching Environmental Education and has been working as a naturalist in a variety of locations, from the deep backcountry of Denali National Park to Girl Scout Camps. This year will be her 20th ski season as a professional ski instructor. She is passionate about getting women and girls into the outdoors. In her earlier life she participated in more extreme outdoor exploration but has migrated now into learning to participate in the outdoors with her two wild and crazy little boys. She is currently the Outreach Naturalist Educator at Ogden Nature Center and shares her love of the natural world with thousands of children and families in the local community. If you would like to get in touch with her please email outreach@
Amanda grew up in an army family, living in several states and Germany. From a young age her parents taught her an appreciation of nature, bringing her on 10 km "Volksmarches" through the German forests early on Saturday mornings. Amanda was always drawn to the mountains and developed a love of all things outdoors. She followed in her father's footsteps and joined the army right after college but eventually returned home to Ogden Utah and the Wasatch. She is now working as a paramedic in Salt Lake City and found her passion in emergency medicine. She's an avid skier, climber, hiker, and backpacker. Since she's been back she's taken every opportunity explore. Thanks to a chance encounter at the Ogden Farmer's Market she found AndShesDopeToo and in doing so found her tribe.
I was born and raised in a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico till the age of fifteen. My first American home was ten minutes away from the Grand Canyon National Park in a remote town called Tusayan. I felt very fortunate to be able to live where I did, not very many people have the privilege to see one of the seven wonders of the world everyday on their way to school. A year and a half later the whole family moved to Utah, I guess my dad saw something I'm seeing now as an adult; a better life.
I have a love hate relationship with running because I haven't been able to run the way I want due to my knee and back injuries. I feel like I have to compensate somehow for not being able to run so I choose harder hikes and I'm always up for a challenge; I like trying new things and having the uncomfortable feeling of almost wanting to give up because once you get used to that you look back and see how far you've come. That's why I've taken new hobbies like rock climbing, salsa and Folkloric dancing, and working on my zumba certification. The scary feeling that emerges from my stomach and runs through my whole body is what keeps me going, it's what makes me feel alive.