Navy Vet, Lifestyle Writer, Endurance Adventurer
Age: 37 years old
Hometown: Winterport, ME
Education: Boston University (Bachelors), Columbia University (Masters)
Amanda, currently based in New York City, studied archaeology at Boston University and University of Madrid, was a rescue swimmer in the U.S. Navy, obtained her culinary degree at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu and received her master’s degree at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. In Paris, she studied wine, fortified wine and spirits. She’s a lifelong athlete, expert marksman, evasive driver, cartography enthusiast and treasure hunter with a sense of humor that has no quit.
As a speaker and on-screen, Amanda is known for her humor, expressive nature and unrelenting curiosity and enthusiasm about culture, travel, cuisine, and body hacks. She’s motivated thousands by being repeatedly knocked down only to rise stronger. And smiling. After fifteen surgeries, and with an array of artificial body parts – plates, screws, discs, anchors and reconstructions – she’s bionic.
Amanda loves being outside and physical exertion. Her athletic focus has shifted after the procedures on her left foot and right hip; a little more climbing and a little less running. She learned technical skills at Alaska Mountaineering School and recently summited Kilimanjaro and Elbrus. In late fall she’ll begin prepping for more technical climbs and anticipates long trail hikes to raise awareness for several issues she holds dear.
Other interests include cooking and wine pairing, dogs, and testing gear and wines. Licenses and certifications include skydiving, SCUBA, motorcycle, WSET and ServSafe. She’s of Vietnamese-American descent and grew up covered in dirt in the woods of Maine, navigating the forest, playing “G.I Joe,” collecting rocks and animal bones and defacing her dolls.
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Predicted 2017 Schedule
Nov 22-27: Boulder (Climbing 14'ers)
Dec 2-6: Lake Placid WFR Course (Wilderness First Responder)
Dec 11-28 (estimation): South America for Aconcagua
Jan 2-7 2018: Lincoln, VT, Outdoor Leader Training
April 2018: Alaska for Denali summit
May 6, 2018: Bear Mountain, NY, North Face Half Marathon
June 23-24, 2018: Catskills, NY, Manitou's Revenge Ultramarathon