Scenario: You’re stranded with plenty of water, basic food and heat in a cabin in the snowy backcountry.
Who: Serena Gordon, cycling goddess, cyclocross badass, saver of wild places, writer and Ibex-sponsored athlete.
Ibex: You get to choose: In which snowy backcountry area would you love to be stranded?
Serena: Any place with a big bright moon, light fluffy snow, and plenty of terrain to explore.
Ibex: What goes through your mind:
a) Sweet, a few days to myself!
b) Ugh! I can’t believe I’m missing my soaps!
c) Okay. I’ll have fun, but I sure wish it were a party!
Serena: Choice A. Definitely A.
Ibex: What outdoor piece of non-apparel gear do you bring?
Serena: Do you consider a Bialetti backcountry gear? [Ibex interjection. 100-percent yes! Coffee is most definitely mandatory gear.] If not, my shovel for building jumps. Big jumps. So fun.
Ibex: What luxury item do you hope is at the cabin?
Serena: If my Bialetti isn’t considered backcountry gear, I hope there is some sort of coffee making apparatus.
Ibex: What book will you be able to read over and over and over again?
Serena: The Sports Gene, or anything by Malcolm Gladwell.
Ibex: Your iPod crashes and leaves you with only room for three songs. Which three do you salvage?
- Three Rounds and a Sound, Blind Pilot
- Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Symphony No. 5, Beethoven
Ibex: On the flip side, which song – if played on endless repeat – would you make you run naked and screaming from the cabin?
Serena: “What Does a Fox say?” I can only hear this song once before I want to tear off my clothes and go frolicking in the snow.
Ibex: What type of cocktail are you going to make with all that ice and snow?
Serena: Without question, the Whiskey Snowcone.
Ibex: What food item will accompany your happy hour(s)?
Serena: Some sort of cured meat. Salty, no cooking required, delicious.
Ibex: Excluding friends and family, what person – living or dead – would you most want to be stranded with?
Serena: David Epstein.
Ibex: When you escape the serene mountain chalet and arrive back in society, what’s the first thing you do?
Serena: Find my husband, Ben, tell him what a sweet time I had, how much I missed him, and ask him for a hug.
Ibex: And of course, most important to your survival and sanity, which piece of Ibex apparel will you be sporting during your stay?