Ibex Plays a Game of “Stranded in the Backcountry” with Serena Gordon

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.

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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?


  1. Three Rounds and a Sound, Blind Pilot
  2. Can’t Hold Us, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  3. 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?

Serena: The Woolies 150 T-Neck, layered under the Nomad Hoodie. Wool doesn’t stink, so Ben will actually give me the hug.