Stranded in the Backcountry With Fearless Ibex Intern, Alex Bozuwa

Ah… the glory of working at Ibex. What speaks of more glamour than sheep, Vermont winters and fancy new office clothes covered in dog hair? Clearly, these were highfalutin selling points to Alexandra Bozuwa, whom we’ve recently welcomed to the team as a summer intern.

Alex is a Vermont native, trying the West Coast on for size while she studies economics and sociology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. We could tell you we hired her for her sweet and envy-inducing Eurovan, but the truth is she’s whip smart, motivated, an innate adventurer, and can cut a fabric swatch like no other.

Obviously, we’ll hope to challenge and mentor Alex through the world of Merino, which we love so deeply. Before that, we wanted to test her mettle in the second entry of a little series we like to call, “Stranded in the Backcountry.” (See SIB with Serena Gordon here.)

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Ibex Question (IQ): It’s July, present day, present season. You’re stranded alone in a remote place with plenty of water, basic food and basic shelter. Because we’re benevolent stranders, you get to choose: Where would you love to be stranded for a week?

Alex Bozuwa (AB): I’d love a good stay anywhere in Southeast Asia with a lot of rivers.

IQ: What goes through your mind:

a) Sweet, a few days to myself!

b) Ugh! What am I going to do without my daily latte!

c) Okay. I’ll have fun, but I sure wish it were a party!

AB: C. It would be a blast by myself, but after a few days I might want some good company.

IQ: What outdoor piece of gear (non-apparel) do you bring?

AB: A small inflatable kayak. It’s the perfect transportation and a paddle is always enjoyable.

IQ: What luxury item do you hope is waiting for you at your shelter?

AB: The most comfortable pillow in the world. I would also love to have my iPod, so I could have a soundtrack to my adventure!

IQ: Cool. You get to keep you iPod, but tragedy strikes! It crashes and leaves you with only room for three songs. Which three do you salvage?

AB:      1) I’d have the song “Send Me On My Way” on repeat. It’s a great travel song.

            2) “Home” by Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros. Definitely one of my favorites.

            3) I would also have to throw in some country with “Whatever It Is” by Zac Brown.

IQ: On the flip side, which song – if played on endless repeat – would you cause you to run naked and screaming into the wilderness?

AB:Sail” by Awolnation

IQ: Excluding friends and family, which person – living or dead – would you most want to be stranded with?

AB: I would have to say someone like Amy Poehler; we’d have a great time no matter the situation!

IQ: And for what will be clearly the most important element to your survival and sanity, which piece of Ibex apparel would you be sporting during your stay?

AB: During the day, I would sport the Synergy X Tank, and as temps cool at night throw on the Shak Lite Hoody.

IQ: When you escape the blissful serenity of ‘alone time’ in the wilderness and arrive back in society, what’s the first thing you do?

AB: Binge watch New Girl, and then start packing for my next adventure in the backcountry!

Well played, Alex. Well played. We’re happy to have you on board.