I first came across Krysti’s work when I noticed her Kickstarter campaign. She was raising money for a better camera to level up her web series – Unboring Exploring.
What is Unboring Exploring?
“Come along as we discover the many interesting places nature has to offer. Hiking, bears, bandanas, and beyond!”
As a hiking channel, it caught my eye. Then after watching a few videos, I knew I had to contribute.
She was generous enough to spare some time for a quick interview.
Simple pleasures are what matter most: the sun on your face and the wind at your back. – Krysti
Interview with Unboring Exploring
Why did you start Unboring Exploring?
Throughout my life, I have been an avid nature lover with a passion for the outdoors. After graduating college, I began hiking more often than not, realizing how much I wanted to share that passion with others. I started Unboring Exploring as a means to demonstrate how simple it is to appreciate the outdoors as well as to encourage others to be an active participant in nature, not simply a spectator.
Where do you plan to take your series? Is this something you’d like to do full-time?
What began as pure fun has turned into something I want to seriously pursue. This series is definitely a work in progress. I’m at the marketing stage of its development, gauging interest from the internet world and beyond, seeing just how much potential Unboring Exploring has. I like to personally believe that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible. If I put the effort into making this show everything it conceivably can be and more, I think it will turn into something greater with every adventure.
What’s your favorite National Park?
Of the places I have traveled to, Acadia National Park has been one of my favorites. While I visited Acadia before the birth of the series, it was one of the places that inspired me to share my experiences with others. With its multitude of environments including beaches, rocky cliffs and pine forests, Acadia really offers something for everyone. If you ever find yourself in the area and are interested in a formidable hike, be sure to check out Precipice, it’ll show you a good time.
Of the places you’ve hiked what’s your favorite one so far?
Without a doubt, the most epic place I’ve tackled has to be Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. The 16 mile trip takes you past waterfalls and mountains, through forests and up to the dome itself. The scenery was so grand and awe-inspiring, its no wonder you see half domes likeness in so many places. While I wasn’t able to climb half domes summit due to an incoming thunderstorm, it just gives me an excuse (like I need one) to head back and attempt its peak once again.
Do you plan to do a thru-hike of any of the long-distance trails (PCT, AT, CDT)?
Man have I thought about it. Most definitely the Pacific Crest Trail intrigues me with its impressive topography and varied ecosystems. I have not planned a trip like that as of yet, but once I am able to allot the proper amount of time and thought into such an excursion, I will sure as heck be taking it.
If you could go hiking anywhere in the world, where would you go?
That, is a toughie. Where to begin?! At this moment, I’m in-between two places, but one continent; South America. I am dying to trek within Patagonia, its mountains, glaciers, lakes, alpaca, everything looks fascinating. That would ideally be a long sojourn, perhaps a month or more, in a perfect world. On top of that, Machu Pichu is another South American marvel I want to reach, especially as it stands as one of the wonders of the world. Gotta hand it to the Incas!
What kind of gear do you usually take on your hikes?
Most hikes I take for the series are day hikes, so no serious backpacking gear is required. However, since I am filming as I go, I always have my camera and at least 3 lenses with me. Other than my camera gear, I bring myself, usually, as well as water, lunch and trail snacks. Oh, and I make sure to wear some obnoxiously ostentatious knee socks so I am easily spotted along the trail as well as well-protected from insects.
What’s one thing you want people to remember about Unboring Exploring?
I hope Unboring Exploring demonstrates how nature is astounding, making viewers get out and explore. Even if its to the park in your town or a bike ride around the block, just get outside and realize how tremendous the outdoors can be.
Will you be creating a website for Unboring Exploring? Or will it continue to be YouTube only?
It is something I have definitely considered. A website dedicated to the series would give viewers more access to hike information, updates on projects, or even just an easier way to get in touch with me. It would also give Unboring Exploring better exposure within the webosphere.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Simple pleasures are what matter most: the sun on your face and the wind at your back. Never forget to take time and experience the brilliance nature has to offer firsthand with your own eyes.
Thanks for chatting, Krysti!