So You Think You Know:

Jayme Moye

As you may well know, Jayme Moye is always smiling.  Well, almost always.  Sometimes she’ll pause, take a sip of green tea, narrow her eyes, and grill you with a deeply inquisitive look as she susses out the intricacies of a worthy story.

Her love for adventure travel, outdoor sports, mental and physical health, and social justice issues are passionately relayed in her writing, which has appeared in a wide variety of publications including National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men’s Journal, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and Bicylcing, among others.

We recently convinced her to take a break from her post at Elevation Outdoors to discuss the finer points of life as an adventure travel writer:

What is the biggest perk/best part of being a freelance writer?

The travel. I turned down three trips today because they conflicted with trips I was already committed to. One was a river-rafting trip in Utah, one was a two-week safari and arts tour in South Africa, and one involved a castle built in 1228 in Ireland. People say you can’t make a living doing this, and that’s just BS. They either don’t have the balls to try, or the talent to land the assignments. It’s all out there for the taking. And there’s plenty to go around.

What is the dirtiest thing you’ve ever done in the woods?

I trekked across the central plateau of Haiti this spring. It’s pretty much entirely deforested, so I wasn’t exactly in the woods, but I ate goat, which is filthy, because people graze their goats in the garbage piles in their backyards. I didn’t have much of a choice—goat bouillabaisse is what my host family was serving for dinner that night, and hiking makes me hungry.

Who is your biggest pro crush?

Darcy Africa. That lady just crushes it on the ultra-running scene. And she’s figured out how to pee while standing, while jogging actually, which is undeniably rad.

To date, what has been your favorite product testing adventure?

SRAM brought me out to the Ashland Super D downhill mountain bike race in 2010. I don’t think I even did the race, we all got so wrecked the night before. And the night before that. And the night after that.

Whats your guilty pleasure brand?  (Fruit of the Loom undies?  BK Knight basketball shoes? Spill it.)

The Victoria’s Secret Bombshell bra. It’s a real game changer.

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