Amanda Mills

Name: Amanda Mills

Hometown: Livermore, CO

Occupation: Marketing & Sales Coordinator, Owner @ Coloradeaux Crafts and creator of Backcountry Horseman

Favorite place to hike: Rawah Wilderness

What’s one book you’d recommend to a friend and why: Skipped Parts (and the rest of the GroVont trilogy) by Tim Sandlin. In high school (many years ago), I needed a book for “reading time” in English class and I forgot to bring one. A friend happened to have this one on her so I grabbed it in order to avoid repercussions. While I’ve always been a writer, I was never much of a reader and this book changed that; this author changed that. I’ve since read everything Mr. Sandlin has written and books by many like-minded authors. His raw satire keeps me entertained while the borderline raunchiness and depth of characters feed my dark side.

What’s your favorite thing to cook for dinner: Call me crazy, but hobo packs are still one of my favorite meals – both at home and while camping. I usually use sausage, several different veggies, potatoes and Dr. Bob’s or Tony Chachere’s (we’re from Louisiana) though you can add whatever you like. No recipe…I like to fly by the seat of my pants. I will say that I’ve learned to use two layers of heavy duty foil, plenty of cooking oil (so the goodies won’t stick to the foil and your seasoning doesn’t leak), and slice my potatoes thin (so they cook at the same rate of everything else).

What’s your favorite quote:

“Ain’t no money in poetry

That’s what sets the poet free

I’ve had all the freedom I can stand

Cold dog soup and rainbow pie

Is all it takes to get me by

Fool my belly till the day I die

Cold dog soup and rainbow pie”

– Guy Clark

If you could hike with anyone, dead or alive who would it be and why: Isabella Bird. She was WAY before her time and managed to rough it with the best of them while keeping her wits. I’m guessing she has many more stories outside of those that were printed.

What the one piece of gear that always has a place in your backpack: Maps…I love maps. That, and I don’t trust technology.

If you could drop what you’re doing right now and had unlimited funds what’s the one place you’d go hiking: Alaska, anywhere in Alaska.

Where can we find you on the internet:

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Is there anything else you’d like to add:

I’m really looking forward to the next 10 months and hoping to bring some unique flair to the group since I spend most my time on horseback!