Elisa Rispoli

Name: Elisa Rispoli

Hometown:  Califon, NJ

Occupation:  Mama of boys/ CAO (Chief adventure officer)/ Wanderer/ outdoor travel writer/ Publisher/ Cookie Connoisseur

Favorite place to hike: The Adirondacks

What’s one book you’d recommend to a friend and why: Anything by David Sedaris. Because his books are a good reminder to not take life so seriously all the time.

What’s your favorite thing to cook for dinner: Pasta! Especially in the summer when fresh veggies are available. I love to cook in general though, especially for other people. Here’s my favorite recipe (it’s my own):


Bucatini with summer vegetables

Serves 4


1 bunch scallions, chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
14 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1 eggplant, cubed
2 summer squash, quartered
2 large handfuls of arugula
1 cup basil, chiffonade
1/2 cup pecorino Romano cheese, grated
1 lb. Bucatini pasta
Salt and pepper

Heat a few swirls of EVOO in a large, flat bottomed frying pan. Add scallions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes on low, until fragrant.

Add the summer squash and eggplant and cook for a few minutes until slightly tender.

Add tomatoes. Cook for about 10-15 minutes on medium heat until tender. Season with Salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and cook Bucatini according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain pasta.

Use a wooden spoon to lightly “smash” the tomatoes down.

After all ingredients are soft (but still hearty), remove from the heat and toss with the pasta. Add the fresh arugula and basil and toss. Incorporate the Pecorino Romano and toss again.

Serve along side some crusty Italian bread (topped with fresh ricotta and farm honey is the best!)

Note from Rebecca: Dear Elisa. Please come to Wyoming and fix me dinner.


What’s your favorite quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

If you could hike with anyone, dead or alive who would it be and why?

Alive?-My husband. He’s the best hiking partner, and we are always planning and scheming our next crazy adventure on our hikes together. Hikes alone with him are always an awesome time!

Dead?- John Lennon. Because…well, he’s John Lennon.

What the one piece of gear that always has a place in your backpack: Snacks. I love a good snack at the summit. (The fact that snacks come before water, probably tells you a good bit about me. 😉

If you could drop what you’re doing right now and had unlimited funds what’s the one place you’d go hiking: This is tough to narrow down to one place! Machu Picchu (or Everest base camp, or Yosemite, or Maui….)

Where can we find you on the internet (links to any of your hiking related websites or social media sites):

Is there anything else you’d like to add: SO stoked to be a part of this amazing and inspiring team of women and I can’t wait to share our travels in the hopes of inspiring other families to get out there and adventure more!