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She Explores is all about women pursuing their passions – all the better if they’re made easier by great gear. We caught up with a wanderer, a photographer, and a climber to find out about their go-to products made with CORDURA® fabric.

Tessa Ely, The Bus & Us

Tessa and her boyfriend Dillon are traveling from Alaska to Argentina in their 1975 VW bus. When all your gear is confined to a small space, you have to be picky packing up what to take with you and what to leave at home. Her go-to backpack is the REI Klettersac pack. The color and design initially drew her to the pack, but the quality of the material won her over. It’s been all around Alaska with her, and her most recent rafting trip really proved its toughness.

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Tessa in Alaska with her REI Klettersac made with CORDURA® fabric. Photo by The Bus & Us.

While most of the group’s gear on the trip was packed in dry bags to protect it from the elements, Tessa had much of her’s in her CORDURA® fabric pack. To her surprise, despite the pouring rain and splashing river water, her gear remained completely dry. She wasn’t expecting a day pack to hold up like that, but she was glad that it did!

After a brief hiatus back home in Alaska, Tessa is back in Costa Rica and the bus is headed South. You can follow along on her adventures on Instagram.

Tessa in Alaska with her REI Klettersac made with CORDURA® fabric. Photo by The Bus & Us.
Tessa in Alaska with her REI Klettersac made with CORDURA® fabric. Photo by The Bus & Us.

Kat Carney, Outdoor Photographer

Photo by Kat Carney
Photo by Kat Carney

Kat is passionate about capturing active women in her photography. More likely than not, she’s in and around water to get the right shot. She’s often out canyoneering, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. These are some of the toughest activities to take a camera, so she has to protect her gear.

For the past six years, Kat’s been using a SealLine dry sack made with CORDURA® fabric as a pack liner for any time she might get wet. It’s perfect because the material is super light weight (every ounce counts on long hikes!) and made to hold up over the years. Kat has put this dry sack through the ringer – it’s been down dozens of canyons and rappelled down many waterfalls. She can’t even count the number of times it’s been submerged with her pricey camera gear.

Kat just wrapped up a 12 day loop in the Southwest – Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park. She had several canyon excursions on the docket, so her dry sack was put to good use yet again! You can catch them on Kat’s Instagram.

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Kat's SealLine dry sack made with CORDURA® fabric. Photos by Kat Carney.
Kat’s SealLine dry sack made with CORDURA® fabric. Photos by Kat Carney.

Gabi Enos, Just Go Climb

Gabi is traveling the United States and climbing rocks every chance she can get. For the past year and a half, her Organic Climbing crash pad has been breaking her falls many, many times a day. It’s been by her side nonstop as she’s lived on the road – tossed around on rocks, dirt, sand, and fallen on repeatedly. The best part? The CORDURA®fabric has held up through all of the abuse.

Gabi with her red Organic Climbing crash pad made with CORDURA brand fabric. Photo by Just Go Climb.
Gabi with her red Organic Climbing crash pad made with CORDURA brand fabric. Photo by Just Go Climb.

Durability was one of the reasons Gabi chose the pad, and it’s proven true. She’s noticed that she can throw the pad anywhere and it hasn’t torn. (Even a giant cactus!) That’s a great thing, because Gabi is motivating others by example, and has started a video production company profiling small climbing companies around the country. She and her boyfriend are just wrapping up a renovation of a 1972 Airstream, which will become their new home and workspace for year tow on the road. Check out her Instagram for some autumn climbing in Chattanooga, TN.

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