Michelle ‘SuperClassy’ Markel

Michelle 'SuperClassy' Markel

California

Born in San Francisco and raised in the desert Southwest, Michelle has always loved travel, exploring, and adventure, having visited 37 states and 16 countries so far.

After catching the thru-hiking bug in her early 40s, she gave up a solidly upper middle-class existence to live as wild and freely as possible. Since then, she has hiked more than 8,000 mostly-solo trail miles and accumulated many thousands more on the backroads of the US in her tiny van-home, stopping here and there to update this site and her 8 social media channels.

She is a maker, and used to run a production art glass studio, but now creates primarily online, primarily in the form of this website. It’s a weird existence, but she would not change it for anything in the world.

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My time on public lands has unquestionably changed my life for the better:

I’m stronger, more resourceful, more creative, and more capable, among other gains..

Fast Five Q & A:

What’s your primary activity on public lands?
Long-distance hiking & all-purpose exploring.

What do you do when you’re not hiking?
I live on the cheap in a van, advocating for public lands. I also like to read, daydream, and destroy my friends’ kitchens by doing what I like to call ‘Pantry Challenge.’ Mostly I stay too busy trying to manage this site and the stupid number of social media channels I’ve got going.

Why are public lands special to you?
I love the freedom, beauty, and solitude of public lands, and that the forests, deserts, mountains, and waters welcome all of us equally. Time in the outdoors and nature is so important, and the large majority of us don’t have our own private wild spaces to explore and enjoy.

When did you first learn about public lands?
The first time I remember visiting public lands was a trip to Joshua Tree National Park as a Girl Scout in elementary school. I didn’t know or understand the concept of public lands then, but the trip itself was so memorable. It planted the seed that grew into the great love of the outdoors I have now.

Any other favorite spots you recommend?
So many! We live in a beautiful country.. But the Cascades in Washington, the Sierra Nevada in California, the Wind River Range in Wyoming, Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, and high desert National Forests of northern New Mexico all come immediately to mind.

the latest from superclassy adventures:

opening the heart at three miles per hour

worky worky

Nichelle

Nichelle

Meet Nichelle, who when not teaching yoga and pilates in Phoenix, enjoys the natural wonders of Arizona… and the occasional trip to California for some beach time!

Tres Rios Wetlands

Tres Rios Wetlands

Arizona has wetlands? Yes! The almost 700 acre Tres Rios wetlands sits at the southwest edge of Phoenix, and offers the opportunity to observe hundreds of species of birds, year round!

Nichelle

Nichelle

Meet Nichelle, who when not teaching yoga and pilates in Phoenix, enjoys the natural wonders of Arizona… and the occasional trip to California for some beach time!

Tres Rios Wetlands

Tres Rios Wetlands

Arizona has wetlands? Yes! The almost 700 acre Tres Rios wetlands sits at the southwest edge of Phoenix, and offers the opportunity to observe hundreds of species of birds, year round!