Suzy "The spoozy" keyes

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Where do you call home?

I live in Ipswich, MA. My primary home is near the ocean, but my secondary home is the White Mountains in NH.

What do you currently do for a living and how did you get into this field?

I am a project administrator at a steel fabricator. I got into this field after I was looking for a career change after I got laid off at my previous job. Currently, I am working towards getting my professional certificate in construction at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life.

I am 28 years old and grew up in a fishing community in Massachusetts. I discovered hiking in 2015 after I made a commitment to quit drinking on the first day of that year. That decision changed my life – there was A LOT of self-discovery involved. I am a plus size woman, and I always thought I was never able to do such things as climbing mountains. I proved myself wrong – within a year, I hiked all 48 - 4000 footers in NH. I was HOOKED on hiking. I’ve made so many friends and now have someone important in my life thanks to the mountains!

What inspired you to choose Waymark Gear Co. for your newest gear?

Customization. Mark is super accommodating! I have chronic back pain and a long torso. It was so incredibly difficult to find a comfortable backpack for a woman that was long enough that fit my “fuller” figure.

What Trails do you plan on hiking in 2018?

I will be hiking Mount Pico in the Azores, Kings Peak in Utah, and finishing my NE67 list in Maine.

What is your dream hike?

The O Circuit in Torres del Paine, Patagonia.

How did you get the name “The Spoozy”?

A friend from middle school knighted me with the nickname “Spoozy” (rhymes with my name Suzy I guess) and it has stuck with me for years now. I am THE one and only Spoozy J

What are the Top 3 pieces of gear you can’t live without?

Hillsound trail crampons; head lamp; hiking poles.

What Luxury items will you be carrying that aren’t critical to your survival or safety?

Thermarest pillow, a portable battery charger, deodorant.

Name 1 skill you would like to learn that would help you on the trail?

Would love to know how to ice climb. I also have no idea how to ski!

What is 1 personal strength you feel helps you most on the trail?

Willpower. You have to be in the right state of mind if you want to reach the summit. If you start the day with a negative attitude, you will not have a good hike.

Name 1 person, a trail celebrity or other, who has inspired you most to get on the trail.

Trying to be humble here; I am my own inspiration! I’ve proven myself wrong so many times and I’m always wanting to see how much further I can go and see what my limits are.

Name 1 person you’d like to meet on the trail or hike with.

The Blackalachian” @LOGO704

Name 1 animal encounter you’ve had while on trail, and 1 animal you’d like to see on the trail.

Over 15 + scorpions while hiking in Serra da Gardunha in Portugal. Not pretty.
I love birds; I’d love to come across more owls on my hikes.

Are you looking more for solitude or for a social experience on your next hike?

Solitude. I am in my happy place when I’m hiking alone.

Tell us how we can connect with you on all of your social networks or any groups or organizations you are involved with:

You can find me on instagram @the.spoozy