We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Ausdemore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
This is an important question to me and actually another reason I started Adventurable. In these hectic times a lot of people just work, work, work, work, work. I feel like it has never been more important to find a healthy work life balance.
With many start-ups throwing around the word “hustle”, and judging employees for not working far beyond reasonable hours, I fear work-life balance has become increasingly rare. It is important to remember your job doesn’t define you. You define you, and your career is just a small part of that.
Spend time with your family, and spend time doing things you love. Find new things you are interested in and dive in head first! You won’t regret it. Life is too short to spend time worrying about your job.
Work-life balance is an important theme on Adventurable. It always helped me clear my head and refresh when I would go out into nature, and spend even as little as an hour on a hike. I’ve put together a list of places perfect to take off a bit early from work, and escape to our gorgeous outdoors. It really does wonders for your mental health!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Adventurable helps the people of Denver/Colorado find outdoor adventures based on what they would like to see (waterfalls, wildflowers, etc), or what they would like to do (picnic, exercise, etc). You can also easily find trails based on drive-time from Denver. If you need help deciding where to go, you can pick a drive-time you are comfortable with, choose your favorite view from a group of pictures, and Adventurable will lead you to your next outdoor adventure!
I like to think of it as a local guide for people to inspire them to enjoy our magnificent state sustainably! What sets it apart from things like AllTrails is its usability, easily being able to find relevant info based on what you’d like to do or see, its inspiring photography, its focus on Colorado, and its dedication to sustainably enjoying our outdoor spaces.
I’d love the world to know that if they are looking to hike around Denver/Colorado, Adventurable has fabulous suggestions on where to go and what to do! And we will lead you right to the trailhead. Let Adventurable be your local adventure guide!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh, this is a good one. Being outdoorsy, I would definitely want to spend a lot of time outside. I think it is always a fun time to take a visitor up a 14er.
I would probably start by taking my friend over to Red Rocks. I love showing people the best amphitheater in the country, and walking across the stage, in the footsteps of some of the greatest musicians of all time. Then to acclimate a bit and prepare for a 14er, we could summit Mt Morrison above Red Rocks, in the park. It gives gorgeous views of the amphitheater and Denver to the East, and the gorgeous Front Range to the West.
After that we could go get some plant-based food from one of my favorite places. Maybe Meta-Burger, with its new location next to Sloan’s Lake, or Watercourse, closer to downtown.
After a day or so of rest, we would go climb to the highest of highs in Colorado, and summit a 14er. Bierstadt and Quandry are both good choices for beginners. I would probably do Quandry because afterwards we could celebrate with the best plant-based pizza in the country, Piante Pizza in Breckenridge. Then maybe grab a beer at Breckenridge brewery and enjoy the rest of the afternoon in Breck.
Back in Denver, we could celebrate a successful trip with a few drinks at my favorite bar, the Englewood Grand.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without the love and support of my wife, Adventurable wouldn’t have been possible. She is also a phenomenal UX designer, and helped me immensely with building a user-friendly, functional site!