“Mountainsexual,” or Boulder Casual?

Boulder casual, or mountainsexual? Photo by Stephanie Davis, for the Boulder Daily Camera.

Boulder casual, or mountainsexual? Photo by Stephanie Davis, for the Boulder Daily Camera.

Urban Dictionary defines “Mountainsexual” as:

Similar to metrosexual but one who lives in the mountains or otherwise pursues the outdoors adventure lifestyle. Kind of a cleaned-up granola, a Woodsy GQ kinda guy with a splash of bohemian. Knows that he doesn’t have to look or smell like a dirtbag to enjoy climbing, hiking, cycling, skiing (all forms), snowshoeing, etc. Probably reads Men’s Journal, Outside, Outside’s Go, National Geographic Adventure, even Wallpaper* and Dwell. Brands: Patagonia, Keen, Kuhl, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Mountain Khakis. Strong environmental ethic. Drives a well-maintained truck, performance SUV, or cross-over when absolutely necessary but walks or rides a bicycle whenever possible. Works out gym but primarily to be in shape for outdoor pursuits. Shuns chain stores and shops in outdoor specialty stores such as The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado.
“For such an outdoorsy guy, that dude sure has great style.”
“Yeah, he’s a veritable MountainSexual!”
Um, does this sound familiar to any other cycling-crazy, Patagucci-loving, Keen-kicking Boulderites? Yeah, this is pretty much the definition of Boulder Casual, the look that says, ‘I could go for a hike, ride or climb any moment…but I might go to the Draft House instead. Or walk my dog. Either way, I’m ready.’
PS, thanks to the American Alpine Institute’s blog for bringing this important new word to my attention…but I’m sticking with Boulder Casual.
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