Ashley Shoemaker

Ashley Shoemaker

Ashley moved to southern Spain in 2012 and lives with her husband, José, and her energetic trail dog, Pitaya. When not in the classroom teaching English, you can find her running the trails with her canine buddy, riding her mountain bike, or kayaking in the ocean. A huge fan of orienteering, Ashley competes in foot and mountain bike orienteering races around Spain and Portugal, although her biggest passion is training on a day to day basis. She also runs in adventure races on a team with her husband and enjoys any kind of adventure in the mountains or outdoors.

Orienteering: Racing with a Map and Compass

Checking my map and my compass, I quickly assess my route options. I can either gain quite a bit of elevation to get to a clean trail that will take me to the cluster of thick bushes I have to find, or I can go down just a bit, through a forest, cross a stream and climb just slightly up through a clearing to the bushes.

Trail Sisters X Merrell