It all begins with a rainy day in Portland, a dead alternator, and a stranger delivering a tool kit. From that rainy day in Portland a friendship sparked that lasted through different states, crazy sports, motherhood, and travel. It has now taken on our most ambitious adventure yet – the Rebelle Rally!
After that first meeting in that parking lot and hoping the alternator they bought was going to work, the adventures of Trista and Karisa had only just begun.
About a year after their first introduction Trista talked a naive Karisa into signing up for her first triathlon, without her fully understanding what a half-iron distance really meant, and especially the Wildflower triathlon, which just so happens to be the hardest half iron in the United States. After months of training both completed and rocked it and went on the complete many triathlons after that!
Trista also talked Karisa into a 24hr mountain bike race, Karisa agreed, even though she had never ridden one before. Once again both ladies rocked it and after making it to the finish line Karisa never picked up a mountain bike again.
Then Trista and family bought and kitted out a new Toyota 4Runner. After many successful off-road trips and even a few reconnaissance missions to fuel hungry cyclists with charcuterie on logging roads they fell in love with off-roading!
Trista invited Karisa to attend the 2018 Northwest Overland Rally where they were introduced to amazing vendors and companies involved with off-roading. That’s where they first learned about Rebelle Rally. From then on they were convinced that they would one day be a team ready to run the Rebelle!
After an exhilarating inaugural rally in 2022 (winning X-Cross Rookies of the Year), they can’t wait to come back with more skills and technical understanding to the 2023 Rebelle.
I am a strong, determined, and resilient force! I am patient, calm and confident!
Stay at home mom!!
Port Orchard, WA
“It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.”
I was born and raised in Alaska and grew up commercial fishing for salmon on Kodiak Island, bear refuge.
After our rookie year last year there was no way would miss an opportunity to come back and do it all again! Going into last year we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into and now we are so stoked to take our learnings and apply them!!
I am inspired most by my family and the strong women in my life who have motivated me and inspired me to be who I am today.
After college I went and volunteered in Madagascar for fours months! It was an absolutely amazing experience where our group planted trees, built a school, dug a well and experienced the local culture! We camped in tents and bathed in rivers! The plant and animal life is unlike any you would ever see anywhere else and the people are absolutely the best! I really hope to make another trip back sometime!
Rookie of the Year Xcross
Washington Native, Cycling Enthusiast, Multi-Sport Adventurer, Jam Maker, & Mushroom Seeker. Full-time van-lifer, mom, wife and sign language professional.
Continuing Education Specialist for ASL Interpreters
Port Orchard, WA
“Don’t worry, be flexible”
I grew up driving in circles at my family’s go-kart track, so motorsports are in my blood!
2022 was the first Rebelle I completed in. It was such an amazing experience and challenge that I had to come back for more!
I love to read! I specifically like to read world views and perspectives that are different from my own. I am constantly inspired by the lives people have created and the adversities that have been overcome.
Holy Post Podcast, Friends, The Velveteen Rabbit.
Living in a Ford Transit van for the last 15 months with my amazing family of 3. We have travelled much of the U.S. and explored as many National Parks as possible.
Rookie of the year Xcross