Melissa Miller, until recently known as “Pure Michigan Melissa”, is now "Melissa Backwoods"
18 August 2017
Melissa first became familiar with WeatherWool in late Spring of 2017. So she hasn't yet had the chance to wear WeatherWool in real cold. But Melissa has worn her Al's Anorak enough to know she really likes it and that she wants to be part of the Women's Design Group ... a group of women that will help us update/redesign the Anorak to make it more suitable for women.
Ms Miller is a university-level instructor of outdoor skills ... wild foods, nature appreciation, plant identification, survival, tracking. And she is a living example of the power of determination and a positive attitude.
Melissa was a very popular contestant on the Discovery Channel's TV Series Naked and Afraid, where Melissa and her partner relied only on each other and their training, resourcefulness and determination to survive 21 straight days in the Amazon wilderness. We've been following this series for quite a while, so it is a kick for us to now know someone who survived an outing. We always wondered about one thing ... which Melissa confirmed when she told us one of the very most important aspects of preparation for these adventure-challenges is to toughen your feet ... if you don't, you will be quickly immobilized and practically helpless. But even if your feet are tough as shoe leather, it still takes extreme mental strength to endure the challenges of temperature, bugs, lack of water and food ...
The Discovery Channel has a more complete bio of Melissa.
Melissa gave us some feedback on her Anorak: "One of my favorite aspects of Al's Anorak is its versatility. I can leave from instructing outdoors in freezing temperatures and head to grab a drink after work without changing. Living in Michigan, it is hard to find a garment that can be worn all four seasons, but with the unique zipper design, the Anorak allows for airflow at times you need it, and can be zipped up to adjust to colder temperatures. The virgin wool is so soft that I love to lounge around my house in it; it is unlike any other wool garment I have ever experienced. It isn't only functional and comfortable, but it's also stylish. I received many compliments on my Anorak and am proud to sport a brand that is 100% handmade here in the USA."
Melissa's Anorak is made of our FullWeight Fabric in Solid BLACK Color:
Here are links to Melissa's pages on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/puremichiganmelissa/ (Melissa has recently changed her media-name to Melissa Backwoods, but had not updated Facebook at the time of this writing.)
Naked & Afraid also has a Facebook page dedicated to the entire series:
Thanks Melissa! Looking forward to working together! --- Debby and Ralph & Alex