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G.O. 013 – Pamela Zoolalian

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G.O. 013 - Downhill and Up With Pamela Zoolalian

Pamela Zoolalian wants to do everything. She is not content pursuing only one sport, but lets the seasons decide what is available to her. Whether mountaineering, surfing, backpacking, snowboarding, kayaking, or mountain biking, she is most fulfilled outdoors. In 2013, she decided to hike the 272 mile John Muir Trail. In addition to her love for the slow-moving world of backpacking, Pamela also has an appetite for speed with a past in professional street luge. She is the only female athlete to compete in the ESPN X Games, Playstation Xtreme games, and NBC Gravity Games. She and Jason met at the Eaton Nature Center one afternoon to discuss these lifelong passions.

LINKS:

theadventurher.com
Non-Profit Website
instagram.com/adventurher
linkedin.com/in/pamelazoolalian
facebook.com/PamelaZoolalian
Pamela’s YouTube

Great Hiking Resource
(plus Pamela writes for them)

Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course
(Pamela instructs for them)
 
Dan Cortese Twitter

FAVORITE YOUTUBE LINKS:
JMT Solo Hike Video
To Tell the Truth Gameshow
RedBull Streets of San Francisco Big Air 2000
Oxygen TV interview with Candice Bergen

G.O. 012 – Karl Domangue

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G.O. 012 - Mr. Extreme Things, Karl Domangue

Karl Domangue left a lucrative career as an investment banker to pursue a passion for the outdoors. He founded the business Extreme Things and became a conduit to adventure sports for the everyday person. As he gained experiences and developed his skills, he craved more and joined the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team. Karl has tried or pursued most outdoor activities and continues to seek adventure despite the difficulties introduced by his struggles with cancer. He and Jason sat in a park full of creaking trees in UC San Diego and discussed his past and plans for the future.

G.O. 011 – Chez Brungraber

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G.O. 011 - Chez Brungraber, Efficient Ecosystem Expert

Chez Brungraber is intrinsically linked to nature. As a botanist and wildlife biologist, her relationship with and understanding of the outdoors is what makes her a successful scientist. A lifelong love of plant-life has inspired her to spend as much time as possible outside, both professionally and recreationally. Travel and backpacking are two of her passions and they have carried her around the world including Nepal and Kenya. She is also the founder of Gobi Gear, an outdoor gear company focusing on efficient and reliable equipment, particularly stuff sacks. She and Jason spoke on Skype about her travels, volunteering in Kenya, ultimate frisbee, and the story behind Gobi Gear.

LINKS:

gobigear.com

Chez’s Consulting Business
Gobi Gear Kickstarter campaign

Want to help out and get involved?
In the USA: outdoorfoundation.org
In east Africa: womensbakery.com
In Nepal – Nepal Cyclists Ride to the Rescue (NCRR)

G.O. 010 – Scott Merrill

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G.O. 010 - Discovering Canyons With Scott Merrill

Scott Merrill is an eighth-grade math teacher and a recently engaged father of two. As rewarding as those things can be, he still felt an emptiness and calling for adventure he had difficulty heeding. After years of searching for an outlet for these pursuits, he found a pathway that led him to canyoneering. Now, he balances his family life, responsibilities, and canyon time in a way that has brought him a richer experience of life. Jason had a conversation with Scott and his dogs in his backyard in Lancaster, CA where they discussed the ways his life has improved in the last few years.

LINKS:

Half Dome Hike
Antelope Canyon

NBC Documentary excerpt about Ralston
127 Hours

Uber Adventures
American Canyoneering Academy

G.O. 009 – Alison Hudson

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G.O. 009 - Nomadic Pursuits With Alison Hudson

Alison Hudson is a NOLS instructor and filmmaker nomadically making her way around the world seeking new experiences. She spent multiple months in Nepal shooting a documentary, Close to the Edge: Life in the Khumbu, about Nepalese high-altitude workers. Her production was cut short by the tragic earthquake in April that killed 9,000 and triggered an avalanche on Everest. She and Jason met at a park in Wyoming to discuss these subjects and her experiences on the Appalachian Trail. They even take a moment to defend the usefulness of Facebook.

LINKS:

alison-hudson.squarespace.com

NOLS:
nols.edu

Mile, Mile and a Half:
themuirproject.com/mmah/film/

G.O. 008 – Chris Kalous

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G.O. 008 - Chris Kalous Continues With Style

If you are a climber, it is likely you have heard of the Enormocast, the preeminent climbing podcast. For four years, Chris Kalous has interviewed climbers from around the world and shared them with the internet. Chris is not merely a podcaster, he is also an accomplished climber and journalist capable of inciting intense rage from over-serious aid climbers. Chris allowed Jason into his hotel room at the Outdoor Retailer Show where they discussed how climbing has shaped his life and why he became a podcaster. They may have even unintentionally insulted golfers and football players along the way.

LINKS:

The Climbing Podcast:
enormocast.com

Enormo Facebook
Enormo iTunes
Enormo Merch

Totally Deep Podcast (Produced by Chris)

Article – Day I Sent Learning to Fly

G.O. 007 – Johanna Turner

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G.O. 007 - Caught on Johanna Turner’s Cameras

Johanna Turner is a patient person. Hiking miles into the wilderness periodically to maintain camera gear that may never capture a single image of wildlife requires patience. It also rewards hard-work and dedication. Only camera trappers ever capture imagery of wildlife in their natural environment unmolested by human interaction. Jason followed along one morning as Johanna tended her cameras along with her friend, Dan and her dog, Ripley. They discussed the pursuit of camera trapping, its challenges, and rewards.

LINKS:

Cougar Magic:
youtube.com/user/CougarMagic
facebook.com/Cougarmagic
cougarmagic.com

Save LA Cougars (Liberty Canyon Overpass)
G2 Gallery in Venice (some of her work is on display)
OC Trackers
Earth Skills (Malibu)

VIDEOS:

Triple Bear Cubs
Bear Cub Wrestlemania 2
Mountain Lion Mating Pair
Two Friends Stop By

G.O. 006 – Dusty Hulet

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G.O. 006 - Dusty Hulet, Yellowstone Legend

Dusty Hulet may not have been born in a tent—perhaps to his father’s chagrin—but he did grow up never missing a Boy Scout camp-out. Being raised in an active outdoor family laid a foundation for adventure in him that continues to grow. He makes a living as an entrepreneur and filmmaker, occasionally crawling through bear dens, and pursues a variety of activities on the side. He can be found in the snow or in raging rivers, perhaps even on horseback. He was once responsible for the lives and good times of many vacationers seated on his Alaskan tour bus and is to blame for the temporary sitings of the elusive Yellowstone Gorilla. Jason found him momentarily in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City where they chatted about his life instead of allowing him to prepare for a trip to Haiti.

LINKS:

dustyhulet.com
instagram.com/dustyhulet

Spring Creek Ranch Horseback Riding (Dusty Stables Photography)

G.O. 005 – Nhung Luong

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G.O. 005 - Dirtbagging with Nhung Luong

Nhung Luong is scared of bears, but not of traveling the world solo. Her global travels began as a newborn when her family struggled to escape persecution in Vietnam, ultimately finding a new home in Australia. Recently she threw herself into a three-month nomadic adventure across the united States letting fate and circumstance decide her course. Much of her trip has involved climbing throughout the states and adopting the dirtbag lifestyle. Although traveling solo, she has spent very little time alone having acquired new friends from across the globe. She and Jason initially met climbing in Nevada and reunited in Yosemite’s Camp 4 to discuss how her wanderings have affected her perspective on life.

LINKS:

couchsurfing.com

G.O. 004 – Scott Swaney

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G.O. 004 - 99 Lives of Scott Swaney

Scott Swaney is the Chuck Norris of Southern California. At 67 years old, he is still going strong despite his penchant to get himself into trouble. He is a lifer—one of those outdoorsmen who has stuck with exploratory pursuits for many decades and doesn’t intend to stop. Scott was diving into caves and scaling mountains before society had the good sense to start regulating these activities. Nowadays, he is the primary force behind the exploration of Death Valley’s many uninvestigated canyons. Sit back and let him regale you with tales of a life devoted to scrappy adventures and close calls.

 

LINKS:

Death Valley Canyon Exploration
Scott Swaney Facts

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