Canyoneering

G.O. 025 – Francisco Camberos

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G.O. 025 -  Francisco Camberos, Functional Fitness Freak

Francisco Camberos spent his youth being chased by dogs and tagging public property before realizing he could better focus his energy and not squander the opportunities his parents provided to him. He began experimenting with numerous fitness regimens before forming his own approach to the pursuit of functional fitness. Francisco and Jason hung out in Chatsworth Park North one night discussing childhood, fitness, canyoneering, and salami sponsorships.

LINKS:

instagram.com/functionalfitnessfreak/
november-project.com

G.O. 022 – Tommy Day

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G.O. 022 - Dr. Tommy Day is Real In

Tommy Day is a physician, but he is also an adventurer. Traveling on two wheels or casting for fish bring him a joy he can’t find elsewhere. He is also a photographer. Capturing moments in still images or in moving video allow him to share stories that matter with others. He and Jason sat on Tommy’s roof deck at his home in Oregon after multiple days of shooting video in wet canyons to discuss his outdoor pursuits and the challenges of career changes.

LINKS:

tommydaycreative.com
Tommy’s Instagram
Tommy’s Vimeo

Skate Like A Girl video

Scuba Climbers Teaser

G.O. 020 – Jake Huddleston

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G.O. 020 - Jake Huddleston, Van Man

The cherubic Jake Huddleston grew up in the wonderland of the Pacific Northwest traipsing through its wilderness with his family and the Boy Scouts. Shortly after reaching adulthood he moved into a van and headed for Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. There he would be introduced to the sport of canyoneering and began concocting ways to bring delicate camera gear through these rugged landscapes. Jake and Jason relaxed by the Kern River one morning following a long day of rappelling and bushwhacking to discuss canyoneering, van life, and outdoor filmmaking.

LINKS:

Jake’s Vimeo
Jake’s YouTube
instagram.com/jake_huddleston/

G.O. 018 – Steve Sieren

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G.O. 018 - A Steve Sieren is Worth 1000 Pictures

Steve Sieren is a California native with a great eye for capturing its beauty. An architectural photographer by day, he seizes what moments he may to travel into the wilderness backpacking or canyoneering, always with a camera in tow. He is also a father who tries to share the outdoors with his young son as much as possible. Steve and Jason conversed in Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia about his outdoor and photographic pursuits and about the lewd circumstances under which they met.

LINKS:

sierenphotography.com
easternsierraphoto.com
mojavedesertphoto.com
instagram.com/california_steve/
facebook.com/steve.sieren.1

DeLorme InReach
Spot

tastybite.com

G.O. 016 – Alden Anderson

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G.O. 016 - Embracing Freedom With Alden Anderson

Alden Anderson had an atypical childhood. Communally raised in a sheltered religious order, his access to the outdoors and exploration—and secular society—were limited. At the age of 21, he broke his billion-year contract with his indoctrinated faith and began the transition into a standard American lifestyle. While learning to navigate adult responsibilities, he also embarked on an exploration of the outdoors and adventure. Alden and Jason crouched beneath a tree in a Tujunga park on Independence Day to discuss the eventful happenings on Alden’s quest to make the most of his personal freedom.

LINKS:

360nomad.org

couchsurfing.com
sierraclub.org

Into The Wild
Walden
A Walk in the Woods

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. 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

G.O. 002 – Klaus Gerhart

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G.O. 002 - Canyon Lessons and Klaus Gerhart

Klaus Gerhart wasn’t always active outdoors. There was a time when his primary exercise was operating a television remote. Several years ago he decided to journey outside and the course of his life changed drastically. The discovery of technical canyoneering ended any desire to return to a sedentary existence. A few years later he would be recognized as an expert in the field. He is the founder of Uber Adventures, a Los Angeles based training school and gear shop specializing in canyoneering. Jason joined him in his air-conditioned shop in heat-ridden Chatsworth to discuss what drew him to canyoneering and how it has impacted his life.

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