Climbing

G.O. 065 – Jen Hopper

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G.O. 065 - Jen Hopper's Road to Mentorship

A badly organized backpacking trip at age 14 triggered an enthusiasm for adventure in Jen Hopper. As an adult, she left the confines of a laboratory to pursue the wonders of nature. An accomplished caver, climber, SAR member, and explorer, she also shares the outdoors with students through the Outdoor Excursions program at UC Riverside. She and Jason met one afternoon to discuss the importance of good partners, a modicum of her adventures, and the perils of goat rescue.


LINKS:

Outdoor Excursions
Contact Info
instagram.com/globehopperjen

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
National Speleological Society
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
Global Underwater Explorers

G.O. 061 – Ryan Dacey

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G.O. 061 - Ryan Dacey, Taco Del Montana

Ryan “Taco” Dacey likes to live in the spaces in between. He prefers climbing the challenging choss betwixt established routes. He chooses the miserable gorge descents flanked by quality canyons. He selects suffering when comfort is the preferred option. Yet, his aptitude for joy reigns supreme and his willingness to share is unmatched. Ryan and Jason sat in a Pasadena park one afternoon discussing shitty rock, life by bicycle, surviving Fish Fork, Ragu sponsorships, and the dastardly Steller’s Jay.


LINKS:

instagram.com/tacodelmontana
Taco’s Blog
San Gabriel Mountain Forums
Profile on Mountain Project

Fish Fork

Taco Del Rio Yelp Review

Get him sponsored: ragu.com

G.O. 060 – Amanda Craft

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G.O. 060 - Land and Sea and Air, Amanda Craft is There

Amanda Craft is a consummate outdoor Renaissance Woman. Raised in California and summered in Colorado, she spent her youth on horseback or in nature. While trying to pad her professional resume during her college years, she began accidentally discovering the depths of her adventurous drive. Her explorations have taken her beneath the seas and earth, up and down its pinnacles, and flying and falling through its skies. She and Jason met on a Little Tujunga hillside one night to discuss her varied pursuits, the finer points of flight, the delectable bloodsicle, and the inspirations of “Rescuers Down Under.”


LINKS:

Amanda’s YouTube

Eagle paragliding
Eco Dive Center
Bridge Day
Wildlife Waystation

Shark Conservation:
finsattached.org
pewtrusts.org/en/projects/global-shark-conservation

Ocean and Juan Photos:
oneoceandiving.com/-juansharks-gallery.html
instagram.com/juansharks

Mine Gulch Beta

G.O. 053 – Leslie Kim

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G.O. 053 - Go Dynamite Starfish With Leslie Kim

Leslie Kim has been scribbling since early childhood. Unsure of her professional goals, she embarked on a circuitous journey taking her across the globe flirting with multitudes of varied career paths. She eventually circled back to her childhood passion for illustration and discovered graphic design. Climbing also found its way into her pursuits and inspired Dynamite Starfish, her clothing brand focused on climbing and her illustrations. Leslie and Jason chatted at Echo Park about her academic globetrotting, the finer points of design, and her 100 Drawings About Climbing project.

LINKS:

Dynamite Starfish:
godynamitestarfish.com
instagram.com/godynamitestarfish/
facebook.com/DynamiteStarfish/

100 Drawings About Climbing

Professional Website:
lesliesamkim.com

G.O. 049 – Annabelle McClure & Andrea Hassler

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G.O. 049 - Annabelle & Andrea, Climbing Road Team

Annabelle McClure found herself on sketchy first ascents at a young age with her climber father. Andrea Hassler passed on a career in concert management to instead study geography and climb nonstop with her new college buddy, Annabelle. Years later, the two of them convinced the Access Fund to hire them to live out of a Jeep for 10 months traveling the U.S. doing conservation work. They met Jason in Bishop, CA and discussed big wall climbing, bailing off of El Cap, climbing conservation, daddy issues, and poop tubes.

LINKS:

The Bill on the Goosehead Aid Line

El Cap Reports:
Day 1Day 2Day 3

Lynn Hill

accessfund.org
facebook.com/ConservationTeam/
instagram.com/a_climber/
instagram.com/hasslerfree/
instagram.com/accessfund
Dirtbag Gourmet
Conservation Team
Conservation Team Facebook Group

G.O. 036 – Aysel Gezik

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G.O. 036 - Aysel Gezik, Mountain Goat

Aysel Gezik grew up in the Kurdish Highlands on a ranch with no running water or electricity. Her days were spent in the mountains or tending for farm animals. As an adult, she embraced technical mountaineering and began venturing into remote areas with challenging ascents. Her love for high places has carried her across the globe and her career as a chemical engineer has planted her in California where she continues to explore rugged peaks. She and Jason met in Corriganville Park to discuss her life as a mountain goat.

LINKS:

American Alpine Club

G.O. 034 – Kat Carney & Craig Kinsley

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G.O. 034 - Kat & Craig on Lucky Breaks, Pics, Sticks, and Hitches

Kat Carney and Craig Kinsley have embraced a life of coincidences and (occasionally literal) lucky breaks. A broken hand lead Craig down an unexpected path that would bring him to the 2012 Olympics as a Javelin Thrower. A part-time job as a newspaper reporter ignited Kat’s pursuit of photography and varied experiences. Seasonal jobs away from home brought the two together in Alaska where they would become a couple. Now they are preparing to move into a Suburban and travel the U.S. Jason met them in San Diego where they reminisced about past hitchhiking adventures, recent sandboarding experiences, and their respective passions.

LINKS:

katcarneyphotography.com
instagram.com/katcarney/
facebook.com/KatCarneyPhoto
twitter.com/katcarney

Craig’s Wikipedia
Craig 2012 workout video

G.O. 033 – Sheri Watson

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G.O. 033 - Sheri Watson, Rock Dancer

Sheri Watson has been decorating motion picture sets for 25 years. Before embracing this creative career path, she expressed herself as a professional ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and The National Ballet of Canada. Her life is dedicated to artistic expression and movement finding outlets in music, yoga, filmmaking, and rock climbing. She and Jason spent a morning at Ferndell in Griffith Park discussing the realities of being a professional ballerina, the challenges of becoming a climber, and the mental and emotional impacts of an active lifestyle.

LINKS:

sheriwatson.com
facebook.com/sheriwatson724
imdb.com/name/nm0914880/
youtube.com/c/SheriWatson724
Shuniya – Music CD
Sheri on iTunes
Music Site

meetup.com

G.O. 030 – Alex Staniforth

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G.O. 030 - Alex Staniforth's Everest Dreams

As an unassuming bullied epileptic with no interest in sports, Alex Staniforth never pictured himself as an athlete. A hill-walking trip at 13 changed his perspective and encouraged him to confront his fears. His quest to climb Mount Everest transformed him physically, mentally, and socially. At the age of 20, Alex is now an endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, charity fundraiser, and published author. He and Jason spoke via Skype about his path to the outdoors, his attempts on Everest during two tragic seasons, and surviving an avalanche.

LINKS:

alexstaniforth.com
twitter.com/alex_staniforth
instagram.com/alexstaniforth_
facebook.com/AlexAdversity
alexstaniforth.com/blog/walk4nepal-12-months-on/

G.O. 027 – Shawnte Salabert

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G.O. 027 - Shawnte Salabert, Human Yogi Bear

Shawnte Salabert was raised on the mean streets of Milwaukie where a local Boys and Girls Club introduced her to the outdoors. Her newfound love of camp and adventure led her away from Wisconsin as she sought the secrets of becoming Yogi Bear in human form. Eventually, she stumbled into Los Angeles where her snark landed her a side gig writing for Modern Hiker when she isn’t hiking or drooling over Mark Ruffalo. Jason and Little Shay Shay tried to stay on topic one night in Silverlake Meadow as they discussed her life and mocked each other.

LINKS:

shawntesalabert.com
instagram.com/shawntesalabert
twitter.com/shawntesalabert
Her Modern Hiker stories
Her Book

modernhiker.com
sierraclub.org

Hike San Gorgonio:
Via Vivian Creek
Via South Fork

Instagram Grafitti Story
New CA monuments

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