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G.O. 081 – Daniel Elson

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G.O. 081 - Daniel Elson, Mustachioed Animator Canyoneer

Daniel Elson makes cartoons, hides his past, and descends canyons on sketchy anchors. Did we mention his mustache? He has a boffo mustache. Daniel and Jason hid from the rain in a makeup room one morning to discuss the state of animation, ways to get fired, California zebras, and the toxic aspects of the outdoor community. Oh, and his mustache, of course.

 

LINKS:

instagram.com/danielelson

G.O. 080 – Trailmothers

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G.O. 080 - Roundtable: Trailmothers

What began as an instagram account devoted to sharing hiking photos of a mother and her son has blossomed into a community of families sharing outdoor adventures with each other. Jason met with seven members of Trailmothers one morning in Griffith Park to discuss how the group has enriched their lives, taught them to manage fear, built meaningful friendships, and helped them embrace their inner crybabies.

 

LINKS:

trailmothers.com
instagram.com/trailmothers
facebook.com/TrailMothers
facebook.com/groups/Trailmothers
twitter.com/TrailMothers

instagram.com/Kristenliam31
twitter.com/KristenInspires

 

G.O. 077 – Tom Jones

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G.O. 077 - Mr. Imlay Canyon Gear, Tom Jones

Tom Jones has left a large imprint on canyoneering in the Western U.S. He is the founder of Imlay Canyon Gear, a supplier of canyoneering specialty equipment and the author of the Zion Canyoneering Guidebook. Tom and Jason chatted one morning at Imlay HQ about his climbing history, his past with Black Diamond, the realities of guiding, and the repercussions of a broken back.

 

LINKS:

Canyoneering USA
Tom’s Raves
Canyon Collective (username: ratagonia)

One Trick Pony Film

G.O. 074 – Human Impact

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G.O. 074 - Roundtable: Human Impact

All actions have consequences. Our actions outdoors always leave an impact. It is our responsibility to mitigate the negative and foster the positive. Jason met with two writers for Nevada’s Desert Companion Magazine, Heidi Kyser and Alan Gegax, to discuss how we affect our environment, the realities of the challenges we all face, and how to lead by example in the outdoors.

 

LINKS:

Leave No Trace
Desert Companion Magazine
Issue mentioned in this episode

Heidi:
knpr.org
State of Nevada
facebook.com/heidi.kyser
twitter.com/HeidiKyser
heidikyser.com

Alan:
facebook.com/alan.gegax
facebook.com/VegasHikers
meetup.com/vegashikers
facebook.com/NevadaScenicWeddings
G.O. eps 37 & 68

Get Involved and/or donate:
Nature Conservancy
Access Fund
Coalition of American Canyoneers
Sierra Club
Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Friends of Red Rock Canyon

G.O. 071 – Freddy Unger

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G.O. 071 - Canyoneer Freddy Unger Finds Focus

Freddy Unger is recognized in the Southern California canyoneering community as an active leader eager to share his knowledge and offer opportunities to new participants. Prior to discovering canyoneering, he was struggling with substance abuse and watching his life erode. He credits the friendships he developed in the outdoors as a lifesaver. Freddy and Jason sat near a distracting water fountain one morning discussing the benefits of the outdoors, true friendships, maintaining sobriety, and why Freddy avoids driving.

 

LINKS:

SoCal Canyoneering FB Group

Videos:
Upper Salmon
Lower Salmon
7 Teacups Day & Night

 

G.O. 070 – Community Science

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G.O. 070 - Roundtable: Community Science

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has brought crowdsourcing into the realm of science. Their Community Science Program allows the public to contribute to research projects and become active participants in the study of nature. Three program managers—Lila Higgins, Richard Smart, and Miguel Ordeñana—met with Jason to discuss the history of the program and its positive impacts on the community and scientific research.

 

LINKS:

NHM Community Science Program:
nhm.org/nature
nhm.org/nature/blog
twitter.com/natureinla
facebook.com/natureinla
youtube.com/user/NHMLA
instagram.com/natureinla/
Wild LA Book (Available March 19th)

Get involved:
iNaturalist app
email [email protected]
Tag #natureinLA
text images to 213-663-6632

Lila Higgins:
twitter.com/lilamayhiggins
instagram.com/colilaoptera
facebook.com/lilamayhiggins

Richard Smart:
twitter.com/smartrf
instagram.com/smartrf/
inaturalist.org/people/smartrf/

Miguel Ordeñana:
instagram.com/ordenana4/

G.O. 069 – Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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G.O. 069 - Wildlife Champion Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom was inspired by the NWF’s (National Wildlife Federation) Ranger Rick magazine as a child. Now, as the executive director of the California region of the NWF, she is inspiring others to embrace nature and wildlife—and our ability to coexist in urban spaces. She and Jason met at King Gillette Ranch to discuss her experiences in nature, how P22—the cougar living in Griffith Park—changed her perspective, and why she is leading the charge on establishing a wildlife overpass in Los Angeles.

 

LINKS:

savelacougars.org

Book: When Mountain Lions are Neighbors
P22 Documentary
Save LA Cougars VR Experience
News on Recent Cougar Kittens

bethpratt.com
Beth’s Facebook
P22’s Facebook

Certified Wildlife Habitat Program

 

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. 059 – Matt Podolsky

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G.O. 059 - Wild Lens on Conservation With Matt Podolsky

Matt Podolsky grew up immersed in the New England outdoors, but it was an IMAX documentary he saw at an early age that changed his view of humanity’s place in nature. His career as a wildlife biologist working with California Condors led him into the realm of documentary production aimed at conservation. He co-founded Wild Lens, a non-profit committed to telling the stories of those dedicated to conservation issues worldwide. He and Jason talked over Skype about the challenges of documentary filmmaking, problems wildlife face, our place in the ecosystem of Earth, and his experiences using condors to locate human remains.


LINKS:

wildlensinc.org
scavengerhuntfilm.com

Eyes on Conservation:
eyesonconservation.com
facebook.com/EyesOnConservation

Souls of the Vermilion Sea (vaquita project):
vaquitafilm.com
facebook.com/SoulsoftheVermilionSea

G.O. 058 – The Monroys

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G.O. 058 - The Monroy Canyon Family

It’s the classic story where a country girl meets a city boy, they get married, start a family, and start rappelling down waterfalls around the world. Tale as old as time? Maybe not. Danielle and Brian Monroy discovered the adventure of canyoneering after a failed family backpacking trip when their children were on the cusp of adulthood. They now travel the globe exploring dry and water-filled gorges while giving back to their canyon community through leadership and stewardship. Jason met them at their home to drink lemonade, discuss the impact of canyons on their life, and reveal the reasons for Danielle’s disdain for blue webbing.


LINKS:

CAC: americancanyoneers.org

ZAC: zionadventures.com
Uber Adventures: uberadventures.net
ACA: canyonsandcrags.com
CUSA: canyoneeringusa.com
Canyoning in Italy: canyoningvalbodengo.com

Meetup.com
Canyon Beta: ropewiki.com
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