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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
In We Go Canyoneering

Trans Zion Trek

G.O. 057 – Steven Calcote

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G.O. 057 - Steven Calcote Stumbles Across the Globe

An artsy kid born in Kerrville, Texas and raised across the U.S. as a military brat, Steven Calcote always sought unique narratives and varied experiences. After moving to China for a work study program, he became enamored with seeing the world and finding the hidden places where untold stories lie. He one day realized that filmmaking was his ultimate calling eventually cofounding Butcher Bird Studios with Jason and three other artists. He and Jason sat in the park near their office one afternoon reliving Steven’s adventures and calamities worldwide, his early days in film production, and a tragic error in interactive storytelling during his senior year of high school.


LINKS:

butcherbirdstudios.com
facebook.com/butcherbirdstudios
vimeo.com/scalcote

G.O. 054 – Aaron Nardi

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G.O. 054 - Aaron Nardi, VHS to BMX

Aaron Nardi found himself shooting videos and riding BMX professionally at an early age. Eventually, he left behind his county fair performances and moved to Los Angeles where he began to dabble in marketing and photography ultimately discovering the power of controlled lighting. He now works primarily as a cinematographer and photographer with a large focus on fitness, sports, and music. He is also the co-creator of the series “Skaters in Cars” for ESPN. Aaron and Jason sat in Griffith Manor Park one morning discussing camera gear, bicycles, the evolution of video, and the confounding longevity of the VX1000.

LINKS:

aaronnardi.com
instagram.com/aaronnardi/

Skaters in Cars
BMX Movie Database
TYLT Untethered: My Passion

Props: propsbmx.com
Butcher Bird Presents – G.O. Episode

G.O. 052 – Erik Johnson

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G.O. 052 - Erik Johnson: Skis, Canyons, Consequences

Erik Johnson, Esq. shreds the slopes of the legal system and the fresh powder of the backcountry mountain ranges. A lifelong freestyle skier, he has extensive experience dealing with injury whether it be concussions, broken bones, or amnesia. A rappelling accident while canyoneering cost him a leg, but not his lifestyle. He continues exploring canyons and plowing through snow brandishing his array of prosthetic legs. He and Jason met one evening to discuss a world of wounds, skis, canyons, and perseverance.

 

LINKS:

Lawyer Website
EJ Facebook
EJ YouTube

Beach Reporter Article

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. 048 – G.O. Gumbo

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G.O. 048 - G.O. Gumbo - End of Season 2

Season 2 of the podcast comes to a close, time for reflection on a year and a half of podcasting and two months of working from the road. We also listen to three humorous stories from Steven Calcote, Scott Swaney, and Dusty Hulet. Sit back for tales of a queasy movie shoot in Mexico, adventures in free-diving, and the Fabled Yellowstone Gorilla.

 

LINKS:

TYLT Untethered series (featuring Erika and Jason)

G.O. 047 – Dan Sedlacek

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G.O. 047 - Uphill on the PCT with Dan Sedlacek

Dan Sedlacek, at 14, was inspired to seek out the PCT when he met a group of friendly thru-hikers. Years later, he and his brother tackled the 2600+ mile trail using gear they had made themselves. Here a second inspiration would hit, a desire to create a handmade gear company. Now, Dan runs Uphill Designs located in Seattle. He and Jason sat in the office one morning discussing the triumphs and travails of the Pacific Crest Trail and running a small business.

LINKS:

uphilldesigns.com
facebook.com/uphilldesignsco
instagram.com/uphilldesigns
etsy.com/shop/UphillDesignsCo

PCT Association: pcta.org
Ray Jardine: rayjardine.com
Yogi’s PCT Handbook
Trail Life (New edition of PCT Hiker’s Handbook)
Anish Anderson

Washington Trails Association: wta.org
Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

G.O. 046 – Jenn Velie

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G.O. 046 - Riding Waves with Outdoor Educator Jenn Velie

Jenn Velie is an amalgamation of her parent’s strengths. Inspired by her father’s love of the outdoors and her mother’s successes as an educator, she became an outdoor educator. As the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at the University of Central Florida she has the opportunity to pass on the benefits of time in nature to students of all backgrounds and experiences. She and Jason met at a park in UCF to discuss SCUBA, surfing, sharks, the changes she sees in students, and a face mask full of mucus.

 

LINKS:

instagram.com/j.velie
UCF Outdoor Adventure Program

Roots Rated: rootsrated.com
REI Outdoor School

G.O. 042 – Jeannine Tidwell

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G.O. 042 - Fundamentals of Nature with Jeannine Tidwell

Over a decade ago, Jeannine Tidwell and her husband moved to Sandpoint, Idaho on a path to fulfill a goal she formed as a young adult. They founded Twin Eagles Wilderness School, a place where students can connect with nature and their community while learning wilderness skills and becoming mentors for others. Jason and Jeannine met one rainy afternoon and discussed the history of the school, the philosophy behind its core tenets, and mankind’s relationship with the natural world.


LINKS:

Twin Eagles Wilderness School

Coyote’s Guide

Tom Brown’s Tracker School:
trackerschool.com
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brown_Jr.

G.O. 041 – David Angel

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G.O. 041 - Dav Underground ft. David Angel

Doing “nerdy stuff with computers” eventually lead David Angel to a corner of the internet where he was introduced to subterranean exploration. Soon he was a member of the Southern California Grotto, a caving group. Despite witnessing a tragedy on his first outing, he became more involved in the group eventually branching out into canyoneering and other adventurous pursuits. He and Jason bushwhacked through the overgrowth of a local L.A. canyon one night so they could sit in a dirty pothole and discuss caving, canyoneering, adventuring, administering ropewiki.com, and dealing with the aftermath of losing a close friend.

LINKS:

ropewiki.com
southerncaliforniagrotto.com
Dav’s Blog and Videos
randrphotography.com

National Cave Rescue Commission
Toronto Power Company Tailrace
Cave Rescue Article
Hugh Blanchard’s site

Gershwin Cocktail Recipe:

 

2 oz gin
3/4 oz ginger syrup
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
rose water

 

Shake well. Spray rim and top of drink with rose water. Garnish with lemon.

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