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G.O. 040 – Lauren Grabowski

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G.O. 040 - Outdoor Dilettante, Lauren Grabowski

Lauren Grabowski tossed aside the shackles of her adolescent safety after embarking upon a 50-mile day hike in college. As a collector of experiences, and self-proclaimed outdoor dilettante, she seeks varied adventures and novel locales. She does, although, have a special love for cycling and bikepacking and the opportunities traveling on two wheels can provide. She and Jason met in one of the rare spots in Los Angeles where its river looks like a river to discuss cycling, mountaineering, travel, living abroad, and the Grabowski Shuffle.

LINKS:

instagram.com/lauren_grababrewski
High Fashion Blob

iNaturalist App
Arlene Blum
Arlene Blum Annapurna t-shirts

G.O. 037 – Alan Gegax

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G.O. 037 - Alan Gegax, Vegas' Hiking Mailman

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays Alan Gegax from an epic hike. When not delivering mail to the Vegas community, Alan leads one of the larger hiking Meetup groups in the West, Vegas Hiker’s Meetup. And when not leading hikes, he officiates outdoor weddings and writes stories for Desert Companion Magazine. Alan and Jason hid amongst a pile of rocks in Calico Hills and discussed the finer points of hiking groups, disastrous first backpacking trips, the joys of scrambling over rocks, and the ways the outdoors can change a person for the better.

LINKS:

Vegas Hikers Meetup
Alan’s Facebook
Wedding Officiating Business

Desert Companion Magazine
First Backpacking Experience
West Rim Trail

G.O. 031 – Solo Backpacking

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G.O. 031 - Roundtable: Solo Backpacking

Some choose to travel into the wilderness alone. Jason discusses the pros and cons of solitary backpacking with previous show guests: Shawnte, Pamela, and Alden in between sips of cocoa and bouts of laughter. They review the whys, the dangers, loneliness, planning, packing, navigation, hiker stink, 29 cat holes, and the rancid aroma of bear saliva.

LINKS:

Book: The Secret Knowledge of Water
Shawnte’s fear essay
Pamela’s Tips for Thru-hikers
Alden’s JMT Memories

Sawyer Mini Filter
Sawyer Inline Filter
Aquamira Water Treatment
Whisperlite Stove
Vargo Alcohol Stove
Jetboil Stoves
Pocket Rocket Stove
Snow Peak Stoves
Optimus Stove
InReach Explorer

caltopo.com

Lleah The Llama

G.O. 013 – Pamela Zoolalian
G.O. 016 – Alden Anderson
G.O. 027 – Shawnte Salabert

G.O. 029 – PRCPTION Travel: Jordan and Evelyn

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G.O. 029 - Documenting Smiles With PRCPTION Travel

Jordan Urbanovich and Evelyn Wilroy were high school friends enamored with travel. Jordan embraced a nomadic existence and turned exploring the world into a lifestyle. Evelyn pursued a traditional career path and found herself yearning for more. The two joined forces to travel Nepal and document their journey while building an entity known as PRCPTION Travel, a non-profit using media to connect the world. Jason met Evelyn and Jordan in Towsley Canyon Park where they discussed travel, fear, social media, connectivity, and creating music with Jamaican children.

LINKS:

perceptiontravel.tv
GoingToNepalWithACameraOnMyForehead.com
UnityPrimary.BandCamp.com
youtube.com/jayurbzz
instagram.com/jayurbzz
instagram.com/pleinedevie
pleinedevie.me
snapchat: jayurbzz

couchsurfing.com
Help Exchange: helpx.net
wwoofinternational.org
workaway.info
Cycle Tourists: warmshowers.org

G.O. 028 – Bryan Snyder

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G.O. 028 - Misadventures Off the Map With Bryan Snyder

Self-proclaimed renegade car camper Bryan Snyder has a penchant for finding trouble. Each summer, he travels across the U.S. with his trusty sidekick, Charlie—his aging Jeep. He shares his misadventures with heights, weather, wildlife, and circumstance through his books and ongoing column in the Chenango County newspaper. One morning he and Jason huddled amongst some boulders at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and discussed Bryan’s numerous adventures, his path to self-publishing, the merits of Outdoor Science Schools, and the allure of off-limits European towers.

LINKS:

offthemapbooks.com
facebook.com/offthemapbooks
instagram.com/offthemapbooks/
amazon.com/Bryan-Snyder/e/B00IVAFPQA

Glasgow University
Association for Outdoor & Environmental Education: aeoe.org

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

G.O. 021 – Kristina Frost

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G.O. 021 - Essential Explorer Kristina Frost

Kristina Frost grew up playing on the shores of Lake Erie. An offhand comment spurred her to try backpacking. This stoked an interest in her that has not abated. Kristina became an assistant director for the University of Michigan’s Outdoor Adventures Program where she led wilderness trips and taught clinics. Now on the West Coast, she organizes women-only adventures and has begun pursuing filmmaking. She and Jason met at her office in San Francisco to discuss her outdoor history, the formation of Essential Explorer, and the challenges of windless kite-skiing trips.

LINKS:

Trail Mavens
No Man’s Land Film Festival

Essential Explorer:
facebook.com/essentialexplorer
twitter.com/essentlexplorer
instagram.com/essentialexplorer

Let My People Go Surfing (book)

G.O. 017 – Jeannette Stawski

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G.O. 017 - Jeannette Stawski Brings the Outdoors

Jeannette Stawski has a long history in the outdoors. Her experiences run the gamut from athlete to guide to instructor and she has collected every pertinent certification one can imagine. Sharing the outdoors is as important to her as experiencing them, a passion that has led her to the position of Executive Director of AORE (Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education). She and Jason met at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City to discuss the joys of open water swimming, the rewards of introducing people to nature, and how a rappelling accident changed her for the better.

LINKS:

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
Mighty Mac Swim
Swim to the Moon
Rough Water Swim

Diana Nyad TED Talk
Astronaut Nicole Stott
Saturation Diving

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

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