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G.O. 068 – G.O. Gumbo 2

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G.O. 068 - G.O. Gumbo 2 - End of Season 3

Another season of the podcast comes to a close. Before our hiatus begins, enjoy three stories from previous guests.

  • Reflections on traveling through Kathmandu during an historic earthquake.

  • A tale of boredom trapped in a Canadian snowstorm.

  • And an account of an overstuffed pack, duct tape, and life lessons on the West Rim Trail.

See you in September.

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. 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. 056 – Corrina Peipon

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G.O. 056 - Walking Across Pangaea With Corrina Peipon

Corrina Peipon grew up in the bohemian world of Martha’s Vineyard immersed in art and nature. Chasing her passion for art carried her to the west coast where she eventually rediscovered the draw of the outdoors and the joys of backpacking. She founded Pangaea Outdoor Supply in 2016, a gear shop where she curates a selection of products that are effective and aesthetically pleasing. She and Jason sat in Pangaea HQ one breezy afternoon discussing how art and walking merged into Pangaea.


LINKS:

pangaeaoutdoorsupply.com
Mailing List
Pangaea on Instagram
Pangaea on Facebook
Days Store: days-la.com

Solo Hiking Story
Walk On Blog

Ray Jardine’s Beyond Backpacking

G.O. 044 – Sarah Tiedemann

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G.O. 044 - Sarah Tiedemann, Hesitant Hiker

Sarah Tiedemann grew up indoors in New Jersey living out her childhood adventures in books while developing an intense fear of the unknown world around her. A move to Hawaii at 17 introduced her to the wonders of nature. Her anxiety still remained, but the rewards outweighed the fear and the Hesitant Hiker was born. Sarah recently self-published a book sharing her approach to combatting these fears and why it is a battle worth waging. She and Jason met in Mercer County Park, NJ to discuss the powers and weaknesses of fear.

 

LINKS:

sarahdtiedemann.com
Book on Amazon

Kalalau Trail
WV Ziplining
Yellowstone Snowmobiling

Rock Warrior’s Way

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. 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)

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