Hiking

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. 019 – Peakbagging Chick

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G.O. 019 - All the Peaks With Peakbagging Chick

Peakbagging Chick is constantly outdoors hiking and climbing or introducing other women to adventure via Her Own Trail Meetup Group. In 2014, she adopted the moniker Peakbagging Chick after deciding to challenge herself by climbing 100 peaks in one year. She and Jason sat beneath a climbing route in Texas Canyon and discussed the difficulties of overcoming laziness and a surprise staph infection while trying to reach her goal and earn her nickname.

LINKS:

twitter.com/peakbagginchick
facebook.com/peakbaggingchick
instagram.com/peakbaggingchick/
Her Own Trail
Southern CA Outdoor Women’s Alliance

The Beer Song

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

G.O. 007 – Johanna Turner

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G.O. 007 - Caught on Johanna Turner’s Cameras

Johanna Turner is a patient person. Hiking miles into the wilderness periodically to maintain camera gear that may never capture a single image of wildlife requires patience. It also rewards hard-work and dedication. Only camera trappers ever capture imagery of wildlife in their natural environment unmolested by human interaction. Jason followed along one morning as Johanna tended her cameras along with her friend, Dan and her dog, Ripley. They discussed the pursuit of camera trapping, its challenges, and rewards.

LINKS:

Cougar Magic:
youtube.com/user/CougarMagic
facebook.com/Cougarmagic
cougarmagic.com

Save LA Cougars (Liberty Canyon Overpass)
G2 Gallery in Venice (some of her work is on display)
OC Trackers
Earth Skills (Malibu)

VIDEOS:

Triple Bear Cubs
Bear Cub Wrestlemania 2
Mountain Lion Mating Pair
Two Friends Stop By

G.O. 003 – Saveria Tilden

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G.O. 003 - The Multi-faceted Saveria Tilden

Saveria Tilden keeps busy. When she discovered the outdoors, she realized it needed to be shared. She made that happen by becoming an educator and consultant for various businesses and organizations. She works with the American Hiking Society, the Sierra Club, REI Outdoor School, Transforming Youth Outdoors, IslandWood, and Nature Play Western Australia. And she still finds time for herself outdoors. Jason and Saveria weathered a Southern California drizzle storm to discuss her role in the outdoors and why she values it.

LINKS:

theadventurus.com
facebook.com/theadventurus
instagram.com/adventurus
mytyo.org
americanhiking.org
rei.com/learn
islandwood.org/nature-passport-app
ironman.com
sierraclub.org

G.O. 002 – Klaus Gerhart

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G.O. 002 - Canyon Lessons and Klaus Gerhart

Klaus Gerhart wasn’t always active outdoors. There was a time when his primary exercise was operating a television remote. Several years ago he decided to journey outside and the course of his life changed drastically. The discovery of technical canyoneering ended any desire to return to a sedentary existence. A few years later he would be recognized as an expert in the field. He is the founder of Uber Adventures, a Los Angeles based training school and gear shop specializing in canyoneering. Jason joined him in his air-conditioned shop in heat-ridden Chatsworth to discuss what drew him to canyoneering and how it has impacted his life.

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