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G.O. 072 – Lyndsay Hupp

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G.O. 072 - Paddling Snack Maven Lyndsay Hupp

A roadtrip at 17 introduced Lyndsay Hupp to the wonders of Arizona and the Western U.S. Her future would be found there guiding others through the whitewaters of the Colorado River and accidentally founding the energy bar company Huppybar. She and Jason met at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff one morning to discuss her history as a Jock Art Nerd Scientist and the exciting adventures that lead to Huppybar.

 

LINKS:

huppybar.com
instagram.com/huppybar
facebook.com/Huppybar

raftarizona.com
grandcanyonwhitewater.com
aztrail.org

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. 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. 067 – Mossy Earth

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G.O. 067 - Matt Davies of Mossy Earth

Mossy Earth is an organization that seeks to do more than conservation by actively rebuilding the wilderness throughout Europe. Matt Davies is a trail runner and surfer who decided to team with others to form the enterprise a year ago. He and Jason spoke over Skype about Mossy Earth’s mission to plant one million trees by 2020.


LINKS:

mossy.earth
instagram.com/mossy.earth
facebook.com/Mossy.Earth.Rewilding
instagram.com/matt_mave_davies

G.O. 066 – Jump Trip Canyon Rescue

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G.O. 066 - 2014 Swanson Slide Jump Trip Canyon Rescue

As the North Fork of the King’s River cuts through the Sierra Nevada it reveals a canyon playground beloved by experienced canyoneers called Jump Trip. It has been the site of numerous injuries and rescues. In 2014, a group of three were forced to make tough decisions when one of the party suffered a broken ankle. Bronic and Brian share the story of Brian and Daniel’s extraction from the canyon and Bronic’s intimidating solo as he runs to seek help. Big jumps, slippery slides, stuck rope, misplaced keys, overly valued wetsuits, and paper clothes care of Lower Jump Trip Canyon.


LINKS:

Brian’s Blog Post
Daniel’s Accout

Ropewiki Beta

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. 064 – Kevin Heiden

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G.O. 064 - Kevin Heiden, Canyon Newbie Gets Legit

Kevin Heiden grew up in Chatsworth, CA where he squandered his twenties. As he moved into his thirties, he realized he needed to change his life. A backpacking trip ignited a desire for exploration and adventure. Soon he discovered canyoneering and became completely enamored. He and Jason squatted amongst the rocks of Stoney Point one morning and discussed the ways canyoneering has improved Kevin’s life, his outlook, and his disposition even though Nerf Herder Canyon almost ruined everything.


LINKS:

instagram.com/canyoneer_x

uberadventures.net
meetup.com
inwegocanyoneering.com

ropewiki.com
Nerf Herder Canyon

Jason’s Fall Story

G.O. 063 – Olivia Round

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G.O. 063 - Facing Fears by Touring With Olivia Round

Olivia Round has had a deep-seated fear of men and sexual assault for her entire life. Fed up with the way this anxiety interfered with her daily life, she sought a solution. At 21, Olivia rode her bicycle 5,000 miles across the United States—alone. She and Jason spoke over Skype one morning about this journey, her path to healing, penning a memoir, and Russian mystics.


LINKS:

oliviaround.org
Her Article at Adventure Cycling Association
Indiegogo Campaign

adventurecycling.org
warmshowers.org

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