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G.O. 082 – Courtney Condy

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G.O. 082 - Courtney Condy and Occupation Wild

Courtney Condy was a workaholic go-getter intent on becoming a millionaire before 30. Yet, she hated her life. A spontaneous trip to Nepal shifted her perspective ultimately leading her to pursue a new career as an outdoor leader. She founded Occupation Wild, an online resource that helps others find employment in the outdoor industry. Courtney and Jason sat in a park one evening discussing existential issues, the joys of being a camp bitch, and how avoiding Coachella can change a person’s life.

 

LINKS:

occupationwild.com
instagram.com/occupation_wild
instagram.com/courtneymcondy

G.O. 077 – Tom Jones

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G.O. 077 - Mr. Imlay Canyon Gear, Tom Jones

Tom Jones has left a large imprint on canyoneering in the Western U.S. He is the founder of Imlay Canyon Gear, a supplier of canyoneering specialty equipment and the author of the Zion Canyoneering Guidebook. Tom and Jason chatted one morning at Imlay HQ about his climbing history, his past with Black Diamond, the realities of guiding, and the repercussions of a broken back.

 

LINKS:

Canyoneering USA
Tom’s Raves
Canyon Collective (username: ratagonia)

One Trick Pony Film

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. 043 – Nick Smolinske

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G.O. 043 - Nick Smolinske Goes Rogue Panda

Nick Smolinske spent his childhood indoors playing video games. Commuting on a bicycle in college triggered something inside that lay dormant and he discovered a passion for active outdoor pursuits. Soon he was slack-lining and competing on a Broomball team. In hopes of saving money, he began creating his own bikepacking gear in his bedroom. This operation would eventually evolve into Rogue Panda Designs and turn Nick into a business owner. Nick and Jason met one day at the Rogue Panda shop in Flagstaff, AZ to discuss the birth of the Panda, the powers of smooth jazz, hacked construction signs, the pleasures of German bread, and the benefits of vacuum sealers.

LINKS:

roguepanda.com
instagram.com/roguepandadesigns/
facebook.com/smogear/
Personal Blog
Looking ahead to 2017

backpackinglight.com
huppybar.com

savetheconfluence.com

G.O. 012 – Karl Domangue

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G.O. 012 - Mr. Extreme Things, Karl Domangue

Karl Domangue left a lucrative career as an investment banker to pursue a passion for the outdoors. He founded the business Extreme Things and became a conduit to adventure sports for the everyday person. As he gained experiences and developed his skills, he craved more and joined the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team. Karl has tried or pursued most outdoor activities and continues to seek adventure despite the difficulties introduced by his struggles with cancer. He and Jason sat in a park full of creaking trees in UC San Diego and discussed his past and plans for the future.

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