canyoneering

G.O. 081 – Daniel Elson

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G.O. 081 - Daniel Elson, Mustachioed Animator Canyoneer

Daniel Elson makes cartoons, hides his past, and descends canyons on sketchy anchors. Did we mention his mustache? He has a boffo mustache. Daniel and Jason hid from the rain in a makeup room one morning to discuss the state of animation, ways to get fired, California zebras, and the toxic aspects of the outdoor community. Oh, and his mustache, of course.

 

LINKS:

instagram.com/danielelson

G.O. 078 – Tiffany Nardico

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G.O. 078 - Capturing Adventure With Tiffany Nardico

Previously a fashionista, Tiffany Nardico’s live changed drastically after a chance encounter on a Zion shuttle bus introduced her to canyoneering. Her budding photography career shifted towards adventure sports. She now travels the U.S. in her van capturing adventures and expeditions in the recesses of the Earth and below its surface.

 

LINKS:

tiffanynardicophotography.com
instagram.com/tiffany_nardico_photography

NSS Magazine (Aug. 2018)
Member of Adventuress Club
Volunteer work for SCCI: cave conservancy group
Worked with Elevated

Moonlight Buttress:
FreeClean Aid 

Watershed camera dry bags

 

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. 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. 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. 061 – Ryan Dacey

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G.O. 061 - Ryan Dacey, Taco Del Montana

Ryan “Taco” Dacey likes to live in the spaces in between. He prefers climbing the challenging choss betwixt established routes. He chooses the miserable gorge descents flanked by quality canyons. He selects suffering when comfort is the preferred option. Yet, his aptitude for joy reigns supreme and his willingness to share is unmatched. Ryan and Jason sat in a Pasadena park one afternoon discussing shitty rock, life by bicycle, surviving Fish Fork, Ragu sponsorships, and the dastardly Steller’s Jay.


LINKS:

instagram.com/tacodelmontana
Taco’s Blog
San Gabriel Mountain Forums
Profile on Mountain Project

Fish Fork

Taco Del Rio Yelp Review

Get him sponsored: ragu.com

G.O. 060 – Amanda Craft

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G.O. 060 - Land and Sea and Air, Amanda Craft is There

Amanda Craft is a consummate outdoor Renaissance Woman. Raised in California and summered in Colorado, she spent her youth on horseback or in nature. While trying to pad her professional resume during her college years, she began accidentally discovering the depths of her adventurous drive. Her explorations have taken her beneath the seas and earth, up and down its pinnacles, and flying and falling through its skies. She and Jason met on a Little Tujunga hillside one night to discuss her varied pursuits, the finer points of flight, the delectable bloodsicle, and the inspirations of “Rescuers Down Under.”


LINKS:

Amanda’s YouTube

Eagle paragliding
Eco Dive Center
Bridge Day
Wildlife Waystation

Shark Conservation:
finsattached.org
pewtrusts.org/en/projects/global-shark-conservation

Ocean and Juan Photos:
oneoceandiving.com/-juansharks-gallery.html
instagram.com/juansharks

Mine Gulch Beta

G.O. 058 – The Monroys

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G.O. 058 - The Monroy Canyon Family

It’s the classic story where a country girl meets a city boy, they get married, start a family, and start rappelling down waterfalls around the world. Tale as old as time? Maybe not. Danielle and Brian Monroy discovered the adventure of canyoneering after a failed family backpacking trip when their children were on the cusp of adulthood. They now travel the globe exploring dry and water-filled gorges while giving back to their canyon community through leadership and stewardship. Jason met them at their home to drink lemonade, discuss the impact of canyons on their life, and reveal the reasons for Danielle’s disdain for blue webbing.


LINKS:

CAC: americancanyoneers.org

ZAC: zionadventures.com
Uber Adventures: uberadventures.net
ACA: canyonsandcrags.com
CUSA: canyoneeringusa.com
Canyoning in Italy: canyoningvalbodengo.com

Meetup.com
Canyon Beta: ropewiki.com
In We Go Canyoneering

Trans Zion Trek

G.O. 052 – Erik Johnson

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G.O. 052 - Erik Johnson: Skis, Canyons, Consequences

Erik Johnson, Esq. shreds the slopes of the legal system and the fresh powder of the backcountry mountain ranges. A lifelong freestyle skier, he has extensive experience dealing with injury whether it be concussions, broken bones, or amnesia. A rappelling accident while canyoneering cost him a leg, but not his lifestyle. He continues exploring canyons and plowing through snow brandishing his array of prosthetic legs. He and Jason met one evening to discuss a world of wounds, skis, canyons, and perseverance.

 

LINKS:

Lawyer Website
EJ Facebook
EJ YouTube

Beach Reporter Article

G.O. 041 – David Angel

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G.O. 041 - Dav Underground ft. David Angel

Doing “nerdy stuff with computers” eventually lead David Angel to a corner of the internet where he was introduced to subterranean exploration. Soon he was a member of the Southern California Grotto, a caving group. Despite witnessing a tragedy on his first outing, he became more involved in the group eventually branching out into canyoneering and other adventurous pursuits. He and Jason bushwhacked through the overgrowth of a local L.A. canyon one night so they could sit in a dirty pothole and discuss caving, canyoneering, adventuring, administering ropewiki.com, and dealing with the aftermath of losing a close friend.

LINKS:

ropewiki.com
southerncaliforniagrotto.com
Dav’s Blog and Videos
randrphotography.com

National Cave Rescue Commission
Toronto Power Company Tailrace
Cave Rescue Article
Hugh Blanchard’s site

Gershwin Cocktail Recipe:

 

2 oz gin
3/4 oz ginger syrup
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
rose water

 

Shake well. Spray rim and top of drink with rose water. Garnish with lemon.

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