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G.O. 079 – Michael Kelley

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G.O. 079 - Becoming a Beginner With Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley spent his youth surfing the beaches of Malibu until he discovered the competitive world of cycling and eventually SUP racing. Now, he shares his years of experience with others as a Scoutmaster, father, and REI instructor. Michael and Jason spent a morning at Will Rogers State Park discussing waves, roads, and the benefits of being a beginner.

 

LINKS:

supcoach.net
instagram.com/mkelleydesign

REI Outdoor School classes
NOLS Wilderness First Aid

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. 049 – Annabelle McClure & Andrea Hassler

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G.O. 049 - Annabelle & Andrea, Climbing Road Team

Annabelle McClure found herself on sketchy first ascents at a young age with her climber father. Andrea Hassler passed on a career in concert management to instead study geography and climb nonstop with her new college buddy, Annabelle. Years later, the two of them convinced the Access Fund to hire them to live out of a Jeep for 10 months traveling the U.S. doing conservation work. They met Jason in Bishop, CA and discussed big wall climbing, bailing off of El Cap, climbing conservation, daddy issues, and poop tubes.

LINKS:

The Bill on the Goosehead Aid Line

El Cap Reports:
Day 1Day 2Day 3

Lynn Hill

accessfund.org
facebook.com/ConservationTeam/
instagram.com/a_climber/
instagram.com/hasslerfree/
instagram.com/accessfund
Dirtbag Gourmet
Conservation Team
Conservation Team Facebook Group

G.O. 046 – Jenn Velie

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G.O. 046 - Riding Waves with Outdoor Educator Jenn Velie

Jenn Velie is an amalgamation of her parent’s strengths. Inspired by her father’s love of the outdoors and her mother’s successes as an educator, she became an outdoor educator. As the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at the University of Central Florida she has the opportunity to pass on the benefits of time in nature to students of all backgrounds and experiences. She and Jason met at a park in UCF to discuss SCUBA, surfing, sharks, the changes she sees in students, and a face mask full of mucus.

 

LINKS:

instagram.com/j.velie
UCF Outdoor Adventure Program

Roots Rated: rootsrated.com
REI Outdoor School

G.O. 042 – Jeannine Tidwell

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G.O. 042 - Fundamentals of Nature with Jeannine Tidwell

Over a decade ago, Jeannine Tidwell and her husband moved to Sandpoint, Idaho on a path to fulfill a goal she formed as a young adult. They founded Twin Eagles Wilderness School, a place where students can connect with nature and their community while learning wilderness skills and becoming mentors for others. Jason and Jeannine met one rainy afternoon and discussed the history of the school, the philosophy behind its core tenets, and mankind’s relationship with the natural world.


LINKS:

Twin Eagles Wilderness School

Coyote’s Guide

Tom Brown’s Tracker School:
trackerschool.com
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brown_Jr.

G.O. 017 – Jeannette Stawski

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G.O. 017 - Jeannette Stawski Brings the Outdoors

Jeannette Stawski has a long history in the outdoors. Her experiences run the gamut from athlete to guide to instructor and she has collected every pertinent certification one can imagine. Sharing the outdoors is as important to her as experiencing them, a passion that has led her to the position of Executive Director of AORE (Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education). She and Jason met at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City to discuss the joys of open water swimming, the rewards of introducing people to nature, and how a rappelling accident changed her for the better.

LINKS:

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
Mighty Mac Swim
Swim to the Moon
Rough Water Swim

Diana Nyad TED Talk
Astronaut Nicole Stott
Saturation Diving

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