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G.O. 044 – Sarah Tiedemann

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G.O. 044 - Sarah Tiedemann, Hesitant Hiker

Sarah Tiedemann grew up indoors in New Jersey living out her childhood adventures in books while developing an intense fear of the unknown world around her. A move to Hawaii at 17 introduced her to the wonders of nature. Her anxiety still remained, but the rewards outweighed the fear and the Hesitant Hiker was born. Sarah recently self-published a book sharing her approach to combatting these fears and why it is a battle worth waging. She and Jason met in Mercer County Park, NJ to discuss the powers and weaknesses of fear.

 

LINKS:

sarahdtiedemann.com
Book on Amazon

Kalalau Trail
WV Ziplining
Yellowstone Snowmobiling

Rock Warrior’s Way

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. 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. 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.

G.O. 040 – Lauren Grabowski

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G.O. 040 - Outdoor Dilettante, Lauren Grabowski

Lauren Grabowski tossed aside the shackles of her adolescent safety after embarking upon a 50-mile day hike in college. As a collector of experiences, and self-proclaimed outdoor dilettante, she seeks varied adventures and novel locales. She does, although, have a special love for cycling and bikepacking and the opportunities traveling on two wheels can provide. She and Jason met in one of the rare spots in Los Angeles where its river looks like a river to discuss cycling, mountaineering, travel, living abroad, and the Grabowski Shuffle.

LINKS:

instagram.com/lauren_grababrewski
High Fashion Blob

iNaturalist App
Arlene Blum
Arlene Blum Annapurna t-shirts

G.O. 039 – Levi Arnone

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G.O. 039 - Flying & Falling With Levi Arnone

A tandem jump enamored Levi Arnone with the art of sky diving. Yet, falling did not sufficiently quench his pursuit for flight. Soon, he found himself pursuing wingsuit training and delving into the world of BASE jumping. Levi and Jason spent an afternoon in Levi’s backyard discussing the intricacies of flight and falling, the legal issues, dealing with risk, and why “the perfectly good airplane” joke needs to be retired.

LINKS:

instagram.com/ducpower89/
twitter.com/ducpower89
Levi’s Facebook
Levi’s Blog
Levi’s YouTube

Apex BASE
ID BASE
Sunshine Superman

Bad Seed BASE
Knobby Underwear
#besomebody

G.O. 038 – Skydive Monroe

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G.O. 038 - Roundtable: Skydive Monroe

Some would rather jump from a plane than ride inside of one. Jason joined five employees of Skydive Monroe in Georgia to discuss the finer points of falling at the ground. They cover the how, why, misconceptions, costs, reserve chutes, tandem particulars, certification, and that no plane is “perfectly good.”

 

LINKS:

skydivemonroe.com
facebook.com/skydive.monroe.ga

US Parachute Association
Skydiver’s Information Manual
dropzone.com

UGA SkyDawgs weekend (7-8 October 2016)
Canopy Course (15-16 October 2016)
USPA Safety Day (11 March 2017)
ESP’s Jump Fly event (13 May 2017)

G.O. 037 – Alan Gegax

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G.O. 037 - Alan Gegax, Vegas' Hiking Mailman

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays Alan Gegax from an epic hike. When not delivering mail to the Vegas community, Alan leads one of the larger hiking Meetup groups in the West, Vegas Hiker’s Meetup. And when not leading hikes, he officiates outdoor weddings and writes stories for Desert Companion Magazine. Alan and Jason hid amongst a pile of rocks in Calico Hills and discussed the finer points of hiking groups, disastrous first backpacking trips, the joys of scrambling over rocks, and the ways the outdoors can change a person for the better.

LINKS:

Vegas Hikers Meetup
Alan’s Facebook
Wedding Officiating Business

Desert Companion Magazine
First Backpacking Experience
West Rim Trail

G.O. 036 – Aysel Gezik

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G.O. 036 - Aysel Gezik, Mountain Goat

Aysel Gezik grew up in the Kurdish Highlands on a ranch with no running water or electricity. Her days were spent in the mountains or tending for farm animals. As an adult, she embraced technical mountaineering and began venturing into remote areas with challenging ascents. Her love for high places has carried her across the globe and her career as a chemical engineer has planted her in California where she continues to explore rugged peaks. She and Jason met in Corriganville Park to discuss her life as a mountain goat.

LINKS:

American Alpine Club

G.O. 035 – Andrew Merrill

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G.O. 035 - Cycling Flight Paramedic Andrew Merrill

Andrew Merrill grew up in Lancaster, California where the L.A. Fire Dept. Explorer’s Program and the television series, Emergency would leave indelible marks on his character. A desire to help those in need and save lives lead him to adopt a career as a Flight Paramedic. He also draws great satisfaction from mountain biking and off road racing. He and Jason hid beneath a gazebo anticipating rain one sunny morning and discussed Andrew’s life in the air and on the trails.

LINKS:

instagram.com/rotordrew/
twitter.com/RotorDrew

Races:
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Bike Race
25 Hours in Frog Hollow Bike Race
Carson City Off Road Race
Whiskey Off Road Race
Tucson Half-marathon

LA Fire Dept. Explorer Program
International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics
Haiti Air Ambulance

Andrew’s Inspiration: Emergency

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