Climbing

G.O. 053 – Leslie Kim

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G.O. 053 - Go Dynamite Starfish With Leslie Kim

Leslie Kim has been scribbling since early childhood. Unsure of her professional goals, she embarked on a circuitous journey taking her across the globe flirting with multitudes of varied career paths. She eventually circled back to her childhood passion for illustration and discovered graphic design. Climbing also found its way into her pursuits and inspired Dynamite Starfish, her clothing brand focused on climbing and her illustrations. Leslie and Jason chatted at Echo Park about her academic globetrotting, the finer points of design, and her 100 Drawings About Climbing project.

LINKS:

Dynamite Starfish:
godynamitestarfish.com
instagram.com/godynamitestarfish/
facebook.com/DynamiteStarfish/

100 Drawings About Climbing

Professional Website:
lesliesamkim.com

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

The world lost Annabelle on 2 Nov. 2020 - She was a wonderful person.

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. 034 – Kat Carney & Craig Kinsley

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G.O. 034 - Kat & Craig on Lucky Breaks, Pics, Sticks, and Hitches

Kat Carney and Craig Kinsley have embraced a life of coincidences and (occasionally literal) lucky breaks. A broken hand lead Craig down an unexpected path that would bring him to the 2012 Olympics as a Javelin Thrower. A part-time job as a newspaper reporter ignited Kat’s pursuit of photography and varied experiences. Seasonal jobs away from home brought the two together in Alaska where they would become a couple. Now they are preparing to move into a Suburban and travel the U.S. Jason met them in San Diego where they reminisced about past hitchhiking adventures, recent sandboarding experiences, and their respective passions.

LINKS:

katcarneyphotography.com
instagram.com/katcarney/
facebook.com/KatCarneyPhoto
twitter.com/katcarney

Craig’s Wikipedia
Craig 2012 workout video

G.O. 033 – Sheri Watson

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G.O. 033 - Sheri Watson, Rock Dancer

Sheri Watson has been decorating motion picture sets for 25 years. Before embracing this creative career path, she expressed herself as a professional ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and The National Ballet of Canada. Her life is dedicated to artistic expression and movement finding outlets in music, yoga, filmmaking, and rock climbing. She and Jason spent a morning at Ferndell in Griffith Park discussing the realities of being a professional ballerina, the challenges of becoming a climber, and the mental and emotional impacts of an active lifestyle.

LINKS:

sheriwatson.com
facebook.com/sheriwatson724
imdb.com/name/nm0914880/
youtube.com/c/SheriWatson724
Shuniya – Music CD
Sheri on iTunes
Music Site

meetup.com

G.O. 030 – Alex Staniforth

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G.O. 030 - Alex Staniforth's Everest Dreams

As an unassuming bullied epileptic with no interest in sports, Alex Staniforth never pictured himself as an athlete. A hill-walking trip at 13 changed his perspective and encouraged him to confront his fears. His quest to climb Mount Everest transformed him physically, mentally, and socially. At the age of 20, Alex is now an endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, charity fundraiser, and published author. He and Jason spoke via Skype about his path to the outdoors, his attempts on Everest during two tragic seasons, and surviving an avalanche.

LINKS:

alexstaniforth.com
twitter.com/alex_staniforth
instagram.com/alexstaniforth_
facebook.com/AlexAdversity
alexstaniforth.com/blog/walk4nepal-12-months-on/

G.O. 027 – Shawnte Salabert

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G.O. 027 - Shawnte Salabert, Human Yogi Bear

Shawnte Salabert was raised on the mean streets of Milwaukie where a local Boys and Girls Club introduced her to the outdoors. Her newfound love of camp and adventure led her away from Wisconsin as she sought the secrets of becoming Yogi Bear in human form. Eventually, she stumbled into Los Angeles where her snark landed her a side gig writing for Modern Hiker when she isn’t hiking or drooling over Mark Ruffalo. Jason and Little Shay Shay tried to stay on topic one night in Silverlake Meadow as they discussed her life and mocked each other.

LINKS:

shawntesalabert.com
instagram.com/shawntesalabert
twitter.com/shawntesalabert
Her Modern Hiker stories
Her Book

modernhiker.com
sierraclub.org

Hike San Gorgonio:
Via Vivian Creek
Via South Fork

Instagram Grafitti Story
New CA monuments

G.O. 024 – Esme Deprez

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G.O. 024 - Esme Deprez on Rocks, Skis, and Journalism

Ex-Mighty Mite, Esme Deprez is a journalist for Bloomberg Businessweek concentrated on delivering unbiased government and politics oriented stories. The social constructions of mankind are not her sole interests and she often heads outside of the bounds of society to climb rad rocks or ski fresh powder. Last year she traveled to Bulgaria to research the world’s most successful climbing wall company. Esme and Jason met at the La Brea Tar Pits one evening to discuss the exploratory merits of journalism, the appeal of scaling rocks, and life after youth ski racing.

LINKS:

esmedeprez.com
twitter.com/esmedeprez
instagram.com/love_n_squalor/
Walltopia Story
climbingbusinessjournal.com
bloomberg.com

Appearances on Charlie Rose

Some of Esme’s Proudest Work:
The Battle of Precinct 41…
Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Record Pace
A Target And a Threat
Regulating Away Abortion
Poor Forever? Connecticut’s Ribbon of Hardship

Stories by Other Journalists She Recommends:
The Marriage Cure
Harper High School – PT1
After Newtown shooting…
An American Void

G.O. 019 – Peakbagging Chick

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G.O. 019 - All the Peaks With Peakbagging Chick

Peakbagging Chick is constantly outdoors hiking and climbing or introducing other women to adventure via Her Own Trail Meetup Group. In 2014, she adopted the moniker Peakbagging Chick after deciding to challenge herself by climbing 100 peaks in one year. She and Jason sat beneath a climbing route in Texas Canyon and discussed the difficulties of overcoming laziness and a surprise staph infection while trying to reach her goal and earn her nickname.

LINKS:

twitter.com/peakbagginchick
facebook.com/peakbaggingchick
instagram.com/peakbaggingchick/
Her Own Trail
Southern CA Outdoor Women’s Alliance

The Beer Song

G.O. 016 – Alden Anderson

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G.O. 016 - Embracing Freedom With Alden Anderson

Alden Anderson had an atypical childhood. Communally raised in a sheltered religious order, his access to the outdoors and exploration—and secular society—were limited. At the age of 21, he broke his billion-year contract with his indoctrinated faith and began the transition into a standard American lifestyle. While learning to navigate adult responsibilities, he also embarked on an exploration of the outdoors and adventure. Alden and Jason crouched beneath a tree in a Tujunga park on Independence Day to discuss the eventful happenings on Alden’s quest to make the most of his personal freedom.

LINKS:

360nomad.org

couchsurfing.com
sierraclub.org

Into The Wild
Walden
A Walk in the Woods

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