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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

G.O. 010 – Scott Merrill

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G.O. 010 - Discovering Canyons With Scott Merrill

Scott Merrill is an eighth-grade math teacher and a recently engaged father of two. As rewarding as those things can be, he still felt an emptiness and calling for adventure he had difficulty heeding. After years of searching for an outlet for these pursuits, he found a pathway that led him to canyoneering. Now, he balances his family life, responsibilities, and canyon time in a way that has brought him a richer experience of life. Jason had a conversation with Scott and his dogs in his backyard in Lancaster, CA where they discussed the ways his life has improved in the last few years.

LINKS:

Half Dome Hike
Antelope Canyon

NBC Documentary excerpt about Ralston
127 Hours

Uber Adventures
American Canyoneering Academy

G.O. 005 – Nhung Luong

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G.O. 005 - Dirtbagging with Nhung Luong

Nhung Luong is scared of bears, but not of traveling the world solo. Her global travels began as a newborn when her family struggled to escape persecution in Vietnam, ultimately finding a new home in Australia. Recently she threw herself into a three-month nomadic adventure across the united States letting fate and circumstance decide her course. Much of her trip has involved climbing throughout the states and adopting the dirtbag lifestyle. Although traveling solo, she has spent very little time alone having acquired new friends from across the globe. She and Jason initially met climbing in Nevada and reunited in Yosemite’s Camp 4 to discuss how her wanderings have affected her perspective on life.

LINKS:

couchsurfing.com

G.O. 003 – Saveria Tilden

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G.O. 003 - The Multi-faceted Saveria Tilden

Saveria Tilden keeps busy. When she discovered the outdoors, she realized it needed to be shared. She made that happen by becoming an educator and consultant for various businesses and organizations. She works with the American Hiking Society, the Sierra Club, REI Outdoor School, Transforming Youth Outdoors, IslandWood, and Nature Play Western Australia. And she still finds time for herself outdoors. Jason and Saveria weathered a Southern California drizzle storm to discuss her role in the outdoors and why she values it.

LINKS:

theadventurus.com
facebook.com/theadventurus
instagram.com/adventurus
mytyo.org
americanhiking.org
rei.com/learn
islandwood.org/nature-passport-app
ironman.com
sierraclub.org

G.O. 002 – Klaus Gerhart

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G.O. 002 - Canyon Lessons and Klaus Gerhart

Klaus Gerhart wasn’t always active outdoors. There was a time when his primary exercise was operating a television remote. Several years ago he decided to journey outside and the course of his life changed drastically. The discovery of technical canyoneering ended any desire to return to a sedentary existence. A few years later he would be recognized as an expert in the field. He is the founder of Uber Adventures, a Los Angeles based training school and gear shop specializing in canyoneering. Jason joined him in his air-conditioned shop in heat-ridden Chatsworth to discuss what drew him to canyoneering and how it has impacted his life.