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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. 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. 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. 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. 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.