Folks You Should Know

Dave Patton: Bringing Recreation to the Cornfields

Dave Patton: Bringing Recreation to the Cornfields

Dave Patton is the director of the University of Iowa’s Touch the Earth Outdoor Program, a program recognized by Outside Magazine as the 19th best outdoor program in the U.S. – not bad considering the “geographic disadvantages” the state of Iowa poses for recreational purposes. I pulled Dave from his [...]

Jeremy Marie Completes the Most Epic Hitchhiking Trip Ever

Jeremy Marie Completes the Most Epic Hitchhiking Trip Ever

Many of us would gladly take a five-year sabbatical and travel the world, but money (or lack thereof) is usually the reason why these trips never pan out. The travel expenses alone would be a dealbreaker for most people, but not Jeremy Marie, that is. The 29-year-old Frenchman recently completed [...]

Pete Eshelman: Economic Development Systems of the 21st Century

Pete Eshelman: Economic Development Systems of the 21st Century

Pete Eshelman is the Director of Outdoor Branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization trying to find ways to sustainably grow Roanoke’s economy. Their solution? A plan to embrace the outdoors with Pete at the helm of the wheel. I sat down with him in his [...]

Two Teams To Attempt New Routes On Everest This Spring

Two Teams To Attempt New Routes On Everest This Spring

The 2013 spring climbing season on Mt. Everest is now officially underway and the first teams are arriving in Base Camp to begin their acclimatization. The vast majority of those climbers will stick to the traditional routes along the North and South Col, straying very little from the path that [...]

Ueli Steck Takes Climbing to a New Level

Ueli Steck Takes Climbing to a New Level

For Ueli Steck, the sky really is the limit. With no experience in paragliding, Steck chose paragliding as his transportation of choice while in the Swiss Alps. Paragliding allowed Steck to climb three peaks in one day. Problem is, Steck still needed to learn how to paraglide. Watch this video [...]

Enjoying Kayaks on Land

Enjoying Kayaks on Land

For some, a kayak is nothing more than a oddly shaped canoe. For others, it is a lifestyle and passion. For those who understand the joys of kayaking, you may appreciate taking some time constructing your own kayak to prepare for the adventures on the water.  Not only would this [...]

Polar Explorer Ranulph Fiennes Evacuated From Antarctica

Polar Explorer Ranulph Fiennes Evacuated From Antarctica

Explorer Ranulph Fiennes’ next big adventure is over before it even got started. You may recall that the 68-year old Brit was planning on making the first ever winter crossing of Antarctica on foot, which is widely viewed as the last great polar expedition that has yet to be completed. Unfortunately, earlier [...]

How to Sharpen a Knife like Angus MacGyver

How to Sharpen a Knife like Angus MacGyver

These days, folks have learned that packing a minimal amount of equipment means you can go light and fast through the wilderness.  

Jeremy Collins on Reaching People Through Art

Jeremy Collins on Reaching People Through Art

Climber, artist, activist – these are all words that describe the man Jeremy Collins. If he’s not on a rock face then chances are you will find him with a sketch pad or behind the camera.

Simon Beck: Snowshoe Art Extraordinaire

Simon Beck: Snowshoe Art Extraordinaire

For an artist, Englishman Simon Beck’s creative process is a relatively short one; from start to finish, his average piece requires 10 hours of work. But considering his ‘work’ involves trekking across vast frozen fields to leave distinct impressions in the fresh snow, 10 hours seems like a long, cold [...]