Episode 39 Leave No Trace

Episode 39 Leave No Trace

Aaron and Donielle are traveling trainers for Leave No Trace, an organization built to educate people on how to minimize their impact on the backcountry.  This episode is loaded with great information, but still only scratches the surface.

Episode 38 Film What Makes You Feel with Aaron Hitchins of Rockouse Motion

Episode 38 Film What Makes You Feel with Aaron Hitchins of Rockouse Motion

Aaron Hitchins is a part of a talented team of creatives who help brands tell their story with video and photography.  On this episode, Aaron walks me through how to approach videography when in the backcountry and the importance of storytelling.

Episode 36 Passion is Everything with Shane Vander Giessen from Lone Goat Media

Sometimes when you see passion in someone, it's hard not to keep looking.  Shane Vander Giessen is exactly that in my opinion and you can't help but hear it in his voice, see it on his channels, and read it in his words.  

I found Shane a while back on YouTube while looking for some info on Blacktail Hunting.  I found his channel and was immediately impressed with this love for the mountains.  Fast forward a year or two and I found him again on YouTube as well as on social media.  It seemed his passion had progressed into something more so I decided to investigate.

After seeing what he was up to online, but having no real idea who Shane was, I told myself I'd find out by asking if he'd be willing to come on the podcast to share his story and his love for all things mountain related.  I'm so glad I did because Shane has this thing about him that is incredibly contagious and you can't help but smile when you hear him talk about why he loves the outdoors.

This episode with Shane is special to me.  Shane is unique, but he's not unlike a lot of you out there who can't seem to get enough of those wild places.  To me, Shane represents what we're all trying to exemplify and explain with our actions.  He's one man, but he represents so much passion and I personally feel that it's not only motivating to hear Shane talk, but it's refreshing as well.  

If you enjoy hearing people talk about their journey into the outdoors, their love of the backcountry, and some great hunting stories, you'll want to give this episode a listen.     

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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Show Notes

  • Introductions
  • Who is Shane Vander Giessen?
  • Shane’s background with hunting and backpacking
  • What hunting means to Shane and why he does it and why he shares his adventures
  • Where did Shane’s passion for hunting and the outdoors stem from?
  • Early childhood memories
  • Shane’s passion for bear hunting explained
  • Why Shane now hunts Blacktail in the high alpine environments
  • How Shane learned to hunt Blacktailed Deer
  • Shanes love for Mountain Goats explained
  • Shane’s thoughts on hunting and how he can hunt an animal he care about
  • How Shane approaches backpacking
  • Capturing stories with video and stills while hunting/backpacking
  • What keeps Shane going back for more in the mountains?
  • Shanes advice to newcomers to hunting
  • How to find Shane online

Links

Episode 35 Learning to Backpack Hunt with Josh Kirchner

Episode 35 Learning to Backpack Hunt with Josh Kirchner

Josh Kirchner of dialedinhunter.com joins me on this episode to talk about the basics of backpack hunting.  We talk about our first backcountry hunting trips, lessons learned, and how to integrate backpacking and hunting together successfully.

Episode 34 Hiking Free with Dirty Avocado

Episode 34 Hiking Free with Dirty Avocado

She goes by the trail name Dirty Avocado.  On this episode, I talk to long distance hiker Dirty Avocado about the freedom of hiking, learning to listen to your body, and how to break through mental blocks

Episode 33 Designing with Sierra Designs

Episode 33 Designing with Sierra Designs

George Bryant is the VP and GM of Sierra Designs.  On this episode, George walks me though the design process and culture behind Sierra Designs.  This episode is a unique window into a company known for creating livable and versatile backpacking products.

Episode 32 Saving Our Trail Systems with Clay Jacobson

Episode 32 Saving Our Trail Systems with Clay Jacobson

Clay Jacobson is an experienced Thru Hiker who now works with the Idaho Trail Association helping to keep trails maintained and open for public access.  On this episode, we dive into the current state of trails in the US and what people can do to help.

Episode 31 The Pull of Mountain Hunting with Adam Janke

Episode 31 The Pull of Mountain Hunting with Adam Janke

Adam Janke is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Mountain Hunting and the host of the Beyond the Kill Podcast.  On this episode of The By Land Podcast, we explore Adams background and why he feels pulled to pursue wild game extreme environments.

Episode 30 Lets Talk Hill People Gear

I've known of Hill People Gear for a number of years.  In fact, they were one of the first companies I came across when searching for new and interesting brands outside of what you see in big box stores.  I own a few of their products and always find myself visiting their website time and again to see what they're up to.  

To say I was excited to have founder, Evan Hill, join me on the podcast to talk about his company is an understatement.  It's honestly an honor and incredibly humbling to spend an hour talking with people like Evan because it's not every day you can pick the brain of someone who knows a thing or two about pack design.  

On this episode of The By Land Podcast, Evan talks about the origin of Hill People Gear, the design principles, and his background with backcountry travel.  He also gives a number of solid bits of advice to backpackers.

Enjoy! 

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Intro to Evan and Hill People Gear
  • Origin of HPG
  • First product of HPG - the Kit Bag
  • How Evan came up with his unique harness system and how it works
  • The evolution of the HPG suspension system
  • Evan’s thoughts on overall pack weight and backpacking efficiency
  • Efficiency in design
  • Who HPG is for
  • Evan’s favorite HPG pieces
  • Backpack structure (stays)
  • Backpack fitting
  • Common errors made my new backpackers
  • Spending time doing, learning, and observing
  • Whats next for HPG
  • Evans final thoughts on “gear”
  • How to find HPG

Links

Episode 29 Packrafting with Alpacka Raft

Thor and Sarah Tingey are the folks behind Alpacka Raft.  If you're not familiar with the company, it's important to know that it's a leader in the industry of Packrafting.  Thor goes way back with the company to the very beginning when it was just him and is Mom creating lightweight portable rafts for people making treks across the landscapes of Alaska.  

Fast forward to today, Alpacka Raft is made here in the U.S. and serves customers around the world!  

On this episode, you'll hear Thor and Sarah speak about what packrafting is, how to get into it, how to choose a raft, the history of packrafting, and even conservation.  It's a full set of topics here on this episode and it won't disappoint.

This is no doubt a great conversation with some wonderful people and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to speak with them so candidly.  

Enjoy! 

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions
  • Thor’s background with the founding of Alpacka Raft
  • Thors intro into what packrafting is
  • Sarah’s background 
  • Thor’s eye opening realization about what is possible in the backcountry
  • Thoughts on and benefits of long duration backcountry trips
  • What keeps Thor and Sarah returning to wild places
  • How Thor and Sarah make each of their trips unique 
  • How comparing your trip to the trips of others can sour the experience
  • How to make your trip your own
  • Using topographical maps to build basic skills and to understand your area of interest
  • How to learn and build on basic skills
  • The history of packrafting as told by Thor  - also lots of great stories!
  • How Alpacka Raft was created
  • How packrafting can open up opportunities in the backcountry
  • How to choose an Alpacka Packraft
  • Packrafts compared to regular kayaks
  • Things to know before you get into packrafting
  • The growing popularity of packgrafting
  • The growth and maturity of Alpacka Rafts
  • How to buy an Alpacka Raft
  • What it’s like to see the growth and useage of Alpacka products around the world from the perspective of the founders
  • Thor’s favorite inspirational story from a customer
  • Sarah’s reason behind why she loves what Alpacka Rafts offer customers and her love for customer service
  • Where Thor and Sarah get their most satisfaction and inspiration
  • Trends and the future of Alpacka Rafts - What’s next?
  • How Alpacka Rafts support the conservation effort - access to public water

Links

Episode 28 The Oregon Desert Trail

In the far reaches of SE Oregon, there's a trail that spans over 700 miles through the Oregon desert.  On this episode of The By Land Podcast, I'm joined the Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator, Renee Patrick, to talk about what the trail offers, how it began, and what adventurers can expect to see in this incredible high desert landscape.

Renee is not exactly a newb when it comes to backpacking.  She is a highly accomplished long distance hiker who's resume includes the Triple Crown (AT, CDT, PCT) and a number of other trails to include the Oregon Desert Trail.  Renee and I discuss not only the mission of the Oregon Desert Trail, but also how Renee approaches backpacking, what it means to her, and how she came to do what she does now as a profession.

You're going to love hearing from Renee about backpacking and the Oregon Desert Trail.  It was a pleasure spending time on the phone with her and I found myself eager to get back into the hills once again after listening to her talk about the thing she loves the most.

On a personal note, I feel like this episode really embodies what this podcast is about.  We cover so many great topics that I think there's something in this one for everyone out there.

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introduction to Renee and the Oregon Desert Trail
  • Renee’s background prior to being the Trail Coordinator for the ODT
  • What the Oregon Desert Trail offers and its history
  • How the ODT compares to other trails in the US
  • How Renee began backpacking and what made her start long distance backpacking
  • How Thru Hiking has impacted Renee’s backcountry trips
  • What Long Distance backpacking means to Renee
  • How the ODT manages relationships with land owners to retain access to the trail
  • Where and how to begin planning a hike of the ODT
  • Renee’s thoughts on the future of hiking
  • What Renee has learned about backpacking after all these years
  • How Renee has changed since her first long distance trail
  • The future of the Oregon Desert Trail
  • How to find and support the ODT

LINKS

  • www.ONDA.org
  • https://onda.org/regions/oregon-desert-trail/
  • https://www.instagram.com/theoregondesert/
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/OregonDeserts

Episode 27 Hunting with onX Maps

When it comes to navigating the backcountry, there are a lot of tools out there for us today.  One of those is navigation using our fancy smartphones and it happens to work really, really well.  OnX Maps was built with the hunter in mind.  From the very moment you open the application, you can tell it's loaded with information that hunters will benefit from.  

On this episode of The By Land Podcast, you'll learn about using the mobile navigation application called onX Maps.  From top to bottom, you'll come away from this chat with Dylan knowing exactly what the company believes in and how their platform benefits the backcountry hunter.  Loaded with features and a well designed interface, onX Maps delivers time and again.

It's important to make time to venture into the wild, but it's just as important to come home.

Enjoy this chat with onX Maps!

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to Dylan and onX Maps
  • The origin of onX Maps
  • What onX Maps is and who its for
  • Dylan’s experience with mobile mapping via onX Maps
  • How onX Maps can enhance the hunting experience
  • How the mobile app is managed by the user
  • Trusting a mobile phone for navigation
  • How to use onX Maps when hunting and preparing to hunt
  • New special features of onX Maps
  • Using onX Maps outside of hunting
  • How upgraded layers work
  • Connecting your mobile app with the desktop app
  • The future of onX Maps
  • Contacting onX Maps

LINKS

Episode 26 Ultralight Backpacking with Z Packs

If you spend any amount of time researching ultralight backpacking companies, you're going to come across the company Z Packs and for good reason.  They've become a staple of long distance backpackers over the past decade and continue to push the boundaries of what ultralight backpacking is.  

I have Will and Matt from Z Packs join me for this episode of The By Land Podcast to talk about Z Packs; what they offer, how they go about designing gear, and what is important to them as people making gear for other backpackers.  These two guys have been around the company for a lot of years and have a ton of great stuff to share with you about the company.

It was an honor to have the opportunity to spend an hour talking with a couple of great guys who just want to do good things for people headed out on adventures.  Will and Matt offer a history lesson on how ultralight backpacking came to be, suggestions on gear, and some insight into what is coming down the pipe for Z Packs in the future.  You're going to love hearing what these two gentlemen have to say!

Enjoy!

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions to Matt and Will from Z Packs
  • Origin story of Z Packs
  • Why Z Packs was founded 
  • A history lesson in ultralight backpacking gear
  • What has made ultralight backpacking so popular
  • Earning the trust of consumers
  • The durability factor of chosen fabrics
  • How long distance backpacking has influenced general backpacking
  • What Z Packs is doing to improve the users backpacking experience
  • Z Packs design principles
  • What it means to design gear to be a part of someone’s adventure
  • Popular Z Packs gear choices 
  • New Z Packs rainwear
  • How to reduce overall pack weight
  • How to deal with rain
  • Matt and Will’s advice to new backpackers
  • The future of Z Packs!  What’s coming!
  • How to find and contact Z Packs

LINKS

Episode 25 How to Hike 50 Miles in a Day with John Z

John Z knows how to hike, but he also knows how to do it the right way without risking injury to himself.  On this episode of The By Land Podcast, hiker John Z joins me to talk about how he manages to hike 50 miles per day and how he's come to live a minimalist life.  John is also one of the creators of Pa'lente Packs, a pack company that is intentional about being minimal and functional.  

I asked John on the podcast because he has a method of hiking that allows him to cover crazy distances in a day and I wanted to know how he does it.  Additionally, I wanted to learn from John how he's been able to reduce his pack weight to 8 lbs..  We talk about this and so much more.

If you're looking to get better at streamlining your process, reducing pack bulk, and want to know the proper techniques to moving down a trail, you're not going to want to miss this episode.  John is a great dude, super chill, and just loves what he does.

Enjoy!

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions
  • John’s background and how he built up to hiking 50 miles in a single day
  • Proper hiking technique for reducing impact on the body
  • The impact of pack weight on the body
  • The choices of gear - bringing what you need depending on the trip
  • Adapting to trail conditions and scenarios
  • John’s food plan and being aware of your body
  • How to be minimal - making do with what you have
  • Why John continues to hike and explore the backcountry
  • Johns new pack company - behind the design
  • Who’s John’s pack is designed for
  • How John decided not to use a waist belt for a pack
  • “Packing your fears”
  • John’s advice to new backpackers
  • Finding John online
  • What’s next for John and the pack company
  • John’s camera choice
  • John and Emory BS session…

LINKS

Episode 24 Intentional Photography with Guillaume from Photoxplorer.com

 I'm pretty sure I found my photography spirit guide from a Craigslist purchase.  Guillaume is not only a talented and unique photographer, but he has this way of explaining the art of photography that makes an all too often complicated topic not so complicated.  Let me back up a bit and explain how this episode came to be.

Life has a funny way of working out.  I couple of years ago I met Guillaume when he sold me a tripod on Craigslist.  When I went home that night, I looked up his website and was blown away by his work.  I followed him on Instagram immediately and was always entertained by his images.  

Fast forward to a few months ago, we reconnected yet again via Craigslist when he was selling a camera lens I was interested in purchasing.  Over the course of a few email exchanges, I realized that this guy had more to say about photography than what I had originally anticipated.  He walked me through the ins and outs of ensuring I'd be making the right purchase rather than taking advantage of a random photography newb.  After our exchanges, it hit me that I needed to get him on the podcast so out of the blue, I asked Guillaume if he would be willing to join me for an episode to give me some straight talk about photography.  

My original intent was to have some super awesome tech talk, but as a spirit guide would naturally do, he made me realize that before tech talk, we needed to talk about photography from a holistic standpoint.  What followed during our conversation was nothing short of incredible.

Guillaume is a damn good photographer, but he might be just as good of a teacher.  

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES 

  • Introductions
  • How Guillaume went from being an engineer to being a travel journalist
  • Gear - The initial struggle with photography
  • Understanding what makes a good photograph and reading the environment
  • Example of reading the environment to capture an image
  • Decision making in photography
  • Simplifying the photography process
  • How to properly employ an entire photography kit
  • Matching the photography gear to the adventure
  • Guillaume’s backpacking kit for an average trip 
  • How reducing gear can increase the amount of keepers  
  • The struggle of tripods for photography 
  • Purpose driven trips for photography - being intentional
  • Understanding the subject you’re shooting
  • Applying Guillaume’s advice
  • The importance of weather sealing for a camera
  • Carrying a camera when backpacking
  • How to find Guillaume

LINKS

Episode 23 Superior Wilderness Designs

Superior Wilderness Designs is a cottage company out of Michigan that builds ultralight backpacks for the Thru Hiking crowd.  Brandon McIntyre and Ashley Thick started SWD early in 2016 and promptly left to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with their handmade packs.  

I asked Brandon to come on the podcast to talk about his company, but what we ended up doing is having a far more in depth conversation.  We touch on his pack designs, how he got started and why, and what backpacking means to him.  I found Brandon to be a pleasure to talk to and immediately felt like I was in the presence of someone who loves what backpacking can do for people.

I really think you're going to enjoy this episode with Brandon.  He's laid back, passionate, and sincere about what he does at SWD.  If you're looking for a company to connect with on a personal level, SWD is where you should begin looking.  I personally learned a number of things from my chat with Brandon so I know you will too.

Enjoy!

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to Brandon and SWD
  • Superior Wilderness Designs - customized packs!
  • How Brandon got into backpacking
  • Brandon’s first backpacking trip
  • How and why Brandon started SWD
  • Brandon’s DIY gear creations and background with sewing
  • Lessons learned in pack design
  • Durability in a pack - what is needed and what is not 
  • The Thru Hiking pack design - where did this stem from?
  • How Brandon feels about being a part of someone’s backpacking story
  • SWD pack designs
  • Materials - Cuben versus X-Pac
  • When Cuben fiber makes sense and when it doesn’t 
  • X-Pac fabric explained
  • Weather proofing a pack
  • Pack liners versus pack covers
  • Stretch fabric versus netting for an outside pack pocket
  • What customers can expect from contacting SWD
  • The culture around Thru Hiking and how SWD is carrying on that culture
  • The future offerings from SWD
  • How to find SWD
  • Brandon’s advice to backpackers
  • Saved rounds:  The emotional connection to Thru Hiking and how the trail can change your life

LINKS

  • www.swdbackpacks.com

Episode 22 Gates of the Arctic Natl. Park with Expert Guide Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins, among many things, is the author of a recently published book called "Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration."  For more years than you and I can imagine, Joe Wilkins has explored, guided, trained Park Rangers and helped educate as many people as possible about the riches of his beloved National Park. 

Joe was an absolute blast to talk with.  You can tell that his passion for the outdoors runs as deep as the deepest forest in Alaska and is as pure as the water flowing from those incredible mountains he's loved for so many years.

You're going to love hearing Joe talk about his book, his experiences in the backcountry, and what he's learned over the many decades he's spent in the wilds of Alaska.  

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introductions
  • The backstory to Joe Wilkins
  • How Joe became interested in Alaska
  • Joe’s experience in Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Fun facts about Alaska
  • Intro to Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Features of the park 
  • Adventures in the park
  • Animals located in the park and Joe's interactions with them
  • How Joe learned to be comfortable around wild predators
  • Joe's experience working with and training new park Rangers
  • Learning to live in the Arctic Wilderness
  • The importance of Jim’s book
  • How to find Joe's book
  • Joe's cause helping Veterans with the proceeds of the book
  • Joe's advice to new backpackers and adventurers 

 

   

 

 

LINKS

Episode 21 Pacific Crest Trail Advice with 2 Foot Adventures

Pillsbury (real name Mary) is a former PCT hiker and one of the founders of "2 Foot Adventures," a high end pop up gear shop located along the Pacific Crest Trail.  Each year, Mary and her partner help dozens, if not hundreds, of weary Thru Hikers who are struggling with injury, gear troubles, and mental fatigue.  

Located at both Warner Springs and Lone Pine, hikers will find a retrofitted Airstream trailer full of all the gear a Thru Hiker could ask for and sound advice to go along with it.  For some, 2 Foot Adventures is a source of rejuvenation and encouragement, while for others it's a place to drop some serious pack weight.  2 Foot Adventures is a high end mobile outfitter focused on helping as many Thru Hikers as it can as they make their way up the PCT.  

Mary is about as passionate as they come.  She not only cares about the hikers, but she cares about the trail, the idea of backpacking, and wants nothing but to see hikers make it as far up the trail as their bodies will take them.  We spoke for over an hour about common injuries on the PCT, how to get past the first 100 miles, what gear is proven to work, the benefits of Thru Hiking, and her advice to Thru Hikers on the PCT.

You're going to love this episode of The By Land Podcast because you'll hear how passionate Mary is about what she does.  If you're hiking the PCT in 2018, be sure to stop by her gear shops as you make your way up the trail!  

 

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Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to 2 Food Adventures
  • Common issues after 100 miles on the PCT
  • Common Footwear issues and remedies
  • Over use injuries, causes, and remedies
  • Long distance hiking routines and techniques
  • Ego on the trail - miles, pace, distance
  • The PCT as a mental game
  • Post trail feelings
  • Benefits of long distance hiking
  • PCT Gear advice!
  • Clothes
  • Packs
  • Sleeping system
  • The ultralight movement - pros and cons
  • Gear and backpacking dvice to the general backpacker
  • Tips for reducing overall pack weight
  • How to find 2 Foot Adventures
  • Closing thoughts: Misconceptions of “who” a Thru Hiker is

 

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Episode 20 Family, Photography, and the Mountain Life with Jacob Moon

Jacob Moon has an interesting backstory.  Until about year ago, he was a full time nurse.  He spent his days off exploring the mountains and taking incredible landscape images that he mostly kept to himself until a friend prompted him to post them to Instagram and the rest is history.  Fast forward about a year, he's now a full time photographer, adventurer, and a family man.  

I contacted Jacob to ask about an image he posted of his baby sleeping in a tent above an incredible landscape.  He and his wife have found a way to integrate their baby into their active outdoor lifestyles and I wanted to learn more about it.  I learned this and so much more.

Jacob Moon loves the mountains.  He conveys his love for the outdoors through his images and I personally think they're incredible.  Where words aren't enough, Jacob captures an image.  

By the end of this episode, you'll learn what makes Jacob tick, how he manages risk in the mountains, how he learned to backpack with a baby, and a great tip on taking landscape images.  You're going to love it!

 

By Land,

Emory Ronald

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Introduction to Jacob Moon
  • How Jacob became a full time photographer
  • What pushed Jacob to start climbing mountains and what brings him back time and again
  • Learning to climb mountains
  • Being safe in the mountains - learned or natural?
  • Introducing photography into mountain climbing 
  • Integrating family into the outdoors  
  • Car camping with a 3 week old baby
  • Backpacking with a baby
  • How the outdoors impacts a baby and the parents 
  • How Jacob came to love the outdoors
  • The benefit of quality time with family
  • Advice to families looking to get outdoors and how to get started camping and backpacking with kids
  • Jacobs tips for landscape photography 

 

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