When all is right with the world

The presence of cows only made the experience more surreal. But I suppose one should expect nothing less while fishing along the banks of a Wisconsin trout stream. On the last day of the season in 2015 my friend and guide Craig Amacker deftly cast his line over a narrow bend of the Blue River. It […]

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An American Ascent Screening In Madison

After almost a year of festival screenings around the country I’m very excited to announce that our film on Expedition Denali called An American Ascent is finally coming to Madison. Hosted by Edgewood College in the Anderson Auditorium on October 17, 2015 at 7PM I’ll share this documentary film that details the first team of […]

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Anglers of Honor ~ Wounded Veterans Recover Through Fly Fishing

United States Army Captain Michael Luckett, Retired smiled with eager anticipation. Holding a fly fishing rod for the first time he was thrilled by the prospects casting a line on a pristine Colorado trout stream. “I’ve been waiting to do some fly fishing for a very long time,” he said. “I’ve seen it and I […]

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Exploring the Hooch ~First Impressions of the Chattahoochee Valley Blueway

Early on a Saturday morning I woke up near Atlanta, Georgia. The sun had not yet risen and I lay there in the dark hotel room searching in vain for an excuse not to go. Scheduled to do a presentation at the Decatur Book Festival in just a few hours paddling the Chattahoochee River should […]

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Closing The Adventure Gap

As summer draws to a close across North America I have noticed something most profound. After more than 20 years as a professional in the outdoor recreation industry I’ve begun to see more people of color than ever before venturing out into the natural world. This is of course an anecdotal observation base not in […]

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A Deeper Shade of Green ~ an interview with Sierra Club President Aaron Mair

Raised during the height of the civil rights and environmental justice movements, Aaron Mair, the recently-elected president of the Sierra Club, is a force of social change to be reckoned with. His pedigree as an advocate for the preservation of natural spaces and for equal access to public land spans decades. And as the first […]

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The Fall Reading List

Somehow after almost a week of typically hot and humid Wisconsin weather the temperatures plummeted to mid-60’s. Over night we seemed to go from summer right into fall. Even though we hardy midwestern souls are used to much, much lower digits a sudden shift of 30º was a bit of a shock. And as the […]

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Outdoor Retailer Diversity & Inclusion

On the last day of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market I received a message on Facebook. Walking briskly down one of bustling aisles of the Salt Palace I paused for a moment to read this text. “Anything interesting come out of the diversity conversation?” The question came from my friend and colleague Teresa Baker, founder […]

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