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Stu Shank is the Co-Founder and CEO of Reiff Knives, a new direct to consumer, family-owned American made knife company, Last summer, I first became aware of them when they launched a very successful crowdfunding campaign to back their knives. I was super impressed with their branding, marketing strategy, and, most importantly, the quality of their blades.My brother Adam and I had the pleasure of hanging out with Stu and his brother Ben last month at Blade Show Texas, and all four of us really hit it off over drinks talking about family-owned businesses, the outdoor industry, and our passion for creating high quality, American made products. Quotes:"Be passionate about what you do.""If you're going to be stressed out about something, it might as well be your thing and not somebody else's." Topics Discussed:Stu's background & previous work experience Starting a family businessGoing full time with Reiff KnivesWorking in the outdoor industryFrom conception to launching a companyNavigating a Kickstarter & pre-ordersKnife designingBeing a steel nerdThe "perfect" knifeG10 handle benefitsAmerican MadeDrop point vs. Tanto Crowd FundingIndustry relationshipsBeing in love with the outdoor experiencePersonal responsibility for natureBuilding quality productsPrincipals, ethics & a moral compassScaling a startupBuilding a generational businessEssential outdoor gearCPM3V SteelResources Mentioned:Reiff KnivesInstagram: Reiff KnivesFacebook: Reiff KnivesYoutube: Reiff KnivesKickstarted: Reiff KnivesESEE KnivesTuff Possum GearThe Hidden WoodsmenWarbonnet OutdoorsStargazer Cast IronBook: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Book: Ishmael by Daniel QuinnBook: The Bible
Reuben Bolieu shares about his many travel adventures over the years and how it's shaped his outdoor lifestyle and work. He also shares some woodsman hacks, favorite gear, knives, and why we should care about spending time in nature. Reuben is an adventurer, writer, photographer, musician, world traveler, and survival instructor for Randall's Adventure & Training, the makers of ESEE knives. He's spent most of his life hiking and backpacking through the wildernesses of the world. He's traveled abroad in extreme environments, from the cold climate of Alaska to the desert heat of Egypt & Jordan and the humid conditions of Southeast Asia & South America. Reuben continues studying survival techniques, construction, and use of knives and edged tools from South America, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, New Zealand, and numerous countries in the South Pacific and Scandinavia. He's a part-time knife designer and created the TOPS Knives C.U.B. and ESEE Knives RB3. He has published many articles on survival, knife and tool use, woodcraft, shelters and remains a lifetime survival student.Quotes:"Like laughter, the next best free medication for anything is to be outside, to be outdoors." Topics Discussed:Getting into the outdoor industry"Peak Bagging" The glory days of Forums Knives & the backpacking communityThe necessity of signaling Altitude sickness & preparationPacking your fearsTrail runners & moccasins Thin polyester dress socks for hikingHaving strong anklesRewarming cold extremities Breaking the gear rulesAvoiding the "ugly American" stereotypeClimbing mountainsKnife preferences Resources Mentioned:Adventure Ready BrandsGossamer GearTuff Possum GearWazoo Survival GearUberlebenVictorinoxPlatypus MoraknivTOPS KnivesAsolo BootsS.O.L.Wilderness AthleteCoalcracker Bushcraft Randall's Adventure & TrainingESEE KnivesReuben BolieuAdventure Food GuyLMNTDave CanterburyJames GibsonBook: The Ultralight Backpacker by Ryel KestenbaumBook: Beyond Backpacking by Ray JardineBook: S.A.S. Survival Handbook by John WisemanBook: Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties by D.C. BeardBook: Camping and Woodcraft by Horace KephartBook: Woodcraft and Camping by George Washington SearsBook: Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski
Seth and David recount this year's SHOT Show experience, what they expected, learned, company updates, their favorite part of Vegas, and what they're excited about in the months ahead. Seth and David Spears are two of the four founding brothers of Rewild Gear. They are deeply passionate about helping others get back into the great outdoors, living an adventurous life, and being conservational stewards of the land. Topics Discussed:Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade ShowHighlights & expectationsGetting into retail & wholesaleROI & expensive booths Fulfilling pre-orders New product ideas"Unwilding"PricingProduct feedbackNewest product releaseLas Vegas experienceNext trade showResources Mentioned:Rewild GearSHOT ShowESEE KnivesWhite River KnivesNational Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Reuben BolieuShane AdamsThe Sand Dollar LoungeJason TietzInstagram: Jason TietzEpisode 5 with Jason TietzBlade Show TexasBlade Show AtlantaAguila Ammunition 
Jordan Jonas shares his experience on the survival reality TV show Alone. He gives a firsthand look at his life, telling stories of hitching train rides and befriending hobos, living in Siberia, falling through ice, and how his many life experiences prepared him for the outdoors and have contributed to his success. Jordan is a Wilderness Living & Self-Reliance Expert and the Winner of Season 6 of the History Channel's popular survival reality show, Alone. He grew up in the mountains of Idaho, and as a young adult, he spent a year riding freight trains across the US, where he learned to navigate both rural and urban environments. Jordan spent ten years in Siberia, where he lived with fur trappers and traditional nomadic reindeer herders, which is where he learned the art of primitive survival. During his time on Alone, he spent 77 days in the Arctic while also successfully hunting a bull moose, a wolverine, dozens of rabbits, squirrels, grouse, and numerous fish that he survived on. Quotes:"Take the time to think deeply about what matters to you and organize your life around that." Topics Discussed:The mindset required for AloneConfronting inner turmoil before going into the wild77 days in the wilderness Focusing on the "present" rather than worrying about the futureGrowing up on a farmHitchhiking & HobosWaiting on trains & entertaining yourselfLiving in Siberia & fur trappingThe "Old Believers" Preparing for AloneSnaring Groundhogs Hunting for meatHow life has changed after winning AloneJordan's wilderness schoolConservation thoughts Life lessons from the outdoorsFalling through the ice in SiberiaEssential gear for the outdoors Resources Mentioned:Website: Jordan Jonas Instagram: Jordan Jonas Facebook: Jordan JonasYouTube: Jordan JonasDocumentary: Happy People: A Year in the TaigaBook: The Gulag ArchipelagoPodcast: Hardcore HistoryPodcast: The Fall of CivilizationKifaruSitkaKryptek
Patrick Schaefer joins the show for a great conversation about how the outdoors and hunting has positively impacted his life, even helping him cope with losing a parent at a young age. Patrick dives into his favorite outdoor brands and podcasts, balancing the responsibilities of life while still doing the things he loves and appreciating nature's divine design. Patrick  is a husband, stepfather, and fireman holding the rank of Battalion Chief, an avid outdoorsman, and a DIY public land hunter who spends regular time in the wilderness of Texas, Colorado, and Alaska. Quotes:"Try to leave everything better than you found it." Topics Discussed:Getting started in the outdoorsGod, nature & appreciation Losing a father at a young ageBecoming a FirefighterWorking through depressionThe importance of mentorsBeing the father, you didn't haveLand stewardship & being environmentally conscious Balancing work, family & huntingEncouraging kids to love the outdoorsHunting in Colorado & Alaska Favorite gear & brandsResources Mentioned:Instagram: Patrick SchaeferKatadyn Water FiltersKUIUFirst Lite4OceanBook: Extreme Ownership by Jocko WillinkBook: Lone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellPodcast: The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast: The Meat EaterPodcast: Anglers Happy Hour
Seth gives a recap of 2021 for Rewild Gear and the Adventure Made Podcast, including the most popular gear and brand recommendations from guests, along with the most popular podcasts and book recommendations. Seth also provides a look ahead to 2022 and offers his best advice.  Seth Spears is the CEO and Founder of Rewild Gear and the host of the Adventure Made Podcast. Seth is a world traveler, water lover, and all-around adventurer. Quotes:"Turn off your phone and see the natural world for what it is."Topics Discussed:2021 recapCompany highlightsMost popular gearSupply chain issuesProduct updatesGear recommendationsMindset & knowledgeDehydration & almost dyingBrand recommendationsAdvice for 2022Resources Mentioned:Instagram: Seth Spears Sawyer Mini Water FilterGasper 4 KnifeNalgene Water BottlesHydro Flask Water BottlesKlean Kanteen Water Bottles Trailside Utensil Book: Extreme Ownership by Jocko WillinkBook: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo LeopoldBook: The Comfort Crisis by Michael EasterBook: Dune by Frank HerbertPodcast: The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast: The Rich OutdoorsPodcast: The MeatEaterPodcast: Kifarucast PatagoniaHilleberg TentsKifaru InternationalESEE KnivesSitka GearFirst Lite
Wes Siler joins the show for a diverse conversation surrounding  several controversial topics, including population control, the reintroduction of wolves, his war on the NRA, why he hates Toyota Tacomas, and many more. Wes is a columnist for Outside Magazine and an adventure travel writer. He is an outdoor adventure subject matter expert on CNN, CBS, ABC, and Fox News. His articles and expertise have been featured in Wired, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Outdoor Life, GQ, Road & Track, and Playboy. He is the founder of the motorcycle website Hell for Leather and the outdoors site Indefinitely Wild. Wes lives in the mountains of southwest Montana with his wife Virginia and their three rescue dogs. His testicles are the subject of Glenn Beck's most recent book. Quotes:"Less is more.""Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel."Topics Discussed:How Montana has changedGetting into travel writingRisk, danger & the outdoorsHealthcare problems The North American Model for Conservation (hunting)The biggest threat to conservationWolves and the reintroductionChronic Wasting Disease (CWD)Anatolian ShepherdHunting bearsCrossing the Mexican borderLessons learned from the outdoorsAlaskan Caribou hunt6 lbs base pack weightFavorite brandsTruck recommendations Resources Mentioned:Beyond ClothingSitka GearFjallravenFilsonHyperlite Mountain GearGo Fast CampersConrad AnkerNational Rifle Association (NRA)Instagram: John Barklow Instagram: Indefinitely WildOutside MagazineWes SilerWes's NewsletterInstagram: Wes SilerTwitter: Wes Siler Author: Mark Warren
Daniel Vitalis joins the show for a fascinating conversation about connecting to the natural world through food and how to positively impact our environment, communities, and family by learning practical lessons and outdoor skills to improve our lives in an overly digital and virtual world. The topics covered are broad, ranging from the local food model to Otzi the Iceman.Daniel is a successful entrepreneur, public speaker, podcaster, writer, lifestyle pioneer, hunting guide, and ancestral living advocate. For ten years he lectured around North America and abroad, offering workshops that helped others lead healthier, more nature-integrated lives. After learning to hunt, fish, and forage as an adult, Daniel created WildFed to inspire others to start a wild-food journey of their own.Quotes:"It's just important to do something in nature that isn't mediated through a phone or a computer or some kind of augmented reality device." Topics Discussed:Growing up in natureThe local model of foodBeing connected to the landscape Keeping resources in your communityA global economyAncestral living & TranshumanismLiving in a virtual worldThe meaning of Rewilding Developing skillsOrwellian societyOtzi the IcemanA  natural lifestyle & how it's good for the environment Near death experiences in the wildBeing humbled by natureEssential gearResources Mentioned:  Website: Daniel Vitalis Website: WildFedPodcast: WildFedPodcast: ReWild YourselfInstagram: Daniel VitalisInstagram: WildFedFacebook: Daniel Vitalis Facebook: WildFedSurThrival Steven RinellaWeatherWoolBoreal Mountain AnoraksKing of the MountainPendletonGoRuckOriginBook: DuneBook: Nutrition & Physical DegenerationBook: Fahrenheit 451
Derek Wilson is a 5th generation rancher living in Idaho. He’s a former software executive who left everything to rescue his family farm which radically changed his life for the better. He’s the host of the Primal King podcast and a business coach who teaches that anything is possible through the 3 pillars of Liberation, Lifestyle, and Legacy. Quotes:"So much more is lost in being scared than taking courageous action" "We live a life by default" Topics Discussed:Life growing upLosing a parentMoving to a ranchMaking tough decisions & creating your pathFrom granite showers to not having a kitchenHaving moments of clarityGrowing up differentlyDesigning the lifestyle you want to haveIsolation & community Raising kids in the mountainsWorking harder before you can work smarterThe process of getting "good" at thingsGetting better through struggleManaging expectationsHow to reconnect to natureConservation & urban expansionGrowth - the pros & consLessons learned from ranchingSelf-sufficiency Business becoming personalGrass vs grain-fed beefTrust, marriage & taking risksResources Mentioned:Click FunnelsRussell BrunsonShow: Yellowstone Book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark MansonBook: Think Bigger Podcast: The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast: Impact TheoryPodcast: School of GreatnessCross O MeatsPrimal KingInstagram: Primal King
Jason Holliday is the host of the Harvest Holliday podcast, an amateur ATV racer, competing in 2 hour cross country endurance races at both local and national level.  He is a lifelong  bowhunter for over 30 years, a newbie western archery elk hunter since 2019, and has hunted elk in Colorado that past 3 years. In his day job he is a financial representative dedicated to helping others put a written financial plan together so that they can achieve their long term goals for retirement. Quotes: "The mountains escalate that feeling of wanting to belong."Topics Discussed:Growing up hunting in OhioGoing to Colorado for the first timeEmbracing the sound of silencePublic land huntingWhitetails, Mule Deer & ElkGlamorization vs. realityAlone in the mountainsHauling meat out of the Whitetail woodsDeer CampBeing in the woods at 12 years oldThreats to wilderness & conservationFailing & learningThe importance of a rangefinderFavorite brandsEssential outdoor gearResources Mentioned:Website: Harvest Holliday Instagram: Harvest Holliday Sitka GearKifaruGarmin inReachHoyt BowsEaston ArrowsIron Will BroadheadsAAE Fletching Instagram: Aron SnyderCrispi BootsOutdoor Edge Havalon KnivesTyto KnivesOnX MapsLone Wolf Custom GearRocky Mountain Elk Foundation LeathermanMovie: Jeremiah Johnson Movie: A River Runs Through ItPodcast: KifaruCastPodcast: Gladiators UnleashedPodcast: Backcountry RookiesBook: Where the Red Fern GrowsBook: Fred Bear’s Field NotesBook: The Comfort CrisesBook: Tough
Cary Jack is a lifestyle entrepreneur, author, podcast host, professional actor/model, biohacker, eco-warrior, martial artist, humanitarian, and philanthropist striving to make a positive impact on this planet. He split time growing up on the beaches of Sarasota, Florida, and in the mountains of Red Lodge, Montana where he first learned the art of a balanced lifestyle. His passions include traveling, martial arts, soccer, entrepreneurship, and selflessly giving.He is the founder & host of The Happy Hustle Podcast, whose mission is to educate, inspire, and entertain, while reminding you to enjoy the journey, not just the destination, as you Happy Hustle for a life of passion and purpose. Quotes:“I am focused, I am disciplined.” "Your environment largely dictates your happiness." Topics Discussed:Early life & career pathBalancing responsibilities & being happySoul Mappin’ System:Selfless serviceOptimized healthUnplug digitallyLoving relationshipsMindful spiritualityAbundance FinanciallyPersonal developmentPassionate hobbiesImpactful work - what one-word problem do you solve? Who do I solve that problem for? What is your uniqueness & how can you exploit that in the service of others?Nature connectionDiscipline - the cure-allMountains vs beachesDigital detoxingConservation issuesThe problem of plasticBecoming a conscious consumerHunting & meat procurementEncountering a mountain lion Getting a scarf out of a bar fightCary's favorite outdoor gear & brandsWhat does success look like for you?Resources Mentioned:Website: The Happy Hustle Website: Cary JackInstagram: Cary JackTwitter: Cary JackFacebook: Cary Jack Facebook: The Happy Hustle Happy Hustle Assessment Sustainable Breakthroughs Ecopreneur Montana Mastermind Book: Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan MillmanPodcast: Entrepreneur on FireFilm: SearspiracyWellnesse2% for Conservation 1% for the Planet Trailside Utensil PatagoniaCarharttThe North FaceKeltyKeen Footwear4OceanTropic Feel
Rewild Gear co-founders Adam and David host this week's episode of the Adventure Made Podcast. They discuss what it takes to camp with kids, necessary preparations, instilling a love of nature, respecting the outdoors, favorite tips for family camping, and a whole lot more. Quotes:"This may not be the most fun for you, but it's going to pay dividends down the road." Topics Discussed:Camping with kids & preparations Getting kids outdoorsActivities and natureWhen to introduce fire & knives Respect for firearmsFall time & getting outsideFavorite knivesTeaching knife safetyCuriosity - the good & the badFavorite family excursionsDisconnecting & reconnectingHow many nights to camp with kidsMaking memories in the outdoorsKids, conservation & taking care of our planet Adam & David's Wild Tips for family camping Resources Mentioned:Kifaru Slick BagMontana Backpacking TripKids Camp Chairs Episode 16: John Roulac Dakota Fire Hole
Founder, CEO, and Adventure Made Podcast host Seth Spears does a deep dive solocast about Rewild Gear, the company mission, goals, history, current & future products, and more. Quotes:"Quality over quantity."Topics Discussed:How Rewild Gear got startedBringing an idea to lifeBranding & the company nameRewilding & changing landscapesThe definition of "Rewilding."Mission & goals The "fire in the belly."Our brain as a spongeResetting in natureConservationProduct line creation & designKnife as the first toolResources Mentioned:WellnesseBlade ShowYellowstone Wolf ReintroductionThe Gasper RiverGranite CreekYellow StoneThe Gasper 4The Granite GrillTrailside UtensilTinder Ridge Ferro RodFirelight BellowsMountain Trucker HatRewild Gear InstagramRewild Gear FacebookRewild Gear TwitterRewild Gear Linkedin
Joel Runyon is an endurance athlete and entrepreneur. He's the founder of IMPOSSIBLE ®, a performance lifestyle brand dedicated to helping people push their limits and do something impossible. In 2017, Joel became the youngest person to run an ultra marathon on every continent while raising $200k+ for education non-profit initiatives around the world.Quotes:"What is the most difficult thing you can do relatively soon?""How you do anything is how you do everything."Topics Discussed:Early beginnings of life & entrepreneurship The start of IMPOSSIBLE Getting into endurance racing Not being able to get a job at StarbucksSoftening failure - good or bad idea?The stories we tell ourselves that hold us back Quitting not being an optionUsing commitments to accomplish goalsBuilding trust with yourselfOverriding painGoal setting - the IMPOSSIBLE ListFinding hard things that are worth doingAsking the question - "What would make my life a good story?" Running a marathon on each continentLessons learned from nature & our relationship with it Getting stuck in Doha, Qatar, without a passport Resources Mentioned:Book: A Million Miles in a 1000 Years - Donald MillerBook: Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber - Mark TwightBook: Mindset Podcast: Lex FridmanPodcast: Michael MaliceJoel's websiteJoel's BlogJoel's Performance Apparel + SupplementsJoel's Fitness TrainingJoel's PhilanthropyJoel's InstagramJoel's TwitterJoel's FacebookIMPOSSIBLE Instagram IMPOSSIBLE Twitter IMPOSSIBLE FacebookIMPOSSIBLE YouTubeCamelbakOncloud shoesShot BloksPatagoniaGORUCK BagsArc'teryx
Tim Corcoran is the founder of Purpose Mountain, where he offers Nature-Based Purpose Guidance to support people with a love for wild nature who feel a deep yearning to discover their purpose. Tim also serves as co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, an organization he co-founded with his wife, Jeannine Tidwell, in Sandpoint, Idaho, in 2005, dedicated to facilitating deep nature connection mentoring, cultural restoration, and inner tracking.A leader of vision quests, holistic rites of passage, and men's groups, Tim has been facilitating spiritual initiations in the wilderness since 1999. Healing the cultural rift between the mainstream and indigenous cultures, transformational consciousness work, the spiritual journey, ancestral work, deep nature connection, family, and health are all deep commitments in his life. Tim is a heart-centered father of two brilliant sons and husband to a magnificent wife, and lives in pristine Sandpoint, Idaho.Quotes:"A healthy connection to nature is essential for us as human beings." "We can't be in the container and be the container at the same time."Topics Discussed:Being in the woods as a childFinding one's purpose in lifeEmbracing sensitivityThe "sacred wound" becoming the "sacred gift"The importance of being connected to the earthExperiencing inner peaceAssessing life & leaving a legacyDiscovering our gifts and serving othersVision Quest & its purposeTransitioning from childhood to adulthoodUtilizing mentorsTransformations & integrationsFacing jealousy, abuse & bullying The journey of fatherhoodThe idea of "getting back to nature"Living in an urban environmentCommunity being artificially manufacturedLearning to deal with conflict Resources Mentioned:Book: Black Elk SpeaksPurpose Mountain Twin Eagles Wilderness School
Arthur Haines is a hunting and recreation guide, forager, ancestral skills mentor, author, public speaker, and botanical researcher. He grew up in the western mountains of Maine, a rural area that was home to swift streams known for their trout fishing. He spent most of his childhood in the Sandy River Valley hiking, tracking, and foraging. Arthur now runs the Delta Institute of Natural History in Canton, Maine, where he teaches human ecology, focusing on the values of foraging, wildcrafting medicine, and primitive living skills. He continues to spend a great deal of his free time practicing his skills as a modern hunter-gatherer. In 2017, he authored "A New Path", a comprehensive work on nature connection and rewilding, detailing how to incorporate ancestral practices into modern living. As a research botanist for the Native Plant Trust, he completed an inclusive flora of the New England region titled "Flora Novae Angliae" and has authored over twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, including naming species of plants new to science. His series of YouTube videos has inspired thousands of people interested in foraging wild edible and medicinal plants. Quotes:"Don't jump to a solution.""There's consequences to people going into the wilderness, but there is greater consequence to people staying in the city." Topics Discussed:Definition of a hunter-gatherer The progress cultureThe four C's:ComfortConvenience ClassCulpabilityArthur's upbringing & the wildernessUsing grief as a motivatorThe loss of various speciesSoil depletionThoughts on war, famine & pestilence The waning number of huntersRewilding our lands & wilderness degradation Conserve & not preserveRewilding in the East vs. the WestBecoming apathetic toward the outdoorsEuropean vs. American mindset on building things The importance of leisureAncestral foods The three sisters: corn, squash & beans Chronic disease & wild foodsFire & its effect on civilizationResources Mentioned:Website: Arthur HainesBook: A New PathBooks: Tom Brown JrTED Talk: What's Wrong with our Conservation Paradigm Facebook: Arthur Haines Community Facebook Page: Wilder Waters CommunityPodcast: ReWild YourselfPodcast: Wellness MamaPodcast: WildFed
Jordan Reasoner is a well-known business consultant and marketer in the natural health world, an avid hunter, outdoorsman, friend, and wilderness guide living in Bozeman, Montana. Seth and Jordan enjoy a bottle of tequila while talking about life, the outdoors, and their recent backpacking trip. Quotes: "There is so much awe, beauty, and elegance in nature.""God, what do you want me to know & what do you want me to do?" Topics Discussed:Montana trip recapPushing your limits"Pray & Poop" routine Being gratefulLearning & growing Seeing the world wake up while in natureHiking angryInternal motivationLeaning into hard things & temporary painThe military's research on time under tensionSolo vs. group tripsBuilding stamina in the mountainsMessages, injuries, & what our body is telling usInstilling mental toughness in childrenDoing something challenging every day & building that skill Wrecked on the floor & getting through difficult timesTotal responsibility Prince or king & the maturation of manAdjusting to society after being in the wildernessWinning, losing, learning, & showing upYour brain as a sponge vs. filterHaving balance and appreciating lifeResources Mentioned:Jordan's prior Adventure Made interviewInstagram: Jordan ReasonerWilderness EventDavid Goggins Drawn to the ImageSonship StudioRewild Gear
Seth, Adam, and David are joined by longtime friend and former college roommate Patrick McNamara. Patrick is a videographer and photographer and recently accompanied the brothers on a backcountry wilderness excursion in the heart of Montana. Quotes:"Right foot, left foot"Trust yourself, but listen to your body"Topics Discussed:Trip expectationsPatrick's experience Studying abroad in Austria Disconnecting from technology10,500 feet of elevationPhysical exhaustion Gear prepBlisters and feet tapingOunces adding upWhat gear to leave behindAltitude sicknessHail storms in the mountains Overcoming mental hurdlesHiking with 50+ lbsJake, the mountain goatCoping with having the "shits" in the mountainsDehydration, nutrition, and mealsCold plungesCooking fish in grizzly bear countryCapturing momentsFavorite pieces of gearAppreciating the little things Hedonic adaptationUnderstanding stressers Information overload Resources Mentioned:Jordan ReasonerJake LarsenWilderness EventDrawn to the ImageSonship StudioDanner PronghornPlatypus water bladder MSR water bladderHilleberg Namajt TentBig Agnes Q CoreKlymit Static VMSR Whisper Lite StoveFirst Lite Corrugate Guide PantsMountain HousePeak Refuel MealsAlpen Fuel MealsNext Mile MealsWild Zora MealsDarn Tough SocksKifaru Slick BagKifaru Lost Park ParkaBuff Merino Neck GaiterMerrell BootsSchnees BootsCrispi BootsScarpa BootsFirelight BellowsTinder Ridge Ferro RodTrailside UtensilGasper 4 KnifeGranite GrillMountain Trucker Hat
Marcus Ewing is the owner and founder of The Average Conservationist. He was born and raised in northern, lower Michigan, where he spent much of his youth hunting, fishing, camping, playing sports, and just being outdoors. Since starting the company, Marcus has partnered with 2% For Conservation to host The Average Conservationist Podcast, which primarily features businesses and individuals who have focused on giving back to wildlife.Quotes:"Life begins when you step outside your comfort zone."Topics Discussed:Marcus's start in the outdoorsConnecting with others through natureThe glories of Deer Camp tradition & its rite of passageThe importance of the outdoors & living harmoniouslyLittering, pollution, & being responsibleThe "Game Trashbag" Taking advantage of time spent with family & friendsThe gravity of taking a lifeEnjoyment & slowing down with lifeThe journey over the destinationSimilarities of dating & huntingOpening morning, as exciting as Christmas Fishing storiesLearning from mistakesHanding down knivesChronic Wasting Disease (CWD)The Average Conservationist Adult-onset huntingResources Mentioned:The Average Conservationist Instagram: The Average ConservationistFacebook: The Average Conservationist Stone Glacier First LiteThe Gasper 4 KnifeNational Deer Association Sportsmen's Nation Dan JohnsonAndy Stumpf2% for Conservation Randy NewbergBook: The Comfort Crisis by Michael EasterPodcast: Nine Finger ChroniclesPodcast: Cleared Hot
Christian Fortson is a firefighter, EMT and wilderness guide in Montgomery County, Texas. He works with kids and adults to help them learn from nature and spend more time in the wilderness. Quotes:"The thing about being in nature is it's uncomfortable, and I've never heard of anybody growing in a comfortable state." "Get outdoors more and spend time with people." Topics Discussed:Christian's introduction to the outdoorsSpending time in jailDoing fulfilling workSobriety at 19The danger of selfishnessLiving in a car for three monthsLeading at-risk teens into the wildernessBeing alone in the wild & facing your thoughts21 days & breaking habitsSocietal changes & enjoying natureLeaving no trace behind Essential equipmentHelping without expectationResources Mentioned:Adventure Learning Program Leave No TraceGarmin inReach Iodine Tablets Book: The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous by  Dr. Bob Smith & Bill WilsonBook: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch AlbomPodcast: The Joe Rogan Experience 
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