Episode 98 – Favorite Flies and Legendary Rivers

In the last three weeks I’ve been able to camp on the banks of some excellent rivers in Wyoming and Colorado. I talk about my favorite trout flies, why catching “the fish” each river isn’t always a good thing and why meeting locals makes the experience better.

Column: Mine, all mine…but not really

When I was young in the outdoor freelance writing business I was all about providing content that would be shared. Valuable content that would appeal to readers in California (at the time). The more I wrote the more I wondered about the potential impact of my words on my own experiences. If I wrote about…

Episode 97 – Shaping your identity

Tanner Harms was one win from becoming an All-American, but lost to his nemesis at the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Now he’s adjusting to a new identity that doesn’t involve wrestling. We all move on from who we were in high school, college and even as adults. For some, finding an identity can…

Episode 96 – Gear we like and companies we like to support

What happens when outdoor companies and personalities get huge? Does quality, content or customer service suffer? Should politics play a role in a company you support? Fairbanks resident Harrison Gottschling and I discuss brands, products and outdoor companies we like to support as your average run-of-the-mill outdoorsmen. Harrison and I discussed his Dall sheep hunt…

Column: Remembering Dad

Ten Father’s Days ago, my brother poured Dad’s ashes into a creek. In the weeks after, I could only remember the end. I tried to stay at better memories, but they all evaporated into serious doctors, my ailing father and finally, the end. The next time I saw my buddy Nate, he put his hand…

Episode 95 – Self-awareness and virtue signaling

Gym owner Chuy Medina (Resident CrossFit, Modesto, CA) and I talk about the importance of being self-aware, the difference between being who you are and just wanting other people to think you are something morally or otherwise.

Episode 94 -Betting on yourself in life and hunting

From a tiny town on an island in southeast Alaska to graduating from medical school from the University of Washington. My buddy Stephen Ellison had plenty of excuses at his disposal. However, he refused to listen to any of them. He weekend warrior hunts Dall sheep, moose and took me to his special blacktail deer…

Column: Crowd Control

I took a deep breath and entered the wild world…of downtown on a four-ship day. It’s a weird thing to hate the downtown traffic and crowds in general this time of year. After all, without it, where would the port towns of southeast Alaska be? Logging is no longer socially acceptable to many, but one…

Episode 93 – Giving and taking advice

Who knows enough to really be able to give good advice? We’re all just fumbling around trying to figure stuff out and if we listened to advice we shouldn’t then make the same mistakes someone told us to avoid, right? We do it anyway. Life is weird, but entertaining.

Column: Don’t be afraid to fail

I try to talk myself out of a lot of things. One might mistake it for being cautious or safe, but I know that’s not always true. My childhood memories on the ocean are always synonymous with some level of disaster. My brother and I look back and laugh, but I wonder how Dad felt….