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Sometimes that's all you need.
To tell a story, to say what you mean, to learn something new.

We ask adventurers around the world One Question. 
They share their thoughts, stories, and inside jokes with you.
 

Heather Nystrom //  @heatherelin

Location: Calgary Alberta

Q: Describe the last time you felt like you were at your best

I always feel my best when I'm sitting at a summit - accomplished, sore, and views for days. It's cliche and not very imaginative, but I don't think there's a better feeling than simply doing something you love. 

 

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Madison //  @madisonjane____

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Q: Who is your hero? Why?

This has been a challenging question for me to answer because i think the word hero implies that there was a specific act (or a cape, if that’s what you’re into) that lead one to earn this title. But when I think about what a hero means to me, it simply comes down to inspiration. And I’m inspired EVERY single day by the people in my life. My true heroes are my best and closest friends who I get to know beyond the surface — these people who are faced with trial after trial and still get up every day with a reason to have a good day or a reason to make someone else’s day better. These people who have seen me at my lowest and treat me no differently. Ordinary people who do extraordinary things every day even if it isn’t seen. Why? Because these are the people who make adventures better; the people who I can laugh the hardest with; travel confidently with; adventure the biggest with; be myself with. These are the people who push me to SEND IT and to go big or go home. The people who inspire me to get outside every day and live my passions. My adventures mean nothing without these people by my side.

 
 
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Jesse Bonde  //  @wildbonde

Location: Tasmania, Australia

Q: What does a successful like look like to you?

A constant smile, being surrounded by people who not only love and inspire you but also make your life richer, being immersed in your passions, and having the confidence and self-awareness to embrace life no matter what gets thrown at you. 

Julien  //  @adventurer_jp

Location: Quebec, Canada

Q: If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?

I'd try to spend most of them doing some crazy adventures and travel the world.

 

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Matt Snell  //  @matt.snell

Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada

Q: What impact, personally or socially, do you want your work to have?

The answer for me comes from how my life has changed from when I first started photography to now. 4 years ago I purchased my first camera just to document my adventures for friends and family back home (I'm originally from a city near Toronto, Ontario). But taking pictures soon became so much more and instead a passion that has impacted my life in such a positive way.

I now get out and adventure more than I ever would have before. From rock climbing, hiking and camping in incredible places, to sacrificing sleep to catch a sunrise or to stay out late under the stars. It’s also allowed me to tap into my creative side, which in turn drives me to go the extra mile to capture images that I think up. And one of the greatest benefits it has had is connecting me with other like-minded people from all over the country. Photography has shaped my lifestyle and now I couldn’t imagine where I’d be without having decided to pursue a career in it.

With this said, most importantly I hope that my work inspires other people in the way that it has inspired me. I hope that it has an impact on other photographers that will get them to push their creative limits and fuel that drive to get out and capture their own inspiring images. Even to just have my work getting people excited to go on their own adventures in the outdoors is a great feeling.

When I can create and share an image that has this kind of impact on people, that’s when I can be the most proud of my work.

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Marie Scholz  //  @mariescholz

Location: Ontario, Canada

Q: What do you feel were the main factors that lead you to a life of adventure?

The main factor that led me to a life of adventure was a deep longing for growth spiritually and physically. When I'm too stuck in routine I find myself longing for adventure the most. Once I could name what that longing was, opportunity met planning and I was able to travel to over 10 different countries in a year, while maintaining a great job. Adventure for me isn't necessarily travelling all the time though. Adventure is just living a life where risk and opportunity are seized when they come. 

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Andrea Blake  //  @andreablake.online

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Q:What’s the hardest thing about keeping life adventurous?

   If you want it bad enough, keeping life adventurous shouldnt be too hard - though the toughest thing would have to be the weather! Living in Arizona can be tough at times with the heat reaching 100+ degrees during the summer. It is easy to coordinate your adventures along with the weather that day, sometimes your time is just very limited. 

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Sonja   //  (@kananaskis_kid)

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Q:When you’re at home, what do you miss most about adventure or travel?

Have you ever felt the wind brush past your face, whispering words of wisdom as it passes? Have you felt the sun warm your body and fill you thoughts with brightness and hope? Or maybe you've struggled so hard and almost given up only to break through the trees and bear witness to this amazing planet we are all so fortunate to call home? Have you slept under the stars, completely exposed to all of the wonders of nature? Or felt the rush of a rapid as your paddle slices through the turbulent water? Have you reveled in the peace of a tranquil lake and took time to live in the moment? Have you ever just sat in and appreciated being in the outdoors?!?! 

I have a fair few adventuring hobbies, ones as epic and demanding as scrambling and white water kayaking to activities as peaceful and calming as lake canoeing and camping. The only constant between all of these activities is Nature! One of our most primal instincts is to be outdoors, nature is very much a part of our lives. When I am at home I often find my mind wandering to the vast open spaces with towering mountains, thick, green forests and clear, crisp water. Those places where I can walk freely with no fear of judgement or exclusion, where I can be 100% myself. And the most beautiful part of the outdoors; everyone is welcome!!!! 

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Emilie // @emiliebrooke_

Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Q:When you’re at home, what do you miss most about adventure or travel?

Travel and any adventure for me is such a liberating and eye opening experience. 

I miss the expanding of horizons, the thrill of the unknown, the rush of seeing new things, the excitement of new experiences, the wildly diverse strangers you meet, the bold moves that push us outside our comfort zones, the pathway to self discovery and sometimes the slow discovery of becoming a different person. Its understanding that the greatest adventures can come from the things that go wrong and embracing those challenges. I’ve had some amazing stories come from epic failures. What that has taught me is that you need to be open to the possibilities of making the most out of every situation because you really have no idea where the journey will take you. The power of all these feelings and new experiences is what I crave, this is what keeps me excited for the next adventure, however great or small. 

The lust to learn more, see more and continue the journey is too real, but in the mean time I have the grand stories of my adventures to tell.

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Jonas Furstone // @furstonetravels

Location: Currently located in Sweden. Originally from Germany.  Lived in Canada, Belgium, Norway and Sweden.

Q:What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I think there are various things that I achieved concerning my personal career and development at university but also correlated to hobbies and free time. Generally, I would label myself as a really determined and diligent person, that always gives everything in order to achieve his goals. If I had to choose one thing that I consider as my greatest achievement in life, then it would be the fact that I already lived in five countries for a period of 6 month or longer – Germany, Canada, Belgium, Norway and Sweden. I remember how I struggled with the advanced English level course during my high school years. Our English teacher was really tough but also extremely inspiring when he was talking about all the places he has visited around the world and which amazing trips he did in the past. As a result, I decided to take off after high school and started my first travel experience alone by doing Work & Travel in Canada. This journey was incredibly valuable, - not only could I improve my language skills but I learned a lot from the culture and many other amazing travellers from all around the world. This made me realize how much one can actually learn from being abroad, as different cultures and people do things in very different ways. After this experience, I was lucky enough to spend an exchange year in Belgium and my internship in Norway. During this time, I could not only try Belgium fries, over 150 kinds of beers and eat traditional Knekkebrød with brown cheese and jam, but also got to know the local languages and the culture. During further travel experiences I got inspired by the Nordic countries which supported me in my decision to study here in Sweden, where I am currently doing my Master’s in Digital Business. All these stays abroad helped me to be very open minded and strengthened my intercultural competences. In such a globalized world, I feel that flexibility, adaptability and the ability of working together with people from other nationalities are essential skills for career and personal development. Therefore, I think that living in a lot of different places and acquiring the connected skills can be considered my greatest accomplishment until now. Hopefully, my degree will enable me to live in more countries around the globe and help me to support my dream to become a digital nomad.

Chris Liehmann  //  (@chrisliehmann)

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Q:How does your experience in the outdoors help you outside of the outdoors? 

This is a big question, one that will hopefully take me a lifetime to answer, but I'll try to share what I have learned thus far.  Nature has changed me; it has enabled me to start on a path that I believe will one day lead to me to realize my fullest potential.  I've come to realize that we all live in our own personal reality - everything boils down to perspective.  While some may see a stormy sea with waves thrashing, others see a hidden world just below the surface, teeming with beautiful, abundant life.  Nature has shown me that by changing our perspective, putting aside prejudice, judgement and ego, we are able to touch every person we encounter with compassion, understanding and love.  

The winter, oh how I love the winter.  The muffled stillness of snow lightly falling in a mountain forest has shown me the importance of slowing down, of appreciating each and every moment, of being present.   The cold has taught me to be grateful for the little things... a cup of hot tea on a mountain top, a bed with a fluffy down duvet, and a nice warm bath.  

The mountains have allowed me to realize that fear is just a figment of the imagination - only one possible reality among many.  They have instilled in me a desire to be better, to learn and grow, to do something I'm scared of each and every day.    

Nature has instilled in me a longing for adventure and an insatiable need for freedom.  Slowly, I'm challenging myself to let go of expectation, of attachments, of waiting to be happy.  All those little stresses that weigh us down each and every day - just breathe, feel the sun on your skin, the cold air in your lungs and the wind on your face and I promise, all those things will become less.  I'm beginning to realize that everything is exactly as it should be - its filled with love, happiness, and all the little things that make us smile, its perfect.  Much love.     

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Arabella  //  (@wildheartbelle)

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Q:When you’re at home, what do you miss most about adventure or travel?

What I miss most about adventure or travel is the the big unknown and the many feelings that come with it, mostly excitement and anticipation. I miss seeing new landscapes and just being outdoors in general surrounded by pine trees and mountains or experiencing a different way of life than I am used to. I weirdly miss that airport vibe of just knowing I’m going somewhere -whether it’s new or revisiting a place again (It’s always a new experience!) I miss not having to know what day it is and just looking forward to another day of exploring. I miss road tripping, staring out the window daydreaming and belting out one hit wonders. I’m also such an introvert that adventures and travel forces me to open up and connect with others, so after awhile I miss just being out there to meet and to learn from so many others who have their stories to tell. What I love about adventure is the many surprises you come across whether good or bad. The journey and experiences can teach you so much and add to your personal growth and I value that dearly —that is why I need to explore, adventure and travel.

Home will always be a comfort place where I can retreat, rest and introspect all my outside experiences, but eventually I get out there again to fill my life with fresh perspective and inspiration!

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Ali Lev  //  (@luckyalexandra)

Location: PNW Based

Q: What has been your biggest barriers to adventure?

I feel like this question can have a lot of different answers depending on how one wants to spin it. I could say that money is a barrier but for the most part I live a privileged life and my husband and I both work hard at saving for adventures. We are certainly not rich by any means but we've chosen to prioritize the outdoors and adventures over material things or things like going out to the bar. I could say that as a woman I encounter barriers, but that is also not something that I have encounter too often. Honestly I'd say the biggest barrier in holding me back from adventures is myself, my own self consciousness, and my own self doubt. Over the past few years I've really tried to change my internal dialogue to be more positive about myself and my abilities. When I think of a new adventure that might be daunting I just have to shift my perspective to be positive. With the right attitude you can bring any goal into being; it’s all a matter of perspective and training. 

Indra  //  (@indragramm)

Locations: Tropical born, Arabian-desert raised and now based at the Canadian Rockies of Alberta

Q: Most breathtaking place you’ve been?

This has always been a tough question for me because every place I have been to has been breathtaking in its own right. I would have to say though, Antarctica separates from the rest. On the way in, you could truly tell that you are being greeted to a true "no man's land". You are entering a park that has with no name. Owned by no nation. No provincial, national or federal government. Pure fresh air and freedom. One of the last untouched grounds on the planet. The wildlife scene is spectacular from the whales, seals and the very-delightful penguins. I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to have been there.

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Connor Merrick (@adventureconwards)

Location: I grew up in a small town called Uxbridge in Ontario and for the past 5 months I've been living in BC

Q: Most breathtaking place you’ve been?

A tough question. I feel so fortunate that I'm struggling to answer this question, as it means I've been fortunate to experience many places that have taken my breathe away. Since moving out to British Columbia, I've striven to seize every opportunity, and take every leap outside my comfort zone.

A specific place from the summer that I catch myself daydreaming about is the top of Panorama Ridge in Whistler. It was a long, grueling hike in the scorching sun, and after a full day of hiking, when we scrambled to the top, I was speechless. The breathtaking effect was probably a combination of my inability to breathe properly after pushing my body to its limits, but also due to the vast beauty that I was staring out at. 360 degree views of alpine perfection. It made me forget about my sweat drenched clothes, and my aching limbs. Standing there, on top of the world, it felt as if my friends and I had conquered our own version of Everest.

It's a memory that we still talk about, reminisce on, and I catch myself often scrolling through the folder of photos I have from it. Good friends, great conversations, and sharing in the wonder of nature's incredible beauty is something I will always cherish. Here's to many more new places and moments that take my breath away. 

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Bri Vyn  //  (@brivyn)

Location: Alberta, Canada

Q: Tell us about a time you felt completely and utterly free

When I was a kid, we had one of those big round obnoxious looking above ground pools in our backyard. I spent hours in there diving for rocks I would pick off the driveway, pretending I was the first and best solo synchronized swimmer on the planet, and seeing how long I could hold my breath. 

My parents left one evening to play cards with the neighbours and told me to stay out of the pool. I smiled, nodded, and ushered them out the door. I then proceeded to strip out of all of my clothes, hopped in the pool and floated all of my nine year old cares away. 

There’s something so freeing about floating in the dark with your eyes on the stars and your ears below the water so all you hear is the swishing of your feet. There’s something comfortable about the heat of the water keeping you warm from the chill in the night air. There’s something magical about that slight twinge in your stomach every time you hear a sound and think you might get caught. Part exhilaration, a dash of fear, a splash of courage equals that feeling of being completely and utterly free.

I use that same combination now in my adult adventures. That same feeling can show up cliff jumping, solo scrambling, or sky diving. Those adventures that scare you a little bit, that feel a little wild, those are the ones where that sense of freedom tends to show up, gives you a high five, and asks you to stay a while.

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Lana Jankovic (@lanajankovic)

Location: Vancouver, BC

Q: Tell us about a time you felt completely and utterly free

The first moment that springs to mind was on the last day of my recent road trip down to the US. By a series of unexpected events, I had ended up spending a couple extra days in Washington and decided to bag a couple hikes while I was at it. On my way back to BC, I stopped in the Baker area for one last jaunt before I handed in my car keys and called it a day. I hit the single track towards Ptarmigan ridge as the afternoon sun began to set, my body aching from a combination of sleeping in the car for the better part of 17 days and the steep slog I'd done the day before {my first solo hike actually, exciting in itself!}.

Racing the fading light, I decided to pick up speed. And then, I broke into a hesitant jog. Then a run. And for the first time in 4 months after a bad tumble in the mountains had me wrecked and benched for most physical activity, I felt what it was like to simply run again and feel my legs take flight under me. I figured I would tire, that my body would give out, but joy flooded my veins and kept me planting one foot in front of the other as the track wove through the mountains.

It was the purest, most child-like sense of giddy freedom, being able to run again, if only intermittently for a few miles. Returning to the parking lot sweaty and tired as the sun tucked into the horizon behind me, I couldn't help but wipe the smile off my face. Apparently freedom comes in all shapes and sizes, hey?

 

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Chris istace  //  (@stasher_bc)

Location: Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Photo by: Rob Sese @rob.sese

Q: Tell us about a time you felt completely and utterly free

Back in 2015 I chose to do a road trip visiting the major National Parks in the Western United States. I went late November when very few people were visiting these locations and also did the trip solo by myself. I gave myself a general route and places that I wanted to visit but that was it. No timeline or commitments along the way. Nobody but myself and my thoughts as I visited each location exploring and hiking to experience it the best I could. Eating my meals at random picnic tables and rest stops, sleeping in my SUV and just letting my energy and feelings guide the journey. I remained mostly disconnected from anyone throughout the trip only really checking in with my wife daily to let her know how I was doing and where I was at. Maybe I felt most free as it was in some way a return to man's nomadic roots, and because it was natural it felt good. As I always say, it is good for your mind and soul to "Explore Beyond The Usual"

Editors notes: You can actually read this full story at Chris's webpage ~ https://www.chrisistace.com/2016/01/02/going-for-it-a-solo-adventure/ )


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