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Climb Every Mountain: An Interview with Mountain Guide Charlotte Austin

Climb Every Mountain: An Interview with Mountain Guide Charlotte Austin

by Lauren Jonik There’s a lot of stigma and mystique around both writers and climbers, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you call yourself. It matters what you write. What you climb. What you do. Lauren Jonik: What first inspired you to begin mountaineering? What was the first mountain you climbed? Charlotte Austin: I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where mountains dominate the skyline. I didn’t realize how important that was until…

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Digging In: Archaeologist Taylor Kendra Reaches Into the Past

Digging In: Archaeologist Taylor Kendra Reaches Into the Past

Lauren Jonik: When people think of archaeology, often the first thing that comes to mind is a swash-buckling adventure like in Indiana Jones. What is it really like being on an archaeological dig? Taylor Kendra: Well there are a lot less whips and Nazis, that’s for sure. And, to the best of my knowledge, Indiana Jones never had to trim a baulk or map a top-plan. It’s a lot less glamorous than Hollywood would have you believe, but that feeling…

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Hustle Hard, Stay Humble: Amy Chmelecki On What It Takes to Be a Professional Skydiver

Hustle Hard, Stay Humble: Amy Chmelecki On What It Takes to Be a Professional Skydiver

Lauren Jonik: What drew you to skydiving? Amy Chmelecki: When I was 14, I remember hearing about two women going skydiving. It put an image in my head of being able to flip and flip and flip and keep flipping for a long time! I wanted to do that so bad. A seed was planted that day. Shortly after I turned 18, I went to a skydiving facility for the first time. The Drop Zone (DZ) scene blew my mind….

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Marine Biologist Natalie Robson on Remote Pacific Island Living

Marine Biologist Natalie Robson on Remote Pacific Island Living

Lauren Jonik: As a marine biologist, you’ve spent the past 9 months living on The Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea and focusing on turtle conservation. How did your position come about? Natalie Robson: The owner of the Conflict Islands, Ian Gowrie-Smith, has always been conservation minded. When P&O Cruises first began visiting the Conflict Islands in July 2016, Ian decided that he needed to ensure the protection of the turtles and their nests during the cruise ship visits. During…

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This Girl Is On Fire – Katie Campbell Reveals What It’s Like to be a Wildland Firefighter

This Girl Is On Fire – Katie Campbell Reveals What It’s Like to be a Wildland Firefighter

by Lauren Jonik Lauren Jonik: What inspired you to pursue firefighting as a profession? What kind of training is required? Katie Campbell: I was looking for a summer job to fulfill the co-op requirement of my college program. I studied Adventure Recreation and Parks Management. In order to even apply to be a forest firefighter in Ontario, one must complete a weeklong course which includes a lot of field applications, including a mock fire and sling training with a helicopter….

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