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Adaptive Reinvention

BY ZANA FAULKNER
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

Sometimes it is hard to stay on the path that life has put in front of you; Zana  Faulkner knows this better than most. From horseback riding to martial arts to competative road racing to mountian biking, Zana's journey has been a long and winding one, and not always pleasant. But if you come to a fork in the road, or if the path becomes rocky, or if the upcoming route remains hidden behind a bend, Zana's story stresses the importance of staying on the trail and completing the journey. 

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Archery As a Way of Life

BY SHELTON FITZGERALD
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

It is easy to take for granted the simple form of the classic bow and arrow, but Shelton Fitzgerald knows that a great deal of hard work makes that possible. An expert bowmaker utilizing classic construction, Shelton's medium connects him to the natural world and simultaneously pays respect to traditional American Indian bowmaking methods. Whether in archery or in life, Shelton demonstrates that the steps to success are unchanged: take aim, drawback, and hit your target with authority.  

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Adversity, Adventure and the Outdoors

BY ROB CONTE
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

"Adding insult to injury" is thankfully a phrase Rob Conte is unfamiliar with. Oh, he's had injuries: between his work life as a wildland firefighter and river guide, and his pastimes of mountian biking and snowboarding, injuries pretty much come with the territory. But Rob usually does not have to deal with the "insults", as his close network of family and friends supported him every step of the way as they "played through the pain" together. 

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Classic Worst Climbs

BY MIKE BESTWICK
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

We've all heard of "best of" lists: best albums, best cheeseburgers, best PechaKucha speakers, what have you. So what did Mike Bestwick do? He flipped the script. Trying to climb the highest peak in Glacier National Park in a single day would indeed be worthy of inclusion on a best-of list, if not for the cold, hard realities that accompany an adventure of this magnatude. No food? No daylight? No problem for Mike! (just don't ask him about prescription painkillers)

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Exploring The West By Van

BY KEN YARUS
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

"Now young man, what do you wnat to do with your life?!"

"Actually I kinda want to be a landscape painter, having great adventures, travelling near and far, all to follow my artistic vision and catch the light for the perfect composition."

"Well, La Di Frickin' Da! We got ourselves an artist here! Well, you're gonna be doing a lot of landscape painting when you're LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!"

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Doin' The Cheeky Chicken

BY JASON MILLS
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

He's done the hustle. He's even done the Bartman. But Jason Mills doesn't think he's ever done the Cheeky Chicken. However, Jason Millsdefinitelytley a perfect teacher. Beginning as a solo climber, Jason soon combined his love of the high country with his profession as a grade school teacher. His student Erica can attest. While Jason was teaching Erica the ways of the rock climber, he demonstrates one of life's most important lessons himself: life is better when you have a good climbing partner. 

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Sharing Culture: Montana to Mongolia

BY GREG SCHATZ
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

Can there be a link between Montana and Mongolia? It was Greg Schatz's job to find one when he traveled there with his wife Deborah. Their job was simple - find a way to convince western tourists that a trip to remote Mongolia should be on everyone's bucket list. No problem right? 

In a few short minutes, Greg that the place you are in on the outside matters little; it's the inside, the humanity, that counts.

 

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Closing the Outdoor Knowledge Gap

BY DAVID STEELE
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

For those who grow up in the outdoors, it comes easy. It is much easier to be a competent skiier, or climber, or adventurer if you come at it from an early age. Yet contrary to popular belief, David Steele shows that old dogs CAN learn new tricks. The great benefit to a person trying something new is people who have been on that path before themselves. David shows that life can be challangeing and exciting for all of us at all stages of the journey, no matter if you are a cohort, a mentor, or an up-and-comer. 

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Changing Gears

BY CRICKET BUTLER
@ VOL 6 ON NOV 01, 2018

There's going for it, and then there's GOING for it. The difference is subtle, and sometimes it takes a new perspective to see it. That's what Cricket Butler found as she picked up mountain biking, first as a hobby and then as a lifestyle. It all started by riding from Banff to the Mexican border; as Cricket has turned this lifestyle into a profession, it doesn't look like it will end anytime soon. 

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The Evolution of Art

BY KATE HUNT
@ VOL 5 ON JUL 19, 2018

It can take years to discover that what you do everyday is only preceded by what you have done the day before. Kate Hunt shows us how her continual discovery and reinvention of new and old media has helped to generate her prolific work as a sculptural artist. 

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Craftsmanship in Collaboration

BY PAUL BABNEAU
@ VOL 5 ON JUL 19, 2018

Many craftsmen move through the world in a solitary manner, following their pursuits in a steadfast singularity. Others, like Paul Babneau, use their experience and skills by reaching out to make connections and create amazing things that could only be accomplished through collaborative efforts. 

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Where Creativity Clsters

BY ELISE DAVIS
@ VOL 5 ON JUL 19, 2018

The evolving journey of craft and creativity can be a winding road. Elise Davis shares her experiences from the love of accessorizing her cats as a kid to the real world of fashion design and on to her current pursuits as the owner of her jewelry business, Clster.

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