Archives for July 2014

Colorado 10 1/2 days, 13 new rivers.

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We loaded up my trusty Honda CR-V, affectionately referred to as Lady nasty. 3 people Collin Hunt, Brian Snyder, and myself (Sam Ovett), 1 bicycle for shuttle. 5 kayaks. (One playboat that needed a cross country shuttle to its owner and one back up boat. When you go to Colorado it is not a bad idea to bring a back up boat if you have the luxury. The rocks are sharp and mostly unforgiving.  Lady Nasty was also loaded down with camera equipment, camping gear and most importantly a way to make coffee!

Half day Monday
Driving

At 2:00pm on Monday afternoon we rolled out of Asheville fired up and ready for an adventure. The pre road trip excitement is one of my favorite parts of a kayaking road trip.

Day 1 Tuesday
Driving and Clear Creek

26 hours later and almost running out of gas once in Kansas we arrived in Colorado at the put in of clear creek. In order to shake off the road trip we put on and ran the upper section of clear creek. 26 hours straight of driving made me feel like a bad kayaker, who knows maybe it wasn’t the driving, either way it was nice to be in a kayak in Colorado.

Day 2 Wednesday
Gore Canyon

Day 3 Thursday
El Dorado Canyon and South Saint Vrain. One paddle lost

Day 4 Friday
Proving Grounds North Saint Vrain. Starting to feel like a Zombie

Day 5 Saturday
North Saint Vrain. Good nights rest, energized for a big mission day. Friendly local paddlers made shuttle possible and park rangers incredibly forgiving.

Day 6 Sunday
Upper South Boulder put in, but did not put on. Tired, feeling sick, not fired up resting and driving.

Day 7 Fun Day Monday!
Yule Creek, hairy side up, big and awesome, great burritos at the end of the day. Wow what a cool day and place.

Day 8 Tuesday
Meat Grinder and Narrows Crystal Gorge. Round 1 awesome, round 2 let my guard down worst swim of my life. Stay focused in class V!

Day 9 Wednesday
2 breakfast biscuits and the Crested Butte Quadruple Crown. OBJ is oh wow awesome!

Day 10 drive back to Asheville.

Round trip from Asheville, NC back to Asheville, NC it took us 10 days in that time we managed to paddle 13 sections of creek and river. While all of it had been run before it was new to us.

-Sam Ovett

Interview: Bryon Dorr about Exploring Elements.

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We caught up with Bryon Dorr for a fun interview about his life and travels!

Where are you from/where were you born. 

I was born in Washington, DC and grew up mostly in the Baltimore/DC area. My current address is in Maryland, but the PNW is the home of my heart. I lived in Portland, OR for about 4 yrs before hitting the road over 3 yrs ago.

So you drive around in an ultra bad ass rig. Why did you choose the rig you have? 

Thanks! My current adventuremobile is a custom expedition camper mounted to a ’01 Dodge Ram 2500 ext cab short bed diesel truck. I built this rig to drive around the world experiencing as much as I can in remote areas while doing adventure sports. I traveled in a 4×4 Sportsmobile for a few yrs before designing and building my current rig. I learned a lot of what I like and what I don’t when living and traveling full time in a vehicle in the Sportsmobile. The new rig, called the EEXP, is very close to my vision for how I want to travel.

Is that your dream rig? 

It is close to my dream rig, but not quite there yet. I really need to add a pass through from the cab to the camper, figure out how to get a little more clearance and tweek a few other items. Overall though the EEXP is a pretty spectacular rig!

What’s the gnarliest spot you have found yourself with that rig? 

Well, while I’ve only had the EEXP “complete” and on the road for less than 2 months I’ve already gotten it out and about. The gnarliest place so far would have to be Lockhart Basin Rd in Moab. It is a tight 68 mile Jeep trail that I did with some friends about 4 days after the new rig was on the road. Learned a lot about the rigs capabilities on that trip.

Favorite place you have been, this might be a tough one? 

Always a tough one, but an amazing mountain top campsite along the Big Sur coast in Cali overlooking the ocean with friends was pretty spectacular. It was about a 30 min very vertical offroad drive from Rt1 to get to this spot, and was well worth it!

For folks who see what your doing and think man that guy is just living the dream! What pointers would you give them. 

Ha, get that all the time. In the end each person has to live there own dream, and the grass is always greener on the other side. I love the direction I’ve pointed my life and the opportunities to explore that are opening up to me. Life on the road is not easy, but it is the path that I want to be on. Best advice for people is to just make a decision as to what path you want to go down and do it. There will always be obstacles and excuses, but in the end its all up to each individual to make their life happen the way they want it to.

Was this lifestyle intentional or did you happen into it? 

A little of both. Circumstances for sure kind of happened to get me a lot of the way where I am today, but there was a point as I was quitting my last “day job” that I specifically made it a point to decide to live on the road and find a way to drive around the globe. I’ve experienced too many friends pass away, both by freak accidents and through doing the adventure sports that they love, to sit in an office and watch my life pass me by.

If we want to keep up to date on your adventures how do we do that Thanks for hanging out and chatting with us for a bit! See you out there. 

Follow the adventure at: www.ExploringElements.com. You can also specifically check out all the awesome about the EEXP adventuremobile rig at: http://www.exploringelements.com/vehicles/eexp/. Great chatting as well. See you on the road, or maybe the river!