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!

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“Our typical customer chooses to spend a saturday in a cold rain crawling through rhododendron running whitewater, and these people are great to work with.”

How did Immersion Research begin?

IR began in my basement on a home sewing machine in 1997. At the time I was a full time kayak bum, making ends meet teaching kayaking and running kayak trips to mexico. My wife and business partner Kara was finishing an 8 year stint on the US canoe kayak team. To make a long story short, I thought that I could start making board shorts for my paddling friends, and then it just grew from there. I think it officially became a business when Dinver McClure (now at Pyranha) called us at home and ordered some shorts for his shop in Fayetteville, WV.

 

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Mark Singleton Executive Director of American Whitewater (AW)

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As Executive Director of American Whitewater, what role do you play in the river community?

In the river community, American Whitewater is the group that works to protect and restore whitewater rivers. Since 2005 we have been actively involved in the removal of eleven old and uneconomical hydropower dams. In addition, we have restored flows and improved access to 25 nationally significant whitewater runs and helped designate 1,119 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

American Whitewater is a relatively small non-profit organization, we have eight full-time staff that work across the country on river stewardship projects. Since staff is spread across the east and west coasts plus the Rockies, I’m the guy responsible for keeping the various parts of the organization functioning smoothly. While American Whitewater may look like a duck floating calmly on the surface of the water, no one has to know how much kicking is happening.

One of my primary roles at American Whitewater is to make sure the organization has the financial resources to fulfill its river stewardship goals. To accomplish this I spend a good deal of time building relationships with our partners. These partners include industry sponsors, federal agencies, foundations that support our work, private donors and most importantly members who support us through their membership dues.

 

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