About

Photo by J.R. Mancoff.

Photo by J.R. Mankoff.

As long as I can remember I’ve needed to see what lies around the corner, out of sight, inviting a curious eye. I’ve sought hard-to-reach things, places and ideas, despite the mental and physical challenges needed to reach them. The harder and more focused I’ve become at finding these places on my own terms the more rewarding their realizations have become.  Along the way I honed my eye through the camera, and found a voice through writing.  Never a classroom learner, I taught myself, and have also been fortunate to meet peers one couldn’t possibly script into one’s life, who taught me much along the way. I am grateful for their presence and guidance.

I first found freedom through cycling. Bikes carried me out of the house and onto greater and greater adventures in life.  In my mid-thirties, I discovered packrafting—a tool to access new and bolder parts of the world—and climbing—a vertical world  that added a whole different dimension to travel and exploration, as well as mental and physical challenges. My ideal trip is a bike-powered, first ascent  climbing mission, with packrafting segments that allow a deeper darker corridor of exploration along  the route.

Photo by J.R. Mancoff.

Photo by J.R. Mankoff.

Accomplishments

2000s—Numerous 24-hour mountain bike race wins in the solo category.

2002—Overall series winner at the notorious Portland Cross Crusade single speed category.

2002—Category winner at the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championships.

2003—Numerous podium finishes at 100-mile endurance mountain bike races, including a National Championship.

2008—Inducted into the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championships Hall of Fame,

2007—Premiered Mallethead at the 2007 Telluride Mountain Film festival.

2009—Brought single speed world championships to Durango Colorado, with a stacked crew of hardworking passionate cyclists. We threw a mega party and race for 1000 riders from around the world.

2010—Completed 12 day packrafting bike mission across southern Utah, personal top 5 trip

2011 completed 10 day bike packraft traverse of Alaskas lost coast from Yakutat to Gustavis .

2013—Orizaba Bike and packrafting traverse featured in first edition of Sidetracked. http://www.sidetracked.com/orizaba/

2014—Began putting up numerous first accents on the desert sandstone of southern Utah. Foolz Tour is born. On the heals of a mega -bike climbing/packrafting first ascent mission with photographer Andrew Burr, the late great alpinist Kyle Dempster, Jon Bailey and Adam Zurn.

2015—Self supported packraft trip through the Grand Canyon from Lees to Diamond in the winter. Fat bike packrafting traverse of Eastern Brooks Range, my story and photos featured in Adventure Journal, https://www.adventure-journal.com/2015/11/an-epic-brooks-range-bikepacking-packrafting-trip/ and bikepacking .com http://www.bikepacking.com/plog/2015-bikepacking-awards/

2016—Adventure Dispatch film with Specialized Bikes shows at Telluride Mountain Film and goes on tour to 100+ cities around the world. I spoke at three Mountain Film events associated with film. Story and photos from Alaska appear in Adventure Dispatch #2 print addition.

2017 …………………………….stay tuned!