Interviews and Profiles


Ross Boucek - Fisheries Biologist extraordinaire
 Tell us a little about yourself. I am 33 years old, and work as a biologist for a non-profit called Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. I am lucky...
Jared Zissu of Fly Lords: Fly Fishing All Over the World
Jared Zissu founded Fly Lords, a social media and content brand, as a place to share his vast collection of professional and amateur fly fishing...
Lobstering with Tucker Jordan and the Maine Lobster Boys
In the fall of 2016, RailRiders CEO and founder John d'Arbeloff (pictured, right) went up to the historic Maine coast to spend a day lobstering...
Walk the Masar: Leon McCarron Reflects on the Trail
Team RailRiders member Leon McCarron is a professional adventurer from Northern Ireland. He recently became the first to thru-hike the Masar Ibrahim...
Henry Lomeli: Californian Naturalist
Henry Lomeli is the biologist who manages the Northern California region (Sacramento-area) for the US Department of Fish & Wildlife, a job that...
Erika Flowers: US Cross-Country Ski Team
Erika Flowers, native of Missoula and Bozeman Montana, is now a racer for the United States Cross Country Ski Team. While she trains for the upcoming...
Voyage Vixens: Blogging All Over the World
Lanee Lee Neil and Lindsay Taub are two women who take life by the horns. Writers by education, they have built up an impressive following on their...
Edward Ignacio: One Tough Triathlete
Edward Ignacio is not your typical triathlete. The FBI agent and Hawaiian native competes in eye-craning“what’s-he-wearing?" attire...
Leon McCarron: Up the Rio Santa Cruz
In November of 2014, Leon McCarron, impressed with thegear we provided for his 2013 Empty Quarter expedition with Alastair Humphries, came to us...
Erik Schlimmer: The Trans-Adirondack Route
Erik Schlimmer is an avid East Coast adventurer who has  hiked more than 10,000 miles, climbed more than 1,500 peaks, slept outside more...
Tough Threads
TOUGH THREADS! The true life-in-wilds stories behind RailRiders apparel. Years of abuse. Years of pleasure. If you have your own Tough Threads...
Derek Hutton: Fishing for Indigenous Trout
Derek Hutton is a Head Guide for WorldCast Anglers in Victor, ID, and the manager of the Ski and Snowboard School at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, WY....
Amazing "Abba": Reality TV Star, World-Traveler, Lawyer
Mark “Abba” Abbattista shot to worldwide fame in late 2012 when he appeared on the reality television show, “The Amazing...
A New Lodge: Anne Mitchell
Anne Mitchell grew up fishing the rivers of West Virginia. An avid sea kayaker, fly fisher, snowboarder, and nature enthusiast, she will be opening a...
Wilderness Education with Cliff Stockton
Cliff Stockton has worked in the Wilderness Education industry for almost twenty years. He is a multi-faceted adventurer and teacher who loves to...
King of the Weekend Warriors
London's own Marek 'Maz' Nusl is a marketing strategist by day and a hardcore adventurer by night. His blog, Doin it Online, attempts to...
Keeping You Safe in the Outdoors
Team RailRiders member Chase Lewine is a Park Ranger at Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. An avid outdoorsmen, Chase takes particular joy in...
A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail.
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Interview with Gail Storey Give Gail Storey a lot of credit for undertaking a tough physical...
Interview with a Very Versatile Pilot: Randy Palma's Love Affair with Gyroplanes
Randy Palma has always loved the freedom of flying, whether it’s as the pilot of a Boeing commercial airliner, helicopter, or gyroplane....
Diver and Adventurer Idee Belau
Idee Belau, The Explorers Club’s Chair of the Florida Chapter, has a special fondness for all things water-related. She’s a highly...
Crossing the Steppes of Eastern Kazakhstan by Horseback and Walking: Interview with Jamie Bunchuk and Photos by Matt Traver
Two young adventurers from England, Jamie Bunchuk, an award-winning travel journalist, and Matthew Traver, a documentary filmmaker, completed a...
Mark Melnyk
If there is one indivudal who can make or break you fishing trip, it's obviously your fishing guide. Really, who else is there to blame when...
Warrior Hike - Helping Veterans Walk off the War
Veterans face numerous challenges reintegrating with civilian society upon finishing their tours of duty. Sean Gobin wants to make it...
Hiking the Pacific Crest and Arizona Trails
How far do you walk in a day? How about in a year? It turns out that the average American takes 5,117 steps (or walks roughly...
Walking 1,000 Miles Across "The Empty Quarter" Desert in Oman and UAE
The late great British explorer, Sir Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003), made two crossings of  the Empty Quarter -- an immense swath of desert in...
Walk Across Africa
My name is Julian Monroe Fisher. I am an explorer and adventurer. I am also an Anthropologist, a Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society(with the...
TransPanama Thru-Hike
Rick Morales, of Panama, has done what very few trekkers would even dare to attempt, let alone imagine: mapping out a new hiking trail across the...
Peking to Paris in a '69 VW Beetle
It was the dawn of the automobile age, when a Paris newspaper issued this challenge in 1907: "What needs to be proved today is that as long as a...
Photographing Vineyards
Paul Kirchner mainly shoots still life in his studio, but he often spends a lot of time outside on assignment in vineyards. He explained: "I have...
The Long Rider
Megan Gist Carter loves horses. And horses love her. The high-energy Oklahoma resident and ardent fan of RailRiders participates in an equestrian...
Walking Across Mongolia - Step by Steppe
There’s no denying that the world is a crowded place, with the global population hovering around seven billion, but don’t tell that to...
The Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley
Ian Adamson has shown up in numerous RailRiders catalogs, with his most famous appearance dating back to 2002 when he appeared on the cover with this...
Adventure Goddess
"They look like door knobs," jokes two-time world champion adventure racer Robyn Benincasa. She's referring to two surgically implanted...
Paddling the Gulf of Mexico
On Feb. 9, 2003, two very inspired paddlers, Arthur Hebert, a construction supervisor, and Larry Koenig, an emergency room physician, both of Baton...
Tagging Turtles in Trinidad
 Despite its white sand and clear, blue water, Trinidad’s Matura Beach used to be known as a bloody graveyard for leatherback turtles. The...
Trekker Extraordinaire
Walking is so underrated. For eons, this was how we went anywhere. Fortunately, adventurers in our midst like Peter Potterfield are able to bring many...
My first fish on a fly
Having grown up fishing (with a spin rod) with friends off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard for blues and stripers I am not a complete newbie to...
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the largest and northernmost refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System, and is located entirely north of...
Fly-fishing Expert Shares His Passion and Wisdom
Paul Scott, 42, of Virginia, has been fishing since he was a tyke. As an adult, he professionally guided for Orvis in for five years and taught...
This Wilderness Survival Expert Will Keep You Safe and Alive
Dave Canterbury's wilderness survival videos have attracted a loyal and exceptionally popular following on YouTube. His Wilderness Outfitters...
Ultra-running in Death Valley
It takes a special breed of runner who races in marathons. It takes an even more special breed who prefers ultra-marathoning. So what should we make...
Down on the Farm in Maine
The picturesque Blue Ribbon Farm in central Maine is home to several dozen Dorset sheep and their caretakers, Bob and Mary Burr, who have been raising...
Wild at Heart
Wildlife photographer Carol Polich is as patient and observant as the big-game animals she stalks with her watchful eye behind the Canon. After years...
Modern Medicine Man
Mankind has been in search of new medicines since the dawn of time. We found our first drugs in nature and we've continued to rely on such natural...
My Visit to Easter Island
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) was the dream trip of a lifetime. I have wanted to visit Easter Island since I was seven-years old and saw my first...
Behind the Scenes with Search And Rescue:
A nose is a nose is a nose. But with dogs, its most important sense is smell. "A dog's nose is as important as our eyes are to us," says Dr. Brian...
The Gear Junkie
The Gear Junkie: Interview with Stephen Regenold"I like to think that I walk the walk and talk the talk," says Minneapolis-based journalist Stephen...
Fighting Malaria with Bednets
To most of us, economists seem like ivory-tower academics who spend their waking hours analyzing national income and employment figures. Yet a...
Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Let's just say that you're one of the 300 really committed, perhaps even foolhardy, outdoor types who decide each year to attempt to hike the entire...
The Well-Centered Centerfold
Looking good in front of a camera is one thing; feeling bad is another. With her body temperature redlining at 104° Fahrenheit, a sprained ankle...
Wild at Heart
His television career has aptly followed a serpentine route. As series producer for "Reptile Wild" for the National Geographic Channel, filmmaker,...
Mountains to Sea
For long-distance hikers whose magnetic direction veer towards the longitudinal, with sunrises at their front each morning, there's a new trail that...
Come Fly with Me
Chris Jopp usually has water on the brain. The sea is his friend and companion. He studies its molecular properties in the lab, he teaches its...
Adventurer of the Year and the Toughest Man on the Planet
You won't see him playing smash-mouth football in some upstart, testosterone-addled pro league. Nor will you ever watch him swapping spittle and...
Sandstorms, Heat, Blisters, and 150 Miles of Running
Running the hilly trails in Marin County didn't seem enough of a sporting challenge for Kory Helean, 28, who once was a competitive gymnast and is now...
Overcoming Cancer is Like Adventure Racing
Every adventure racer will inevitably confront that white-knuckle moment of truth when it seems that ones life is precariously held in balance. A...
Hiking the 2,169-mile Appalachian Trail
Each spring, the Appalachian Trail seductively attracts a small army of hikers whose goal is to trek its 2,169-mile length. But AT love is tough love...
Adventure Warrior and Navy SEAL
Don Mann is The Man, a consummate adventure warrior with a lean, muscular physique and ten-thousand-yard athletic stare. Well-known throughout the...
Adventure Racing Couple
Adventure athletes Tracyn Thayer and Norm Greenberg, of Bryson City, North Caolina, have an interesting 24/7 marriage. These wilderness enthusiasts...
Super-fit Adventure Athlete
With her infectious smile, hair-trigger laugh, and girlish charms, it is easy to imagine that adventure athlete Cathy Sassin is the sweetest and most...
Jordan Desert Cup
On September 10, 2001 I was doing the Desert Cup in Jordan because it sounded like a great race. On September 12 I wasn't going. By October 1 shock...
Meet Mr. Fixing Your Feet
As an emergency room technician, Californian John Vonhof has seen his fair share of physical trauma over the years, but it's in the greatoutdoors...
Wizard of Whitewater
Marc Goddard won't mind if you call him "wet behind the ears." The 35-year-old founder of Bio Bio Expeditions has worked as a whitewater rafting...
Journey to Ladakh
"Julley!" It's the warm, musical greeting that visitors will constantly hear in Ladakh, a desolate Himalayan region of high passes situated on the...
Hanging out with the Manatees
Florida waters are home to manatees. These ponderous-looking sea mammals, also known as sea cows, communicate with each other through a series of...
Global Athletic Pursuits
Adventure athlete Tom Demerly likes things that move in circles, mountains that scrape the sky, desert sands that scorch the feet, and polar cold that...
La Ruta de los Conquistadores
La Ruta de los Conquistadores in Costa Rica is the toughest mountain-bike race on the planet (www.adventurerace.com). A three-day stage race of...
Origins of Life in Australia
They say that obsession is halfway between love and madness. If so, Richard D. Fisher is precariously balanced on the razor's edge of performance in...
Pack-Burro Racing
Adventure athlete and ultrarunner Hal Walter, of Westcliffe, Colorado, loves training and racing with Spike, his usually willful and manic-depressive...
The Ice Man Cometh
Apart from being one of the world's foremost expeditionary-travel experts on the polar regions, with over 20 trips to Antarctica to his credit, Chuck...
Into Thick Air
Rick Wilcox is one of America's great all-around mountain climbers, and in 1991 was among the first four North Americans east of the Mississippi to...
Sailing Around the World in Record Time
The Race is the first-ever no-limits, non-stop, no-assistance round the world sailing competition. It is both a sporting event and a cultural...
The Toughest Footrace on the Planet
With tortured cinematic visions of "Beau Geste" or "Lawrence of Arabia" swirling in their sun-baked heads, a select elite of the world's best...
Mike Sears Interview
It was the genetically altered offspring of "Gilligan's Island" and "Lord of The Flies," but only if you were actually stranded on a desert island...
Tribal Medicine in the Amazon Rainforest
You can go home again if you're Randall Green. As the son of missionaries, he spent part of his childhood living in the Amazon rainforest, where he...
Hidden Waterfalls of Shangri-La
Hidden deep inside a remote mountainous stretch of southeastern Tibet, the twisting, snaking Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge offers a wild, untamed brew of...
Dog Trainer to the Stars
A classic New Yorker magazine cartoon depicts a man laying down on a couch in his shrink's office. The man says, "Doctor, I think I'm a dog." The...

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