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Explorer Spotlight: Dan Deublein

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Name: Dan Deublein | Age: 43 | Location: Arizona

What’s your day job? 

Physician Assistant - Interventional Radiology

What are your favorite things to do outside?

I am constantly on the hunt for remote landscapes and can hardly sit still for more than a week! Backpacking, hiking, fly fishing, camping, mountain biking…...

What first drew you to the outdoors?

I was born and raised in the White Mountains of Arizona, being outdoors is just part of my fabric.

What’s your favorite hometown adventure? ...and, almost as important, where’s your favorite spot to get a beer after?

Nothing beats dropping down into the Grand Canyon!

What’s your essential gear that never gets left at home?

SPOT satellite device.

What’s your favorite trail snack?

Homemade Milk Duds. Dare I share the recipe?!

Any go-to soundtracks when you’re hitting the road?

My go to is a playlist appropriately named The Outbound

What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened while you were adventuring? And/ or funniest? 

My friend and I got caught in a nasty lightning storm and weren’t far from a nearby group of campers. Unfortunately, that group was struck by lightning causing one fatality and sending two others by helicopter to the nearest trauma center. See my answer above for my essential gear, it was a life saver!

Who’s your number one adventure partner-in-crime? Who inspires you?

My Dog Wyatt. He’s my pal and all-around adventure buddy.

What are your top destinations for adventure travel?

Banff, Kauai, Yoho Wilderness, Yosemite, Grand Canyon

What's on the top of your must-do adventure list right now?

Basecamp, Mount Everest

Show us your most memorable photo, and tell us about it!

Hiking and standing upon Ho’opi’i Falls in Kauai was a special moment for me.

And last but not least…What’s your personal motto?

Humankind. Be Both.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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