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I have had the fortune of being surrounded by adventurous and loving souls in recent years after I myself discovered the wonders of the outdoors. During this time I have had the pleasure of participating in and witnessing some incredible journeys, journeys that may not be enough to make headlines but are remarkable in their own way. Of course, with this fortune comes the inevitable price. The price of losing friends far too soon in pursuit of their passions. 

So how does one maintain a love for all things adventurous when the same adventures have taken away some of the most vibrant people I have had the privilege of knowing? Unfortunately there is no quick and easy response to this, and for each person the response is different. All I know is that for myself, even though I am petrified and reeling from the loss, it would be an injustice to our lives if we stopped pursuing our adventures out of fear. 

Instead I turn my focus to the memories and bonds created from these journeys, the learning moments and the laughs. For if we truly want to respect the ones we have lost then we need to keep on living. 

And so here is to you, my adventurous friend - thank you for shining your light into our lives and for showing me that life should never be taken too seriously. 

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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