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Influences: Royal Robbins (1935-2017)

Life is an adventure and character counts —Royal Robbins

Somewhere around 1980 or 81 my friend Chris and I headed to Yosemite in the back of my parents Econoline panel van. Mom and dad talked away as we lounged in the bean bag chairs that sufficed as seating. Chris had, as I remember, grabbed his brothers rope and climbing gear and announced to me that we were going rock climbing when we reached “The Valley”.

Where There is Love and Inspiration

Early in the morning on a swollen Rio Sambu in Panama, we drifted across a black water lagoon-like intersection, with a tree marking the beginning of an unnamed tributary. Our boatsman Juancito laughed with Michael our host, Jenna and I stared in wonder, and the Embera bowman navigated us through snags and shallow water, brushing aside overhanging trees with his oar at the mouth of the tributary. The small river felt like the river Styx,

Approach and Trust : a lesson with Cesar Millan

Soon after coming back from Belize in 2015, I acquired a job through a mutual friend, shooting photos of Cesar Millan for his foundation at a local animal shelter. Arriving on the morning of the shoot day, I wandered the neat rows of cages looking for places to shoot and observed the vast amount of abandoned pit bulls, each exhibiting an array of personalities from wagging tails to aggressive behavior. Having settled on a couple of locations,

DON’T GO THERE YOU WILL DIE.

DON’T GO THERE YOU WILL DIE.

THEY WILL KILL YOU. WHY DO

YOU WANT TO GO THERE?

 — Panamanian taxi driver about the Darien

This wasn’t the first person who told us this, but my wife Jenna and I were set on heading to the Darien. In mid 2008 we decided to take a step into the uncertain. Sometimes described as entering the heart of darkness, the Rio Sambu is a little known and explored region of the Darien jungles of southwestern Panama,