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DAN “CRUISE” SPARROW Hiker, Photographer, Adventurer

Daniel Sparrow, “Dan”, or “Cruise” is avid photographer, hiker, and Pacific Crest Trail class of 2018 alumni. He is originally from California, but relocated to Florida to attend Florida State University (Go Noles!). After finishing college he promptly moved to Juneau, Alaska for the summer working a job in helicopter tourism. This allowed for the opportunity to get comfortable in bigger terrain, hiking, biking, and become more confident in the outdoors over all. After Alaska he moved to south island of New Zealand where he was exposed to more serious trekking, mountaineering, and off trail exploration. Hopping back and forth from Alaska to New Zealand in a state of perpetual summer for two years allowed him to cultivate the gear and tools required before beginning the PCT on March 28th, 2018. Cruise is excited to share his adventures and photos captured over the past few years, as well as see all of the other amazing content sure to be shared on this site!

DARWIN Long Distance Hiker, Cyclist, Creator

Darwin is a long distance hiker who has completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and PinhotiTrail as of 2018. Aside from going on tons of Human Powered Adventures by foot, he is also well versed in the Bike Touring/Bikepacking world. Darwin considers himself an overall “Creator”, dabbling in Film Making, Photography, Writing, and anything to help inspire others to get out and see the world. Along with other side projects, he creates weekly videos to share information on his experiences and travels via his YouTube channel. He travels full time living out of a van allowing himself to be immersed innature finding inspiration to create within the mesas, mountains, and forests that surround him.

JEN "CHICA" BECK SEYMOUR Hiker, Writer, Jewelry Artist

Defying the mantra "work more, spend more", Jen stepped off the corporate treadmill in 2013 and moved with her husband to Costa Rica, where they came to appreciate a more simple, minimalistic and meaningful life. She thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 with her husband, and most recently completed the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. She is the author of six books, all of which can be found on Amazon under “Jen Beck Seymour.” When she’s not hiking or writing, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, and making jewelry (check out her line of hiking jewelry!)

RUSS ROCA Bike Nerd, Youtuber, Fly Fisherman

Russ Roca is the co-founder of PathLessPedaled, a website and youtube channel focused on bike travel, bikepacking, gravel riding and bike culture. He has been published in Adventure Cycling, Bicycle Times, Momentum Magazine and was named one of "cycling's new heroes" by Bicycling Magazine in 2016 for the work he and his partner, Laura Crawford, have done in bicycle tourism. Currently focused on making bicycle travel more accessible on his Youtube Channel, he produces weekly content on all aspects of bike touring and gravel riding. When not editing videos, he is pursuing his other passions of fly fishing, trail running and watercolors in the wilds of Montana.

JESSICA "SNUGGLES" RAKESTRAW Hiker, Bookworm, Writer

Author of the Snuggle Diaries and her first book “Mini Misadventures”, Snuggles considers herself a hiker, adventurer, and bookworm. She has hiked the Appalachian Trail along with her husband in its entirety. Snuggles has developed a love of bike touring after riding the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. While traveling full time in a van, she enjoys visiting obscure places and roadside attractions. If she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she is writing or sketching in her journal.

EINSTEIN Long Distance Hiker, Cyclist, Writer

Einstein grew up in Takoma Park, MD, a suburb of Washington D.C. From an early age he developed an interest for exploring the outdoors, which grew over the years into a serious passion for backpacking. In 2016, at the age of 21, he completed his first thruhike, a northbound hike of the Appalachian Trail. Shortly after that, he began a Ph.D. program in Climate Dynamics, only to drop out after one year in order to pursue backpacking and bicycle touring full time. Now 24, Einstein has also thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail (both 2018) as well as completed two cross-country bicycle tours (2017 & 2018). He has always kept handwritten journals on his various adventures, and is now exploring sharing the thoughts and writings that backpacking andcycling bring out from him with an audience. As he continues to pursue personal goals in long distance travel he hopes to connect with the trail community, both in person and online even more. In addition to backpacking and cycling, Einstein also takes much pleasure in mathematics, film, billiards and board games.

FRANZISKA "HIKE OREGON" WEINHEIMER Hiker, Writer, Photographer

Franziska Weinheimer started hiking with her family as soon as she could walk and when she immigrated from Germany to Oregon at the age of 6, she summited her first mountain, South Sister, the 3rd tallest mountain in the state! Franziska has lived in Eugene Oregon for 20 years now and has been enjoying the beauty of the state every chance she gets. In 2014 she started the website hikeoregon.net where she puts together trail write-ups with accurate information, lots of pictures and cool maps. Hike Oregon has grown significantly over the last few years, and has become a recognizable brand in Oregon, and people flock to the website, YouTube channel or Facebook page when they need information. Besides hiking extensively in Oregon, Franziska has also done backpacking trips in the Swiss and Italian Alps, inGreece, Alaska, Yosemite and some sections on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trail.

GREG SEYMOUR "SUNSETS" Dreamer, Adventurer, Punster

Greg Seymour is a quitter. He and his wife Jen had achieved the American Dream – and subsequently discovered it was a nightmare. They had money and possessions, but no time to enjoy them. In 2013 they each left successful careers, sold everything, and moved to Costa Rica. They began accumulating adventures rather than stuff. After 4 years in Costa Rica they thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. Most recently they spent 50 days in Europe, which included a walk of the 500-mile Camino de Santiago. Greg is the author of two books about assimilating to expat life in Costa Rica and he has co-authored, with his wife, a tip book for prospective thru-hikers of the Appalachian Trail. When Greg’s not hiking, he’s eating. When he’s not writing, he’s reading. And when he’s not on an adventure, he’s dreaming up the next one (and scaring Jen in the process.)

BRANDON "FEZ" PARKER Skier, Rock-Climber, Adventurer

When I am not working to save lives as an Emergency Department Nurse, I spend every free second in the wilderness. I often try my best to capture the moments on my camera. Still images are my go-to, as I have just not been able to get a hang of video editing. I will do almost anything that will make my adrenaline spike, and if that includes beer and tacos after, even better.

ABIGAYLE DAWN Avid Hiker, Cyclist, Adventure Seeker

Mother Nature is her inspiration for creation. She has spent a lifetime cultivating a unique way of expressing her ideas through intricate designs that come together and make beautiful works of art.

TANG Runner, Hiker, Radical Behaviorist

Author of her personal blog, Tang: Noun, and thru-alumna of the Pacific Crest Trail 2018 (southbound). Tang considers herself to be an avid runner and hiker, and spends her working hours as an applied behavior analyst.

DYLAN "LUCKY" HARRIS Photographer, Editor, Long-Distance Explorer

Dylan Harris is a photographer, long-distance backpacker/bikepacker, and outdoor industry affiliate who lives in Phoenix, AZ. Through the lens of a camera, Dylan explores hard-to-reach places for corporate branding. Dylan's work blends the raw beauty of the outdoors with the passion behind innovative businesses, capturing images that authentically represent the human experience.

ADAM “AMS” RAKESTRAW Community Developer, Artist, Traveler

AMS is the Editor-in-Chief for the OE website. Originally from Southern Indiana, he recently completed his masters in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Hence the name! Ams has a strong passion for art, culture, and all things Dutch! His favorite outdoor activities are hiking, cycling, reading in the sun, and traveling. Maintaining an international scope has become a main staple onto Ams’ own identity. Each place he visits, he likes to try to capture the cultural values and relate those values to his Midwestern American upbringing.