The Cycle, Gray Outdoors Team

The team

The team

On August 2nd Jackson Berger and I will head out west on another Fight to SOAR adventure. This time joining us will be Arkansas photographer and Overland Collective founder Josh Aldrige. 

 This trip will be a little different as I hope to try and make it more interactive. I'll be using Facebooks live feed, Instagram, snapchat and creating short episodes to make a social media reality adventure show. So be sure to like all of my social pages to follow along.

 We will be showcasing gear,  visiting National Parks, rivers, lakes and make some amazing memories with good ole friendship and adventure. Y'all know about me so let's start by introducing you to the guys and learning a little more about them. 

 

Jackson Berger

Jackson Berger

 

Jackson is the Creative Lead for Flomotion, a Florida Lifestyle Apparel Company.

When he is not at the Flomotion headquarters, you can find him traversing some of the most remote locations across the globe. He currently shoots for Gray Outdoors in an effort to raise awareness for some of America's suffering rivers.

Jackson's goal in shooting photos is to capture the untouched beauty of the environment in an effort to inspire people to protect and preserve the planet. By capturing views that few people will ever get the opportunity to see, he hopes to be able to showcase the true beauty of the planet and maybe people will think twice about protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy.

1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do? Jax: Live out of a van for an extended period of time with the goal of seeing some of the most unique environments in the US while meeting interesting people along the way.

2. What's one piece of gear you always have on an adventure and why? Jax: My Canon 7D Mark ii. Although the the best pictures are the ones you never take...

3. What's the strangest thing you've eaten?

jax: Yak at Everest Base Camp.

4. If you could give one piece of advice what would it be? Jax: Don't get sucked into the treadmill of society. Break all the rules and never settle for something if it doesn't make you happy.

5. Have you ever had a close encounter with a wild animal? Jax: Never anything too serious. The thrill of knowing I'm surrounded by predators in the middle of the woods is one of my favorite parts of being off the grid.

 

Josh Aldrige  

Josh Aldrige  

Josh Aldridge is an adventure journalist and photographer, the founder of Overland Collective, and a contributing editor for Gear Junkie. His work has taken him to some of the world's most remote areas and over more miles of US highway than he cares to remember. When not out to sea or in the bush, he keeps busy modifying (or fixing) his old Jeep for the next trip, testing gear, and poring over maps. He lives in Fayetteville, AR with his wife—Natalie, and their two-and-a-half dogs—Hank, Indy Anna, and Meg (a rabbit with an identity crisis).

1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do? Josh: I've always wanted to follow Marco Polo's sea route from China to the Middle East.

2. What's one piece of gear you always have on an adventure and why? Josh:  I carry a rigger's knife with a folding marlin spike. It's essential at sea and has proven incredibly useful on land as well.

3. What's the strangest thing you've eaten?

Josh: In my travels, I've eaten a lot of strange foods (and some stuff that really shouldn't be called food). The only thing I'd never eat again is balut. It's truly awful but I'm glad I tried it once.

4. If you could give one piece of advice what would it be? Josh: My advice to everyone is to remember that right and wrong aren't subjective. When faced with any choice, do what's right and let the consequence follow. You'll never regret it.

5. Have you ever had a close encounter with a wild animal? Josh: I've been attacked by a cayman, had a raccoon steal a granola bar out of my hand, been chased by elk, and had a rather unhappy hippo pop up a few feet away from where I was standing. That being said, my wildest and most dangerous encounters have always been with people.