An interview with Brian Bell of forest clean up crew,...Read more
Brian Bell grew up living the quintessential life of the American boy. Skinned knees, muddy boots, long walks in the woods. One could say that by today’s standards his childhood was a little different from the norm. Growing up in the hills of Virginia, Bell learned to appreciate the solitude of nature and all its beauty. Instead of being holed up inside all day playing video games he would wander off into the woods to find solitude.
Sarah Knapp is someone who just wants to connect the poles of the world together; east and West, young and old, rural and urban. Though we all live on the same planet it is surprising how easy it is for us to become trapped within our bubbles and comfort zones, especially in the age of social media. Today we dwell within a well curated digital space, tailored and edited to our whims. Sometimes we forget to even look up from our screens, read a book, say hi to a friend, or go to the beach. That’s where Sarah comes in. Knapp is the founder of Mappy Hour and OutdoorFest, two programs that aim to unite urban dwelling adventure enthusiasts together. No, not online but in person and out in the fresh air. You know, the old fashion way.
Shep Roeper founded his nonprofit Beyond Boundaries with one goal in mind: finding adventure for everybody. His story began in the rustic outdoors of Richmond, Virginia where he discovered his love for nature, sport, and helping others. It’s been a journey that dates from all the way back when he was a kid building teepees in his backyard to today, guiding disabled persons down white water rapids in the James River. His program, Beyond Boundaries seeks to bring exciting outdoor adventures to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Roeper’s experience is one of seeking the thrill as well as sharing it.