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Guide Profiles: Meet Marc

Thursday, January 17, 2013
MARC MAGNUS-SHARPE
Guide, EMT-NY; CPR-Professional; Swiftwater Rescue; Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor; EMT Instructor; National Ski Patrol; National Canoe Safety Patrol; Wilderness Guide - NY: Basic, Camping, Backpacking, Boats & Canoes, Whitewater; Lifeguard.

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What was your first memory of being outdoors? How did you get started?
Long daily walks with my grandfather through the forest in Germany. A day in kindergarten in Germany went like this: teacher would walk up the hill up the street past the houses. Children would come out of their homes with small rucksacks on and fall in line behind her. Moments later we'd be in the woods hiking, climbing trees, being kids outdoors. I loved it and love it still.

What's your most memorable outdoor experience?
Too many to pickÒthe one" Yosemite backcountry, Grand Canyon on amazing Indian reservation lands with limited access, rafting the Gauley River, kayaking the inner keys of Florida. One thing that holds all my experiences together is a love of water, fast, cold and clear!

Is there one trip you are most proud of?
Some of my long-range 30-day trips, because of all the amazing, hellacious, record-breaking stuff we pulled off. Another would definitely be the 32-day solo bicycle trek I rode across America. Sleeping in tobacco barns and apple orchards, having it dawn on me just how amazing this country is: out there, in nature.

What is your favorite thing about getting outside?
Not being inside. The unpredictability of never fully knowing what's ahead, what you'll discover. Fresh air rocks. And: It's the merge of my deepest beliefs and spirituality: Nature, Wildness, Sustainability, and, the amazing interconnectivity of the universe under a blanket of stars.

Do you have a personal motto? Plus est en vous. (You have more in you than you think.)

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What is your favorite outdoor cooking experience?
Paddling tidal marshes around the Georgia/Florida barrier islands provides some great opportunities to catch your own shrimp. One late afternoon we were cutting through a narrow pass out to the ocean when shrimp started snapping and popping right into our canoes! Lucky for me I had the cast iron frying pan handy, which the shrimp were kind enough to land in. We ate well that night on the edge of the St. Mary's river.

If you're out on a day hike what three things (besides food and water) would you be sure to bring?
The great thing about being out with groups of folks is that someone is usually carrying whatever you left at home, i.e. sunblock, bug spray, and an extra trash bag. So this set of tips is about what you'd wish you'd have brought with you. Number one - again and again is a bathing suit. You won't believe how often we make it to the lake and someone saysÒI didn't know we'd get a chance to swim so I didn't bring a suit." So wear one, bring one, or make due. Number two - a quick dry chamois cloth like aÒsham wow!" After swimming it's the bomb, drying you off and then drying out in just a short spin in the sunlight. No chaffing, no soppy shorts, just a dry and happy boy! And three - an easy to reach camera. Wildlife won't wait for you to change lenses. So just bring a slim, light 5MB camera that's always in the easy to reach pocket. You won't regret it.

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