Tuesday, October 7, 2014
We like to think of the Discover Outdoors Guides as an elite team of wilderness superheroes who are also funny and nice. They come from all over the world and their stories make you wonder why you spent a summer in college collating things inside a law firm (points at self). They have hiked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, climbed the globe's tallest peaks, volunteered aid in crisis situations and achieved fame in their fields. When they aren't climbing sequoias with their bare hands or taking urbanites on the adventures of a lifetime, they are filmmakers, conservationists, doctors, personal trainers, physical therapists, teachers, parents and more. Though they won't tell you so, they are awesome and they are the names and faces of Discover Outdoors - the people by your side on the trails, rocks and rivers, spending their weekends making yours unforgettable.
So, we thought it was high time you get to know them better. In this first edition of our Meet the DOGs series, we spend a little time with the man, the myth, the historian, Marc Leone.
- What is your trail name? Why?
One time, fellow DO guide, Dan Yotive, referred to me asÒMagic Lake" throughout a south-north traverse of Harriman State Park. I'm not sure how I earned that name. If I could pick one, it would probably beÒBark," because it's tree related and sounds a lot like my actual name, and I'm easily confused.
- What do you still find scary about the outdoors?
Dolphins. I'm not sure why they get such a great reputation, but I'm terrified of any and all sea monsters. Their faces are disconcerting, they're far too smart for fish, and they swim dangerously fast. I don't know about you, but if I was scuba diving and turned around to see this, I would not be happy.
- If you were a type of gear or outdoor equipment, what would you be? Why?
I would like to be a GPS because I would always know exactly where I was no matter what.
- What is one piece of advice you'd give to DO members?
Keep looking for new places to go hiking and camping around New York and Philadelphia. You'll surprise yourself with how beautiful this area is and how much there actually is. Not many would disagree that these cities are towards the top of the list when it comes to urban life and opportunity, but the major bonus is how much there is to do outside around here, and it is frequently overlooked. Enter Discover Outdoors. We work to discover the right places and share them with you, which is fine because we like to work anyways.
- What is your favorite piece of outdoor history?
Aside from the creation of the Yosemite Grant bill, which was signed by Abe Lincoln in 1864 and was the first time land was set aside for preservation and public use, and acted as the precedent for the creation of future United States national parks, I like the Teddy Roosevelt adventure stories. Teddy Roosevelt seemingly had the mentality of a fourteen-year-old boy for his whole life and I think he's funny.
Teddy used to leave his New York City residence to go out west and relax, much like the Discover Outdoors guides and members. One time, he bought a boat in North Dakota with some hunting buddies. They were planning on going hunting for mountain lions, probably with their bare hands, when they realized that their boat was gone.There was evidence that it had been stolen. Usually in 1886 when your boat got stolen in the wild west, you shook your fist in the air and then moved on. Crazily enough, Teddy and the boys proceeded to build a new boat and went hunting down river for bandits instead of mountain lions. They found them, made them take their boots off so they couldn't run away, and then went on a treacherous journey down the icy river to deliver them to a local sheriff. Even the bandits were impressed. Apparently one wrote a letter to Teddy inviting him to visit them at the prison because he,Òwould be glad to see him."
There's another good one where a particularly salty Teddy was out west blowing off steam for whatever reason politicians blow off steam. He walked into a saloon right after a cowboy had fired off a few shots with his pistol, and found himself in the sights of the cowboy's pistol. Teddy was ordered to buy a round for the entire bar at gunpoint, right after being calledÒfour-eyes." Instead he just laughed, charged the cowboy, beat him senseless, and locked him in a shed. The shed was outdoors, which is why this story qualifies.
To learn more about Marc and the Discover Outdoors team, visit us here. If you are interested in becoming a Discover Outdoors guide and feel that you are qualified, we're always on the lookout. Send us your resume.
Stay tuned to meet more of the Discover Outdoors guides.
Categories: Adventure, People, Education