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About Cameron

Cameron L. Martindell is a freelance adventure and expedition writer and photographer who is always “Off Yonder: Seeing the world for what it is.” In addition to writing his own popular blog, he has written for Snowshoeing Magazine, Mountainzone.com, UK Travel Mag, Trekker Magazine and others. He has been to all seven continents and lived on five of them, including a four-month stint at the South Pole. Cameron has more than 15 years of mountain search and rescue experience, is an Eagle Scout, has been an Australian bush firefighter, competes in sailing regattas, plans national and international youth programs, guides Oregon rafting trips and Australian bush backpacking trips, the list goes on . . . really.

Sail to Ski Norway
Alta, Norway

I haven’t done much sailing lately, and to be honest, I wasn’t at the helm or on the sheets much this trip. But it was still an incredible adventure to be a part of and to blend to things I really love. We boarded the boats in Alta—not the ski area in Utah—in the far northern reaches of Norway and set sail into the fjords.

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Cascade Summit
Mt. Baker, Washington, United States

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When I got the invite to go back to the Pacific Northwest and climb Mt. Baker, I was ecstatic. I’ve done a bit of mountaineering in the northern Cascades and have played on the slopes of Mt. Baker in the past but had never been to the top. The trip was with MSR to check out their spring 2017 product line including a number of new tents, cooking utensils, water filtration and stoves. It was the perfect setting.

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San Juan Spring Ski
Mt. Sneffels, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

After missing one of Colorado’s better ski seasons this winter, I returned from Finland to receive an invite to head to the SW corner of the state, where the snow is nearly always abundant, for a spring ski trip. It’s a long drive, but it’s usually totally worth it.

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Learn Like The Finns
Finland

I love to travel, but I really love to travel for long perids and to have a strong education component mixed in. Here’s a quick recap of a program I got hired to help with taking 20 Principia College students to Finland for about two months. They were mostly education students and the abroad focused on the Finnish Education system as well as their sustainability efforts. We traveled nearly the whole length of Finland and spent a good amount of time in the Arctic. It was a dream come true.

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Fickle Mountains
Whitetail Peak, Beartooth Range, Red Lodge, Montana, United States

Not ten minutes into the trail and suddenly we were forced to retreat into our rain coats. Then, to further impede our progress, lightning flash and thunder strikes right over our heads pushed us to find some shelter amongst the sparse clumps of standing trees. In 2008, the human ignited Cascade fire ripped through here burning over 10,000 acres. Charred bits still peak through the foliage that has since grown back and we have plenty of time to ponder the lightning over our head and the fire it can cause as we wait for the storm to pass. Sixty percent of the fires in the Beartooths are caused by lightning strike.

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No Bears in BC
Bella Coola, Canada

While I spent most of my teen years in the Pacific Northwest, my only real foray into British Columbia was up to Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler a few times. This time, I got to go a little further north. About half way between Washington State and Alaska lies the beautiful Bella Coola Valley. It’s at the end of a 70-mile fjord and the mountains continue to climb from there.

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A Blast on the Beach
Bermuda

I’m not much of a beach person. Sure, I beach bummed it a bit in San Diego before moving to Colorado, but I was never passionate about the beach. But Bermuda was different. Instead of just lounging around we had a lot of fun exploring the island in some creative and fun ways.

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First Tour of 2015
Guinn/Arestua Hut, Roosevelt National Forest, Eldora, Colorado, United States

This was a great day trip out to Guinn Hut. We got a few turns in on our way down to Yankee Doodle Lake then skied out. The snow was amazing and the company was a fun bunch of folks organized by Dave.
Here’s hoping I’m establishing an obtainable new years resolution by trying to get images and video posted more quickly after getting back from a trip.

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Santa Ski
Crested Butte, Colorado, United States

From my latest assignment with Elevation Outdoors Magazine:

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GoPro Mtn Games 2014
Vail, Colorado, United States

I’ve been having a bunch of fun making Instagram videos of late. I would say “quick” Instagram videos, but I don’t always turn them around as fast as I’d like. After the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail I had a bunch of footage after competing in three different events. We started the day paddling down Gore Creek. I managed to get a video of that published shortly after the weekend, but not the videos of the Bad Ass Dash obstacle course or the XC Mountain Bike race. Finally, those are done and if you didn’t catch them on Instagram, I’ve compiled the three into a YouTube video here:

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