Backyard Adventure: Winter Sledding
If you live in the upper Northern Hemisphere that can only mean one thing. SNOW! Instead of staying indoors all winter, eating comfort food and complaining about the cold, why don’t you take advantage of the white fluffy stuff! One of the easiest ways to enjoy the snow is to find a hill, any size will do, and go sledding. Don’t give me the excuse that you are too old to enjoy this...
Backyard Adventure Intro
I’m going to start posting a weekly section called, Backyard Adventure. This will contain ideas for inexpensive ways to dip your toes into the waters of the adventure lifestyle. Oh yeah, and most of them will be activities you can do in your own back yard. I realize that not everyone has the time or money to make a lifestyle change as dramatic as becoming a wandering mountain climber. ...
Live at the 40 Watt and the Long Road Home
Day 3 of Our Southern Climbing Trip… It was early afternoon and the rain was coming down at a steady pace as Nick and I rolled into Athens, Georgia. The first thing that was on our minds was getting some quality Southern chow! Automatic For The People So naturally we rolled into the parking lot of a Slimer-green building, and went in to try the famous Weaver D’s Delicious Fine...
Day 2: LRC & My First Flash
Well, we got a late start after a late night in Chattanooga. Nick and I thanked Mark and Cindy for their hospitality, packed our gear back into the car, and headed for a place to eat. Parking Lot Picnic We had enough food packed for the week, so we decided to find a big parking lot to setup kitchen. There was a nice big Bi-Lo’s just outside of downtown that had a quiet loading area. We...
Little Rock City and Downtown Chattanooga
Wow! Chattanooga Rocks! Nick and I had such a blast on our trip down South. Day 1 We woke up at 4am, ate some food, packed up the car and left Bowling Green, OH for Chattanooga, TN. It was a good long 9 hour drive. We went through Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. I’ve never been to Cinci. There is an awesome view of downtown when you’re heading north on I-75. That was enough to...
Bouldering is a Lifesyle
What is bouldering you ask? Does it have something to do with rolling rocks down a hillside? Well no, but that’s kinda half right. It does have to do with rocks, BIG rocks! Bouldering Bouldering is a type of rock climbing that usually takes place well below 20ft. It is geared toward hard moves and technique instead of the endurance required for long sports or trad climbs. Some...
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of...– Ad placed by Ernest Shackleton
Way Down Yonder in Chattanooga...
Okay, those aren’t exactly the lyrics, but that is where I will be going in a couple of weeks. My good friend Nick and I are driving down I-75 from Bowling Green, Ohio to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ever notice how many double letters are in that name??? Our new found indoor wall climbing addiction is what lead us to pick this location. That and the fact that we have never been to this...
My 1st Skydive VIDEO
Intro to Skydive Footage Skydive Footage In this video you will see me hamming it up for the camera as I make my first tandem skydive with Tod from Canton Air Sports. I couldn’t ask for a nicer day! I think it reached 70 degrees, and that’s hot for Ohio in November! If you look closely you can see the lines tangled on the right side of the chute soon after it opens. Tod...
Why You Should Try Skydiving
So I did it! I made my first skydive. It was a tandem with Tod from Canton Air Sports in Ohio. I also got an unexpected 2 for 1 deal when the main chute was too twisted to fly. Tod decided it was best to cut away and go to the reserve. That gave me an extra 2 seconds of free fall! The reserve opened and we glided in for a smooth landing. And yes, even with a malfunction on my first jump...
1st Skydive this Sunday!!!
Skydive Number 1 I’m just about to leave my apartment in Bowling Green, OH for a weekend with family and friends back in my hometown of Yankee Lake, OH. I’m going to cap the weekend off with my 1st Skydive on Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at around 1pm. Follow me on twitter here. I will be posting photos and answering your questions, before, sorta during, and after my first...
If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo....– Andrew Denton Photo from: www.coolantarctica.com
Recap: Bridge Day 2009 - Day 2
30 Years in the Making Saturday, Oct. 17th was Bridge Day’s 30 year anniversary! The event has been commemorating the New River Gorge Bridge’s completion since 1979. I could barely sleep the night before. I knew that I only had a few hours, so I just tried to relax. At 4:00am the alarm went off! I awoke to the blackness of the hotel room. Normally I would want to keep hitting the...
Recap: Bridge Day 2009 - Day 1
Off to Fayetteville, WV Friday, Oct. 16th Dustin and I made the trek from Yankee Lake, OH to Fayetteville, WV. Though the weather was a little nasty, rainy and cold, it was still a beautiful ride through the mountains. All of the trees were turning bright orange, yellow and red. The total driving time only ended up being about four and a half hours long. Bad Food We stopped in Summersville,...
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There...– Jawaharlal Nehru
Learning to Belay
We finally did it! My friend Nick and I joined the rock wall at Bowling Green State University. We tried it out during one of their free weeks at the beginning of the school semester, and we have been talking about it ever since. It was only $56 for the rest of the school year (May 2010), it’s open 5 days a week, and shoe rental is only $1. So today we finally signed up! The wall at the...
On the road to Fayetteville, WV, Bridge Day 2009!
Episode 1 Bridge Day - In the Beginning
Traventure Man - Online Travel and Adventure Show This is the real deal folks! I am your host John Jurko II, and this is Traventure Man! This will be the first official Traventure, and it is a whopper of a weekend. With the power of the internet and social media, I am taking you, the viewer/participator, to Bridge Day in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It is an all day event including BASE...
Quick Intro to BASE Jumping
B. - Building A. - Antenna S. - Span (Bridge) E. - Earth Jumping - To spring off the ground or other base by a muscular effort of the legs and feet. WARNING! “BASE jumping is a highly dangerous sport that can easily injure and kill participants. Think long and hard before making a BASE jump. We do not recommend BASE jumping to anybody. You, and you alone, are responsible for your...
Once you’ve thrown your pilot chute, you’re done. It’s out of...– Tim Rigby, BASE jumper
BRIDGE DAY turns 30 on Oct. 17th, 2009
Travel route 19 into the heart of Fayetteville, West Virginia, and deep within the Appalachian mountains you will find the second largest arched bridge in the world. It’s the New River Gorge Bridge, and it is 3,030 ft (924 m) long, with a span of 1,700 ft (518.2 m) at a maximum height of 876 ft (267 m). This steel-arched monster was completed on October 22, 1977, and it only took...
Official Bridge Day Preview Get a little taste of what is to come this weekend. For more information on Bridge Day 2009 go to www.officialbridgeday.com. Maybe I’ll see you there. If not, make sure to follow me on twitter: @TraventureMan, and let me know what you want me to ask the BASE Jumpers this Saturday, Oct. 17th!
Temporary home of Traventure Man
Hi Everyone! Welcome to Traventure Man. This tumblr blog will be the temporary home of Traventure Man. The complete and full featured site will be located at www.traventureman.com and you can view a layout of the site to come here: http://www.traventureman.com/command.html Why have a temporary site? Well, if you have been following me for a while you will know that the first big Traventure is...