Gavin grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He began skiing at 18 months, before he could even talk. He’s done everything from big mountain skiing to kayaking first descents across Central America to sailing around the world — twice! To Gavin, adventure is the itch that can never be scratched. Gavin now finds solace in paragliding and speed flying, using thermals to cross the biggest mountain ranges in the world. He was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2015 for a paragliding crossing of the Canadian Rockies with Will Gadd and recently became the first person to traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider.
2015 National Geographic adventurer of the year
Current North American foot-launch record-holder for paragliding and the longest mountain flight in the world
First American to complete the red bull x-alps paratrekking race in 2015
Two world circumnavigations by sail
Former u.s. olympic ski team member
Completing the first full, unsupported traverse of the Alaska Range by paraglider.
Becoming the first American in the history of the Red Bull X-Alps to complete what is billed as the “hardest adventure race on Earth."
Finding solutions to the Earth’s environmental crisis
Too much traveling to have pets!
Raw oysters on the half shell with a perfect sauvignon blanc
“The Usual Suspects”
“Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey
Japanese rice ball with tuna and nori
Favorite Moment in History
President Obama’s win
Most Humbling Moment
Being the captain of our vessel when we crashed into a reef and nearly losing the boat with clients on board
I wanted to be a pilot, but I had no idea that you could be a paraglider!
Radiohead, U2, Jack White, The Raveonettes, The Cure, Massive Attack, alt-J, Phantogram, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction and when I’m REALLY training hard — Metallica's ”Master of Puppets” and The Cult
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