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Top Ten Adventures of the Year


Best Expedition of the Year


First Place for Print Journalism

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New York Times Front Page


Conrad Anker, North Face alpinist

"Why explore? Why expose oneself to undue hardship? These questions are at the root of human existence. In an age when adventure is a sales tool Jon Turk looks into the meaning of wild places. How have these sacred places transformed the individual and society? With first-hand experience ranging from the tropics to the arctic Jon Turk shares the importance of finding the wild in our daily lives. An important read as our society collides headlong into an over-subscribed world."


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Nov 4, 2017
I’ve got an upcoming tour to the east coast and Minnesota, and when that is done, I will start my new book, revolving around #managemymythologies.  To me, mindfulness begins by living in a world of reality, not the fiction that our think-too-much-know-it-all-brains concoct.  Nature is reality.  Here is a photo of our camp beneath an oak tree at my daughter, Noey’s Yes Yes nursery .  Look closely and you will see acorns stashed in the bark by an industrious jay.  The oak is a cherished granary tree.  Observing the tiny wonders of nature!


Off to Kenya

In July and August of 2017, I will be traveling to Kenya to work on a lion conservation program with Dr Tina Ramme: The Lion Warrior Project is about helping Samburu warriors build personal relationships with lions to protect the human and natural ecosystems in a vibrant and sustainable manner.  It's about saving lions, saving habitat, and preserving people and cultures. I have a feeling that you are going to hear a lot more from me about this as our collaboration progresses.  


Crocodiles and Ice Excerpts

Three excerpts of Crocodiles and Ice are now available online.  You can read these to get a flavor of my newest book. Find the excerpts using the links below.


Zen Athlete Podcast

Along comes Matt Belair, a true Brother, extreme snowboarder, author of Zen Athlete: A Guide to Self Mastery. We did a podcast together, digging deep into the spirit zone of extreme athleticism.  This is one of the most fun podcasts I have done. He calls it "Miracles and the Return to Power"
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Future Primitive - Podcast

Joanna Harcourt-Smith, author of "Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story", interviewed me.  Special energy passed between us in that conversation.  Perhaps it’s a shared experience of embracing the void, each in our own way, and then, amidst the terror and the ecstasy, seeing the vision of a peaceful place.  Maybe that is just words and it’s something even deeper.  I don’t know.  But I invite you all to join us on this journey.  
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