Gary Drake is one of the nation's most active defensive tactics and firearms instructors. He also carries 16 years in law enforcement, including SWAT, Tactical Tracking, and High Security Transport/Court Detail while in Corrections.
Chris Brinlee, Jr.
"Chris Brinlee, Jr. is a story teller. Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle. So in August 2014, Chris left his behind—quitting his fancy advertising art director job to go experience something more. His adventure led him around the globe from California to the North Cascades, where he climbed the snowiest mountain in the world. To Norway, where he watched sunset from the most epic ledge. To Iceland, where he nearly died on a glacier. To Nepal, where he vomited after summiting a 20,305' Himalayan peak. To South East Asia, where his body developed the ability to overcome food poisoning in twenty-four hours. He's back in the US now, but still going strong. On each adventure, Chris embraces discomfort—challenging himself not only as a photographer and storyteller—but as a human being. As a contributor for publications such as IndefinitelyWild, Outside, Red Bulletin, and Gizmodo—his words and photos have inspired millions."
Andrew is a lifestyle adventure photographer from the Pacific Northwest. Having quit his job at Starbucks just over a year ago, he has made his living off of photo and video work full-time. His travels have brought him all around the west coast, up to Alaska, Colorado, and even to Guatemala. If he isn't at home, he is probably camping out of the back of his Prius somewhere, as he hopes to soon be traveling and doing just that full time.
Brandon Sharpe is an influential designer and photographer with 13 years of experience. He has successfully created a name for himself through his design work and photography. A transplant from South Carolina and living in Chicago for 6 years now, he focused on architectural photography and has gained renowned attention for his unique photos and the interesting and hard to obtain views and of the city of Chicago. He thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014 and now focuses on adventure and exploring in engaging narrative photography. He calls Chicago home but rarely can be found there. He has been published a number of times on large blogs and publications.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Amanda's family time was full of outdoor activities from hiking and camping to fishing and gardening. At five years old, she received her first camera: a 110mm film compact point and shoot. By the age of eight, she had her own backpacking kit so she could camp independently on trips with her parents. Her exposure to photography and the outdoors at a young age led her to the life she has now. Now as a resident of Squamish BC, Amanda pursues her photography and climbing passions in a location famous for gorgrous coastlines and beautiful mountains. By living in a van, she not only maximizes her time in nature and connection to the community, but also can put excess time and energy into community service and spreading positive energy.