A professional transient wandering Earth's extreme regions.
Columnist Since: 2004 | From: Norway | Profile Views: 17,330
I'm a Colorado native who grew up in Aspen before it was overrun by tourists, learning to ski by the age of four and breaking my leg shortly thereafter. I attended college in Colorado and Washington, deciding as a freshman to major in journalism after watching '60s hippie throwbacks who ran the paper determine story importance via wrestling matches.
I took the usual few small-time jobs before accepting one in the Los Angeles area, mainly because everyone said it was the place I was least suited for. They were right, but it was good for the career. I covered major earthquakes, trials down the hall from the O.J. Simpson circus and lots of only in L.A. madness. I ended up at the L.A. Times for a stint, but never got over my dislike of the area and shocked all my California buds by going to Alaska more or less on a whim.
I spent several years at the newspaper in Juneau before deciding it was time to get even more extreme and go to Antarctica. I spent two seasons as an editor at The Antarctic Sun, a weekly publication focusing on science projects and life in general on the Ice, and seeing the world during the off-season.
A love of squat toilets resulted in my spending the next several years circling the world in a quest to find jazz in the most unlikely of places. I contaminated more than 60 countries on all seven continents, including such jazz meccas as Greenland, Turkmenistan, the Inuit Arctic and Mongolia. I was nearly arrested in totalitarian countries a few times, but luckily only almost died once when I passed out during a Gaza-like melee at the Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan border.
My travels brought me to Norway many times, usually to recover from various self- inflicted follies. That led to my first Polarjazz in 2008, after which I spent nine months getting rid of my possessions and the rest of my professional reputation so I could move there toward the end of the year. I'm hoping to start Icepeople, the world's northernmost alternative newspaper in early 2009, focusing on polar science, politics and culture, assuming I learn to shoot a rifle so I don't get eaten by polar bears.