Randy Bister taking on the Animas River in Durango, CO.
As our about page states, we all met in 2006 outside a sleepy town in Southern Colorado, our friendships made strong by rafting trips, mountain biking trails and a plethora of outside adventures. Nights were spent sprawled out on 16 bunk beds scattered around a small cabin, with stories and laughter enfolding our weary bodies as we drifted off to sleep.
It’s easy to call these guys my brothers, because for three summers, we spent every waking hour together — having fun, planning trips, all the while watching over the campers safety and ensuring the camp ran smooth and strong. We called it an adventure camp, but rarely was it such, as our watchful eyes and careful planning kept control just enough within our grasp…
Yvon Chouinard, in the film 180° South, says quite poignantly, “The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong, that’s when adventure starts.”
During our time in Colorado, there was a guy who worked with us… he’s one of those rare birds who can talk philosophically with you while breaking down the engine of a 1970 Arctic Cat snowmobile, diagnosing a fix in the engine and simultaneously mending your soul. Randy Bister is his name, and he is a Renaissance Man. The guy had a RV he called Randventure, which I’m sure he fixed up with his bare hands melding Bondo and fiberglass, metal and plastic to become a road eating machine. Randy has countless stories in his repertoire of when the plan broke down and he had to figure a way out… stories truly filled with adventure.
This week we are going to be paying tribute to the essence of the man Randy Bister, as he’s in the middle of one of the biggest adventures of his life, quite literally. Right now, Randy is battling the cancer for the second time in only a handful of years, our prayers are continually for him and we wanted to take a break from our normal pictures and get some of our friends to join in on some photo encouragement. Our pictures this week are appropriately themed — Randventure — photos that remind us and encourage us towards and over the fear any adventure may bring.
Randy… this week is for you. Be strong. Fight on. Your brothers are by your side.
“Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all… but we just went for it.”
– Yvon Chouinard