A Wilderness Untraveled

Legacies of the Outdoors Club at the University of Virginia

“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” -Dan Stevens

Jeremy Kemp (“Nightingale”)

Jeremy plays guitar in his van.

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”

-Terence McKenna

Colin Mealey, Tom Jackson and Adrian Blust (“the Stoke Doctors”)

“Someone once described to me a feeling where you drive out all other thought, and you’re simply a human exploring this beautiful, little rock spinning in space. I like that idea a lot, although it doesn’t happen often. The energy of the jungle is so strong and in your face. There are amazing, diverse, and fascinating living things filling every space of your vision. Life is everywhere.” -Colin Mealey

Kit Guncheon (“Shreddy Roosevelt”)

“My story is one of opportunity, and of saying yes to the unknown after living predictably for so long.”

-Kit Guncheon

Sam (“Clifford”) Clinard

“At the top, I felt a profound sense of loss — I didn’t know what to do. I assume the day I get married will bring similar feelings, but that was the best day of my life. I don’t think I will ever feel a more complex, esoteric emotion than when I finished.”

-Sam Clinard

Scott Gilb

Ashe Allende

Hannah Kessenich

What legacy will I leave? Only time will tell. For now, I’m content to collect stories, save money, and daydream about the day I leave Charlottesville and explore this beautiful, little rock spinning in space.

Aspiring human.