AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE DUBBELDAM
OF WILDERNESS COLLECTIVE
I love nothing more than a good adventure. You know, the kind where you run out of pesos in Argentina, scrounge to make ends meet for a hostel and an empanada, randomly meet some hilarious Scottish lads, and spend the evening slugging back caipirinhas with new friends in new sights in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Or in my friend Steve Dubbeldam’s case, the kind where you motorbike through pouring rain, snow sleet and hail for 500 miles to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and have to warm your hands by holding your muffler.
It goes without saying, when I learned Steve was launching a periodical all about legendary adventures you spend your entire life reminiscing about, I had to get the full scoop on his inspiration and storytelling process – oh, and how to snag a spot on his next trip to the Sequoias.
SH: Why did you start Wilderness Collective?
SD: I started Wilderness to be a voice in media and culture that would inspire people to realize that building regular habits of getting outside of your office, the city, and your comfort zone are all powerful ways to grow and challenge yourself.
SH: Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?
SD: I’d say a mix of my grandfather and my dad. My grandfather was a dreamer, inventor and serious adventurer (example: he hand-built a sailboat from scrap metal and sailed from New York to Florida with his wife and 6 kids); my dad’s character, reputation and business leadership is a huge inspiration to me.