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Episode 10 – Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is a lot of things. He holds a PhD in history. He’s a Misty Mountain and Blue Ridge Outdoors sponsored climber. He authored a book called Wrecks of Human Ambition: A History of Utah’s Canyon Country to 1936. He started playing guitar at the age of five and recently started playing bluegrass mandolin. To say he’s a passionate individual would be a gross understatement.

Kevin sat down with Paul at the American Alpine Club Campground, which Paul manages, at The New River Gorge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. The conversation moves from Paul’s Mormon upbringing in Northern Utah, his time in graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Texas, and why he decided to stick around the East Coast instead of returning to the West Coast.

Want to more? Check out Paul’s blog riversandstone.

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About Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley has been a rock climbing and general outdoor enthusiast for over sixteen years, served as the associate publisher for Climbing and Urban Climber magazines, and co-founded the Denver-based non-profit, First Ascenders. He graduated from UMASS (Amherst).

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