1) Why a Honey Badger?
Funny you ask. I do get this question from time to time. The Honey Badger is one of the most fearless animals in Africa, and became famous on the internet several years back when a YouTube video with a comedic narrative surfaced. I believe the video has roughly 79 million views to date. Crazy, right? Anyways, in the video the underlying theme is that the Honey Badger just “doesn’t care, and doesn’t give a sh#@!” Well, since both the animal and the Jeep are black and white, and both don’t care what you throw at them . . . I thought it was a fitting name.
2) Tell us about your Jeep!
Wow, where to start. Jeeps are a never ending project, as most Jeepers would agree. The Honey Badger is a 2013 Jeep Wrangler JKU. Nearly everything you can upgrade has been, with the focus being on durability. It sports 37” Nitto Tires, Spyderlock Bead Lock Wheels, Dynatrac PR60 custom built axles front & rear, 5” Long Arm Lift Kit, air lockers, custom drive shafts, custom hydraulic heim steering system, full armor & bumpers, upgraded roll cage, power programmer, LED lighting throughout, etc. There is not much that is still factory, but there is always that next upgrade on the list.
3) What kind of events do you attend throughout the year?
Being from the NW, I’m an avid camping and explorer. Anything that gets me outside and into areas most people don’t see, I’m all for. I camp every major holiday, enjoy river rafting, kayaking, hiking, lakes, fishing, biking, outdoor concerts, off road events, and more. Earlier this year we were able to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT . . . and will definitely be going back year after year. We also attend a number of local off road runs, shows, and open houses.
4) Top 3 favorite trails in the US?
That’s a tough question, as I’m a huge fan of just turning down a random dirt road and seeing where it goes. But as far as trails go, I would say any of the ones in Moab would be at the top of my list. I have yet to scratch the surface on running them all, but the ones I have, offered a variety of obstacles, terrain, and jaw dropping scenery. Area BFE trails outside Moab, hold a special place in my heart. There are also some great trails in the Northwest! I have run a bunch, but there are still so many to be explored. . . . as with other states. I would love to visit some of the friends we have made through the Jeeping community across the US. Perhaps more road trips are in order!
5) What’s your adventure philosophy? (IE @NWHoneyBadger isn’t your main gig, so what’s your work/play balance philosophy, cause it seems like you have a lot of fun!)
Definitely a firm believer in the work hard, play hard mentality. I’ve always said, enjoy what you do for a living, enjoy what you don’t do for a living even more. There are only so many weekends a year, and so many weekends in a lifetime. Do your chores, jeep maintenance, honey do’s, during the week . . . keep those weekends free for having fun!
6) Can you tell us about a crazy adventure you and the Jeep have been on recently?
The most recent adventure was our first annual Jeep run, hosted by yours truly, called Badgers & Brews. I organize an annual Beer Festival through my work to raise money for a local non-profit winter sports foundation. This year, I decided to combine the beer festival into a two-day off road event . . . . . beer, camping, and entertainment one day . . . . sightseeing, exploring, and wheeling the next. It was awesome!! Definitely looking to build and expand on this event year after year. Cheers to that!
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