Gavin McClurg

Adventure is the itch that can never be scratched.
— Gavin McClurg

Gavin McClurg

Ketchum, Idaho

Paragliding, big mountain backcountry skiing, cooking, reading, sailing, exploring

What drives you?
Adventure is the itch that can never be scratched. The unknown is my addiction, my obsession, my passion.

How did you get started?
I started ski racing when I was 6 years old (my parents had me on skis when I was 18 months). Being outside just became a way of life and the more I pressed out into the wild, the more it made sense, and it became in some ways a habit. “As you go the way of life you will come across a great chasm. Jump…it’s not as far as you think.” - Joseph Campbell. If you live this way, it becomes a way of life.

Words of wisdom?
The most interesting 40 year olds I’ve ever met have no idea what they want to do with their life.

Any adventure you’re dying to do but haven’t yet?
Some of the big ones I’ve ticked off- sailed around the world twice, crossed the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider (something I planned and dreamt of for 6 years), competed twice in the Red Bull X-Alps, ran a bunch of kayaking first descents in Central America… all these adventures I see as just stepping stone to more awesomeness. There’s just too many!

What is your all-time most memorable adventure?
Crossing the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider. It took 37 days, I finished solo, it was insanely hard and yet the most simple and rewarding thing I’ve ever done- just keep moving!

What do you do to recharge?
Go flying.


Patrick Hook