Zaven

@ZKEUSS

A.K.A:  Z, Zman, BigZ, Sliz, Slizinator

OCCUPATION:  Media Director

DREAM JOB:  Astronaut

VEHICLE(S):  1989 FJ62 Landcruiser; 1996 4Runner SR5

DREAM VEHICLE(S):  One of every Landcruiser model ever made!

ABOUT ME:  I grew up in North Carolina (GO HEELS!) and moved to California after graduating from college. As a kid, I was always outside getting dirty - building forts, catching lightning bugs and collecting locust shells - stuff like that. I’ve also always had a passion for vehicles; my Mom will always gleefully tell stories about how every time we would go to the grocery store or mall or anywhere really, I would look for ’teeny cars’ (a.k.a. matchbox) and beg and plead for a new one to add to my collection. I was on the rowing team in college - and got a lot of my ‘outdoor fix’ from being on the water…every day at 5am, ugh. At the end of the summer of 2006 I moved to LA to try and find work at a big ad agency; fortunately I found success - but what I really found was a renewed passion for the outdoors; I simply fell in love with the varied geography in California and the ability to do so many different things and explore so many different kinds of places. 

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FAVORITE QUOTE:  "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

FAVORITE PIECES OF GEAR:  It’s quite hard to narrow this down (and I also want to say ‘my truck!’ but that would be redundant…) but my ‘personalized’ Hennessey Hammock has probably seen more use than most other gear I own and currently use…

FAVORITE PLACES I'VE TRAVELED:  Hiked The Lost Coast, hiked the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, hiked Waipio Falls in Hawaii, drove around the whole island of Iceland

THINGS ON MY BUCKET LIST:  Drive from the Dalton Highway in Alaska to the tip of South America; see the Earth from space with my own eyes; Visit & explore every single National and State Park in the USA

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