Bio: Mike Bezemek is the author of four published or forthcoming books, including Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route (Oct 2018) & Paddling the Ozarks for FalconGuides. His book series Twit Lit Classics®, for Skyhorse Publishing, retells classic works of literature in tweets for a 21st century audience. The first two books–#Moby-Dick & #Frankenstein–are now available. As a contributing editor for Canoe & Kayak Magazine, he writes & photographs two blogs: Weekend Expeditions and Regular Paddler, Remarkable Waters. Other publications include Adventure Cyclist Magazine, Bull: Men’s Fiction, The Morning News, and Hobart. For ten years, he taught writing courses for Washington University in St. Louis.
Special thanks to the following organizations and companies for the equipment and support that makes my work possible! Pyranha U.S. for their state-of-the art whitewater kayaks, which I’ve been using for over ten years, including the Burn, Fusion, Jed, and Machno. Kokopelli Packrafts for ultralight and pack-able boats–like the Nirvana–capable of challenging whitewater and remote floats. Northwest River Supplies (NRS.com) for pretty much everything they make. Five Ten shoes which keep my feet glued to the ground or my pedals, particularly the Water Tennies and Freerider Pro, especially when I’m toting my camera.
Speaking of which, a huge thanks to Watershed Drybags, for bomb-proof bags that keep my electronics safe through everything from class V rapids to torrential rain storms, including the Ocoee, Chattooga, Colorado, and Futa. Rite-in-the-Rain for making field journals, like #393, that can actually survive while I’m in the field. Revelate Designs for their innovative and top-quality bike-packing bags. HydroFlask for keeping my water (not my beer!) cold out there–I’m a 40-ounce guy, myself. Nemo Equipment for their ultra-light tents, like the Hornet 2p, and other adventure equipment. Eagle Nest Outfitters for their remarkable hammocks, including the ultralight Sub7 and the SingleNest. Osprey Packs, like the Raptor 14, Escapist 25, Talon 33, and Aether 70, for letting me carry everything around on bike and foot. Prana clothing for the freedom of movement with the Stretch Zion shorts and pants. And the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission for their generous funding of this website and other professional development.
Otherwise, two great pieces of advice I received over the years were 1) if you’re going to be a writer, you need to know how to find the free food, and 2) if you’re going to be a writer, you need to have as many things going at once as possible. For that reason, please know that I have joined the Amazon associates program, meaning I receive a small commission on any purchases you make after following the links on this site. Thanks!