We continue our blogger spotlight feature with Kearby, who blogs at Beyond the Black Mountain.
Name | Kearby Bridges
Blog | Beyond the Black Mountain
Where in the world are you answering these questions?
From a 400 sq. ft cabin on Table Rock Lake, Missouri, US. I’m outside of the world-famous MidWestern version of Las Vegas: Branson.
Describe your blog in one sentence.
A confusing conglomeration of my ever changing lifestyle.
What sparked your love of the outdoors?
I come from a long line of outdoorswomen. My great grandmother was a sharecropper, grandmother was an amateur botanist and my mother is a birder. I was raised in my grandmother’s lap flipping through encyclopedias, butterfly guides, and looking through my mother’s binoculars at birds.
What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?
Depends on the season. In the summertime, I swim and spearfish. In the fall, I hunt and hike, and in the winter I love to camp and fly fish. I’m a birder through all seasons. It is hard to focus on one outdoor activity at a time. I am very much all over the places with my interests but they all intersect with being outside.
Me and my camping buddy, Gunther. He is a poodle so there is always a little drama when I bring him camping.
If you could see the sunset from one place in the world where would you go and why?
I’d like to watch the sunset from Everest Basecamp – knowing I’ve just climbed to the top of the world. It’s been a long time dream of mine to concur Everest. I’ve accepted that it is likely not going to happen but it is a fun dream to have.
What is your favourite meal to eat after a day spent outside?
A medium rare steak, asparagus, and a Guinness. Nothing beats a dark beer after a hot shower after a long camping trip.
Tell us about a recent outdoors adventure you enjoyed.
I’ve recently started trapping. It’s one of the oldest forms of hunting and is a dying trade and skill. After this season, I want to write about the misconceptions people have of trapping, and how it is a great survival skill and wildlife management tool. People like to picture trapping involving a lot of cruelty but that isn’t true.
Chilling by the fire after a long day is the best.
What has been your biggest outdoors adventure to date?
Camping in 19 degree F weather on several occasions, sometimes in snow. Once I camped with a partner in a foot snow. When you camp in snow in the Ozarks, you have to know how to start a fire with wet wood and find dry kindling. The Ozarks has high humidity and in winter, everything is wet. There’s no such thing as ‘dry snow’ here. It can be some stressful work when darkness is approaching and the temperature dropping fast. We made an old-fashioned bed of coals to sleep on. That was quite an adventure and work – the Ozarks is barely dirt. It is mostly rock, so digging is ridiculously hard. It was the most uncomfortable trip I’ve done but also one of the most rewarding.
Tell us something about you that’s not related to the outdoors… if you can!
I am a voracious reader of science fiction.