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POPUP LIFE — Episode 4

This week Pop Up Life Crew takes a journey up north to Driggs, ID to meet up with Alex Pashley from Smartwool and follow him on a high elevation trail running adventure in his backyard. Then onward to Jackson Hole, WY where to link up with Artist/Skateboarder/Rancher Jess Mudgett aka “BigSkinny”. Jess gets to experience the Pop Up Life and leaves his mark by painting a mural on the inside of one of the campers.

Video Transcription:

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i lived in my self-made camper for three
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years searching for a more sustainable
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lifestyle
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join us as we continue this pursuit of
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living
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i’m ryan brown and i’m getting out of
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town
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[Music]
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this is pop-up life
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[Music]
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running for me it was just a great way
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to be outside in nature
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really clear my thoughts and just focus
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on one thing and that’s constant forward
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progress
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my brother was going through some stuff
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long and short like woke up in a
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hospital after doing some um
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you know substance abuse he woke up and
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basically was like
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i’m quitting i’m quitting every
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substance and i’m moving to leadville
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colorado and i’m going to run the
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leadville 100.
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so then he started training for it and
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everything and i’m like okay well if
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you’re serious about this and you’re
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really going to do it
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you know as a brother brotherly love
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thing he’s three and a half years
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younger than me so
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i was like if you’re gonna really do it
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i’ll pace you and so i was like yeah
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i’ll commit to 13 miles and so that was
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like the smallest section of the race
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that i could do
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so then that just progressed so then the
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next year he did it again
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and i ran a longer section so i think i
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ran like 20 miles the next year
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and then it just kind of kept going that
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way and finally it got to a point where
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he was like
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dude why don’t you try running one of
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these races
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then whatever maybe it was like a year
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or two later and he had convinced me and
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so then i ran leadville and he paced me
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and that was my first 100 mile race and
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then it just kind of got like addictive
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if more people like were able to get
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outdoors and experience
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nature and be out here and see the
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beauty and everything i think
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you’d have a lot more people willing to
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try to protect it it’s long and short of
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it and i think that’s what’s missing
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right now like
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people just aren’t you know getting out
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and i think if people got out and
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kind of get out of their comfort zone
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and get rid of some ego
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and just be like hey man i’m not perfect
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by any means but
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i can try to do my best where i can and
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yeah just try to be
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you know a good person is really
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important i think through smart wall we
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work with leave no trace and so i think
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that kind of got instilled in me like if
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you picked up after yourself there
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wouldn’t be an issue so if you just like
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grabbed a little bit of trash here and
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there like you know making the making
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the trails much cleaner for everybody
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else i think is a good idea
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[Music]
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jess mudgett had met up with us at the
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freedom frontier and had been cruising
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along ever since
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getting to know him was super cool he’s
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a rad dude with many talents
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we camped up curtis canyon for a few
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nights and just did some painting
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inside the camper we call black saddle
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doing anything active i feel like you’re
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thinking about
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other stuff while you’re doing at least
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i am like my brains
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in a million other places but i feel
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like when i’m painting i’m not really
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like
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thinking about anything but the painting
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gives you something to dip out of the
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world for a bit and go to your own
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[Music]
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things
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getting in for a shower
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[Music]
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every once in a while my brain has good
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ideas
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every once while i see pallets in the
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field from up on the hills
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downturn t-town shower
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they might claim that
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[Music]
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i’ve been painting for 16 years 15 years
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something like that i didn’t really
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start taking it seriously until
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high school but once i kind of realized
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that people can
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make careers out of it or stuff like
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that i just got super juiced on trying
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to do it full-time and
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went to school for it and never really
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looked back so he’s kind of just been a
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part of my life wherever
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whatever i’m doing you know painting’s
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always been there
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i’ve been trying to basically get a
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bunch of like freelance work to just go
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travel and paint walls um
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and then sleep in the back of my truck
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while i do that
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it’s been a cool sense of freedom to
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like not have rent and be able to
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save money
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you

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