Remember back in July when we wrote about a dream adventure job opportunity? Well, the position’s been filled. And the ‘Chief of Adventure’ perks did not disappoint.
Twenty-something Ross Robinson will not only take on the role, but he’ll also embark on an all-expenses-paid, cross-country road trip for 6 months. (Yes, we’re a little jealous.)
Meet the ‘Chief of Adventure’
Born and raised in central Oregon, Ross Robinson is no stranger to outdoor adventure. From snowmobiling to his family’s remote cabin, to epic mountain bike trips, and everything in between, he’s never idle for long.
He worked for his high school’s outdoor expedition program, he once worked as a big-mountain guide in Colorado, and he became a professional snowmobiler. There’s nothing Robinson can’t do.
“After 6 years, Robinson decided to focus on the graphic storytelling of his adventures as he continues his quest for athletic perfection, on and off the snow,” announced BRP upon his appointment.
1 Man, 8,000 Miles: Follow Robinson’s Road Trip
This is the mother of all road trips. Robinson’s job is to have lots of fun testing out a bunch of different experiences, capturing and documenting content along the way. Dream job, remember?
And if you can’t go on the actual trip, this prize is a close second: following along live. Follow Robinson on his trip: one Chief of Adventure, 6 months, 8,000 miles, and endless fun.
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First, Robinson ventured out on the water in Naples, Fla., with AWE Watersports and Sea-Doo. We’re talking surfing, jet skiing, fishing, parasailing, and a whole lot more. And that’s just the lineup of activities down south along the coast.
Here’s a condensed itinerary:
- Sept. 28: Mount Pleasant, SC
- Oct. 1: North Carolina
- Oct. 7: Horseshoe Bay, TX
- Oct. 12: Arizona
- Oct. 20: California
- Nov. 2: St. George, UT
- Nov. 11: Las Vegas, NV
- Nov. 18: Lake Powell, UT
- Jan. 12: Wyoming
- Jan. 15: Montana
- Jan. 24: Sun Valley, ID
- Feb.: Winter Park, CO
If there’s adventure to be had, it’s Ross Robinson’s job to find it.
Q&A: Ross Robinson, Chief of Adventure
GearJunkie: What was your reaction when you found out you got the job?
Robinson: I was excited, of course! It was a highly sought-after position, so it was great to get called on to tackle the job. Also, I’m very curious as this is a new position with new adventures and there are many unknowns. There might be some challenges along the way, but that will be part of the fun. It’s not a true adventure if there isn’t some chaos in the mix!
How would you describe your job? Do you feel like you need to have certain skills, or a certain mindset, to keep up with all the action?
The main skill [in this job] is content creation with an emphasis on speed. Adventures happen fast and moments last for, well, just a moment, so I do my best to get ahead of those moments and capture them.
My entire career has been built in the outdoors and powersports industry. I’m passionate about sharing these experiences with people, and hopefully opening people up to my world along the way. [And] I feel that working with Uncharted Society is a great way to do it. Everyone can embark on their adventures.
Is this really a “dream” job?
If it’s not, it’s pretty close! Right after this interview, I am headed for a 25-mile Sea-Doo ride on the coast of Florida with dolphins and white sands … so, yeah!
Any advice for anyone applying for a similar dream job in the adventure world?
Build your life resume. I never went to college; I’ve always chased things that truly made me happy. I honed skills that I enjoyed, and I knew would be useful … Because of my past experiences, I know there’s no adventure I can’t handle. In a nutshell, think outside the box and find a way to differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd!
What are you most excited about on this trip?
Day to day, there will be lots of fun adventures and experiences, but there are a few that are really big. With my background as a guide, I’m excited to be a part of these and experience them in a different role — I will get to experience them with my camera and not have to worry about guiding the trip myself.
Also, Florida is where I’m at now. I’m a mountain man at heart, but I’m enjoying mixing things up and spending time on the water!
Uncharted Society has categories for its experiences: land, water, snow, and road. If you had to pick a favorite, what would it be?
The cliché answer for me would be snow because snow has been my world for so long. But I’m really excited about the land, covering ground, and seeing parts of the country that I haven’t seen.
Anytime I get to get behind the wheel, I get excited. I have a brief background in racing SxS [side-by-side], so throwing some dirt is right in my wheelhouse.
Where do you see yourself after this job?
That’s a great question. A month ago, I didn’t know that I was going to be working this job, so who knows what opportunities will arise in the next 6 months. I’m obviously passionate about adventures and creating content around them. All I know is something is going to happen, and I’ll be ready for it.
Robinson’s Road Trip ‘Essential Gear’
- Transportation: Custom-outfitted Roameo van
- Duffel: YETI Panga 75 Duffel
- Backpack: Shimoda Action x50 Backpack
- Waterproof backpack: YETI Panga 28 Backpack
- Headlamp: Black Diamond Icon 700
- Coffee maker: Aeropress (“Without quality coffee I’m nothing,” Robinson said.)
- Drinkware: YETI 36oz. Rambler bottle and 14oz. Rambler mug
- Shoes: Vivobarefoot
- Shorts: Ripton & Co. V4 Jorts
- Sunglasses: Oakley Clifden
- Snowboard: Lib Tech Ejack Knife
- Bindings and boots: Union Force bindings, Vans Verse boots
- Avalanche beacon: Mammut Barryvox S
- Fuel: ONNIT products
- Power bank: Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD
- Camera: Canon R5
- GoPro: HERO10
- Drone: DJI Mini 2