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Clay Rubano
Clay Rubano
IN MEMORIAM: On November 10th 2007, Clay Rubano disappeared in the mountains outside Lander, Wyoming while on a solo hike above the falls of the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River in the Wind River Mountains. He was reported missing on November 12th by the National Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander where he was employed. An extensive search with dogs was launched but had to be called off without success because of winter weather. In June 2008 the search resumed and on June 8th Clay was found in Sinks Canyon, outside of Lander, Wyoming.  A team of searchers discovered Clay approximately ¾ of a mile east of Sheep Bridge, which is on the Middle Fork trail of the Popo Agie River.  Initial indications point to Clay falling from some height (perhaps 75 feet) north of the trail in this area.  A former National Park Service ranger and experienced mountaineer it would not have been unusual for him to go exploring off the trail. Clay is survived by his wife Rachel Jenkins, also a National Park Ranger, his mother and his brother.

MY MISSION: Guiding people through expedition learning to rise to the challenges of daily life.

MY VISION: Leadership expeditions building community. People actively learning how to maximize their collective strengths and going beyond preconceived limits.

OCCUPATION (WHAT I REALLY DO): Connect the dots; introduce people for mutually beneficial relationships. Imagine possibilities and get-things-going. Synthesize from the known to create the new. Enjoy the process!

SPECIAL SKILLS/ABILITIES: QAsking unusual questions. Exploring. Negotiating. Multi-tasking during emergency responses. Off-beat sense of humor. Easy to get along with. Researching.

EXPEDITIONS & ADVENTURES: 4th Grade: Independently chose to explore nearby river during 4H camp rather than sticking with the established schedule/activities. After near incarceration in camp time-out, successfully negotiated leading river expeditions for other campers.

Whitewater raft guide and kayak instructor in Colorado, Utah, and Honduras. Integrated personality profiles with whitewater rafting for Fast Company company. Personal rafting trip with friends on Colorado River; 280 miles from Lees Ferry to Pearce Ferry in 14 days.

United States Antarctic Program: Transportation and Communications. Austral summers in the “central nervous system” for expedition communications. Antarctic communications operator supporting expeditions across the continent. Met my future wife while hiking the Castle Rock Loop.

Park Ranger in Glacier National Park. Personal solo trip of 50 miles in four days of backpacking; saw three horses, six people, and one large grizzly bear at Fifty Mile Campground; no humans seen for thirty miles.

Desiderata Institute (volunteer): Cooperated with Arno Ilgner in developing “The Warrior’s Way - Mental Training for Rock Climbing.” Enabled Arno to apply Warrior’s Way to whitewater kayaking.

Travels: Antarctica, Australia, Canada, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Rancho del Rio Colorado, Day Bar at McMurdo Station, Southeast San Diego, Grand Canyon, Howard, Rancho Del Rio, Canada, Alaska.

DISCOVERIES I'VE MADE ON EXPEDITION: Unexpected life changes drop people into expedition mode on a daily basis. Inspiration and practical advice can be gained from survivor stories. The road is the goal. Be the Buddha. Intention directs attention. Always bring duct tape. Lander, Wyoming.

MY PRINCIPLES AND BELIEFS: Trust in Love. “Follow your coincidences.” (Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche). “When in doubt, go higher.” (Mountain Gazette magazine motto). “Today’s the day!” (Mel Fisher)

MY VALUES: Perseverance. Enthusiasm. Integrity. Humor. Growth. Leadership. Outdoors.

KAI: 126

MBTI: ENTP

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: I proposed to my wife in Antarctica during a photo shoot for custom light-weight camping gear that she had made. She won me and the photo contest!

SECOND LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Royal Robbins presentation inspired me to kick the cubicle habit and live even more adventurously.


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