Forms of identification: Tyler Roemer
Photographer Tyler Roemer hiking the hills of the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. (Blaine Franger)
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Name: Tyler Roemer
Title/bio: Outdoor adventure photographer
Born in: Ashland, Oregon
Currently living in: Bend, Oregon
1. Where would you rather be right now?
Exploring and skiing the mountains in Chamonix, France
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Bear Grylls. I have some survival questions for that guy.
3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
Las Vegas is too plastic for my taste.
4. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
The Tsaranoro Massif in Andringitra National Park in southern Madagascar.
5. Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while traveling:
The worst was when a bus I was on stopped to pick up a man in a Micronesia jungle at night. The man walked on the bus with a coconut machete attached to an eight foot pole, had a mohawk and appeared to be under the influence of some sort of drugs. He did not have money for the ride so he asked me for some by pointing his machete in my face. I gladly gave him a dollar.
6. Strangest meal abroad:
It is a toss up between hachinoko (bee larvae) and chicken foot soup in Japan. The soup looked delicious until the chickens’ toenails surfaced.
7. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
The great outdoor culture in Bend and the mountains right on our doorstep.
8. Travel-related invention you wish existed:
Nice TSA agents
9. Your most embarrassing travel faux pas:
Asking a NYC cop for directions, he replied in a New York/Joe Pesci accent, "What, do I look like a frick'n travel guide to you”!
10. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
Good drinking water. It is truly hard to come by in some parts of the world, especially in third world countries.
11. Most unusual item you have travelled with:
My 1967 Polaroid. It is bulky and unpractical when trying to pack light.
12. Coolest mode of transport you’ve taken:
Flying in a glider airplane over the Steens Mountains in Oregon
13. Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
John Dewey's Experience and Education
14. The travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
I was exploring an ocean reef along a cliff edge in Guam when I came upon a Japanese man lying unconscious in a pool his own blood. I instinctively dragged him back a quarter of a mile to the beach. On the way back to the beach his body began to seize up and he was having difficulty breathing. I thought he was going to die in my arms. Once I got him to the beach it took paramedics a little less than a hour to arrive, once on the scene it took them another 20 minutes to remove their socks and shoes before getting in the water and using a surfboard as gurney. We never found out if he lived or died. The whole situation was surreal.
15. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Travel with no expectations and your camera by your side, you never know what you’re going to see.