Captains of Us

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." - T. E. Lawrence

In life we really only have control over ourselves. Despite what may happen in the world or how helpless our own efforts may seem, we still make our own choices and decide where our lives take us. Captains of Us embodies that spirit.

The Captains are two close friends who met in college when they randomly became roommates. They lived together (with a group of crazy folks), ran their first half-marathons together and now these young men have hiked the 2,663 mile trek that are the Pacific Crest Trail. They currently reside in Colorado's Front Range, in the foothills of some mighty fine adventure territory.

The Captains and this site have been featured as part of an article on tips for hiking the PCT on The Clymb.

 Left: Jonathan, Right: Dan (Dr. Who?! C'mon, bow ties are back!)

Left: Jonathan, Right: Dan (Dr. Who?! C'mon, bow ties are back!)



Dan feels at home in nature; hiking, biking and climbing.  He spent two summers as a wilderness guide in New Mexico at Double H High Adventure Base and another summer as a program councilor at Philmont Scout Ranch while earning a B.S. in Biochemistry at Mizzou.

Dan loves science, art and design, which makes connecting with nature a unique experience. Thru-hiking the trail was a dream finally realized. Encouraging others to be conservation-minded and connecting with people was just one of the benefits the trail afforded him.

This whole damn trip was Dan's idea, and his biggest achievement is that Jonathan made it to the end without getting himself killed.

 PCT Southern Terminus

PCT Southern Terminus


When Dan pitched the idea of hiking the PCT Jonathan had no idea what he was really signing up for. As he learned more his excitement (and fear) only grew.

As a lifelong distance runner, the physical challenge was enticing. As a photographer and photojournalist, the chance to document the trail was hard to pass up, the story is sure to be remarkable. 

Little did he know, the PCT would be the catalyst that set in a motion a great fascination for the mountains and the backcountry adventures they bring.

 PCT Northern Terminus

PCT Northern Terminus