ABOUT THE NATIVES KNOW ROAD TOUR
Do you love discovering new people and places, going on big adventures, and sharing the exciting tales? At Native, we do too, so we decided to take our search for all of these things out on the road.
We loaded our Native road rig to the gills with outdoor gear and traveled the country in search of the secrets that only Natives Know. We captured our interactions with the people we met, the places we explored, and the many adventures we encountered along the way. Check out how our journey unfolded!
THE ROAD TEAM
The Native crew is rich in cruising experience. They spent seven years on the road in four different vehicles and have developed a keen eye for the unexpected.
Roland Emerson Mott
4th Gen. Colorado Native
Hometown: Golden, CO
Oversized hand me down boots sunk into the sand with each dizzy step. A seemingly impossible weight clung to my shoulders by straps that dug and cut into my bony flesh. The only sound outside of the labored breathing of my brother and I was the palpable silence of the desert in the searing sun; the overwhelming absence of sound from life hidden in the shade or buried in the sand. The canyon walls stained an ancient varnish rose steep and powerful, penetrating the endless blue of the empty sky. This moment – the pain, the heat, the vast and untouched landscape whirled inside me to create a pure and unadulterated joy I had never experienced. A primal happiness and freedom that exploded out of every dirt and sweat stained pore of my 14 year old body. My first trip into the backcountry lit a spark that has become an all-consuming fire of passion for adventure and immersion in the natural world. It's led me on a search to explore perfect granite splitters, frothing whitewater, whiskey fueled campfires, and remote wild places. 7 years living out of a vehicle pursuing the dirtbag dream – guiding whitewater, backpacking, and climbing trips, teaching as a Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer, and shamelessly embracing a life defined by epic adventures, tasty food with good friends, simple living, and a shared love of the outdoors.
Alaska Native – Colorado Local
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
It all started in Alaska. The “Golden Heart City” of Fairbanks emanates a quality of light, enthusiasm and warmth found nowhere else on Earth. With the summer sun shining nearly 24 hours a day, natives are simply bursting with energy. It's this wild power that filled my soul as a child and followed me to the Colorado Front Range later in life. I was lucky to have been raised in nature, surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, teaching me lessons beyond my years. Rather than chairs and tables, I preferred the ground, rivers and trees - for in those places my senses where awakened and my spirit felt alive. It's these moments that I continue to seek as an adult today; to leave behind what is comfortable and venture into the unknown.
I did my time at university - collecting credits and preparing for a safe future that my college degree promised. However, throughout those years of captivity, there was always a still small voice whispering in my ear pushing me to crawl outside the social norms, tempting me to leave my routine and return to the unfamiliar. That wild energy was calling and I made the decision to go. My only wish was to be an ecstatic wanderer.
I stepped into a life full of adventure and enlightenment on the open road. Five years spent living out of a vehicle, guiding backpacking and climbing trips, selling food at farmers markets and teaching as a Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer along way. The journey has given me countless nights under the stars, vibrant sunsets framed by epic mountain peaks, irresistible rock walls begging to be climbed and a community of outdoor enthusiasts whose kindness and generosity never seizes to amaze. These unforgettable opportunities were made available because I took a risk; a risk to trust that calling and pursue the wild-self longing to explore!