Originally from California, over the years Mike Bezemek has become a raft guide, a river researcher, a kayaker, a college teacher, a mountain biker, a writer, a pretty-bad skier, a photographer, a shaky-legged paddleboarder, an editor, a shaky-legged packrafter—he’s currently interviewing several other sports for future amateurish consideration.
He splits time between the east coast and western U.S., often driving back and forth along roughly the 38th parallel, trying to track down his gear in various storage spaces of friends and family. If you’ve found his latest pair of sunglasses, please use the contact form on his website.
He’s the author of four books, including Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route: Exploring the Green and Colorado Rivers, a narrated guide which combines a multi-chapter retelling of the 1869 Powell expedition with landscape photography, magazine-style articles, and practical planning info. (Read an excerpt on his blog!) He lived for ten years in St. Louis, during which time he published Paddling the Ozarks, a guide to 40 of the region’s best flatwater and whitewater paddling opportunities.
Twit Lit Classics is a humorous book series—including #Moby-Dick and #Frankenstein—which reimagines works of classic lit in tweets for a 21st-century audience. As a contributing editor for Canoe & Kayak, he writes and photographs the series Weekend Expeditions and other articles. Other publications include Adventure Cyclist, Adventure Journal, Rafting Magazine, Duct Tape Diaries, and more. He creates a satirical blog series of tasteful reviews and photos of so-called sh*tty beer—because someone’s gotta do it.