Mike Bezemek has chased adventures all across the country, including living on both coasts and in the middle. Over the years he’s 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, and a bewildered camper owner. He’s always on the lookout for yet another outdoor pursuit to give an amateurish try.
He’s the author of six books, including Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route: Exploring the Green and Colorado Rivers, which combines a river guide with the dramatic true story about the 1869 Powell expedition. He lived for ten years in St. Louis, during which time he published Paddling the Ozarks, a guide to forty of the region’s best flatwater and whitewater paddling opportunities.
Other books include Discovering the Outlaw Trail: Routes, Hideouts, and Stories from the Wild West, which blends the true story of Butch Cassidy, the Wild Bunch, Ann Bassett, and Browns Park, with a trip guide to over 90 outlaw-themed adventures. Space Age Adventures: Over 100 Terrestrial Sites and Out of this World Stories blends true stories about space travel with a guide to space museums, telescope observatories, and outdoor astronaut training sites located across the country.
In addition to Duct Tape Diaries, he also has written for Outside, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Terrain Magazine, Men’s Journal, National Parks Magazine, Adventure Cyclist, Paddling Magazine, Rafting Magazine, and Canoe & Kayak.