Scott Lamont from YouTube’s Drenalin Adventures is a man on the move. Whether he’s hiking, biking, fly fishing, climbing, or just chilling at base camp, you can bet this Canadian adventurer is having a blast outside.
Scott’s passion for adventure is fueled by his desire to see as much as he can, while he still can, tragedy being closely interlinked with his career. Through all his adventures, Scott always puts his family first, and his equally adventurous family is often co-starring in his videos.
In Scott’s own words:
I am a family man first with a passion for the outdoors. I have been around personal tragedy my entire professional career. This has fueled the urgency for me to experience as much as I can before my final curtain call. The world is a big place and I want to see and experience as much as I can while I can.
I’m going to start by asking you: what do you think people interested in you would be most fascinated to hear first?
S: Starting in January 2022, I will be doing YouTube full time and plan to expand my channel dramatically.
None of us were born ready for this, so what set you on this outdoor adventures path?
S: I always had an outdoor adventurer mindset but with no family members to support it. I signed up for a high school canoe trip in grade 9 to Algonquin Park. I’ve been hooked ever since.
How do you normally go about your trips? Do you prefer traveling alone, with one other person, or as an adventuring party?
S: I would love to do more solo trips but I can’t pass up the opportunity to bring along my wife, children, and friends.
What’s the most common thought you go to for motivation when you’re feeling particularly down during a difficult trail, workout, or sports session?
S: I never feel down during my trips even when they become a struggle. I enjoy the challenge of coping with unexpected circumstances.
Speaking of difficult trails, tell us about your most unpleasant, difficult, or scary moment on the trail.
S: It actually happened on the water between trails. Years ago, on a spring fishing trip in Algonquin Park, my best friend had his solo canoe swamped in the middle of a large remote lake.
My son and I were quite a distance from him and I heard his whistle blow 3 times. We had to paddle against a strong wind to get to him and I honestly thought he might not survive the icy water until we got there.
I was able to empty the water out of his canoe and luckily, he had the strength to pull himself back into it. If he hadn’t, it could have been a tragic ending.
Now for the happier times. Do you have any fabulously special moments that stand out to you while out on an adventure? Please share.
S: It’s the simple things. I always appreciate great weather. So many things can go wrong on a trip that when they go right and the weather cooperates, it’s very satisfying for me.
Here’s a tough one: give us an UNcommon reason why people should visit your favorite place:
S: It will make your back stronger, lol.
What was the biggest lesson you learned on your first big adventure?
S: Pack lighter.
You can check out our hiking checklist to see what you should always pack, though.
There are a lot of people who wander into the woods ill-equipped and suffer for it. What is your number one tip for staying safe out there?
S: Buy or rent a personal locator beacon and wear your life jacket.
Speaking of ill-equipped hikers, what do you see travelers often doing on your trips that really grinds your gears?
S: [They] leave garbage in fire pits.
Sorry for the cliché question, but if you could hike anywhere in the world, where would you go?
S: New Zealand.
Tell us a little about your next big adventure.
S: 3 remote parks in 3 weeks.
Top three outdoors activities you’ve practiced – go!
- Mountain biking
- Ice climbing
When you hear people say things like, “I wish I could do what you do” what do you tell them?
Then do it!
Be sure to follow Scott Lamont and his adventure even before he’ll hit it really big in 2022. Besides Drenalin Adventures on YouTube, he’s also active and posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter too!
Carley is a teacher and nature nerd with a passion for helping people get outside. Apart from teaching, she leads nature programs and outdoor trips for people of all ages. Carley also manages her own YouTube channel, The Last Grownup in the Woods. Before becoming a teacher, Carley worked as a fisheries technician and backcountry park ranger.