Tag: Ben Marbach

Pat S Celebrates 6

Pat & Ben sober life

My first time meeting Pat Shaffer was as a client in the Lodge when Pat was volunteering. Since I already liked MTN biking, and he led many MTN bike outings as a volunteer the friendship came easy. In fact on one of our first rides he had to pull cactus out of my butt on a ride, that’s the kind of intimacy among men we talk about here at Jaywalker. Pat is around my age and we talked a lot about life. I remember being on expedition in Twin lakes and having a particularly tough time dealing with my impending divorce. Pat and I sat in the van one day after a ride and talked about it for almost an hour. His calm demeanor helped me immensely. We are both hockey fans and as a client I was allowed to bike to his house to watch the hockey playoffs. 12…

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6th Annual Sedona Trip

Biking in sedona sober retreat

On Saturday May 9th I departed Carbondale with 10 Jaywalker alums for the 6th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike trip. I have been on the last 4, but this one was different as it would be the first alumni expedition for me in my new position as Alumni Coordinator. We rode Mag 7 in Moab on the way there and then rode for 3 more days in Sedona. We broke a few bikes, we got a few flats, we got a little bloody, and we got poked by cactus. We also spent ample time sunbathing by the pool and had a family style sit down dinner every night. The group was fantastic and the Sedona trip continues to be one of the best fellow-shipping experiences there is. All this made my first expedition as alumni coordinator a great success, with hopefully many more to come. Ben Marbach Alumni Coordinator Jaywalker Lodge