He never says anything to provoke cutting remarks from the snark-o-sphere (must drive the poor kids at GoBlog batty). Here’s another interview with him in his hometown paper, the Boulder Daily Camera. Earnest, honest, straightforward, and even though I’ve never met the guy, I’m tempted to say: probably somebody you’d want to hike with (if you could keep up with his 30-mile-a-day pace). What’s next for National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year?

I don’t have any specific plans right now, and I say right now because I’m sure I will. I have been looking over some maps and trying to plan some things. This summer I could definitely see myself going to Alaska. I would love to go to Scotland for two weeks. For the most part I’m done with mega trips in the lower 48. I’ve seen most of what I want to see, but there are certainly places I want to get back to, like the Wind River Range, the Cascades and the Weminuche (Wilderness Area).

There’s a video at the bottom of the interview. More NatGeo honorees here.