January 03, 2014

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Vacation Perfection: Meet Cody Scott

As Americans, the desire for adventure and exploration is ingrained in our DNA. From the courageous new-world-seeking Pilgrims, to the gold-seeking Wild West pioneers, Americans have a history of seeking out the exciting. A lot of us, however, are content spending our vacation time at deluxe beach-front resorts with perfect, clear blue skies, king size beds, and pool side drink service.

Then there’s Cody Scott, who’d make any man insecure in his manhood as he casually comments about “alternative” trips to less-than-perfect paradises. Cody prefers things a little less pampered and a little more intense.

He’s a man’s man, a stereotypical alpha male. He’s a tall, bearded, burly Irish guy with a mane of red hair and two massive hound dogs. He’s a battle-scared ex-marine and sports multiple tattoos. When he isn't on a motorcycle, Cody drives the family heirloom: a ’75 Bronco. He converted his garage into the ultimate man cave, complete with every tool imaginable and (of course) a custom built kegerator.

So, when Cody goes on vacation, frozen drinks with little umbrellas aren't exactly a priority.

No, Cody’s type of trip involves a little more of that adventurous American spirit. From canoeing in the back bayous of Louisiana to fending off freak ice storms while scaling mountains in South America, Cody firmly believes that days off should be spent battling intense weather conditions in remote destinations, or at least visiting Mother Nature in her most uncensored form. While most guys wouldn't complain about spending vacation time surrounded by girls in tiny bikinis, Cody opts to trade in comfort for experience. He believes it helps him realize what he’s made of and what matters most.

 

This gear-head isn't only passionate about his personal quests, though – he’s also determined to help others experience the thrills he loves. Working at Louisiana’s adventure mecca, Massey’s, gives him the opportunity to do exactly that. On a daily basis, Cody imparts his wisdom on countless customers, teaching them that there are alternatives to Disneyland’s roller coasters if they’re looking for adrenalin (although, let’s be real, Space Mountain will never get old).

Cody’s opened countless eyes to the wide world of less-than-perfect vacation destinations. At Massey’s, he not only equips travelers with the perfect backpack and binoculars, but he also helps them plan their personal adventures by making recommendations to suit their preference (or tolerance) for the extreme. I, personally, have talked everything from trout fishing to the Tetons with the guy, and my dreams are now annoyingly clogged with kick-ass ideas for my summer holiday.

If you think you’re ready for some crazy, thrilling adventures, here are Cody’s suggestions for initial trips for the uninitiated:

#1. Climb Mt. Reiner to Camp Muir – According to Cody, 90-year-old grandmothers have done this climb. Still, it’s a significant mountain that rewards climbers with great views and bragging rights upon completion.

#2. Hang out in Ecuador’s Cotopaxi’s Climbers Hut – Cotopaxi is a serious mountain, but the Climber’s Hut at the base is accessible by simple hike or short drive. Once there, you can spend time with the pros and get to witness, first hand, what you could be doing with a few more trips under your belt.   

#3. Conquer North Carolina’s class 2 and class 3 river rafting trips – Cody’s Mother in Law did this with him and she was definitely an amateur adventurer. Bring the whole family! Professional guides help navigate these natural roller coasters, and by the end of the ride, even Splash Mountain won’t ever look the same.

Thanks to passionate guys like Cody and competent stores like Massey’s, Americans can fulfill their birthright for adventure. Now, get out of the damn house and go explore.

2 Responses

Muhamad
Muhamad

March 14, 2015

The rules for the AFL are:- you must send 7 palyers- only one palyer can have ended the year below AA (Collier)- you are ineligible if you have ever played in a foreign winter league or are from a country with a winter league- the team has to have at least a certain number of palyers at each position (which means negotiating with the other teams sharing to give them room here if you give them room there)The first things is that Bonilla and Valle are ineligible due to the league thing (not to mention Valle would never play with Joseph and Zunino in front of him). Most of the time starting pitching prospects never go unless they were hurt or they have just signed because their workload for the year is already finished. This means that you get a good set of positional prospects and a bunch of middle relievers. Johnson is a lefty who throws moderately hard and maybe he breaks into the bigs for a year or two, don’t read too much into the guys sent (for example Simon was sent because they moved him to the pen which kept his innings down and they would like a larger sample size of seeing him)

Mike G.
Mike G.

January 26, 2014

Cody is probably my most highly esteemed outdoor colleague. He is always the first to tell me straight that it was my fault when things go wrong for me in the back country. He takes the time and helps me to learn from my minor to sometimes major set backs. He is there to push me to a new level as I slowly become complacent in my current state in this world of adventure athletics. When I start building my own summit parties for non-commercial expeditions, you are dam sure Mr. Scott is getting a call.

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