Spotlight on Ben Curnett

Ben Curnett; Ansted, West Virginia

Tell us a bit about yourself.
ME? Shucks… I was a river guide/kayak instructor/ski patroller for my entire adult life. It was an amazing journey that led me to meet THOUSANDS of incredible people, and take them places they would never have been able to go otherwise. I’m truly lucky. When it came time for me to manage an outfitter, I realized that my favorite part of the job was the three hours I spent working on the newsletter. I left to start writing as a freelancer and never looked back. Now I’m a partner in a digital marketing company. I still get outside to play, but now it’s with my family.

What’s your passion? What makes you tick?
There’s nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. I discovered river travel 20 years ago, entirely on accident. Since then, I’ve seen some of the wildest places on earth from rivers, and I can’t imagine life without them. From the Grand Canyon of the Colorado to the Great Bend of the Yangtze, I’ve rowed through nature’s masterpieces. Can’t wait for the next one. Lucky me.

What’s your wildest dream for what we might do through Project OpenBook?
Books. Kids. Schools. You can’t think big enough when you’re talking about something like Project Openbook. This is a great way for anyone to get involved and help create for someone the fundamental basis for a better life: education. I see an entire series of books, each one funding another school for girls in the world who are living without. Whatever Project Openbook accomplishes, I’ll be glad to have been a part of it.

Ben’s Poems:
Super Spy