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This is our attempt to inspire you to “Xperience it” …because if you’re not “Xperiencing” life, your life becomes motionless and that’s a kind of death to the soul itself. We cherish the life of the “Xperientialist” …a person who experiences life to the fullest and believes that life experience is the basis of all knowledge. Essentially, someone who’s been there, done that and subscribes to the philosophy “I know, because I do.” The focus of the blog is to champion the spirit of the modern day Urban Xplorer …a person who seeks the thrill and anticipation of experiencing life, discovering new destinations and cultivating new relationships. It’s all about the Xperience… Xperience it!

In the city, SFO…

My X Spot™ = In the City

My X Spot™ = In the City

As you know, I love to “Xperience” life! …everything from the great outdoors to the urban landscape.

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a road trip to San Francisco, California. It was one of many treks to the city I’ve experienced over the years. While I love the great outdoors and the solitude it provides, my soul also craves the people watching and interaction with others urban life has to offer. BTW, it’s true about the beautiful women in California.

San Francisco is populated with a lot of interesting residents and it’s also a destination for many foreign travelers so you get exposed to a good variety of people and personalities. Hence, I’ve been able to meet people from all parts of the world. Interesting that they all like their libations (that could be because I meet a lot of them while sitting at the bar); Best part of that is that after a few cocktails, you’re soon conversing like you’re long lost friends.

The one thing that all foreign travelers that I spent time with had in common is that they all wanted to visit San Francisco so they could “Xperience it.”

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“Living the dream….”

"Living the dream..."
“Living the dream…”

Just had a race last weekend… It was the coldest race I have ever been to; Boise, ID, below 10 degrees. By race time it, maybe, warmed up to 20 degrees.

This was a qualifying race that was early in the day since I was no longer prequalified. I set the fastest time in my practice round giving me first gate pick in my heat. At this point I was doing everything I could to keep my hands from freezing. I got the holeshot in my qualifier and took second sending me into the night show.

I ended up with a pretty good night; 8th in my heat, 6th in my LCQ, and 17th overall for the night!

I have one round left this weekend and I’m going to try to put it in the main event.

Harry Oswald, Xperientialist™

Harrison Oswald #649, Xperientialist™

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Hometown: Northern California, USA

Favorite X Spot™: Out in the vast woods of the natural forest

Age: 23

Inspired by: Finding new trails that have yet to be experienced by others

I grew up always being around motorcyles so naturally I took it up. By age 6, I started riding trials and about 5 years ago I got into EnduroCross and off-road racing. Never knew it would become such a part of my lifestyle as much as it has over the years.

Why EnduroCross (EX)?

I chose to pursue EX as a professional career because it’s something I enjoy, it’s not like any other form of off-road racing, it’s extremely challenging and believe I can go somewhere with it.

Who is #649?

I currently work on a ranch as a ranch hand 5 days a week, where I also have my EX track that I practice on as much as possible during the week and on the weekends.

There are only a few things in life that are important to me; family, friends and enjoying life. I really enjoy hanging out with my family and doing things with them, they are a big part of my racing and my biggest supporters. …And if you’re not enjoying life, what’s the point?

One day I will own a house with some acreage up in the mountains, enjoy the countryside and travel overseas.

One thing I want to do with my life is teach my nephews how to ride dirtbikes. It would be awesome to share my passion with them. Beyond EX and off-road racing I just like doing just about anything outdoors.

What’s next?

I just missed out on qualifying for the 2014 EX X Games by one spot! I’m focused on working harder than ever to make sure I get the spot next year.

It’s all about the experience…

The traveling side of racing is just as enjoyable as the racing itself. I get to travel all over the country with family and friends and wouldn’t change it for anything.

Harrison Oswald, Xperientialist™

Give X Back™

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To be an authentic expert at something you must first experience it, because at Urban Xplorer® we believe life experience is the basis for all knowledge.

Give X Back is an Urban Xplorer® initiative that was created to give back to the communities it is a part of through supporting programs that enhance a person’s life experience. Through helping others broaden their knowledge base and understanding of the world around them we hope to help empower others to make a difference.

X equals…

Every person and organization has at least one thing of value to give back, whether it’s money, time, or something else. We refer to the “something else” variable as “X”. The possibilities…

X could = time…

X could = opportunity…

X could = money…

X could = empowerment…

X could = hope…

X could = inspiration

X could = life experience…

X could = ???…

The power of X… If, for example, X = the sum of what one person/organization gives back, envision the impact the power of 2X, 3X, 4X, etc. will have the community you are a part of. Give X Back™ and Xperience it™…

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Been there, Rocked that!…

Mike Mentz Urban Xplorer Xperientialist singer songwriter traveller Nashville

I would like to introduce you to Mike Mentz, the newest member of the Urban Xplorer Xperientialist™ team. As a singer, songwriter, traveler, Mike is someone who has “Been there, Rocked that.” Experience the Travelpop genre… Cigarette was a single that rode the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s top 40 chart for four months in 2013.

Mike, thanks for being a part of the Urban Xplorer “Xperience.” We are looking forward to sharing in your experience.

Xperience it,

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