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Tyler Zaborsky
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Josh Valentine

Josh Valentine

Age: 49

March 2, 1985
March 26, 2021
Basking Ridge, NJ

"If there’s one question I get asked more than any other, it has to be how the hell does a Jersey boy become obsessed with the wild, and wind up with a job like yours? Shouldn’t you be from Colorado or something? I guess it’s a fair question. My home state is much more famous for bagels, blowout hair cuts, and sopranos than it is for churning out survivalists and adventurers. I like to say that all this started as far back as having had my diaper changed at the bottom of a canoe on the Delaware River. I won’t pretend like I realized then and there that one day my profession would be leading, training, and keeping people safe in some of the wildest places on earth. But I did know early on that I refused to settle for a life that was anything short of wild. Embrace the Animal is all about connecting to that deep, primal part of ourselves that knows we are built for freedom, not captivity. The part of us that leads us to break rules and boundaries en route to living our greatest lives, and consistently evolving to find our greatest selves. This is my animal. Hopefully it inspires a few of you to find your own as well. My philosophy is that we are here to learn until the day we die, so while you’ll rarely hear me call myself an expert, I am proud to be able to say that I’ve developed a lot of specializations and a wide range of experience in the wild. What began as my own small company teaching survival and bush craft in my backyard of the Northeast lead to guiding, instructing, and expeditions in any terrain, all around the world. Alongside survival, mountaineering, expedition paddling, and rigging, I’ve collected certifications and training as a Wilderness First Responder, in Swiftwater Rescue, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue, and Avalanche Rescue. ​I’ve worked on teams providing scouting, safety, logistics, and stunt work for film crews in remote and often dangerous terrain, for platforms including Discovery, Netflix, NBC, Facebook Watch, and Freeform."

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Tom and I will miss you more than words mom... I wish we had more time
Tyler Zaborsky
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Thank you for everything you gave me in the short time I had you. Love you Dad.
Tyler Zaborsky
Going to miss you friend... the way you inspired so many was an inspiration to me!
Tyler Zaborsky
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Love you grandma, miss sliding my mattress down the stairs :(
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Sharing some light from Earth as in Heaven -From your Son
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You were an inspiration to me Greg. Thanks for all that you've done.
Miss you grandpa, thinking of you always... -Michael
Michael Rannelli
Love you dad, I remember when you gave this to me. Wish you were here so I can hug you one last time. -Tom
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    Basking Ridge, NJ
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    March 2, 1985
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    Oak Street, Cedar Hill, William Annin
  • High School
    Ridge High
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    Wilderness Survival
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  • Date of Death
    March 26, 2021
  • Place of Death
    Lake Hopatcong
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    Pay attention to those who kneel down into your worst moments to help you rise back above them. Those who remind you at your lowest point that the choice to continue on is worth the struggle it will surely take.

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My philosophy is that we are here to learn until the day we die

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I have to admit, I'm still in disbelief you are no longer with us. When Ford passed, I will never forget you called to tell me the horrible news and as much as my heart sunk that day, you were able to give it strength and this became the thesis for your life's work. To receive this same call for you has really crushed my soul and spirit, but I ask myself, what would Josh do in a time like this? I always admired the person you grew to become and the lives you were able to touch along your journey. I will always remember you as you as my first childhood friend, linking up to play G.I. Joes and climb trees. We just spoke a couple weeks ago, we made plans to go climbing this summer because you would be home... I will always think of you when I'm exploring this glorious earth... will let you know if I find anything cool! As we grew older, our lives took us many different ways, but we always maintained that inseparable bond that we developed as children. We grew up so close, were raised in that little ol town of Basking Ridge, came up through t-ball and wrestling and school together, kept in contact throughout the years... I didn't have to talk to you every day or every week or every month... but I always knew the heart you had and new it was always out there doing the best it could possibly do for this world! I promise to live a life that you would be proud of and I'll see you on the other side my friend! xox

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