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About the Artist

Nicholas Bratton is a lifelong adventurer and traveler. His motto is simple: do crazy things and write about them. His pursuits have included 5 years as a whitewater rafting guide, during which he was the only foreigner to guide full time on the Tugela River. He co-founded Adventure Professionals, Inc., which led rafting trips as well as kayaking, rock climbing, and wilderness ethics training across Washington State. Bratton has also worked as a mountaineering instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, as a guide for Alpine Ascents International, and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Bratton’s travels have taken him to 29 countries on three continents. His international projects include co-founding Global Exploration and Recovery, whose mission is to find and repatriate the bodies of three American aviators who vanished in a plane crash in Greenland in 1942. Bratton’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Daily Telegraph, University of Michigan Press, Land Rover Monthly, and Alloy & Grit. Learn more about his adventures at

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.