Shelton Johnson is a ranger with the National Park Service and has worked for the National Parks for 28 years. After growing up in inner-city Detroit, he found his way to Yellowstone and now Yosemite, where he has been for the past 22 years. He is the author of Gloryland and has shaken hands with both Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama.
I facilitate astonishment. People come in, their mouths are agape, they're looking at these sheer cliffs and the highest waterfalls in North America. If they aren't astonished that means they're in some sort of coma and they need some medical inducement to get them out.
Because Shelton is a federal employee, any gear that he recommends is a recommendation from the NPS. Shelton says, "Let's put it this way, I like good gear."