wild things are
“THERE ARE SOME who can live without
wild things, and some who cannot,” observed
naturalist Aldo Leopold in A Sand County
Almanac. Costco member Skip Horner of
Victor, Montana, has spent more than 30
years helping people discover the solace and
exhilaration he finds in truly wild places.
Through Skip Horner Worldwide ( www.
skiphorner.com), the business he runs with
his wife, Elizabeth, Horner has led people to
the summit of Mount Everest and the highest
peaks of all seven continents, down the world’s
wildest rivers and across pristine wilderness
all over the planet.
“I like finding my way in wild country,
but I love taking others with me. I was born
to guide,” says Horner, a certified alpine
guide. His trips include forays into the world’s
most remote mountain ranges, hikes across
camel crossings of the Sahara, treks
across the high Himalayas, walking
safaris in Africa and unusual cultural and wildlife expeditions to
far-flung places all over the world.
National Geographic Adventure
calls him “an über-guide” for his
variety of abilities and experience.
Paddler Magazine nominated him
as one of the top paddlers of the
20th century and featured him on the
“For all my expeditions, I buy my food at
Costco,” Horner says. “Most of my menu is
available there, and planning trips wouldn’t
be the same without Costco.”
To learn more about Horner, visit his
Web site or call (406) 642-6840.
Skip Horner in the Bitterroot Mountains
of Montana in the summer of 2005
cake and eat it
Live to ride, write to live
IF YOU LOVE all things related to
motorcycles, you’ll burn through
Motorcycle Mojo magazine ( www.motorcycle
mojo.com). Since they kick-started this
publication in 2002, Costco members
Glenn and Gwen Roberts of Thornton,
Ontario, have never looked back.
JONATHAN BIELASKI, LIGHT IMAGING
Each of the six issues they publish
Motorcycle Mojo magazine
will get your motor runnin’.
annually is packed with diverse articles,
photos and ads. The publication covers
everything from the Iron Butt, an
11,000-mile endurance race that riders
cover in 11 days, to a day in the life of a
“The magazine started in a loft area
of our home,” explains Gwen. “Now it
has taken over a formal living room.
Another room in our basement houses
boxes of files, promo shirts and labels.
Our garage is the shipping area, and our
garden shed stores the shipping cartons, skids, trade-show items and other
miscellaneous magazine-related things.”
The Robertses say that Motorcycle
Mojo magazine has a circulation of
10,000 primarily in Canada (with a small
but growing base in the U.S.) and a
potential advertising base of 45,000,
with an additional 2-million-plus
readers who visit the magazine’s
Web site each year.
If you’re really into two-wheel
travel, the Robertses hope you get
your Motorcycle Mojo working.
HAVING FRIENDS WHO are Costco members is the greatest! When our son was
getting married, I placed a call to a fellow
Costco member the morning of the wedding day. You see, I had just received a
call that there would be no wedding cake.
The bride and groom had planned an
11 a.m. wedding and a 1 p.m. luncheon
for 200 guests. I had foolishly agreed to
be in charge of the cake. There aren’t
words to describe my feelings when the
cake lady called me at 9 a.m. to say that
her dog had eaten half of the base layer.
I immediately called my Costco
friend, Darlene. She told me not to worry.
Then she got on the phone with another
friend who has a big kitchen. By the time
the guests were seated at the luncheon,
there was a beautiful cake on the cake
table created from Costco sheet cakes
and fresh flowers. Everyone commented
on how delicious the cake tasted compared to many wedding cakes that are
heavy and dry.
—Ellen McDade, Newport News, Virginia
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