Welcome! Roots, Game, and Trail is a collection of stories and experiences from a group of friends that love the out-of-doors. We’re definitely nothing fancy, just regular people with passions for DIY hunting, fishing, trapping, foraging, and exploring, whether it be by foot, vehicle, or anything in between. This site serves as an outdoor journal of sorts with a hint of creative writing and storytelling. In documenting our journeys, we hope to help others learn from our experiences. So, whether you are interested in overlanding through the Ozarks, running a trapline in Pennsylvania, or just looking for a good tale of adventure, we hope you can find it here. There will be a new post the second and last Wednesday of each month. With any luck, there might be something on this site that will spark a little inspiration and prompt you to grab your coat and head outside
- The RGT crew
The RGT Crew:
Dan Muntz – Dan was born and raised in rural northwestern Pennsylvania. Dan grew up hunting and fishing the farms and hills outside of the Allegheny National Forest. Dan’s love for the outdoors started with fishing and it has since grown to include everything from archery to trapping. He currently lives in Clarendon, Pennsylvania
Madi McConnell – Madi was raised in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. She shares the same love of the outdoors as her brother, Rob. So much so, in fact, that she chose to pursue a career as a Wildlife Biologist. She has had the opportunity to work with all sorts of wildlife, from Northern Saw-Whet Owls to Great Plains Narrow-Mouthed Toads. Madi currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is earning her master's degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is studying great horned owls and snowshoe hares above the Arctic Circle.
Mark Thornburg – Mark grew up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He spent many years of his adolescence kicking around in the surrounding foothills of western Pennsylvania. Mark has a love for literature, especially that which involves adventure and the natural world, craft beer, creative writing, and would talk to a tree stump if it was the only thing within earshot. Mark spent two years in Valdez, Alaska before returning to western Pennsylvania where he currently resides
Rob McConnell (editor)– Rob was born and raised in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. He has an affinity for hunting, fishing, and trapping. He currently resides in Houston, Texas. Since moving to the South, he has been enjoying his time exploring the piney woods of east Texas and familiarizing himself with the local flora and fauna.
Ross Dorendorf – Ross grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota where he spent his time hunting, fishing, and trapping the many lakes, streams, and forests. His love for the outdoors led him to a career in Wildlife Biology. Ross has worked many federal, state, and non-governmental jobs supporting research and monitoring efforts for wolverines, wolves, lynx, and more. Ross currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Van Schaeffer – Van is originally from Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He has always enjoyed tinkering and working with his hands. It started with guitars and sound equipment. Now he enjoys working on outfitting his truck to become the ultimate expedition/camping rig. Van also enjoys fishing. He currently resides in Williamsburg, Iowa.