By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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Videographer / director: JJ Yosh
Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper
Adventurer and filmmaker, JJ Yosh, resides in Boulder, Colorado with his black cat Simon.
He adopted the feline two years ago, and has been travelling across land and water ever since - with Simon nestled in his backpack,
JJ told Barcroft TV: "Having a cat on my adventures has taken my outings to a whole new level.
“Cats love nature, especially Simon. Every time I walk near the door to go outside, he races to the door he looks up and he gives me this short little meow that makes me know that he’s ready to go out.
“Simon and I have gone on road trips across the US, road trips that have been as long as 20 consecutive hours, we have gone to deserts, we have gone to majestic forests and we’ve even camped in the snow”
The 35-year-old has been travelling the world for most of his life, and has been sharing his travels on social media.
JJ said: “It started way back when I was a little kid just exploring in the creeks in my back yard, but my real outdoor career began in college when I started the excursion club back in 2003 and I realised in that moment that this was my calling, this was the way that I could help the world and help the earth.
“When I graduated college, I thought, I need to do this on a bigger scale. Media was the key to being able to influence more people on a much larger scale especially those that are unable to travel as much, and see as much of the world."
Since backpacking with Simon, JJ said he has rediscovered nature and views it in a new light.
He said: “I’m a person that’s all about getting to the top, getting to the destination, and having Simon has helped me to embrace more of the journey and really appreciate the moment and appreciate the beauty of mother nature.”
Most surprisingly, Simon the cat isn’t adverse to water and enjoys swimming beside JJ’s canoe.
JJ said: “The first time that he went into the water, I was so terrified because I didn’t know if he could swim or not and I’m thinking to myself, I’m going to have to jump in and rescue him, how am I going to do this, is he going to drown? So it was really terrifying.
"But then when I saw that he immediate got his instincts and started swimming, that was amazing.
“I would love to take Simon to a really tropical location, and I would like to take him snorkelling. I just got a fish tank and he loves staring at the fish, so I think taking him somewhere tropical where we can go in and swim with the fish - he would love it”
You can follow Simon and JJ’s adventures on: https://www.instagram.com/backpackingkitty/