River Cohen, a longtime resident of Northern California, is the CEO of River Cohen Giving, an endeavor that has allowed the revered entrepreneur and philanthropist to promote and support a variety of charitable efforts addressing societal issues of great importance. Based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, River Cohen Giving has been instrumental in drawing attention to issues affecting people all over the United States and beyond. River, an award-winning entrepreneur, has always taken great pride in the fact that his professional efforts have been deeply rooted in a socially conscious philosophy. As a resident of the Bay Area, River, along with his wife and two daughters, enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and swimming.
What is your hobby?
I’m interested in anything that encourages interaction with nature, so my family and I love to go for long hikes and bike rides whenever we are able.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
Northern California is redolent with natural beauty, and it almost feels as though nature is quietly calling to you at all times.
Tell us what you love about it.
There is something uniquely satisfying about climbing to the highest peak possible and seeing how different everything appears from that particular perspective. The way back down, especially on a mountain bike, is also quite a rewarding experience.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
I have to travel a lot, so my wife and kids are the core group I typically hike or bike with.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I enjoy tinkering with my mountain bike, so I’ve had the same frame for quite some time and have replaced most of the other components at one time or another. The most recent purchase was a new pair of shocks.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
There is a great bike store near Mount Tamalpais, so I try to buy most of my supplies from there.
Are there any good books for beginners?
I’ve recommended “The Mountain Biker’s Training Bible” on several occasions.
How has this changed your life?
Hiking and biking are the perfect activities for those who wish to spend more time connecting with nature, although the pace of that interaction differs quite a bit between hiking and biking.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
It’s important to recognize your limitations. Therefore, it is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to the degree of difficulty associated with a hiking trail or mountain bike trail.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I’ve always enjoyed swimming and have become even more interested in yoga recently.