Being raised with two older brothers with good taste, I grew up loving classics like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Having idolized Harrison Ford for a good portion of my young life, I never imagined that I might actually meet an Indiana Jones equivalent in real life.
This is a fitting introduction for Michael Clutch Lambert… he’s more than your average innovative quasi-mechanic. Having traversed, hiked, climbed, and generally “roughed it” in much of the West, some might even say he was born a couple of centuries too late. He’s the kind of guy that would’ve thrived in the days when gun-slingers and cattle wranglers were the majority… or he’d at least be having a lot more fun!
Name: Michael ‘Clutch’ Lambert
Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Current location: Elk Grove, CA
Current job: Metal Worker at Roger Berry Metal Sculptor
Favorite comfort food: BBQ chicken pizza
Favorite quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Emerson
What is your favorite past-time or hobby?
Working and riding my motorcycle. Building, planning, designing, researching and riding in the heat, wind and rain.
What got you into that hobby?
Probably influence from my oldest brother — one day in 2011 I thought “why don’t I own a street bike?” For the next two months I couldn’t focus on anything until I bought one. Go ahead and ask my teachers about my grades during that time. Life made more sense after that day.
What is the most amazing place that you’ve been?
Glacier National Park. It’s crazy beautiful, rugged and packed full of wildlife.
What’s the most interesting job you’ve ever worked?
The Anasazi Foundation. Wilderness therapy is life changing, and primitive survival skills are challenging and fun. That’s what Anasazi is — life changing, adventurous, challenging and fun.
How did you get that job, and do you have any tips for anyone who would want to do the same?
I applied after I talked with them at a job fair. I believe if you’re meant to be hired by Anasazi, you will be; it’s not about who’s best qualified for the job, it’s who is meant to be there. So my advice is to be ready for that kind of experience and be committed for a new adventure… and oh yeah, don’t forget to actually apply.
What’s the coolest skill you’ve acquired through your experiences?
With that same company I learned how to make fire with a bow drill. I got pretty good at it. Less than 2% of North Americans are able to make a friction fire. It’s pretty humbling learning to do this and makes you appreciate matches and lighters a great deal.
What is a memorable challenge you’ve been faced with and had to tackle in your life?
Hard question but I guess I’ll just go with my truck! Yeah, my truck has been crashed twice, broken down a few times, had me stranded, and has gotten me into serious trouble with the law. With limited money, keeping an old beat up trail rig like my truck running, and repairing it while crunched for time before my next job has consistently been a memorable challenge. Nothing to it but to do it! I really didn’t know that I knew how to replace a timing chain or swap a cab until I just dove in and did it.
Clutch (right) and his truck.
Where do you see yourself a year from now?
I see myself as a Park Ranger, maybe in the North West. Maybe in Utah living in a simple shack with an American bulldog for a roommate.
How do you like to keep yourself entertained when you’re not working?
Applying for jobs, I am a job searching machine. And playing my guitar ….when I am alone and I know no one can hear me.
Thanks to Clutch for answering the questions and sharing some of his incredible story!
“This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.” – Narrator, Fight Club