At the end of a long corridor, dozens of file boxes are stacked ceiling high. "These are my correspondence files," Carmichel says with pride. "I've answered every letter that's ever been written to me." That's when you suddenly realize that outdoor life isn't just a job to this man, it's his life. The two are inextricably linked, and neither one would be the same without the other. Perhaps most wonderful of all, however, is that despite being the icon he has become, Carmichel remains "just Jim," right down to answering his own mail.