Monday, November 12, 2018

Ep. 441: Free Soloist - Austin Howell

Free Soloing is definitely stupid in a lot of ways. We don't condone the sport. However, Austin Howell struck me as particularly calculated and contemplative in his approach to soloing. Listen in on what goes on in the mind of a free soloist and Austin's thoughts on why the danger is not his forte nor his focus.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Ep. 440: How a Lyft Ride and a Trip to Disney Led to Starting a Himalayan Trekking Company - Mark Johnson

When most people go to Disney World they're not really inspired to go and start a trekking company halfway around the actual world. As you'll learn from this episode, Mark is not most people. In fact, that trip to Disney coupled with a Lyft ride was enough for him and his wife, Holly, to totally transform their lives to pursue a dream that seemed impossible, especially to the folks around them in rural Tennessee. I hope you're as inspired as I am after hearing about this amazing adventure that should prove to us that anything is possible from anywhere, you just have to start moving.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Ep. 439: From Alcoholic to an Alaska Adventure Revisited - Robert Shearon

After battling a drug and alcohol addiction in college, Robert Shearon wanted a way to celebrate sobriety while giving back to the organization that helped him triumph. So he decided to ride a 50cc Honda Ruckus scooter 4600 miles from Vail, Colorado to Anchorage, Alaska. Listen in to hear Robert's story of overcoming his struggle and taking the trip of a lifetime one slow mile at a time.
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Ep. 438: Adventure in the Navajo Nation - Vernan Kee

Today's guest, Vernan Kee, talks about his life growing up on the enormous Navajo Nation in the Four Corners area, his adventures away from home in the military and in college, as well as his recent return home to help bring a passion for outdoor and adventure to his people. 

Currently, Vernan is a freelance graphic designer who is exploring his Indigenous homeland in order to share its beauty with the world. I hope you enjoy this conversation about life, adventure, and the healing power of Mother Nature.


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Ep. 437: Life Outside the Box - First Solo Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Globe - Erden Eruc

Erden Eruc has a world-class adventure resume. With 15 Guinness World Records, tens of thousands of miles of first-ever human-powered achievements, and an emotional story that started his journeys, you'd think he'd have a best-selling book and endless speaking engagements by now. As you'll hear, none of these things have come into fruition for Erden. It has been a grind from the beginning to the present. However, that hasn't crushed his thirst for adventure and need for bigger and bigger challenges. It certainly hasn't taken away from the amazing feats Erden has accomplished. Actually, the fact he doesn't have huge sponsors and crowds of fans makes his motivation all the more impressive.

What are you willing to go through to chase your dream? Will it be worth it in the end? Listen in on today's episode from someone who knows how lonely it can be on the top.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Ep: 436: From Attorney to Mountaineer Revisited- Grace McDonald

Grace McDonald found herself working incredibly long hours as an attorney. However, her desire to climb the world's greatest mountains got the best of her. She traded in her security and career for a pair of crampons and hit the ground running (well trekking really). She hasn't looked back since. We caught up with her to see if she's found what she's looking for.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Special - The Most Scared I've Ever Been in the Outdoors

There have only been a few times in my life I was truly terrified. This story was the worst of those times.

Happy Halloween!

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Ep. 435: Solo Circumnavigation of Lake Winnipeg at 18 Years Old - Alex Martin

Alex is not your typical 18 years old. Instead of setting out to trade school, college, or hanging out at home after the summer of high school graduation, Alex decided he wanted to do something adventurous to transition into this new phase of life called adulthood. That desire led him to kayak 1,750 km around the edges of Lake Winnipeg, something incredibly daunting considering the remoteness of much of the lake as well as the unpredictable weather.
Alex is incredibly articulate for his age and understands that this trip was an amazing opportunity to show the world the importance of keeping resources like Lake Winnipeg free of pollution, invasive species, and a refuge for the human soul. He’s already an experienced adventurer and we’re super excited that Alex joined us for this interview as we’re sure he’ll be an even bigger name in the outdoor community very soon.


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Friday, October 26, 2018

Ep. 434: Life Outside the Box - Starting An Outdoor Gear Store From Scratch - Jimmy Funkhouser

So is it difficult to build an outdoor business and brand from nothing in one of the meccas of the outdoor industry? You guessed it. It might take you investing your entire life savings or living in a van for months on end or even giving up almost everything (including your sanity) to realize your dream.  Like I've always said, chasing your dreams can be a nightmare. We hope you enjoy this open and honest discussion with Feral Mountain Co. founder, Jimmy Funkhouser. After listening about the highs and lows of building something from nothing, we hope you get out there and try something incredibly difficult yourself.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ep. 433: 15,000 Miles in a Homemade 12 Foot Boat Revisited - Stephen Ladd

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One day Steve Ladd decided he would build a 250 lb, 12-foot row/sailboat called 'Squeak' to travel 15,000 miles down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers as well as rivers and open water in South America over the course of three years.  This is his story and this is what true adventure is all about! Enjoy!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Ep. 432: Alpine Climbing and Using Wilderness For Healing - Ari Schneider

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Ari Schneider is a rock, ice, and alpine climber a backcountry skier, outdoor educator, author, and speaker. Today he shared with us his stories of passion for climbing and wilderness and their usefulness for healing life’s many scarring experiences.  Listen and learn.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Ep. 431: Life Outside the Box with The Metal Cowboy - Joe Kurmaskie

Joe Kurmaskie, better known as The Metal Cowboy, is an award-winning author of eight non-fiction memoirs of his many travels and adventures. His books, as well as performances, are packed with humor, history, and philosophy of what it truly means to be a human on this crazy Earth. The one thing in Joe's stories that never changes is the fact that he sees, hears, and feels the details of his human experience through the seat of his trusty metal steed, the bicycle. Take it from us, reading his books is one heck of an unforgettable ride.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ep. 431: A 10-Year Journey Through Patagonia On Horseback Revisited - Nancy Pfeiffer

As a neophyte horsewoman with a minimal command of the Spanish language, Nancy rode off across Patagonia, alone, on horseback. Over the next decade and three thousand miles of rugged horse trail, Patagonia’s wild country and the hardy pioneers who settled there took her in and changed her. The book "Riding Into the Heart of Patagonia" is the story of that journey. It is also the story of Patagonia, a spectacular wilderness and rich, self-sufficient culture on the brink of rapid change. Her book is now available.  Link below.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ep. 430: Biking 100,000 miles with Craig Christensen

Craig Christensen is not the type of adventurer that wants a film crew or sponsors or to even get his name out there. Today we take a break from the well-known headliners of the adventure world and interview someone we can all relate to.  Craig shows us that pure passion and humility can still build an impressive adventure resume, one day at a time.

Ep. 429: Life Strategies For Long-Term Vagabonding - Rolf Potts

Today's episode features the man who wrote 'the book' on long-term world travel, Rolf Potts.
Rolf's travel writing has appeared in National Geographic TravelerOutsideSalon.comSlate.comThe Guardian, and World Hum.
When not traveling Rolf spends his time on a plot of land in rural Kansas.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ep. 428: Ultra Running Mountains and The Gift of Failure - Josh Sanders

Josh is a dad, husband, and entrepreneur who lives in Michigan. Yet he still takes the time to get out there and crush some fastest-known-times in very mountainous places.  This past summer he ran and hiked his way up 10 Colorado 14ers in 23 hours and 33 minutes, breaking the record for the most 14,000-foot summits in a day.  

However, it wasn't his first attempt at the record.  Listen to today's episode to find out what Josh has to say about facing failure, doing what you love, and not backing down.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Ep. 427: Submarine Diving the Great Blue Hole of Belize with NatGeo Explorer, Erika Bergman

Erika Bergman is a submarine pilot, engineer, and a National Geographic Explorer who will be taking Sir Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau (grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau) on a submarine adventure into the depth of Belize's Great Blue Hole. In 2013 she received a National Geographic Explorers grant for her "Classrooms Under the Sea" expedition which live-streamed submarine expeditions to classrooms. She's a superb storyteller with many interesting tales and accomplishments to share!

She is also the Founder of GEECs - Global Engineering & Exploration Counselors; providing a network of thrilling engineering camps to girls around the world.


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Friday, October 5, 2018

Ep. 426: Life Outside the Box: The Joys and Struggles of Starting Something From Nothing with Rachel Meyer of Summit Fit

Rachel shares some great insight from her experience of starting a new business with young kids while living in a new place all around her passion for fitness and the outdoors.  She definitely has serious drive for what she does! Keep up the great work, Rachel!

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Ep. 425: Bike Touring, Florida and Fatherhood with Paul Austin

In this episode, Mason interviews his best friend, Paul Austin, about their many travels together.  Paul shares how adventures in the mountains help him return home to Florida to find new and exciting challenges to do there, as well as his plans to run with his 3-year-old daughter across the state!  You'll also hear how pursuing adventure sports may not always lead us to the places of peace that we hope.  We hope you enjoy listening!

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Ep. 424: Combating Bipolar Disorder With Adventure Sports - Georgina Jackson

So many of us deal with mental health issues but we can feel isolated in our struggle.  It's hard to talk about.  However, it's no secret that speaking to someone about it and getting outside can help tremendously. In this episode, Georgina Jackson opens up about her struggle with bipolar disorder and how climbing helps her figuratively and literally reach new heights. If mental health is something you may be struggling with, please seek help.  There's no shame in that!  MOST people will deal with it at some point in their lives.

I hope you enjoy this open and honest discussion and hope it inspires you to continue adventuring wherever you are.

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