George Kourounis is back! Our favorite storm chasing, volcano descending global adventurer returns to fill us in on his most recent expeditions to northern Manitoba visiting Polar Bears, Myanmar photographing the tattooed women of Chin State, a volcano in Vanuatu and into the most dangerous volcano in Africa. He also shares some of his stories from an epic tornado season where he witnessed 9 tornadoes in a single day! George even shot a commercial for a restaurant where he descended into an active volcano in Guatemala to snatch a piece of lava for the shoot. He ends the show with his plans to backpack and camp in North Korea during these currently-heated political times. Not one to shy away from an adventure George always comes through!
Anna-Marie Watson grew up in an outdoor-loving, adventurous family. The adventures continued as she served nearly a decade in the British Army. Upon leaving the military, she knew she did not want a standard job and "normal" life. So, what did she do? She flew to New Zealand to bicycle the country. This started a series of adventures that led her to competing in the world half Ironman, running (and winning second female) the Marathon De Sables, and many other adventures. And she is not slowing down. She is currently training for The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc – a 171 km race around Mont Blanc. She offers coaching services as well through her company, Reach For More Coaching. She shares much about what it takes to build an adventure-focused lifestyle.
Dina Mishev moved to Jackson Hole, WY so she could live her life of adventure. While there, she was dealt two blows of bad news. At 30 years old, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and then 9 years later, she learned she had stage 3 breast cancer. However, as difficult and debilitating these two health issues were for her, she pressed on through and continued to keep adventure a big part of her life. Listen in as she describes going through this ordeal and how adventure helped her through it all.
Jon Lechasseur joins me today to share the value to adventure sports, especially biking, hiking, and climbing. Jon, from Montreal, was surprised by all the benefits he found when he started biking to work. His enthusiasm continued to grow for adventure sports of all flavors and led him to create his own podcast, Of Mountains and Men. Are you thinking about getting off the sofa and starting a new life of fun, activity and adventure? This episode is for you.
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Did you ever think it were possible to ride a mountain bike to the South Pole? On January 21, 2014, Daniel Burton became the first person to accomplish this. Self-supported with the exception of three aerial food drops along the way, Daniel rode more than 750 miles over 51 days in blistering winds and various snow conditions. Listen in to hear all about this impressive expedition!
What is obstacle racing? Check this out. Racing that is not just about a run or a bike or any other single skill. This is about full-body strength with the challenges of a ninja warrior and the stamina of a marathoner. This is not just going, but going under and over and through…. Margaret Schlachter does a great job of unpacking this sport AND she provides a great example of how one can escape the traditional 8 to 5 to live an adventure sport focused life. It is called Spartan Racing, Tough Mudder Racing, and more. But in the end, it is a full body challenge for those who are not afraid to get dirty. Pretty tough stuff!
Eric Wever represents the southeast with some Mountain Biking talk about the Pisgah National forest in Asheville, NC. We discuss the beauty of riding the trails of the southeastern United States as well how people might get started in mountain bike racing. Eric and his wife Erinna run Pisgah Productions which puts on all kinds of races for mountain bikers and runner. Listen in to get your MTB inspiration fix!
Jon Hogins learned the adventurous side of fly fishing from his dad as he grew up in California. They did amazing trips into the mountains and national parks. But Jon found himself living in the warm water lands of Texas. That did not slow him down. He is passionate about warm water fly fishing for bass, crappie, blue gills, you name it. Fly fishing is the perfect complement for all sorts of outdoors adventures like backpacking, horse packing, snow shoeing, back country skiing and even mountain biking. Why not take a rod along! And you don’t have to be in the land of icy snow melt to enjoy it. Warm water fly fishing. What a blast! We also spend a few minutes on Taiga Coolers—serious coolers for serious adventurers.