Paula ‘Must Try Harder’ McGuire isn’t exactly your average adventurer. She doesn’t even own a sleeping bag. In fact, Paula spent her early years hiding from life and seeking better places to hide, eventually finding her world shrinking to the confines of her own home without an escape route. Thirty years of crippling social anxiety will do that to a girl. Adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012 and, ever since, she has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery. So far, it’s working.
Ya, this one is not our standard format. We decided to relive some memories about how the Adventure Sports Podcast has impacted our lives and visit a bit about what we see on the horizon for the show as a way to celebrate 300 episodes of ASP.
Rerun - Imagine the Hurculean effort it takes to summit 29,035' Mt Everest. Now imagine reaching the summit and enjoying the fruits of your accomplishment only to realize your vision is fading rapidly with no one around to help you get back down. Brian Dickinson is on the show to tell us about his Blind Descent.
Summer Break Rerun. Learn about the Hell's Canyon wilderness and the Seven Devils mountains as Sam Thackeray tells us all about his 7 days thru hiking the area. Believe it or not, Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in the United States, deeper than the Grand Canyon! Sam talks about this trip as well as some packrafting, canoeing and climbing on today's show.
Luke Kloberdanz visits with Curt about his thru hike of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a thousand-mile footpath that highlights these landscape features as it travels through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The Trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails.
But the Ice Age Trail is more than a path through the woods. It is a place for mental and physical rejuvenation, a place to unwind after a hard day and enjoy the landscape of Wisconsin. More than 1 million people use the Ice Age Trail each year to hike and snowshoe, to backpack, to disconnect and reconnect.
Behind the scenes, a vibrant community of volunteers across the state work to build and maintain the Trail, making it one of the country’s best hiking experiences.
Steve Ladd decided he would build a 250 lb, 12-foot row/sail boat 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.
Jim Lamancusa is on today's show to talk about ski mountaineering up Mt. Rainier as well as some Colorado 14er climbing.
The 2017 Tour Divide winner Brian Lucido is on this episode talking all things bikepacking and about what it's like to compete in and finish first in the 2700+ mile un-sanctioned mountain bike race. We also address the pros and cons of tandem biking!
Nolan Hurd, one of the Bent Gate Mountaineering BC101 clinic leaders, is back to help us understand rock climbing. Whether you have never donned a climbing harness and crammed your feet into a pair of climbing shoes, or you're an old veteran of the sport, you'll enjoy this one.
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