In October 2016 Anna McNuff saddled up on a bike called Bernard and set off as part of a two-woman team on a mission to explore some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the Southern Andes.
Side by side, she and her friend Faye Shepherd spent 184 days pedaling their way 5,500 miles through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. From the bustling city of La Paz, all the way down to Ushuaia – the last sizeable chunk of land before you reach Antarctica. Far from taking the shortest, most direct route, they sought the most mountainous course possible. By the time they returned to the UK in spring 2017 they had ascended over 100,000 metres – equivalent to 11 times the height of Everest – on their bicycles.
New Zealand Book: "The Pants of Perspective"
London2London:Via the World
Between 2011 and 2015, Sarah Outen kayaked, cycled and rowed over 20,000 miles around the northern hemisphere - across Europe and Asia, the Pacific, North America and the Atlantic. It was a journey of contrasts and extremes in terrain, weather, cultures and climates.
Book: "Dare to Do"
Kickstarter campaign for the film of London2London:Via the World film : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sarahouten/london2london-via-the-world-by-sarah-outen-and-jen
On today's show, Curt spends some time discussing the dangers of adventure sports and things you can do to help mitigate them. Adventure sports can be dangerous, but you can do a lot to stay safe.
Krista Halling, Glen Chilton and their mascot Alfred the Kingfisher paddle 250 miles from the source of the River Thames in rural England, through 44 locks and then through the city of London and around the north coast of Kent, to inspire school children and others to have outdoor adventures, big or small.
Glen's Site: www.glenchilton.com/falling-down-the-thames-for-young-adventurers
Jerry Holl decided on a whim that he'd like to embark on an experience of a lifetime by riding a bicycle from Alaska to Mexico. With little to no cycling training, he did just that. Listen in to hear about this awesome adventure and try not to be inspired! Don't forget to check out his book about his trip too: "Downhills Don't Come Free"
The Wayfaring Band is not an upcoming group of musicians out of Seattle, but they are a band of adventurous and caring people who help those with disabilities get out and travel the country and world. Andrea Moore is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Wayfaring Band and she's on today to fill us in on what it is they do.
Brittany and Frank Konsella are back to talk about the beauty of mountain biking. If you are into mountain biking or have had the desire to pick it up as your next adventure sport, you won't want to miss this one. So sit back, relax and enjoy some MTB!
CBG Trail Quest App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.gomaps.cbgtrailsmap
Uriel Eisen and Maggie Burke made their own Bikepacking bags and tent to go bikepacking in the Ecuadorian Andes. There were a lot of unknowns going in. Neither of them spoke much Spanish and neither of had done much high altitude activities. It was challenging at times with brutally rugged terrain, but the friendly people and the grandeur of the Andes made it incredibly rewarding for these two! Check it out.
Uriel's Site: www.urieleisen.com
Uriel Instagram: www.instagram.com/urieleisen
Maggie's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Resources at www.bikepacking.com
This is a must hear episode. Airline pilot, open ocean rower, mountaineer & back country skiier, Laval St. Germain visits for a very powerful discussion on climbing, skiing and open ocean rowing. Laval is currently the only Canadian to have successfully summited Mt. Everest without the use of oxygen. He also shares the story of his son's tragic death while out canoeing. However, he and his wife have managed to turn this tragedy into motivation to live life to the fullest. Tune in and let Laval inspire you for or on your next adventure!
Web Site: www.lavalstgermain.com
Wow what an intense episode. Chris Warner does a great job of relaying what it's like to summit K2 on this episode. If you've ever dreamed of one day doing it yourself, be sure to listen in to get the details. WARNING: There is some detailed discussion on deaths experienced on the mountain. Please consider before allowing children to listen in or if you have a weak stomach.
Web site: www.chrisbwarner.com
Earth Treks Climbing: www.earthtreksclimbing.com
Here's a different adventure sport for you. Phoebe Smith spends her time in the outdoors Extreme Sleeping. With a bright and cheerful personality, Phoebe describes sleeping in remote and extreme locations. Listen in and broaden your adventure portfolio!
Linus Wilson is back on to bring us up to speed on his continued slow boat sailing around the world. Linus is a financial professor who uses his vacation time to continue his progress. He's always good for some laughs while on the show, so tune in and enjoy!
Audibook for .99 cents in September 2017 only: https://gumroad.com/l/KUkcA
You can also get his book "Slow Boat to Cuba" as an e-book for free on September 16th, 2017 too. Just visit his site on that day: www.slowboatsailing.com
Nate Marr & Vieques hurricane update: At the beginning of the episode, Curt gives an update for Nate Marr with Marauder Sailing. Hurricane Irma hit Vieques fairly hard. If you are looking for a way to help out after Irma, please head to Nate's GoFundMe link to chip in. Marauder Sailing will match the first $5000 raised in aid. https://www.gofundme.com/helpviequesafterirma
Make sure you go sign up for the ASP Facebook Group! We are working to establish a community where we can all help one another with our adventures. https://www.facebook.com/groups/444700455930801
Scott and Jo-Roxy moved to the United States from Australia and decided to cycle across the country to get familiar with their new home. Jo-Roxy had only learned to ride a bicycle a few years earlier. They began their ride began in April from Philadelphia and rode through to Denver, up to Jackson Hole, WY then down to Hurricane, Utah and caught some buses through some hot bits before cycling into Los Angeles in early July.
Graham Hiemstra is on the show today to fill us in on bikepacking the Oregon Outback Trail.
From www.oregonbikepacking.com "We think this is hands-down the best bikepacking route in Oregon. Starting in Klamath Falls near the California border, you get to traverse the entire length of the state on lightly traveled roads including a slice of route’s namesake area – the Oregon Outback – a dusty, remote portion of the state populated primarily by coyotes and rattlesnakes. Expect desolation, extremely limited water and services, and some of the most beautiful riding anywhere. But don’t expect it to be easy; this is one of our most difficult, committing routes. Highlights include the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, 30 oz. steaks at the Cowboy Dinner Tree, Fort Rock, the Crooked River, the Ochoco Mountains, and amazing views of the Deschutes and Columbia Rivers."
Bryan Snyder left upstate New York in 1995 and has spent two decades teaching natural sciences at various outdoor schools across the country, from Maine to Hawaii. He received his masters in Environmental Education and Administration from Prescott College and is the author of the outdoor adventure "Off the Map" books trilogy. He's back on the show to share more adventure tales from his trips exploring the American west.
Free book + Books 2 & 3: www.offthemapbooks.com
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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