Adventure sports are all about fun. But that is only the tip of the iceberg! Today's show is about finding your passion, pursuing it, and making a difference in the world. It is also about living a healthy, richer, more fulfilling life. Adventure sports are a whole lot more than just a pastime. Why does the Adventure Sports Podcast even exist? I hope this one might provide a dose of inspiration as I explore this question!
Brian Arnold has been a force to reckon with in the American Ninja Warrior scene. He made history by being the first American to finish stage 3 of Midoriyama, and he is a leader to many of the veteran Ninjas. Brian brings a fierce tenacity to the Wolfpack and motivates the wolves to push harder than anyone else. He is a man of integrity and honor and is as strong in character as he is in might. Brian has been climbing for over 25 years and is a dedicated student of the game of chess. In fact, he has beaten The Ninjadoc in over 200 games with only a handful of losses! If you love chess, comment below and Brian may just play you! Brian is a loving family man and father to his little girl Arie, and together with his beautiful gal, Shanda, has a full house with his other kids Corbin and Cantasia. He freely gives his time and mentorship to his fans around the world. Brian resides in Colorado where he trains incessantly in pursuit of his dreams.
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Michelle Shea joins us today to help solve one of adventures BIGGEST problems; what to eat in the woods. Michelle knows first-hand from her many adventures how challenging it can be to enjoy tasty and nutritious food while on adventures and she decided to do something about it. She started Adventure Dining Guide which shares lots of fresh ideas and common sense about how to eat well even when you are miles from the nearest kitchen. Hey, food matters! Fuel your adventures with Michelle!
From beautiful Gunnison, Colorado, bike mechanic by day and mountain bike ninja the rest of the time, Jefe Branham talks about the ups n downs of packing your mountain bike with the bare essentials and hitting the trail. Jefe won the 2700 mile Tour Divide racing from Canada to Mexico along the Rocky Mountains. He has also won the 500 mile Colorado Trail Race a staggering 4 times! Listen in if you love mountain biking. Heck, listen in if you love adventure!
Check out his blog at: www.jwookieone.com and hit him up in his comments.
In May of 2001, the Brad, his wife, Melissa, and his father were stranded overnight on Mount Evans during a freak late-spring blizzard. Melissa punched through snow into a creek and ended up spending the night out in the cold.... Brad and Melissa McQueen are on a mission to share their story for the benefit of others. This is a story about overcoming tragedy, about a deep love for mountains, and about continuing forward to make a difference in the lives of others and for the sport they love. Don't miss this episode about Colorado 14ers, tragedy, and triumph. Thanks, Brad and Melissa for sharing your amazing story with us today!
Book: Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing
At 38 wins, Karl Meltzer has more 100 mile endurance race victories than any other ultra-runner to date. After 3 attempts Karl succeeded in breaking Scott Jurek's 2015 time by more than 10 hours in September of 2016. Join us as Karl and I talk about his new AT record as well as his 5 wins at the Hardrock 100. Experience the truly inspiring comradery that Karl and Scott shared during their respective attempts.
Ever want to see the world, meet the people, and make a difference that really matters? Zack Smith shares this very inspiring story of how simply going to where the hurt is can develop into a lifelong journey of adventure and caring around the world. It all started when Zach and some colleagues traveled to Haiti to help after the earthquakes there. Next came travel around Africa in a Cessna to remote villages to assist with surgeries. One thing led to another and now they have built a clinic in Nigeria that is caring for people from dozens of villages in the area. Real lives touched. Real impact. Real adventure that matters.
Listen to find out how you can save 30% on Core Third photocells and help provide these products to those in Africa that who need them daily.
Wanna go? E-mail Zach@corethird.com.
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.
Gear! Gear! Gear! Today’s show is a mosaic of new gear interviews from Outdoor Retailer. We have collected information on a variety of new, innovative, or noteworthy products for the adventure community. From portable solar cells for backpackers and tamper proof packs for adventure travelers to ninja warrior lines for the backyard and doggy carriers for hiking and biking. Not our standard format, but a delight for you gear junkies out there and a peek into the goings on at Outdoor Retailer.
Grace McDonald found herself working all hours as an attorney in Canada. However her desire to climb the world's greatest mountains got the best of her. She traded in her long hours in law work 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 have her fill us in on what she's been up to and what kinds of experiences she's had from the summits.
Jeff Golden of the Colorado Mountain Club rejoins the Adventure Sports Podcast today to visit about climbing Colorado's 14ers again, but this time in the winter! Why wait for the short summer season? Winter mountaineering is beautiful and can be done safely with a little training and the right gear. Jeff does a fantastic job of explaining all about it on today's show. Winter climbing rocks -- er, SNOWS!
Matt McFee founded AZT Expeditions out of Sedona, Arizona. He's here to talk about mountain biking the desert southwest on the Arizona Trail.
What happens when two thru hikers get serious about exploring the planet? What happens when they decide the 8 to 5 is not the road for them? What happens when they are also ultra runners and also have a one-year old son? All sorts of enriching experiences, that's what! Matt and Julie Urbanski are really making it happen exploring the planet on their terms and what a great ride it is! Don't miss this one. Adventure travel, thru hiking, and raising their infant son to boot!
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Colorado native, Jon Kedrowski has stood on the summit of Mt. Everest, skied 20 volcanoes in the Cascade mountain range and has earned his PHD in Environmental Geology among many other accomplishments. But the adventure he is here to talk about today is his successful attempt at summiting every one of Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks AND sleeping on top of each of them in the process. Listen in to be inspired!
Happy New Year! Enjoy this holiday flashback! Tom Smith is the Executive Director of Summit Adventure. Want some life-changing adventures and college credit to boot? Summit might be for you. Listen in as Tom tells of stories of impactful travel, cultural immersion, mountaineering, and more. Tom is an avid tele skier, climber, and mountain biker who has made his passion for adventure sports into a career helping others with life-changing experiences—and it is not just for college students. Check it out!
Book: Hold Mine Hand
About Summit Adventure:
Participants throughout the years have told us that their experiences have been truly transformational, whether domestically in Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Death Valley or internationally in Ecuador, Mexico and Israel. Summit Adventure works with a wide range of groups, including youth (age 12+), college students, parents, adults and individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Although every course is different, typical course components include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, rappelling, orienteering, trekking, cultural immersion and service.
A holiday flashback episode with Eric Bader, founder of the Boulder Outdoor Center in Boulder, CO. Eric talks to us today about the awesome aspects of whitewater rafting and the various adventures available to our listeners.
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Great holiday flashback for you about biking the length of the Americas! In July 2015, Chris Lally and Danny Beech attempted a new world record for riding the Pan-American Highway from the farthest north point of the Americas to the farthest south. Listen in on this grand adventure with Danny on today's show. Great stories! If you love cycling, travel, and chasing big dreams, then this show is for you!
Since a young boy, George Kourounis has been intrigued with Earth's forces of nature and the amazing weather patterns it throws at us. His adventurous life has landed him in the middle of tornadoes, deep inside caves 900 ft below ground, hurricanes, forest fires and erupting volcanoes. George shares his passion for this way of life as the host of Angry Planet and has filmed various documentaries including some for the National Geographic Channel, CNN and the BBC.
How about some sunny beaches and SCUBA for the holidays? Today's holiday flashback episode takes us there! 2/3 of our world is water. Why only explore 1/3 of it? Scott Taylor provides an exciting introduction to the wonderful world of SCUBA, adventure travel and the joys of SCUBA for adaptive adventurers! Thanks, Scott for a great show!
Al Hancock talks about mountaineering, summiting the highest peak on each of the 7 continents and his Big 14 Challenge project where he's working on becoming the first Canadian to climb the 14 tallest peaks in the world. Happy Holidays!
Welcome to this holiday flash back! Chris Warner has been a professional climber since 1983 leading over 200 international expeditions. He has summited at over 19,000 feet more than 120 times! If you want to know more about mountaineering, this is the episode for you. Listen in today as he describes a lot about climbing and a lot about leadership and building great teams. Chris is also a keynote speaker and the owner of Earth Treks climbing gyms. If you have heard this, it is definitely worth another listen, but for those of you who have not heard, this will be a real treat.
Adventure Sports Podcast friend 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 book, "Off the Map: Fifty-five Weeks of Adventuring in the Great American Wilderness and Beyond". Currently, he teaches at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Gaviota Tidepool School.
Get Book 2! Further Off The Map: Fifty-Three Tales of Adventure Along the Rougher Edges of American Wilderness (Volume 2)
Free book: www.offthemapbooks.com
Jono loves adventure! Jonathan Eastwell has created an adventure focused life that is really inspiring. Teaching surfing in Hong Kong, heli skiing in northern Canada, biking across Canada from sea to sea, and helping to run a MASSIVE SUPER zipline course are just a few of his adventures. This show is a hoot! Keep it up, Jono!
Brian Brown, along with his wife and one of his daughters, flew out of northern California in their personal plane, a Cessna 172, with plans to visit their oldest daughter in Mountain Home, ID. The trip was going well until weather started filling in the skies directly in their path. After diverting to an abandoned airfield to wait out the storm for a while, they saw what they thought was their chance to continue on. It didn't take long before their plans were drastically changed. The plane was engulfed in low-level clouds making it impossible for safe visual flight. In attempt to find a solution, the plane with the three family members aboard, slammed into the side of a mountain in Idaho. The book is: "Rescued: One Family's Miraculous Story of Survival"
As if climbing a typical 14,000 ft mountain is isn't enough of an accomplishment, Junaid and his buddy Luke successfully summited every one of the Colorado 14ers in a single trip. Listen in to this Thanksgiving special rewind and get inspired!