Whether you love to run or would never run, this show is inspiring and tons of fun. Todd Lewis takes us on a journey from nearly collapsing attempting a 5K run through years of falling in love with ultra-running and overcoming challenge after challenge to finally achieve his goal of completing a 100 mile race. This is the real deal, folks. Todd shares how you can overcome to achieve your dreams too. Thanks, Todd for a wonderful visit and for sharing your dreams with us!
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.
email Robert: Rkshearon@gmail.com
Gina joins the Adventure Sports Podcast from the UK today to share her experiences with endurance cycle racing. Gina was the female soloist winner of Revolve 24 in 2016. To accomplish this feat, she bicycled 497 km with nearly 29,000 feet of elevation rise in only 24 hours! As amazing as this is, I think it is her backstory and wonderful personality that really make this show a must listen. And what's next? She is now training for the most challenging bike race in the world, The Race Across America.
Nolan Hurd, one of the Bent Gate Mountaineering BC101 clinic leaders, spends some time to educate us on Avalanche Safety. If you are a beginner and know nothing about how avalanches and how they work or even if you are a seasoned professional, you are in for some excellent information we all need to have before entering the snow-filled back country!
Nepal is about a whole lot more than just trying to climb the highest peaks on the planet. Andrew Wood shares his detailed accounts of trekking in Nepal and offers some tips for others who would like to hike in the high valleys, encounter amazing culture, and view the Himalayas in all their glory.
See the pictures and videos that go with the stories on Andrew’s Youtube channel.
Johnston Julao joins us in this episode to talk about some mountain biking and hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains as well as his successful summit of Mt Rainier. He also tells us about his trip plans for a 6 month journey from California down through Central America and South America to Ushuaia on a motorcycle.
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Shawn Forry joins us today to recount how he and Justin Lichter thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in the winter! This is no small feat and as far as records tell, no one has managed it before! There is a whole lot more than just the PCT in this show. Shawn has also hiked the AT, the CDT, the Colorado Trial, the Long Trail, and many, many more. Don't miss this one! Fantastic!
Edwin Olding has figured out how to live life on the road while supporting himself as a filmmaker. We catch up with him down in Costa Rica to talk about how he does it. Edwin made the video of prior guest Sam Thackeray's thru-hike of the Seven Devils Wilderness in Idaho. We discuss Edwin's experiences from that adventure as well as what he's seen and done in China, Nicaragua and Cuba. Listen in for some world travel inspiration!
See Edwin's work: www.noanchor.com
Seven Devils Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EllfXaKPqsM&t=3s
Returning Guests Frank and Brittany Konsella join us today to share some of their experiences skiing 14ers and also to visit about something that should be really dear to every adventure sport enthusiast; public lands access. The US Forest Service has a tough job managing our public lands with such a diversity of opinions about how the public lands should be used by enthusiasts today and by future generations. Frank and Brittany are running point in this discussion for access decisions pending near their home in Crested Butte, Colorado. If you love adventure, then it is critical to have understanding of public lands charters and access issues.
Allan Karl was on our show way back in episode #6! He's been to a lot more places since that first appearance and he's back to talk about them. Listen in too hear about the amazing people he met and the experiences he had while filming for a pilot episode of his planned travel documentary series. He's been to China, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Istanbul, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and more since we last spoke.
Pick up his book “FORKS: A QUEST FOR CULTURE, CUISINE, AND CONNECTION” — an adventure that will awaken your senses and inspire your spirit. Explore 35 countries on five continents: stories of connection and culture, more than 700 stunning photos, and flavors and food: recipes from each country. You can even save 20% if you're a member of our ASP Member Deals site. Check it out!
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.
Check out the Wolfpack: www.wolfpackninjas.com
Come see the tour: www.wolfpackninjatour.com
Get the toys: www.slackersline.com
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.