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.
Need adventure recipes? Ask Michelle Shea!
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.
Past guest Gavan Hennigan is back on the show! This time we get to hear about Gavan's solo row across the southern Atlantic. What do the stars and the milky way look like at night from the middle of the ocean? How does one cope with 50 days of solitude sitting in a 16 ft rowing for days on end? Gavan discusses overcoming his issues with addiction and how he turned drug addiction into an adventure passion. As if this wasn't enough adventure, Gavan even lets us in on his summer plan to row back across the northern Atlantic from New York City back to his home port in Galway Ireland. Listen in for another dose of inspiration!
Find Gavan on his website at www.gavanhennigan.com
Twitter: @Soulogav https://twitter.com/soulogav
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.
Venture Forth Tours: http://www.ventureforthtours.com/
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.