When it comes to Adventure Sports, Bret really does it all. Mountaineering, backpacking, kayaking, adventure travel and more! Today Bret recounts how he and his wife Bonnie reconnected and grew even closer as they trekked together in Europe. The value of adventure sports goes well beyond just the adventure itself! Thanks, Bret!
Adventures don’t always have to involve scrambling to oxygen depleted peaks or leaping from perfectly good airplanes. You could always have your adventure on your leather love seat which is mounted to a custom bicycle chassis. Brent Curry and his buddy Eivind did just that. Once their couchbike creation was complete in 2002, they set off on their comfortable pedaling tour of eastern Canada’s coastline.
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!
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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.
The Tour Divide is over 2700 miles of self-supported time trial endurance riding along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route stretching between Banff, Alberta, Canada and the US-Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The route was created in 1997 by the Adventure Cycling Association. For 19 years now, bike packers have tackled this route with top riders finishing in just over two weeks while others don’t make it at all. Jim Goodyear is on the show today to fill us in on the experience and mental test that the Tour Divide provides.
If you love backpacking, then you will LOVE day trip mountaineering. This show is packed with everything you need to know to safely climb 14ers, 13ers, or any prominent peak. Mountaineering is one of the most rewarding hobbies one can have. The benefits include: physical fitness, learning to overcome, learning about oneself, amazing connections to nature, stress relief and the rush of the view from the top. New climbers, this show was created to equip you to bag your first summit safely and successfully. Experienced climbers, you will enjoy comparing notes, and please leave your comments with your tips and tricks for the sport.
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Foot pain and blisters - most of us, in our Adventure hobbies, have had to deal with these annoying ailments. Jon Vonhof is here today to educate us on proper foot care and hopefully to provide a few good tips and tricks that will keep our feet out of trouble. Jon is an ultra-runner and foot care expert. He’s volunteered his knowledge and services at running events around the globe patching up 1000’s of tattered feet. He spends time speaking to runners and hikers about being good stewards of their feet. With more than 20 ultra-marathons under his belt including competing 3 times in the 100-mile Western States ultra and 10 times in the Santa Rosa 24-hour track run, John has the experience to guide us to great foot care. His book “Fixing Your Feet: Injury Prevention & Treatments for Athletes” is I it’s 6th edition and continues to be a leading manual for proper foot care.
Leon Logothetis restores hope to humanity. His world travels inspire us all to connect, get real, and relate to the people behind the places. If you are looking for a dose of stories from the heart, then this show is for you. Leon shares from his experiences with adventure travel around the world on his yellow motorcycle. But his adventures are less about the bike and the distances covered or even the places seen. Leon's adventures are adventures of humanity--adventures of the heart.
Since 1955, horseback riders have been taking part in an event called the Tevis Cup. This 24 hour endurance race starts in Lake Tahoe, California and ends in Auburn 100 miles to the west. Breast cancer survivor Lora Wereb recently took on this grueling challenge in the race’s 61st year.
Listen in to a special update episode where Travis chats with Jolandie Rust about her crazy schedule since the first interview back in February of 2015. We also catch up with Greg Valenzuela (hint: he's not in South America anymore). Bryan Snyder is back on to let us know where he's been hiking this summer and Gavan Hennigan returns to let us in on his cross-Atlantic rowing preparations.
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Curt and Travis share some fun from their recent backpacking trip in the James Peak Wilderness and an unexpected summit of the 13,300 foot James Peak. What is it really like to backpack in Colorado wilderness and summit a major mountain? Listen in on the fun!
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Dr. Kate Leeming is an expedition adventure traveler. She has biked a lot--more than twice the distance around the globe! Her travels have taken her through Europe, across Siberia, through Africa, all around Australia, for nice chilly ride in Greenland, and now she has Antarctica in her sites! Why not ride a bike to the South Pole! Listen in to hear all about what she has learned from her travels, about her ambitious plans for Antarctica, and even about all wheel drive adventure bicycles.
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Liam Cremins stops by to share his experiences from thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and his advice for those considering the challenge. He also tells us of his dream to float down the Mississippi river on a home-made Huck Finn raft.
Jeff Glasbrenner has goals. Big ones. As he summited Aconcagua, his guide suggested he climb Everest. Why not? So he did. Now, not only does he have his sights set on the seven summits, but he is also planning on skiing to both the north and south poles. Jeff is a motivational speaker who inspires us to live our dreams, no matter what our challenges may be. You see, Jeff has only one leg. Thanks, Jeff, for a great Everest trip report! And thanks for reminding us to live life large!
Five years ago Luisa and Graeme Bell along with there kids Keelan and Jessica set out to explore the African continent via Overland vehicle. It didn't take but a few days back in the home in South Africa to realize that they needed to see more. Much more! So they put their existing lives aside, purchased a 2009 Land Rover Defender 130 and outfitted it for full-time living. The Bells then started to roam. Their travels have taken them around the African continent nearly twice and then up through South and Central America winding them through the United States and up to Alaska. We've caught up with them while they are house sitting in Baja Mexico. Listen in to hear how they do it and what experiences they've had so far!
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After over 20 years as a technical rock climber, Tom Jones discovered the desert and the joys of canyoneering! Listen in as Tom gives us an excellent introduction to this fascinating sport and recounts some great stories about canyoneering. What is it like to rap down into a deep sandstone slot and to walk and climb where few have ever gone before? Magical lighting, oases in the desert, the wind singing through the rocks.... Sound like the adventure for you? This is the show for you.
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While thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1996, Whitney LaRuffa found his new hiking companion, a wandering dog which he named Erwin after the town in Tennessee where they met. Erwin continued the AT hike the rest of the way through to Maine and went on to accompany Allgood for 13 years on many more hikes. Whitney joins Travis from his Continental Divide Trail thru-hike on today's show to talk about hiking with dogs and the adventures of hiking America's greatest trails.
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 the keynote speaker and the owner of Earth Treks climbing gyms. Don't miss this one. Great show, Chris! Thanks!
Craig Dinkel's adventurous life began with a near-drowning at the very young age of just 2. But instead of this experience leaving him with a fear of water, Craig ultimately became an excellent swimmer competing for Cal State and qualifying for the Olympic trials. He’s an entrepreneur having grown a company from ground level into a half billion dollar market only to be wiped out by the dot com crash. Craig eventually found himself at the summit of 13,775 ft Grand Teton in Wyoming and ultimately catching the bug to attempt a through hike of the Continental Divide Trail and hopefully bag the triple crown thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Craig is also the founder and owner of the supplements company BioTropic Labs.
Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak extending 19,341 ft above sea level. As the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, it’s made up of 3 volcanic cones, the highest being Kibo which is currently dormant. Although Kibo hasn’t erupted in 360,000 years, there’s always a chance it could do so again someday. On today’s show, Jeff Timmons talks about his ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro and his unique way of funding his amazing adventure.
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Today's show is a continuation of Monday's show on Backpacking. This one is packed even more full of know how, tips, and tricks for making your next backpacking trip more fun and rewarding. There is a LOT of information in this show, so make sure to have a pen and some paper ready. And please add your ideas to the show notes by leaving a comment below. Thanks!
Backpacking season is upon us and it is timely to talk about all things backpacking. If you love the sport or if you are just curious, then tune it. Tips, tricks, and some fun stories. This part 1 of the 2-part show covers reasons to go backpacking, packs, tents, and a lot more. Part 2 will get into footwear, food, first aid, places to go, etc. You know you have been curious. It is time to make it happen!
Claire Smallwood is a free skier, private chef as well as the executive director and co-founder of SheJumps.org a non profit organization dedicated to getting women and girls into the outdoors and teaching them the skills they need to thrive. She currently resides in Alta, Utah where she's also a sous chef at the Wildcat Chalet. LISTEN IN TO FIND OUT HOW TO SAVE 25% AT BIG AGNES TOO!
Alright folks, no more excuses. No matter your challenge, you will benefit from enlarging our life with adventure sports. Check out today's show where Matt Feeney rocks the mic with the stories we all need to hear to remind us that life is to be lived powerfully and on purpose, no matter the circumstances. Matt Feeney was an avid mountain biker and skier when a cliff diving accident at Lake Powell in 1988 left him paralyzed from the waist down. Since then he has again become an amazing skier and biker and SCUBA diver and more..., as well as founding the amazing organization, Adaptive Adventures. He teaches us all NOT to give up, but to adapt to a life better lived. Thanks, Matt!
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Ian Packham is a trained medical researcher turned adventurer. He decided to circumnavigate the African continent by means of public transportation. The trip was this first time anyone had done this solo and unsupported. During his 13 month – 25,000 mile trip, Ian was mistaken for an undercover UN official during Liberia’s presidential election and was denied access to the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was a 2013 runner-up for the National Geographic Traveler writing competition and his new book “Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport” chronicles his adventure.
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How about a Caribbean Sailing vacation with Nate Marr in Vieques!! Nate took a holiday to Vieques to escape a hard Massachusetts' winter and was so impressed that he quit his corporate job and became a charter boat captain! Hear all about sailing the Caribbean and the amazing life that Nate has built there.
Also, the show starts today with a short Iceland adventure trip report!
And to see a short (4 min) slide show on our Iceland trip...