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...
Father and son team, Ben & Ken Kriederman spent over 3 months and more than 16,000 miles riding their BMW R1200GS Adventures from Boulder, CO down through Central and South America. Ben is the owner of House of Motorrad in Boulder where they rent adventure motorcycles as well as service bikes from all makes. Check out the Adventuring South blog about their trip at the link below.
Put on your seat belt. Get ready to be blown away. Volcanoes. Ultra Marathon from Mount Everest. Marathon des Sables. Adventure travel. AND... The Ultimate Triathlon - 2000 kilometer swim, bike, run from Morocco to Monaco in 12 days. But there is a whole more to Luke Tyburski than these amazing feats. Luke shares deeply from his own life to inspire and encourage. Listen in to find out what makes Luke tick, but more than that, you are likely to learn something new about yourself along the way.
Heather Kelly from Heather's Choice Meals for Adventuring is on the show to talk about her 25 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon as well as explain a little about pack rafting. She spends some time teaching us about the benefits of a Paleo diet too!
Phil Walczynski brings a lifetime of rafting and kayaking experience to the show today and shares the joy of being on the water. With the snow melting and the rivers rising, it is time to talk white water! What to take, where to go, how to make it into the dream trip you have been waiting for. If it is about rafting, you will hear it on today's show. What's more, Phil Shares how his company, Down River Equipment Company, is there to help.
Holy cow. What a really nice woman Patty Wagstaff was to speak with. Listen in to hear about her amazing career in aviation and aircraft aerobatics. If you know aviation, you know Patty Wagstaff. Patty talks about getting her start in flight and how it turned into a passion which quickly lead her to join the U.S. National Aerobatics Team. Her career is littered with championships, awards and achievements. She still performs amazing stunts for air shows around the globe in her Extra 300LX and operates the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School in St. Augustine, FL. You won't want to miss this exciting interview!
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. Listen in to hear about it!
Dave Wiens returns to the Adventure Sports Podcast to share the fun of multisport races and events. You have heard of triathlons, but I'll bet you have not heard of some of these back country adventure sport combos! Adventure racing, mountain biking, ski mountaineering, kayaking, and more. Great fun. Great show.
Bill, otherwise known as ‘Doc’ is the founding father of AdventureFit Travel. An avid traveller/backpacker Doc spends more time with a backpack on his back than your average primary school student. Across his travels Doc encountered many adventures. From swimming with sharks, patting lions, riding elephants and running with bulls. He has visited 5 continents on his quest for adventure and plans to visit more with his new AdventureFit family. Cool, Bill! Find out how you can be a part of the fun on today's episode!
Rick Alexander's company LuaVive has a great way to energize people while learning about their product. It's called the Ultimate Triad and it involves three different adventure sports rolled into a single day. Listen in to hear what it's all about and how you can take part in these cool events. Make sure you get in on the action before May 10th.
Sarah Williams from the Tough Girl Podcast shares her adventures of running the toughest race in the world as well as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. How about running a marathon for 6 days straight--and one of them a double! But that is not all, it is across the burning sands of the Sahara!
Mike Fenner joins Travis to describe what it's like to be a member of an expedition to climb up and over Denali. At 20,310 ft above sea level, Denali (Mt. McKinley) is the highest peak in North America. Listen in as Mike tells about finding himself mid-life wondering why he didn't turn out to be the adventurer he'd dreamed of being. His story is about changing who he was and exploring the world of mountaineering.
Jessica Pociask, the owner of WANT Expeditions, returns to the ASP today to share fantastic advice on how to travel more safely and enjoyably. Don't let discomforting world events keep you from living your dreams. Having traveled to almost 80 countries leading expeditions all over the world, Jessica has learned a few things about how to stay safe and keep your adventure travel fun and meaningful. This episode is packed with great travel advice and some really funny stories too.
Born and raised in Ireland, Gavan Hennigan turned a life of drug and alcohol addiction into a wonderful life of adventure. Once he managed to toss his bad habits aside, Gavan learned of a whole new world involving Ultrarunning, Snowboarding, Mountaineering, Splitboarding and even found himself employed as a commercial Deep Sea Diver working on offshore oil rigs. As if living 700 ft below the surface of the ocean isn't adventurous enough, Gavan takes his breaks from his day job to explore some of the highest peaks in the world as well as the most brutal environments on our planet.
He has competed in some of the longest, toughest ultra marathons such as the Likeys 6633 Ultra 350 and the Yukon Arctic Ultra 300. He has climbed and snowboarded peaks in Svalbard, Antarctic, BC as well as Alaska. His day job entails working in depths up to 700 feet performing heavy construction work on the worlds oil rigs living inside a small diving chamber for weeks at a time. He has visited all 7 continents and has just returned from a 440 mile solo trek across a frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia. Of course he's not stopping there. His next big adventure involves rowing the Atlantic Ocean solo in 2016.
Anna McNuff returns to regale us with her fun stories about biking across Europe guided by social networking votes! Anna was on episode 110 where she shared running the length of New Zealand and biking all 50 US states. Adventurous & fun! She even gives us a sneak peak into her next big adventure..., kick biking the length of South America. Cool.
Cindy is a lifelong avid hiker who has conquered the Appalachian Trail solo, thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with her husband and then went on to complete the Continental Divide Trail with her husband and two young kids. She’s written books about each one of these adventures plus a few more. Listen in to hear her tales! Check out the ASP Bookshelf for Cindy's book and more.