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.
Joe Mobley from Feral Woodcraft joins us today to visit about wilderness survival skills and bushcraft. Joe has been practicing nature skills for many years and does TONS of gear reviews displaying bushcraft skills on his Youtube channel. Adventure sports enthusiasts need survival skills for those times when the unexpected happens. Whether you are backpacking, back country skiing, mountain biking, or doing most any other adventure sport, these are skills you need. Joe gets us started by introducing survival skills to launch you on a lifetime of fun learning more about how to work with nature rather than against nature to thrive in the wild.
Hubert Kriegel decided to sell it all and set out on a 10 year journey travelling around the world on a Ural motorcycle and sidecar. It's been over 11 years now and Hubert has no plans to call it quits. Listen in as he shares this wonderful journey and tells us of the people he's met along the way.
Ky returns to the Adventure Sports Podcast to share her adventure sailing the Virgin Islands with her young son Tobin. What is it like to cruise for a month as a single parent with a youngster? Ky tells her story and offers advise to others who would like to have more adventure in their lives.
Debbie Moderow moved to Alaska in pursuit of her mountain climbing passion. She would soon learn to love a new found friend and a whole different adventure sport. At the age of 47, Debbie competed in her first Iditarod sled dog race and she's on the show to share her experiences with us.
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!
Eric Hougen started Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage back in 1992 and he's been tearing it up ever since. He's on the show today to discuss his love of motorcycles and the ups and downs of running a business, but doing what you love.
Adventure racing in Patagonia! Jari Kirkland Hiatt tells us all about paddling, trekking, and biking while orienteering the wilds! Hear her amazing stories not just about adventure racing but also about ski mountaineering on the US Team! Do you have what it takes for adventures on the mega scale? Find out more on this show!
Sam Manicom is well known for his travels throughout the world by motorcycle. He's logged over 200,000 miles through 55 countries! Sam has written 4 great books on the subject that you're sure to enjoy. Listen in to today's show as Sam recounts a few good stories from his travels and shares some advice for those thinking of venturing out on their own!
Brian Adey is a backpacking and wilderness survival enthusiast, a teacher, and an author who shares his joy of backpacking with us as well as his new novel, The Adventure of a Lifetime. Ever wonder what it would take to survive a true extended wilderness emergency? Brian talks about foods, gear, & strategies in today's show. And he gives us a sneak peak into his great new novel to boot!
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As a young boy, Alex Staniforth dealt with epilepsy and a stammer as a result of it. Like many kids, he was picked on and bullied in school severely damaging his self confidence. Amazingly Alex managed to overcome his confidence issues when he discovered a new world of adventure and the feeling of accomplishment. At just 18 years old, he made his first attempt to summit Mt Everest. His story of being turned around by an avalanche in 2014 only to return in 2015 and be caught in the deadliest Everest avalanche on record is one of astonishment, yet it inspires the even the most adventurous of us all. Listen in to this incredible account and pick up his new book "IceFall" to read the whole story for yourself. This is one you don't want to miss!
Jessica is the owner of WANT Expeditions, and has been to almost 80 countries leading expeditions all over the world. She holds a B.S. in natural resource management from Michigan State University. Dedicated to conservation, she has worked extensively with The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society. In addition to leading expeditions, Jessica is also a travel writer, nature photographer and holds a research position at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.
In this episode we explore what it takes to create a business like WANT Expeditions as well as how to create your own adventure-based lifestyle.
So you've climbed a few day-trip mountains and you want to know what a true expedition climb would be like. This is your show! John Murray takes us step by step up and down Mount Rainier in this beautiful introduction to expedition style mountaineering! Great stories. Great insights. Thanks John!
Paul Dreyer with Avid4Adventure joins us today to discuss the joys and possibilities of having your own career in outdoor adventure.
Justin Bradshaw and Rob Watt visit about the brand spanking new New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route. If you haven't heard of the Backcountry Discovery Routes, listen in to hear all about these fantastic pre-mapped, mainly dirt motorcycle routes across many of the western states. Justin and Rob explain what goes into the mapping of the routes as well as what you can expect from your ride. Be sure to keep an eye on the website for the film premier date in your area!
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Robyn inspires us again with more great stories about multi-hundred mile paddling races as well as helping others to come from huge life challenges to amazing success as overcomers through Project Athena. Need a dose of kick it and go? Don't miss this show.
Have you ever dreamed of packing up your bike and riding through various countries in search of amazing people and wonderful local food? Tom Perkins did and he also created an excellent cookbook and travelogue along the way. "This is a cookbook about a gastronomic cycling adventure. One that takes you through six distinctive, vibrant, and historic culinary regions of the world (Western Europe, Central Europe and the Balkans, Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa, The Horn and Eastern Africa, and Southern Africa). It is a cookbook that provides you with over 65 exciting, easy to replicate, and diverse recipes drawn from and inspired by the dishes we experienced and came to love in the 26 different countries that we traveled through on our long way home to Cape Town, South Africa." Listen in and experience this amazing journey!
The Yampa River of northwest Colorado is considered the last major free flowing-river in the seven state Colorado River Basin. It cascades for 249 miles from high in the Rocky Mountains near Steamboat Springs and descends over 6,000 ft. from alpine tundra to parched desert. Bisecting local, state, and national parks, and at times enclosed in a 2,500 ft. deep canyon, it morphs from a cold trout stream to a warm water haven for endangered fish, evolving from placid meanders into famous whitewater rapids.
Join Colorado nature photographer John Fielder as he photographs his way down the entire length of the river from the Yampa’s headwaters in the Flat Tops Wilderness at 11,500 ft. to its confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Fielder’s sublime images of tundra wildflowers, eagles and elk, and the tributaries and canyons of the Yampa will allow you to feel like you are rowing along with the author!
Cycling, Skiing, Trail Running! Dave Wiens of Western State Colorado University shares his stories about mountain bike racing, skiing, trail running and he catches us up on the Mountain Sports Program at Western. Great opportunities for college students and inspiration for all of us. Thanks, Dave!
Annie is back to tell us some more humorous stories about her adventures sailing the Gulf of Mexico. Her new book "Keys to the Kingdom" is out now. Visit her blog and read about it!
In 2010, Kevin Shannon ventured out on cycling trip around Europe. When he entered into the country of Serbia, he fell in love with the place. This infatuation with a country roughly the size of Maine inspired him to spend more time walking 900 kilometers from top to bottom then later again from south to north. Listen in as Kevin describes what it was that intrigued him about this often misunderstood land. Be sure to visit his Kickstarter page by Sunday February 7th to get in on the upcoming book and help him tell the world!
Caleb Linville, Curt Linville, Stephen Moldenhauer, & Stone Hubbard are featured on today's show as they share a trip report from the winter ascent of Mount Parnassus (13,579 ft). There are some real gems hidden in this show about climbing in the winter, snow shoeing in avalanche terrain and lessons learned. Most of the show was recorded on location while ascending the peak. We part from the standard format of the show for this special report and mix in some great tunes performed by Stone. Hope you enjoy this change of pace!