Backpacking

G.O. 086 – West Coast Trail

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G.O. 086 - Doubt on the West Coast Trail

In 2010, Jason and Steven Calcote embarked on the week long journey of hiking Vancouver Island’s beloved West Coast Trail. Four days of non-stop rain, swollen rivers, and numerous obstacles would create a seminal event in their outdoor experiences. This is their story of accepting hardship and chasing epiphanies.

 

LINKS:

Parks Canada WCT
westcoasttrail.com
hikewct.com
Blisters and Bliss Book
WCT Wikipedia

 

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G.O. 084 – Cyndi Wyatt

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G.O. 084 - Running to Life With Cyndi Wyatt

Cyndi Wyatt grew up running along the beaches of Florida, practicing aerobics, and eventually modeling. Running is what would stick with her, especially as it helped her cope with the aftermath of an abusive marriage. Now Cyndi competes as an ultrarunner, organizes outdoor events, and guides others. She and Jason met one rainy day to discuss the progression of her life in nature and how running has improved her life and those around her.

 

LINKS:

facebook.com/cyndi.wyatt13
instagram.com/cyndi_skyrunner_wyatt
Lowa Boots Blog

Chick-a-Boom!
Facebook Group
YouTube

L.A. Marathon
Catalina Marathon
Santa Monica Mountain Goats
REI Outessa
REI School

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G.O. 082 – Courtney Condy

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G.O. 082 - Courtney Condy and Occupation Wild

Courtney Condy was a workaholic go-getter intent on becoming a millionaire before 30. Yet, she hated her life. A spontaneous trip to Nepal shifted her perspective ultimately leading her to pursue a new career as an outdoor leader. She founded Occupation Wild, an online resource that helps others find employment in the outdoor industry. Courtney and Jason sat in a park one evening discussing existential issues, the joys of being a camp bitch, and how avoiding Coachella can change a person’s life.

 

LINKS:

occupationwild.com
instagram.com/occupation_wild
instagram.com/courtneymcondy

G.O. 076 – Marinel de Jesus

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G.O. 076 - Marinel de Jesus, From Lawyer to Nomad to Brown Gal Trekker

After 15 years as a prosecuting attorney, Marinel de Jesus craved a change. Her mother’s unexpected death caused her to reevaluate her own life. She left her career to become a permanent nomad and founded Peak Explorations, an adventure travel company focused on including local communities. Marinel and Jason discuss the transition to nomadic life, why change is important, inclusivity in the outdoors, and the experiences she shares under the moniker Brown Gal Trekker.

 

LINKS:


peakexplorations.com
browngaltrekker.com
facebook.com/BGTPeakExplorations
twitter.com/bgtexplorations
instagram.com/browngaltrekker

Brown Gal Trekker Publications
OR Inclusivity Article

Meetup.com
Adventure Gap Book
She Explores Book

 

 

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G.O. 068 – G.O. Gumbo 2

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G.O. 068 - G.O. Gumbo 2 - End of Season 3

Another season of the podcast comes to a close. Before our hiatus begins, enjoy three stories from previous guests.

  • Reflections on traveling through Kathmandu during an historic earthquake.

  • A tale of boredom trapped in a Canadian snowstorm.

  • And an account of an overstuffed pack, duct tape, and life lessons on the West Rim Trail.

See you in September.

G.O. 065 – Jen Hopper

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G.O. 065 - Jen Hopper's Road to Mentorship

A badly organized backpacking trip at age 14 triggered an enthusiasm for adventure in Jen Hopper. As an adult, she left the confines of a laboratory to pursue the wonders of nature. An accomplished caver, climber, SAR member, and explorer, she also shares the outdoors with students through the Outdoor Excursions program at UC Riverside. She and Jason met one afternoon to discuss the importance of good partners, a modicum of her adventures, and the perils of goat rescue.


LINKS:

Outdoor Excursions
Contact Info
instagram.com/globehopperjen

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
National Speleological Society
San Bernardino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
Global Underwater Explorers

G.O. 058 – The Monroys

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G.O. 058 - The Monroy Canyon Family

It’s the classic story where a country girl meets a city boy, they get married, start a family, and start rappelling down waterfalls around the world. Tale as old as time? Maybe not. Danielle and Brian Monroy discovered the adventure of canyoneering after a failed family backpacking trip when their children were on the cusp of adulthood. They now travel the globe exploring dry and water-filled gorges while giving back to their canyon community through leadership and stewardship. Jason met them at their home to drink lemonade, discuss the impact of canyons on their life, and reveal the reasons for Danielle’s disdain for blue webbing.


LINKS:

CAC: americancanyoneers.org

ZAC: zionadventures.com
Uber Adventures: uberadventures.net
ACA: canyonsandcrags.com
CUSA: canyoneeringusa.com
Canyoning in Italy: canyoningvalbodengo.com

Meetup.com
Canyon Beta: ropewiki.com
In We Go Canyoneering

Trans Zion Trek

G.O. 057 – Steven Calcote

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G.O. 057 - Steven Calcote Stumbles Across the Globe

An artsy kid born in Kerrville, Texas and raised across the U.S. as a military brat, Steven Calcote always sought unique narratives and varied experiences. After moving to China for a work study program, he became enamored with seeing the world and finding the hidden places where untold stories lie. He one day realized that filmmaking was his ultimate calling eventually cofounding Butcher Bird Studios with Jason and three other artists. He and Jason sat in the park near their office one afternoon reliving Steven’s adventures and calamities worldwide, his early days in film production, and a tragic error in interactive storytelling during his senior year of high school.


LINKS:

butcherbirdstudios.com
facebook.com/butcherbirdstudios
vimeo.com/scalcote

G.O. 056 – Corrina Peipon

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G.O. 056 - Walking Across Pangaea With Corrina Peipon

Corrina Peipon grew up in the bohemian world of Martha’s Vineyard immersed in art and nature. Chasing her passion for art carried her to the west coast where she eventually rediscovered the draw of the outdoors and the joys of backpacking. She founded Pangaea Outdoor Supply in 2016, a gear shop where she curates a selection of products that are effective and aesthetically pleasing. She and Jason sat in Pangaea HQ one breezy afternoon discussing how art and walking merged into Pangaea.


LINKS:

pangaeaoutdoorsupply.com
Mailing List
Pangaea on Instagram
Pangaea on Facebook
Days Store: days-la.com

Solo Hiking Story
Walk On Blog

Ray Jardine’s Beyond Backpacking

G.O. 047 – Dan Sedlacek

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G.O. 047 - Uphill on the PCT with Dan Sedlacek

Dan Sedlacek, at 14, was inspired to seek out the PCT when he met a group of friendly thru-hikers. Years later, he and his brother tackled the 2600+ mile trail using gear they had made themselves. Here a second inspiration would hit, a desire to create a handmade gear company. Now, Dan runs Uphill Designs located in Seattle. He and Jason sat in the office one morning discussing the triumphs and travails of the Pacific Crest Trail and running a small business.

LINKS:

uphilldesigns.com
facebook.com/uphilldesignsco
instagram.com/uphilldesigns
etsy.com/shop/UphillDesignsCo

PCT Association: pcta.org
Ray Jardine: rayjardine.com
Yogi’s PCT Handbook
Trail Life (New edition of PCT Hiker’s Handbook)
Anish Anderson

Washington Trails Association: wta.org
Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship