Climbing

G.O. 033 – Sheri Watson

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G.O. 033 - Sheri Watson, Rock Dancer

Sheri Watson has been decorating motion picture sets for 25 years. Before embracing this creative career path, she expressed herself as a professional ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and The National Ballet of Canada. Her life is dedicated to artistic expression and movement finding outlets in music, yoga, filmmaking, and rock climbing. She and Jason spent a morning at Ferndell in Griffith Park discussing the realities of being a professional ballerina, the challenges of becoming a climber, and the mental and emotional impacts of an active lifestyle.

LINKS:

sheriwatson.com
facebook.com/sheriwatson724
imdb.com/name/nm0914880/
youtube.com/c/SheriWatson724
Shuniya – Music CD
Sheri on iTunes
Music Site

meetup.com

G.O. 030 – Alex Staniforth

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G.O. 030 - Alex Staniforth's Everest Dreams

As an unassuming bullied epileptic with no interest in sports, Alex Staniforth never pictured himself as an athlete. A hill-walking trip at 13 changed his perspective and encouraged him to confront his fears. His quest to climb Mount Everest transformed him physically, mentally, and socially. At the age of 20, Alex is now an endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, charity fundraiser, and published author. He and Jason spoke via Skype about his path to the outdoors, his attempts on Everest during two tragic seasons, and surviving an avalanche.

LINKS:

alexstaniforth.com
twitter.com/alex_staniforth
instagram.com/alexstaniforth_
facebook.com/AlexAdversity
alexstaniforth.com/blog/walk4nepal-12-months-on/

G.O. 027 – Shawnte Salabert

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G.O. 027 - Shawnte Salabert, Human Yogi Bear

Shawnte Salabert was raised on the mean streets of Milwaukie where a local Boys and Girls Club introduced her to the outdoors. Her newfound love of camp and adventure led her away from Wisconsin as she sought the secrets of becoming Yogi Bear in human form. Eventually, she stumbled into Los Angeles where her snark landed her a side gig writing for Modern Hiker when she isn’t hiking or drooling over Mark Ruffalo. Jason and Little Shay Shay tried to stay on topic one night in Silverlake Meadow as they discussed her life and mocked each other.

LINKS:

shawntesalabert.com
instagram.com/shawntesalabert
twitter.com/shawntesalabert
Her Modern Hiker stories
Her Book

modernhiker.com
sierraclub.org

Hike San Gorgonio:
Via Vivian Creek
Via South Fork

Instagram Grafitti Story
New CA monuments

G.O. 024 – Esme Deprez

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G.O. 024 - Esme Deprez on Rocks, Skis, and Journalism

Ex-Mighty Mite, Esme Deprez is a journalist for Bloomberg Businessweek concentrated on delivering unbiased government and politics oriented stories. The social constructions of mankind are not her sole interests and she often heads outside of the bounds of society to climb rad rocks or ski fresh powder. Last year she traveled to Bulgaria to research the world’s most successful climbing wall company. Esme and Jason met at the La Brea Tar Pits one evening to discuss the exploratory merits of journalism, the appeal of scaling rocks, and life after youth ski racing.

LINKS:

esmedeprez.com
twitter.com/esmedeprez
instagram.com/love_n_squalor/
Walltopia Story
climbingbusinessjournal.com
bloomberg.com

Appearances on Charlie Rose

Some of Esme’s Proudest Work:
The Battle of Precinct 41…
Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Record Pace
A Target And a Threat
Regulating Away Abortion
Poor Forever? Connecticut’s Ribbon of Hardship

Stories by Other Journalists She Recommends:
The Marriage Cure
Harper High School – PT1
After Newtown shooting…
An American Void

G.O. 019 – Peakbagging Chick

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G.O. 019 - All the Peaks With Peakbagging Chick

Peakbagging Chick is constantly outdoors hiking and climbing or introducing other women to adventure via Her Own Trail Meetup Group. In 2014, she adopted the moniker Peakbagging Chick after deciding to challenge herself by climbing 100 peaks in one year. She and Jason sat beneath a climbing route in Texas Canyon and discussed the difficulties of overcoming laziness and a surprise staph infection while trying to reach her goal and earn her nickname.

LINKS:

twitter.com/peakbagginchick
facebook.com/peakbaggingchick
instagram.com/peakbaggingchick/
Her Own Trail
Southern CA Outdoor Women’s Alliance

The Beer Song

G.O. 016 – Alden Anderson

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G.O. 016 - Embracing Freedom With Alden Anderson

Alden Anderson had an atypical childhood. Communally raised in a sheltered religious order, his access to the outdoors and exploration—and secular society—were limited. At the age of 21, he broke his billion-year contract with his indoctrinated faith and began the transition into a standard American lifestyle. While learning to navigate adult responsibilities, he also embarked on an exploration of the outdoors and adventure. Alden and Jason crouched beneath a tree in a Tujunga park on Independence Day to discuss the eventful happenings on Alden’s quest to make the most of his personal freedom.

LINKS:

360nomad.org

couchsurfing.com
sierraclub.org

Into The Wild
Walden
A Walk in the Woods

G.O. 008 – Chris Kalous

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G.O. 008 - Chris Kalous Continues With Style

If you are a climber, it is likely you have heard of the Enormocast, the preeminent climbing podcast. For four years, Chris Kalous has interviewed climbers from around the world and shared them with the internet. Chris is not merely a podcaster, he is also an accomplished climber and journalist capable of inciting intense rage from over-serious aid climbers. Chris allowed Jason into his hotel room at the Outdoor Retailer Show where they discussed how climbing has shaped his life and why he became a podcaster. They may have even unintentionally insulted golfers and football players along the way.

LINKS:

The Climbing Podcast:
enormocast.com

Enormo Facebook
Enormo iTunes
Enormo Merch

Totally Deep Podcast (Produced by Chris)

Article – Day I Sent Learning to Fly

G.O. 005 – Nhung Luong

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G.O. 005 - Dirtbagging with Nhung Luong

Nhung Luong is scared of bears, but not of traveling the world solo. Her global travels began as a newborn when her family struggled to escape persecution in Vietnam, ultimately finding a new home in Australia. Recently she threw herself into a three-month nomadic adventure across the united States letting fate and circumstance decide her course. Much of her trip has involved climbing throughout the states and adopting the dirtbag lifestyle. Although traveling solo, she has spent very little time alone having acquired new friends from across the globe. She and Jason initially met climbing in Nevada and reunited in Yosemite’s Camp 4 to discuss how her wanderings have affected her perspective on life.

LINKS:

couchsurfing.com

G.O. 004 – Scott Swaney

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G.O. 004 - 99 Lives of Scott Swaney

Scott Swaney is the Chuck Norris of Southern California. At 67 years old, he is still going strong despite his penchant to get himself into trouble. He is a lifer—one of those outdoorsmen who has stuck with exploratory pursuits for many decades and doesn’t intend to stop. Scott was diving into caves and scaling mountains before society had the good sense to start regulating these activities. Nowadays, he is the primary force behind the exploration of Death Valley’s many uninvestigated canyons. Sit back and let him regale you with tales of a life devoted to scrappy adventures and close calls.

 

LINKS:

Death Valley Canyon Exploration
Scott Swaney Facts

G.O. 003 – Saveria Tilden

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G.O. 003 - The Multi-faceted Saveria Tilden

Saveria Tilden keeps busy. When she discovered the outdoors, she realized it needed to be shared. She made that happen by becoming an educator and consultant for various businesses and organizations. She works with the American Hiking Society, the Sierra Club, REI Outdoor School, Transforming Youth Outdoors, IslandWood, and Nature Play Western Australia. And she still finds time for herself outdoors. Jason and Saveria weathered a Southern California drizzle storm to discuss her role in the outdoors and why she values it.

LINKS:

theadventurus.com
facebook.com/theadventurus
instagram.com/adventurus
mytyo.org
americanhiking.org
rei.com/learn
islandwood.org/nature-passport-app
ironman.com
sierraclub.org