Hiking

G.O. 093 – Rowan Smith

Rowan Smith is a personal trainer for trekkers and mountaineers in Sydney, Australia. In a world bereft of quality training for adventure athletes, he aims to create programs targeting their specific needs. Rowan and Jason spoke over Skype one day about the intricacies of adventure training, his history in the outdoors, and why you shouldn’t sleep on public transit while traveling.

G.O. 091 – Lee Trebotich

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G.O. 091 - Asheville’s Alpaca Athlete, Lee Trebotich

Lee Trebotich grew up playing barefoot in the summers along the Mississippi coast and chasing winters in Colorado. His careers have taken him across the U.S. in the science, education, and outdoor industries ultimately landing him in Asheville, North Carolina. He and Jason spoke one afternoon about his passions for mountains, ice climbing, and 100% alpaca clothing along with a myriad of other topics including his skills as a bush doctor.

 

LINKS:

Appalachian Gear Company
instagram.com/natty_the_adventurer
nattyadventurer.com

 

G.O. 090 – Liz Thomas

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G.O. 090 - Long Walks With Thru-Hiker Liz Thomas

Experiences as a child and in college placed Liz Thomas on a path that has lead her to an adulthood exploring long distance trails in the backcountry and in urban areas. She is recognized as an authority on hiking and is the author of Long Trails: Mastering the art of the Thru-Hike. She and Jason spoke one morning about her experiences hiking long distances, her on-trail research, why urban hiking is a passion, and why she is known as “Snorkel.”

 

LINKS:

treelinereview.com
instagram.com/lizthomashiking
facebook.com/LizThomasHiking
instagram.com/treelinereview
facebook.com/TreelineReview
eathomas.com

Book: Long Trails
Book: SoCal Waterfalls

 

G.O. 089 – Chef Corso

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G.O. 089 - Outdoor Gourmet Chef Corso of MONTyBOCA

Washington native Chef Corso was introduced to the natural world by a group of high school friends. He quickly embraced a multitude of adventure sports, especially backpacking, but was always underwhelmed by the camp meals. A lifelong cook, Chef Corso founded MONTyBOCA, an online community dedicated to getting everyone to eat better in the outdoors. He and Jason spoke over Skype about the social importance of food, the path to creating MONTyBOCA, and how we all can elevate our meals.

 

LINKS:

MONTyBOCA.com
MONTyBOCA on YouTube
instagram.com/montyboca
MONTyBOCA on Pinterest

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. 083 – Daniel Harm

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G.O. 083 - Daniel Harm Builds a Trail to Harmony

Daniel Harm has lived an eclectic existence influenced by nature and art. He grew up internationally, raced bicycles professionally, lived in the wilderness building an ornate trail system, scales mountains and trees, and shares his style of unique art through photography and film. He and Jason spoke one morning about his many experiences, his reflections on life and society, and the wild world of eco-tech futurism.

 

LINKS:

danielharm.com
vimeo.com/danielharmonyharm
instagram.com/danielharmonyharm

Soundings of the Planet:
YouTube Channel
instagram.com/soundingsoftheplanet

Radiolab – Smarty Plants

Mark Twight Enormocast Episodes:
Part 1 | Part 2

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. 080 – Trailmothers

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G.O. 080 - Roundtable: Trailmothers

What began as an instagram account devoted to sharing hiking photos of a mother and her son has blossomed into a community of families sharing outdoor adventures with each other. Jason met with seven members of Trailmothers one morning in Griffith Park to discuss how the group has enriched their lives, taught them to manage fear, built meaningful friendships, and helped them embrace their inner crybabies.

 

LINKS:

trailmothers.com
instagram.com/trailmothers
facebook.com/TrailMothers
facebook.com/groups/Trailmothers
twitter.com/TrailMothers

instagram.com/Kristenliam31
twitter.com/KristenInspires

 

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. 075 – Rich Rudow

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G.O. 075 - Grand Explorer Rich Rudow

Rich Rudow’s life has become intrinsically linked with the Grand Canyon. On a raft trip in 1989, he became enamored with the mysteries beneath its rim. Having spent 1000 days within its walls and having helped establish many of its technical canyoneering routes, Rich is now recognized as an expert in the region by respected establishments such as National Geographic and Outside Magazine. Rich and Jason sat out a summer monsoon in Kanab to discuss his experiences in the canyon’s depths, his history as an entrepreneur, and the responsibility we share to protect natural places.

LINKS:

Social Media:
instagram.com/richrudow
facebook.com/rich.rudow

Organizations:
Coalition of American Canyoneers American Packrafting Association

Magazine Articles:
National Geographic article
Arizona Republic article
Backpacker Magazine article
Outside Magazine article
Hyperlight Mountain Gear article

Books:
The Grand Canyon: Between Rim & River by Pete McBride
Grand Canyoneering Guidebook

Films:
Into the Canyon Movie (Pete McBride)
Last of the Great Unknown
Trailer: vimeo.com/37927326
Full film: vimeo.com/38086087

Other:
Harvey Butchart

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