Season 5

G.O. 104 – John Muir Trail

G.O. 104 – Diaries from the John Muir Trail Named for the beloved naturalist, the John Muir Trail (JMT) traces 213ish miles through California’s spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. Jason spent 26 days on the JMT in 2019. These are his daily musings and listener’s stories of joy, awe, hardship,...

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G.O. 103 – Sean Kamp

G.O. 103 – Thru-hiker Sean Kamp Chooses a Path Sean Kamp sought a life of business suits and politics. As his career began to flourish, he was faced with a decision: a promotion or the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hiking would lead Sean to reassess what he wanted from life and...

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G.O. 102 – Emily McCarthy

G.O. 102 – GORUCK with Emily McCarthy Emily McCarthy grew up on the beaches and sandlots of Florida where running became a lifelong passion. Adulthood would carry her across the globe working with volunteer groups and the CIA. Now, she and her husband run GORUCK, a group rooted in...

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G.O. 101 – John Gage

G.O. 101 – John Gage Seeks to Innovate North Carolina native John Gage grew up exploring the woods and his mechanical predilections. His drive to understand things lead him into the manufacturing industry. An experience with hypothermia while backpacking shifted his perspective on gear culminating in the founding of...

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G.O. 100 – Taylor Carpenter

G.O. 100 – Taylor Carpenter on Static Climbing Climber Taylor Carpenter taught herself to sew and started a business—Static Climbing—in her bedroom. Dedication, serendipity, and contributions from others would help it grow into a successful operation serving a global climbing market. Taylor and Jason sat in a yard in...

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G.O. 099 – Steven Reinhold

G.O. 099 – Steven Reinhold, Adventure Philanthropist Hillbilly Steven Reinhold wants his adventures to make an impact. Early experiences with Big City Mountaineers shifted his pursuits towards adventure philanthropy. He balances his time with guiding, brand ambassadorship, volunteer work, and leading cleanup initiatives with the Trashtag Project. He and...

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G.O. 098 – Lady Crush Crew

G.O. 098 – Roundtable: Lady Crush Crew Lady Crush Crew is a climbing community devoted to empowering and enabling women to climb together (and crush together). Initially an Instagram group to connect women in San Francisco, LCC has expanded across the U.S. Jason met with three group leaders one...

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G.O. 097 – Ranger Ted

G.O. 097 – Wonder Outside With Ranger Ted Ted Mattison, also known as Ranger Ted, is an actor and outdoor guide in Los Angeles. Born in Minnesota, his youth involved lakes, canoes, and outdoor adventures fueled by encouraging adults. Thankful for the experiences made possible by outdoor mentors, he...

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G.O. 096 – Kristin Tieche

G.O. 096 – Bats and Bikes With Kristin Tieche San Francisco native Kristin Tieche loves bats and bicycles. Both of these passions find their way into her work as a filmmaker: be it a feminist horror film on two wheels, an insightful series about cycling visionaries, or a documentary...

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G.O. 095 – Nick Watts

G.O. 095 – Salty Surf Nomad Nick Watts Nick Watts works for Occupation Wild helping others find adventurous work in the outdoor industry. Seeking adventure is his calling whether hitchhiking across the South Pacific on sailboats, living in a van surfing the breaks of New Zealand, or breaking bones...

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G.O. 094 – EC Moe

G.O. 094 – Chasing Water With EC Moe When not dressed as a cow for the Butter and Eggs Parade, a young EC spent her time hiking, swimming, and camping. Serendipitous moments in her adulthood introduced her to new passions: caving, canyoneering, and diving. She and a sick Jason...

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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.

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G.O. 092 – Discomfort Zone

G.O. 092 – Roundtable: Embrace Your Discomfort Zone One of the hurdles many struggle to overcome when embarking on outdoor adventures is dealing with discomfort—be it psychological, emotional, or physical. As we head into 2020, team Chick-a-Boom—Cyndi, Marilee, and Saveria—are here to discuss why embracing your discomfort can lead...

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G.O. 091 – Lee Trebotich

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...

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G.O. 090 – Liz Thomas

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...

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G.O. 089 – Chef Corso

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...

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G.O. 088 – UAE Bouldering

G.O. 088 – Sara and Allen and UAE Boulders Sara Al Awadhi is a lawyer from the UAE. Allen Kenneth Schaidle is an academic from the Midwest United States. A chance encounter and a passion for climbing brought them together. Now married, they explore the UAE establishing new bouldering...

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G.O. 087 – Daisy Martinez

G.O. 087 – Running With Confidence With Daisy Martinez Daisy Martinez has struggled with depression throughout her life. A day hike with a friend to Mount Baldy would unexpectedly lead her down a path to ultra running. This newfound passion gives her a renewed sense of purpose, goals to...

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