• Ep. 1032: From Canoeing in Michigan to Protecting the Amazon Rainforest - Eric Rutter

    During his day job Eric writes about Michigan football for Sports Illustrated and works at a Mexican Restaurant. However, during breaks from work, Eric takes solo travel experiences all around the world to some of the most exotic places. Eric’s confidence in travel began a few years ago when he attempted a 120-mile solo canoe trip on the Au Sable River in his hometown of Grayling. The seemingly familiar location and experience made Eric realize home is much more adventurous than we often think. 

    That accomplishment led Eric to eventually travel to the Amazon Rainforest, where he saw firsthand the destruction of the most biodiverse place on earth and immediately got involved in helping protect it. 

    @EricRutter11 on Instagram



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    50m - May 20, 2024
  • Ep. 1031: Riding a Horse Across America - Revisited - Jesse McNeil

    Originally aired August 22, 2021

    At 37, Jesse McNeil—at times carpenter, commercial fisherman, dabbler in real estate—decided to buy an untrained horse, make himself into a horseman, and ride all the way across the United States, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

    A fiercely independent traveler, Jesse had navigated previous coast-to-coast trips—solo journeys by moped, bicycle, and small airplane. This time, however, he had a partner: a five-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse named Pepper. An inexperienced horseman with an equally inexperienced mount, Jesse would quickly discover the immense challenges of his new undertaking. Over the course of eight months and fourteen states—beginning in Oregon and ending on a beach in New Hampshire—he would be tested many times over as he learned not only what it took to keep Pepper safe and healthy, but the true value of qualities that he had once easily dismissed: patience and companionship.

    The generosity of strangers, from helpful ranchers and storekeepers to suburban families, shaped the pair’s journey east. And while at some points the miles didn’t unfold as Jesse hoped, others yielded unexpected events that changed his perspective—and quite possibly, his future. Written with honesty, grit, and grace, On the Hoof captures an arduous voyage that broke a man down and built him back up, with the help of one special horse.

    To find out more about Jesse and his book, On the Hoof, which will be available on Aug 5th, go to onthehoofbook.com

    Facebook: @onthehoofusa

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    51m - May 16, 2024
  • Ep. 1030: The Importance of Trying New Adventures - Paddy O’Connell

    One of the hardest things to get over when trying new adventure sports as an adult is looking like a newbie. However, that’s exactly what we need to do in order to experience the joy of new adventures. Today, we’re talking to someone facing those challenges head on and bringing a camera with him so you can see exactly what it’s like. 

    With his enthusiasm for learning new things and his 6’5”, 250 pounds of questionably athletic mass, Paddy O’Connell is like an average, everyday outdoor enthusiast who’s been inflated way beyond average, standard size. With Paddy’s new show, PaddyO Sucks At, pairs him with coaches and mentors from different sports and activities, at which it’s doubtful he’ll excel, in a celebration of the one thing we can all relate to: being a beginner.

    Instagram: @paddyroc

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    56m - May 15, 2024
  • Ep. 1029: Behind the Scenes of Search & Rescue - Revisited - Moose Mutlow

    Originally published March 21, 2022

    Moose has over 30 years of traditional and alternative education experience around the globe. He has course directed 58-day Outward Bound instructor trainings in Appalachia, been a deputy headmaster in the Kalahari Desert, managed a beach concession on the Mediterranean, slogged through Australian rain forests with middle school students, juggled as a street performer in too many cities to mention, has more than 2000 days of field instruction in a wilderness setting, spent four months as the Interim Head for an elite ski academy, and recently returned from teaching a canoe program for Veterans on the Gulf of Mexico.

    Since 2002 Moose has been a member and senior trainer of Yosemite Search and Rescue, working as a technician and within Incident Command, at one of the busiest SAR operations in the world. 

    Moose currently works for NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park as the Senior Projects Director for planning, design and construction of the National Environmental Science Center. 

    Moose has been the Lead Trainer for Family Liaison Officers for the National Park Service teaching trainings in Yosemite, Arches, Smokey Mountains, Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

    Find out more about Moose:

    www.moosemutlow.com

    instagram @moosemutlow

    His books: 

    Searching : Finding purpose, laughter and distraction through Search and Rescue

    When Accidents Happen: Managing Crisis Communication as a Family Liaison Officer




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    1h 1m - May 9, 2024
  • Ep. 1028: Biking Across America With No Food or Money - Daniel Troia

    Daniel Troia is a filmmaker who just released his new documentary, "We Are All In This Together", which traces his cross-country bicycle journey with no food, no money, and his search for human connection. The film captures the interactions that Troia has with the people who lend a helping hand, and shows that those who face the most adversity in their lives, often have the most to give.

    A journey taken entirely alone, Troia crosses the Great Basin Desert, climbs over 11,000 foot mountain passes in Montana, and rides over the Sierras, Rockies and Appalachian Mountain ranges. After covering 7,000 miles and 19 states, the film suggests that although so many things can feel overwhelming in our world right now, the one thing that we CAN control is how we treat each other.

    “We Are All In This Together” is now streaming on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Google Play!

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    50m - May 6, 2024
  • Ep. 1027: How to Beat Monday - Revisited - Mike Chambers

    Originally aired November 8th, 2021

    Summiting mountains in South America, bikepacking in the desert and climbing classic big wall routes sound like epic adventures that you’d have to save lots of vacation days for, right? The travel alone would take up at least a day or two, especially for any international trips. Not to mention making arrangements for other responsibilities like kids, pets, work, etc. 

    Mike Chambers and his adventure partner, Jason Antin, think otherwise. In fact, they think you can leave the office on Friday at 5pm, have an adventure of a lifetime and be back at work at 9am on Monday. Is it easy? Of course not. Is it worth it? C’mon now. 

    It all started when Mike was living in Boston and Jason was based in Colorado and the two came up with the bright idea of summiting Mt. Rainier in a true weekend. To the astonishment of the park rangers that hesitantly granted them the permit, their plan worked. Although the morning meetings that Monday were not as productive as they usually were, they both walked away with a pretty epic response to the age-old question, “what did you do this weekend?” 

    Once the concept of Beat Monday was proven, Jason and Mike began dreaming of what else could be possible with this format. Bikerafting, big wall climbing, ultrarunning, and international travel began to fill their weekends and was even made into an OutsideTV series, Beat Monday. 

    Mike is joining us today to tell us about what he’s learned through the Beat Monday mindset and what’s possible for you to beat whatever your Monday is. 

    Follow Mike and Beat Monday below:

    Beat Monday on OutsideTV

    @mike_chambers

    @beatmonday

    BeatMonday.com

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    49m - May 3, 2024
  • Ep. 1026: Thru-Hike of the Eastern Continental Trail - Madison Blagden

    In today’s episode, we delve into the extraordinary journey of Madison Blagden, the second female thru-hiker of the more than 5,500-mile Eastern Continental Trail. Since her first encounter with thru-hiking in 2017, Madison, aka “Peg Leg” has been captivated by the trails, embarking on epic adventures that defy the ordinary. Despite facing setbacks like losing her job during the COVID-19 pandemic, she turned adversity into opportunity, spending two years traversing the US in a vehicle.

    From tackling 1,300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail between college semesters to completing the entire PCT in 2022 via a SOBO/flip-flop hike, Peg Leg's determination knows no bounds. Her latest conquest, the "Bama to Baxter" journey, saw her connecting trails from Alabama to Maine, including the Pinhoti Trail, parts of the Benton Mackaye Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. But Peg Leg's thirst for exploration didn't stop there; inspired by an encounter with an ECT hiker in Vermont, she extended her trek to include the International Appalachian Trail, spanning 1500 miles across diverse landscapes. From Maine to Newfoundland, Peg Leg's footprints left a trail of resilience and passion. Currently en route from Alabama to Key West, Florida, she has become the 2nd woman in history and the 9th person ever to complete the entire Eastern Continental Trail, a testament to her unwavering spirit and love for the great outdoors. Join us as we uncover the highs, lows, and unforgettable moments of Peg Leg's awe-inspiring journey.

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    1h 9m - Apr 30, 2024
  • Ep. 1025: Alone in Wonderland - Revisited - Christine Reed

    Originally aired on March 22, 2021

    Christine’s love for backpacking started the same way many of the adventures on this podcast start, with a Google search. Her quest that day? To find out what this backpacking thing was all about. 

    After only a few articles into her search, Christine decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. It was a huge leap of faith but she immediately got to work to make that dream come true.

    The funny thing about making a dream a reality is that it’s not what we typically imagine. The realness of life usually gets in the way and what actually happens before, during, and after an adventure is anything but what we plan for. 

    Today we’re going to hear Christine’s story of how her experience hiking the AT changed her and all the adventures that have come before and after it. 

    She has written her experiences in a new book after a life-altering trip on the Wonderland trail called Alone in Wonderland, which can be found at her website, aloneinwonderland.com

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    @ruggedoutdoorswoman



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    42m - Apr 26, 2024
  • Ep. 1024: The Mt. Everest Industry - Will Cockrell

    Award-winning adventure journalist Will Cockrell took one look at the infamous Everest “traffic jam” photo in 2019 and knew the time had come to dispel the narratives of that pixel-perfect misconception by unpacking the mountain’s far-more thrilling reality. In EVEREST, INC.: The Renegades and Rogues Who Built an Industry at the Top of the World (on sale April 16, 2024; Gallery Books), Cockrell presents the untold and definitive history of guiding on the world’s most famous peak, in all its complicated and exhilarating glory.

    Will Cockrell is the author of EVEREST, INC. He has spent more than twenty years as a senior editor, writer, and consultant for national magazines including Men’s Journal, Outside, Men’s Fitness, and GQ. His work has been awarded by the American Society of Magazine Editors and Professional Publishers Association UK. A former outdoor guide, Cockrell has covered Everest throughout his career, and has visited Everest base camp in Nepal. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California. Find more at his website, WillCockrell.com.

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    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Everest-Inc/Will-Cockrell/9781982190453



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    56m - Apr 22, 2024
  • Ep. 1023: Playing Soccer on Kilimanjaro - Revisited - Laura Youngson

    Back in 2017 while sitting on the couch and watching sports news coverage, Laura noticed the dismal amount of time dedicated to women’s sports. What struck her the most was “the fact that there are more stories about horses than women in the sports pages”. Being a proficient soccer player herself and experiencing the frustrations of minimal coverage and a general lack of opportunities, she decided to do something about it. 

    A quick Google Maps search and a few emails later, Laura devised a plan to elevate women’s sports higher than it has ever gone, literally. The idea was to gather a group of women to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and play an official game of soccer near the summit. 

    The journey became a gathering of 60 women from around the world with referees, goals, etc. all climbing above 18,000 ft. to play a soccer game. Their efforts stand as a Guinness World Record, a testament to their dedication to raising the coverage and opportunity for women in sports, and was the genesis of Equal Playing Field, a non-profit Laura co-founded. 

    After the success of climbing Kilimanjaro, Laura continued to chase Guinness World Record soccer matches to raise awareness for women in sports and show the world women can do anything. The lowest elevation soccer game was played at the Dead Sea in 2018, and two world records were achieved in France thereafter for the most nationalities represented in a soccer game. 

    The long-term action Laura has taken is through her startup, Ida Sports, which is aiming to create a soccer boot specific to women, something that has never been done successfully, but something needed due to fundamental differences in men's and women’s feet. 

    If you learn anything from Laura, it’s that you shouldn’t be afraid of going down a path no one has ever gone before, especially if a better world is on the other side.

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    40m - Apr 18, 2024
  • Ep. 1023: Becoming a Better Outdoor Leader - Jeanette Stawski

    There is no one "right way" to lead--you don’t have to be the fastest, strongest, or most experienced to be a great leader. What the best leaders possess is a deep commitment to the greater good.

    Drawing on her decades of experience as a national outdoor leader, Jeannette Stawski explores the elements of transformative leadership. Using real-life examples from the outdoors and every day, she focuses on the essentials: resilience, grit, integrity, tolerance for adversity, and highly developed listening and communication skills.

    Whether you spend time in city parks, on mountains, in rivers, or beyond, you know that nature is a powerful teacher. Stawski shares inspiring stories from a range of outdoor enthusiasts and professionals, including Elyse Rylander, Kenji Haroutunian, Joe Stone, Stacy Bare, Victoria Lopez-Herrera, and more, as well as key principles from the Cornell Outdoor Education program, co-directed by Karel Hilversum.

    Jeannette Stawski serves as executive director for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE). She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Executive Coach. She was the director of Outdoor Adventures at the University of Michigan for eleven years and has worked as a professional outdoor guide, a wilderness medicine instructor, and NOLS instructor. She is currently the chair of the Coalition for Outdoor Access (COA) and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and their two children.

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    58m - Apr 17, 2024
  • Ep. 1022: The Backyard Adventurer - Revisited - Beau Miles

    Originally aired July 20th, 2020

    Beau has an incredible eye for turning the ordinary into extraordinary adventures. His stories, films, and book, The Backyard Adventurer, will make you want to get out of your chair and do something “different”. 

    His projects are simple but profound. From deciding to walk to work, to making an office out of junk material, to kayaking across the Bass Straight from Australia to Tanzania, Beau’s outlook is a mix of Thoreau, Kerouac, with a lot more comedic relief!

    Please be sure to check out his very entertaining YouTube channel here.

    His book, The Backyard Adventurer, is available: www.beaumiles.com

    Instagram: @beauisms

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    49m - Apr 13, 2024
  • Ep. 1021: Sharing Your Adventure Knowledge - Jerome Rand

    Jerome joins us for his fourth interview on ASP! What’s also unique is that this is the third time we’ve interviewed Jerome in person. As you’ll hear, it’s a totally different type of conversation than a virtual interview.

    Today we’re talking about the importance of giving back on your adventure knowledge. All of us that adventure have an obligation to at least introduce and invite those around us to also get out there. Don’t make your adventure pursuits about you and only you. However, it’s totally fine to have solo adventures, but make sure you share that knowledge, experience, and life-changing power with others at some point along your journey. 

    Jerome, a world-class solo sailer, is going to tell us some stories around his first big attempt to share that knowledge with a few up and coming sailors. 

    Learn more about Jerome:

    Website: https://www.sailingintooblivion.com/

    YouTube: Sailing Into Oblivion: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSzlhcmiF7vav6CNly7rUpw

    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/sailingintooblivion/

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    1h 29m - Apr 9, 2024
  • Ep. 1020: Storm Chasing & Global Exploration - Revisited - George Kourounis

    Originally aired on September 18, 2015

    Since a young boy, George Kourounis has been intrigued with Earth's forces of nature and the amazing weather patterns it throws at us. His adventurous life has landed him in the midde of tornadoes, deep inside caves 900 ft below ground, huricanes, forest fires and erupting volcanoes. George shares his passion for this way of life as the host of Angry Planet and has filmed various documentaries includng some for the National Geographic Channel, CNN and the BBC.

     https://www.instagram.com/george_kourounis/

    www.furiousearth.com/

    www.cloud9tours.com

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    47m - Apr 4, 2024
  • Ep. 1019: Trekking Across the Namibian Desert - Gillian Millar

    When Gillian was facing devastating challenges in her life, her husband, Aaron (ASP alumni), suggested she do an epic adventure to help process the grief and loss. Gillian decided to join a group of women that were aiming to be the first all-women group to trek across the Namibian Desert. By Gillian’s own admission, this adventure was terrifying and she was not remotely capable of completing it when she committed to do it. 

    Through months of training, planning, and preparing, Gillian set out with 17 other women from 12 nationalities to trek across the Namibian Desert. They collectively raised close to USD $70,000 for female survivors of war through Women on a Mission. Their mutual dedication to this cause not only pushed them beyond what they thought were their limits, but also wove the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood. 

    The expedition covered 144km (89.5 miles) over 5 days, scalings over 4,000 meters of the some of the world’s tallest sand dunes. 

    Gillian said of the adventure:

    “The journey was an exhilarating mix of challenge and wonder, with long days of hiking in the searing heat juxtaposed with nights camping in the biting cold and howling winds as we neared the wild Atlantic coast. Our final evening was spent beneath a canopy of stars, beside a century-old shipwreck and amidst seal colonies.”


    Are you in need of something epic? 

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    https://womenforwomen.org.uk



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    1h 3m - Apr 1, 2024
  • Ep. 1018: Cave Diving Basics - Revisited - Joshua Shouse

    Originally aired January 4, 2018. 

    One of our own show listeners Josh Shouse is with us on this episode to fill us in on the mysterious world of underwater cave diving. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to toss a SCUBA tank on your back and explore the unknown under the surface, then sit back, relax and listen in as Josh fills the rest of us land lovers in on the world below.

    http://hobbyistexplorer.blogspot.com

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    1h 7m - Mar 29, 2024
  • Ep. 1017: Boating the Mekong River in Thailand - Alonzo Guess

    Dive into a riveting tale of adventure and self-discovery on this episode of Adventure Sports Podcast. Meet Alonzo, whose thirst for exploration was ignited early on by his father's sage advice and travel stories. From a few eye-opening international trips to a transformative semester in Thailand, Alonzo's passion for travel only grew stronger after graduation.

    But it wasn't until he embarked on an epic journey with two childhood friends that his wanderlust truly took flight. Saving up every penny, they ventured back to Thailand, determined to uncover its hidden treasures. Little did they know, their path would lead them to the remote reaches of northern Thailand, where a chance encounter with a wooden boat in Chang Kong changed everything.

    Against all odds (and arguably the hardest part of the adventure), they convinced locals to sell them a wooden boat, setting the stage for an unforgettable expedition down the legendary Mekong River. For ten exhilarating days, they navigated its dangerous waters, camping under the stars along the riverbank.

    Join us as we unravel the gripping tale of Alonzo's journey over twenty years later, where the call of adventure and the spirit of exploration collide for these young friends in the heart of Southeast Asia's fabled Golden Triangle.

    Learn more about Alonzo:

    sunfishsales.com - golf accessory business, founded in 2011 w David Riggs who was with Alonzo on the trip down the Mekong. David and Alonzo also founded walkingpalm.com, a pet accessory business.

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    1h 12m - Mar 25, 2024
  • Ep. 1016: Paragliding off Volcanoes - Revisited - Adrian Garza

    Originally aired, February 18, 2019.

    When Adrian’s wife thought it would be a good idea to learn how to Paraglide, she probably didn’t foresee that in a relatively short amount of time, her husband would be summiting and flying solo off volcanoes near their home in Mexico City.

    Obviously, Adrian took to the sport quickly and it gave him a completely different view of his other favorite hobby, climbing. But with their recent family addition of a little girl and limited time off work, Adrian needed a way to summit mountains over 18,000 feet and return home in the same day. This led him to sleeping in a hypoxic chamber to decrease the amount of time needed to acclimate to high elevation.  Talk about dedication to adventure. What’s your excuse?

    Instagram: @ponchoelpiloto

    http://youtube.com/ponchoelpiloto

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    44m - Mar 21, 2024
  • Ep. 1015: Appalachian Mountain Club President & CEO - Nicole Zussman

    When Nicole finished climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, she knew something had changed about her. Soon after, she left her corporate career in search of a new trail and challenge, one that had never been done before. She found that path at Appalachian Mountain Club, a 150-year-old organization whose purpose is to foster the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors…and one that had never had a woman leader.

    You may know AMC through its world-class recreational network of professionally maintained trails and best-in-class outdoor program centers, lodges, cabins, camps, and campsites. From backcountry campsites to front country lodges to world-famous high mountain huts, AMC has had an undeniable impact on the understanding of and appreciation of the natural world for over a century. 

    Learn more about AMC and Nicole at www.outdoors.org



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    49m - Mar 18, 2024
  • Ep. 1014: How to Run 100 Miles - Revisited - "Toddzilla" Lewis

    Originally aired March 27, 2017


    Whether you love to run or would never run, this show is inspiring and tons of fun. Todd Lewis takes us on a journey from nearly collapsing attempting a 5K run through years of falling in love with ultra-running and overcoming challenge after challenge to finally achieve his goal of completing a 100 mile race. This is the real deal, folks. Todd shares how you can overcome to achieve your dreams too. Thanks, Todd for a wonderful visit and for sharing your dreams with us!


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    48m - Mar 14, 2024
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