The Enormocast: a climbing podcast
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A Slice of the Climbing Life.
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Episode 129: Steve Swenson – Almost an Astronaut. - The Enormocast: a climbing podcast
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On Episode 129 of the Enormocast, I sit down with consummate alpinist, Steve Swensen. Steve’s career in the big mountains has spanned decades. As a kid, Steve dreamed of flying to the stars as an Apollo astronaut, but he chose to climb as close to space as possible instead. While he has climbed worldwide, his most memorable and mesmerizing locale is the Karakorum on the borders of Pakistan, China, and India. In his new book Karakorum: Climbing through the Kashmir Conflict, Steve recounts his years exploring the mountains of this formerly closed region and falling in love with its people but also watching the waves of conflict ebb and flow in the surrounding lands. Steve spent 40 years balancing on the three pillars of his radical life: climbing, career, and family, and somehow he is as stoked as ever to be in the mountains and pushing his mind and body to the highest reaches of the Earth.
Karakorum: Climbing through the Kashmir Conflict
Rated 5 out of
Kalous has created not just a good climbing podcast, but in total - just great radio! I am consistently impressed with how he is able to seamlessly ask probing, far-reaching questions of his guests that go beyond climbing into the underlying aspects of life. He never misses a beat and is very natural on air - nothing sounds rehearsed or overly produced. He is extremely talented in a way that only becomes apparent in contrast to other shows - in general this show feels like eavesdropping on just a great conversation by the bonfire or in the coffee shop. Highlights include Tommy Caldwell, Angie Payne, Kelly Cortes and Honnold of course, but the best shows IMO are with Craig Demartino and Kevin Landolt. The Landolt show transcends podcast status - it's beyond moving.
Date published: 2016-11-29