4 minutes | May 30, 2023
Two for Tuesday: Skills4LumberJills and the F**k Cancer Fondo!
Skills4Lumberjills - June 10-11, 2023axewomen.com for more detailsListen to Alissa Wetherbee on Guides Gone Wild: https://www.guidesgonewild.com/podcast/ggw065-alissa-wetherbee-axe-women-loggers-of-maine--F**k Cancer Fondo - July 15, 2023susan @ carolinesdream dot com or DM Jen @GuidesGoneWild for more details!Listen to Susan Shashok on Guides Gone Wild: https://www.guidesgonewild.com/podcast/susan-shashok-carolines-dream-ggw127
52 minutes | May 25, 2023
Guide for Guides: Liability Insurance (Part 1/2) with Miriam Ball, Alternative Balance
It's the topic most of us love to hate or avoid... insurance.But for anyone who's thinking of taking folks outside, out of their comfort zones and into the wild (even if the wild is a nicely manicured campground just off a main road), you NEED to protect yourself from the random things that might happen!My guests for the next two episodes are here to help you find your path through all the regulations and jargon, so you can be confident you're covered - so you're able to spend your limited time and resources on things that you love (and are also important to your business!) like creating memorable and amazing experiences for your clients.Today's guest is Miriam Ball from Alternative Balance, a NH-based membership group that provides guides and practitioners with access to professional and general liability coverage in health, beauty and wellness spaces that fall outside traditional business liability models. If you're an outdoor guide or trip leader who offers (or wants to start offering) outdoor fitness or yoga instruction, nutrition or wellness coaching, massage therapy, reiki, forest bathing, energy work, etc., Alternative Balance can be a great option, and Miriam has LOTS of insight to share today.(Or if your guide offerings include fishing, hunting, boating, that kind of thing, you're going to want to tune in to Part 2 next week, because those service lines are right in the crosshairs for Cross Current Insurance - yes, pun absolutely intended - and next week's guest Angela Ziogas has tons of great tips and perspective to offer as both an advisor and sportswoman herself.)Listen, learn, enjoy!And then check out an awesome option to get yourself and your business some top-notch liability insurance:https://alternativebalance.com/See profiles of Alternative Balance members here: https://www.instagram.com/alternativebalance/Special thanks to our series sponsor Evans Notch Lodge: https://www.evansnotchlodge.com/And if you're guiding or leading trips in Maine, consider joining the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization!
53 minutes | May 11, 2023
Forget Pedal to the Metal, Put Your Mettle to the Paddle: Karrie Thomas, Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Whether your affinity for water involves multi-day backcountry paddling or just grabbing a cold beverage and a tube for some floating (while you watch the bald eagles and kingfishers fly by), the Northern Forest Canoe Trail has a spot for you to put in and play!Karrie Thomas joined NFCT in 2014 and serves as the organization’s Executive Director - but that doesn’t mean she spends all of her days holed up in her corner office talking strategy and grant-writing. If you’re planning your paddle and decide to call NCFT, Karrie might just be the person who picks up the phone and gives you the inside scoop you’re looking for to help you plan a fantastic weekend or longer distance trip.And beyond the amazing trip-planning resources they provide, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail hosts events and unique opportunities for stewardship that get paddlers of all ages out enjoying and caring for 740 miles of pristine waterways that cross the highest reaches of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.You can tap into NFCT’s endless wealth of planning resources at NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org, and make sure to follow them on Instagram @northernforestcanoetrail.But the fun and useful links don't stop there!: @PaddleNFCT on Facebook What NFCT co-founder Kay Henry’s been up to lately Lake Memphremagog (VT/Quebec) Mack Truax (Downriver Paddle Plan) Northern Forest Canoe Trail Paddlers (Facebook group) Waterway Stewards Program Northern Forest Explorers (includes info about NFCT’s new partnership with Teens to Trails) West Branch Penobscot and Lobster Lake The 90-Miler (NY/Adirondacks) Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal (VT) Packraft Maine Nemo BugOut Alite Camp Chair
36 minutes | Apr 27, 2023
Guide for Guides: Social Media Marketing (Part 3/3) with Jaimie Crawford
We are back with Part 3 of our Social Media Marketing Guide for Guides series - Jaimie Crawford and I are picking right up where we left off last time, and discussing how showing up on social media is basically the same lift as being a decent human and friend. We’re also getting into community connections, collaborations, and the most important thing of all - action taking!If you’re an aspiring, new or seasoned guide, I’d love to hear how this series landed with you, and if more topics related to growing a guide business would be of interest to you (actually, who am I kidding, I welcome feedback from anyone at any time!)Email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact me through the Guides Gone Wild website, or of course, send me a DM through Instagram or Facebook, my current social media channels of choice (that I'm now vowing to show up on more consistently - thanks, Jaimie!)And finally, if you’d like Jaimie to be YOUR guide for storytelling, developing a tactical road map to achieve your specific marketing goals, or even figuring out how to be scrappy and get lots of bang for very few marketing bucks, you can connect with Jaimie on LinkedIn.Here are some additional links to some of the resources we've mentioned throughout this series: Canva Linktr.ee SCORE Jaimie’s debut on Guides Gone Wild Jaimie’s LinkedIn Jaimie’s personal Instagram, @jaimiexplainsitall Finally - special thanks to our title sponsor, Evans Notch Lodge!
39 minutes | Apr 24, 2023
Guide for Guides: Social Media Marketing (Part 2/3) with Jaimie Crawford
And we are back - welcome to the second installment of our three part Social Media Marketing Guide for Guides, featuring Jaimie Crawford. In Part 1, we started at the beginning, going over some foundational concepts of marketing and brand building, so if you missed that episode, you might want to go back and listen to that one first.Today, we’ll be diving into more details, especially around that bane of many of our existences, social media. Can’t live with her sometimes, but these days it also seems like you can’t live without her, especially if you're trying to build your business presence and attract new clients online. But how much of her do you really have to put up with? What makes a good post? What matters more, reach or engagement? What do those terms even mean? What's the point of it all? Pull on those waders, we're going in deep today! Here are some links to helpful resources you'll hear about throughout this series: Canva Linktr.ee SCORE Jaimie’s debut on Guides Gone Wild Jaimie’s LinkedIn Jaimie’s personal Instagram, @jaimiexplainsitall And before we go - special thanks to our title sponsor, Evans Notch Lodge!
42 minutes | Apr 20, 2023
Guide for Guides: Social Media Marketing (Part 1/3) with Jaimie Crawford
Today we are kicking off a special series called 'Guides for Guides'. This idea boinked into my brain back last year when I talked with Jaimie Crawford, one of the marketing and social media brains behind the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s fantastic “Hire a Guide” campaign and profiles.Jaimie, as luck would have it, is super knowledgeable about social media marketing, and how it can be effectively applied to launch and build small businesses - and she also happens to have an affinity for working with guides and small businesses in the outdoor space. So Jaimie’s back, and we dorked out for a VERY LONG TIME about marketing and social media - so long that I broke this into three parts to keep it manageable for you. (But you are DEFINITELY going to want to listen to them all, because whether you’re a budding guide, building a personal brand or startup, or have been running your business for years, there will be more than a few nuggets of pure gold for you in these episodes, I promise!)Here’s what we’ll be covering: In Part 1, we’re going to set up the foundation of basic marketing knowledge and terminology that will lay our groundwork for the next two episodes - all about brand, storytelling, target markets, funnels, etc. In Part 2, we’ll be diving into social media specifically, and the role it can and should (and should not?) play in your overall marketing strategy Finally, Part 3 will round us out with a discussion of community building and strategic action taking Here are some links to helpful resources you'll hear about: Canva Linktr.ee SCORE Jaimie’s debut on Guides Gone Wild Jaimie’s LinkedIn Jaimie’s personal Instagram, @jaimiexplainsitall And before we go - special thanks to our title sponsor, Evans Notch Lodge!
36 minutes | Apr 6, 2023
Don't Just Toss, Grab the Floss!: Anna Dye, Goddess of Gear Repair
One of the things I love most about doing this podcast is the way that almost every guest seems to spiderweb into more cool connections that I get to make, and today’s another great example of that. Last time I hit the podwaves, I encored a conversation with Heidi Myers of Rasputitsa, who also works at Sterling College, where she met the wonderful young woman I’m talking to today, Anna Dye. Anna grew up in the outdoor industry, working at her family’s outdoor gear and apparel store in Red Lodge, Montana. But it was here in the east that she found herself in a cohort of college students hitting the road to apply their newly acquired gear repair skills to real life problems at races and festivals around northern New England. Anna is a breath of fresh air in an often cynical world, and she shares a few tips and hacks that might just help you out in a pinch when your gear gets…..well…pinched (and damaged) in the backcountry.Lots of links for this one!: @gearrepairguru on Instagram Heidi Myers on Guides Gone Wild Sterling College Rasputitsa Vermont Gear Makers Festival Sylvan Peak Mountain Shop (Red Lodge, MT) Alpine Luddites & John Campbell Tenacious Tape Seam Grip Smuggs Ice Bash (Smugglers Notch, VT) New England BKL Festival (Craftsbury, VT) SailRite Patagonia Worn Wear Speedy Stitcher BirdieBlue (the women-owned VT company Anna mentions that recycles old ski gear into new bags!) Kula Cloth And for more empty landfill vibes: Jenna Vanni of Woods + Waters Gear Exchange in Brunswick, ME Emily Kirkton of GearME in Freeport, ME Emily McKeown of Maine GearShare Meg Carney, The Outdoor Minimalist
61 minutes | Mar 23, 2023
Build the Race (and Community) You Want to Be Part Of: Heidi Myers, Rasputitsa Dirt
Huge thanks for joining me today! I’ve been noticing a lot of new ears around these parts lately (plus I’m on the road and a bit time starved this week, to be honest), so I decided it was a good time to hop into the Wayback Machine and encore a conversation with one of my favorite people and one of the best connector friends this pod has ever had, Heidi Myers.If you’ve been listening for a little bit, you’ve probably heard Heidi’s name plenty of times, because she’s connected me with a ton of fantastic women who’ve been great pod guests. Heck, just a few weeks back we had Susan Shashok of Caroline’s Dream Skincare on the pod and guess how I knew about her? Yup, that’s right, I met her at an amazing women’s bike and fly fishing event organized by none other than Heidi Myers!Heidi is one of the founders of Rasputitsa, a spring gravel bike "race" and sufferfest for the rest of us hosted in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This year, 2023, the event will be on Saturday, April 29th, and while the race itself has been sold out for months, it’s one of the best spectator takes and party weekends around, so don’t put those Kinco gloves away yet, you might want them for the tailgate!Heidi also serves as the Associate Dean of Marketing and Communications for Vermont’s Sterling College, and is one of the most inspiring people - and Instagram feeds - I’ve ever encountered. She shows up like no one else, and I’m so grateful to know her. Hop over and check out @RasputitsaDirt on Instagram or RasputitsaDirt.com and you’ll see what I mean. I’m so excited to bump this conversation from almost two years ago, so YOU get to know Heidi Myers too - enjoy!
42 minutes | Mar 9, 2023
Choose What Works Best for YOU (for Two!): Michelle Boyer, Arctic Lynx Maternity Activewear
If there's one thing I love almost as much as getting active outside, it’s sitting inside with a giant coffee, watching it snow and geeking out about start-uppy stuff with an outdoor industry entrepreneur (who also happens to be a woman)!My guest today is Michelle Boyer, the founder and visionary behind Arctic Lynx Maternity Activewear, based in Portland, Maine.Like many of us who become pregnant and retain some hope of getting outside once in a while in the Northeast, when Michelle transplanted to Maine from the south and found herself pregnant, she needed some appropriate clothing to keep her warm, dry and comfortable while she tried to stay active. When the best she could find on offer were her husband’s old, ratty long undies, she did what any self-respecting woman would do - decided to take matters into her own hands and solve the problem!Michelle’s scrappy journey from a law firm to the Outdoor Retailer show is what we’re talking about today - and how she’s evolving personally and professionally as she goes. Whether you’ve been pregnant, are thinking of it, or even just care one iota about your pelvic floor - and spoiler alert, you’d better care! - you’re going to want to listen all the way to the end of this one.You can check out the Arctic Lynx Maternity capsule collection and accessories over at ArcticLynxMaternity.com, or @arcticlynxmaternity on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. And when you're done shopping for the mom-to-be, check out some more fun links from our conversation: Emily Harrington Maine Outdoor Brands (and check out MOB’s Executive Director Jenny Kordick on Guides Gone Wild!) Outdoor Retailer Conference SCORE Maine First Pier (Portland, ME) Check out the Arctic Lynx Scarf and Baby Onesie here! Hills & Trails (Biddeford, ME) @expectingpelvichealth LD 1357 Acadia Gantz, Trail Running Baby Catcher
60 minutes | Feb 23, 2023
Calendula, Chamois Cream, and Cancer Candor from Susan Shashok, Caroline's Dream Handcrafted Skincare
Today’s guest, Susan Shashok of Caroline’s Dream Handcrafted Skincare, based in Middlebury Vermont, has three big goals for 2023 - and she is already well on her way to nailing them all. Never mind that she spent the last few months of 2022, as she puts it, in "a game show where the prizes behind doors 1, 2, and 3 all suck."Trigger warning for this one - our conversation starts out all rainbows and flowers (or should I say herbs), talking about Susan’s fabulous natural skincare company, Caroline’s Dream. But we do take a sharp turn into some serious talk about what it’s like to be diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. I hope you, personally, have not had to navigate this yourself or with a loved one. But if you have, I know you will relate. And if you haven’t, yet (because, let's be honest, this disease is likely to touch all of us, in some way, at some point in our lives), this is required listening. You probably know a handful of people who should hear this conversation, so I hope you’ll share it with them. Susan and I talk about this in our conversation - the power of shared stories can not be overstated. It’s so valuable to be able to identify with others who are living the struggles that you are getting lost in. Any sliver of shared experience brings people together, and fast-tracks the ability of a community of support to coalesce around you. Sharing is caring, people!But first things first - head over to CarolinesDream.com to load up on all the lotions and salves and creams and good vibes you need to chase winter’s dry darkness away... and if you want in on next fall’s ginkgo gambling, make sure to follow @carolinesdreamvt. (And don't forget Skijor Skowhegan - this weekend!)A few more things to share: Check out Susan’s sweet ride (her delivery ebike!) and more on her YouTube channel! Chamois Cream (for all the chafe!) Calendula Cream Rasputitsa (Burke, VT) - coming right up on April 29th! Rebecca Sperry (aka Socked In Hikes) on Guides Gone Wild More Vertical ladies bringing the inspiration!: Embrace the Suck and Make Some Magic Happen with Heidi Myers Live a ‘No Drop’ Life with Cail Casserly Don’t Worry About the Game Plan with Sabra Davison Lean Into Your Life (AND the Downhill) with Christsonthy Drellos Start Your Life Again with Cori Brago Biking Through Loss and Building a Legacy with Sandy Noble Be Your Own Advocate (and Someone Else’s Too) with Jenn Minery
38 minutes | Feb 9, 2023
Send It Skijoring in Skowhegan! Kristina Cannon and Mary Haley, Somerset Snowfest and Main Street Skowhegan
We are embracing mid-winter with a giant Yeti hug again this week over here on Guides Gone Wild!Repeat listeners will recognize one of the voices - Kristina Cannon of Main Street Skowhegan is back today with her marketing maven sidekick Mary Haley of MXH Marketing, and we are talking skijoring, and Somerset SnowFest FUN!Equestrian skijoring is a big hit out west, but it was a novelty on the east coast when bright eyed and bushy tailed Mary Haley proposed proposed it to Main Street Skowhegan in 2018. Her proposal was initially met with blank stares, but they wound up going for it, even though none of them had heard of it before, and 2019 marked the start of what’s now the annual Skijor Skowhegan race--the first one to ever happen in Maine!Skijor Skowhegan is an action-packed event, with tons of spectators jammed into the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds cheering on over 50 teams - each made up of one person on a horse, and the other on skis or snowboard being towed behind, as they fly at speeds up to 35 mph along a 1000-foot course, navigating gates, jumps, and collecting ring points. Yes, it’s as bonkers as it sounds.This wild ride is coming up on February 25, 2023, but you don’t have to wait until then to sample the fun, we are talking about it today, along with all of the other super-fun offerings that make up Somerset SnowFest, which runs from February 17th - 26th. Get more details by visiting SomersetSnowfest.org, or Skijorskowhegan.org, or best of all, just listen in now!Some more quickie links to skijoring (and skijoring-adjacent) fun!: Lake George Regional Park (ME) What is Equestrian Skijoring? Skijor Maine Facebook Group Skowhegan Outdoors Jim Browne Foundation Downhill Kayak Race Box Sled Derby IceHole World Championship Bigelow Brewing Baxter Brewing Weston Woods and Waters (Madison, ME) Maine Grain Alliance Hight Family of Dealerships Somerset Public Health Somerset Woods Trustees Lakewood Golf Course (Madison, ME)
40 minutes | Feb 2, 2023
Catch Some Air (at the U.S. Toboggan Championships) with A Flying Flock
Welcome to the latest Guides Gone Wild special release! Today we're hyping A Flying Flock, the intrepid all women team who’ll be layering up in their bright pink and yellow snowsuits this weekend (February 4-5, 2023) to compete in the U.S. National Toboggan Championship taking place at the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Maine.The flamingos and ducks that make up this fabulous flock include five Mainers - Maile Buker, a marketing junkie from Portland; Tricia Tobey, an interior designer from Kittery Point; Marianne Naess, an aquaculturist from Cape Elizabeth; Helene Dicesare, a nurse from Arundel; and Deanna Smith, a lobster woman from Tenants Harbor - and a lone New Hampshire-ite, Lisa Teague, an interior designer from Portsmouth. Maile, Lisa, and eventually Deanna joined me for an impromptu chat to talk about the history of the toboggan championship; their fundraising recipients, Trekkers; and why a handful of women 'of a certain age' would decide to impersonate a pink puff pastry with yellow cream filling and take their lives into their hands hurtling down a 400’ long ice chute onto a partially frozen, rockpile strewn lake.It’s freaking nuts, and I absolutely love it.Whether you’re on Team Flamingo or Team Duck, you’re going to enjoy these ladies’ meteoric flight pattern. So layer up, grab a balaclava and those cowbells, and head over to Camden Snow Bowl this weekend - the teams will be running all day on Saturday and Sunday morning in the hopes of making the finals.Check out the schedule and get information about parking, shuttles, the bands, the fun, all the things over at camdensnowbowl.com. And I hope you’ll consider supporting Trekkers in honor of these brave ladies, you can go to @a_flying_flock on Instagram and use the link in bio to donate.**P.S. Maile wasn't kidding, apparently there was a flamingo-duck. And Chute Master Stuart Young has his own inspiring story!
46 minutes | Jan 26, 2023
(Gear) Sharing is Caring: Emily Mackeown, Maine GearShare
Today we are catching up with another new friend I made at the Maine Outdoor Economy Summit last fall, Emily Mackeown, who is the outreach coordinator for Maine GearShare, a Brunswick-based gear library that completed its pilot year in 2022 and supported tons of youth groups and non-profits successfully in their quest to get more people outside safely and comfortably.It’s clear from our conversation that Emily’s truly unique upbringing informed her love of the outdoors, which eventually led to her becoming a registered guide. As she puts it, she’s always interested in talking to strangers, hearing their life stories, taking them somewhere outside their comfort zone, and being in that moment with them. So it’s no surprise that she got involved with an organization like Maine GearShare, which strives to bring more and more people into those moments.As Emily sees it, Maine GearShare is trying to fire up the spark of a societal shift in thinking - maybe we don’t all have to own everything. And maybe, just maybe, access to the outdoors is a fundamental human right that shouldn’t be limited only to those who can afford the “right” gear, clothing and equipment.I love this business model, I love geeking out listening to people with a passion talk about bringing their visions to life, I love that organizations like Maine GearShare are acting to expand access to the fun and adventure that can be had outdoors. All.The.Love.You can get more information about Maine GearShare at mainegearshare.org - check out the kinds of equipment they have in inventory, find out about membership, maybe even make a donation to support their work right there on the website! (And if you happen to find yourself on Route 1 heading into Brunswick any time soon, maybe hit the Aroma Joe’s first and bring Jackson a treat, he is definitely earning it with all the stanky middle school camping gear that man has to manage!)Before I go, some fun upcoming events and links: Maine GearShare - @me_gearshare U.S. National Toboggan Championship - February 4-5, 2023 (Camden, ME) Skijor Skowhegan - February 25, 2023 (Skowhegan, ME) MOES (Maine Outdoor Economy Summit) Matinicus Island (ME) Nature Based Education Consortium Millinocket Gear Library (ME) Kindling Collective (Portland, ME) Solar string lights Black Diamond headlamp
56 minutes | Jan 12, 2023
Get in the (Long) Game: Anne Parmenter, Coach, Climbing Guide and Everest Mountaineer
I purposely picked this conversation with Anne Parmenter to kick off the year, because I need to hear so much of this right now. For someone who was told by a middle school teacher that she wasn’t going to amount to much, Anne has done pretty ok for herself. She will blow you right off your feet. Literally!Anne is a Hall of Fame field hockey coach that took her team to the NCAA tournament multiple times. She’s done multiple marathons, is an AMGA rock climbing instructor and ice climbing instructor, and oh, did I mention she’s also a mountaineer who’s climbed a bunch of 8000 meter peaks around the world - including summiting Mt. Everest in 2006?BUT - this isn’t a story of some extreme, unrelatable, genetically superior athlete ticking things off a bucket list. (Although Anne's 90 year old mum is still working out every day and went snow tubing over the holidays, so maybe there is a teeny bit of genetic superiority at play here after all....)The day I spoke with her, Anne was on the brink of retiring from an almost 40-year career as a coach and educator to embark on her next act - as a full-time climbing guide with EMS in North Conway, New Hampshire. Never mind 'bucket list'; Anne is more of an opportunist who doesn't shy away from epic adventure potential that drops into her lap. Rather than using her age or job or busy life as (justifiable) reasons to put things off indefinitely, Anne cranked up her mountaineering in her 40s, summited Everest in her late 40s, and decided to lean in to more technical ice climbing in her 50s. She is truly the inspiration I thought we all could use to start the year off in the right frame of mind! Learn more about Anne, her Everest expeditions, and lots more good stuff here (and even more over at GuidesGoneWild.com!): Anne Parmenter - National Field Hockey Hall of Fame Anne Parmenter on NBC CT High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas EMS Climbing Guides AMGA - American Mountain Guides Association Anne Parmenter on Finding Mastery with Michael Gervais Ragged Mountain Foundation (CT) Who was Fritz Wiessner? What are traprock ridges? Exum Mountain Guides (Jackson Hole, WY) Ama Dablam (Nepal) Laurie Watt on Guides Gone Wild (more climbing goodness) Kanchenjunga (India/Nepal border) Dolomites (Italy) Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye (Scotland, UK) Anne’s essay about her ‘Summer of Fun’ when she turned 60 Women’s Climbing Coalition ice climbing on Jan 21st & 22nd (Woodstock, NH)
46 minutes | Dec 29, 2022
Wander in Wonder: Lisa Holcomb, Wander the Whites
Welcome to the very last episode of Guides Gone Wild for 2022! I’m still recovering for the crazy pace of stoke we had going on here a few weeks back, but rather than take a week off, I decided to squeeze in one more inspiring guide - today I’m talking with Lisa Holcomb of Wander the Whites.If you plan to listen to this in the car on your way to the North Conway area for a long New Year's weekend celebration, you are IN LUCK! Lisa is an outdoor guide who works with a ton of hotels and resorts in the White Mountains, taking folks out to immerse themselves in nature, whether they’re looking for a gentle meditative walk or a cardio blasting snowshoe-to-summit.My favorite part of this conversation is the wonder you still hear in Lisa’s voice as she describes the first time she drove into Crawford Notch. Needless to say, the White Mountains grabbed her heart right then and never let go, and today she revels in sharing that wonder and joy with all of the guests she guides.I’ve dropped a few links below, but you will DEFINITELY want to come on over to the episode page on the Guides Gone Wild website, you could plan six vacations with all the helpful info Lisa shared with us! Wander the Whites ‘Hire a Guide’ profile of Lisa Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Jaimie Crawford on Guides Gone Wild
4 minutes | Dec 23, 2022
STOKE SHORT!: Check Out a New Podcast! with Acadia Gantz of Adventuring for Two
Adventuring for Two Podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or listen online hereCanyon Wren Coaching@trailrunningbabycatcher on InstagramSacopee Midwives - on InstagramAcadia Gantz on Guides Gone Wild (August, 2021)One last shorty for you today, and it’s a good one, because my lovely podcast friend Acadia Gantz, aka the Trail Running Baby Catcher, has started her OWN podcast - yay!Acadia is a midwife, ultra runner, and running coach, and has managed to combine all of these passions into a great new podcast called Adventuring for Two.I’m going to let Acadia tell us more about it all so you’ll have some great new audio for the marathon wrapping session or holiday travel you might have coming up - I hope you'll check it out!
7 minutes | Dec 22, 2022
STOKE SHORT!: Strut Your Brave Stuff (on TikTok?!?) with Amanda Hatley of She Summits Co.
She Summits Co. - on Instagram - on TikTokKeep an eye on the site for the release of 2023 Women’s Week dates in the new year!New summer camp offering this year, four weeks on the Maine portion of the AT for 9th/10th graders (totes jelly, much?!?)Amanda Hatley on Guides Gone Wild (September, 2020)Amanda Hatley talks small business excellence on LinkedIn too!Can I just tell you how amazing the last few weeks have been?I’m sorry if my ceaseless STOKE SHORT! releases have been annoying you, but I have found them to be just the fuel I need right now to keep myself going with this pod. Every time I have a quick catch-up call with one of these amazing women, I thank my lucky stars that I ever had the idea to do this in the first place, because hearing these women’s stories and watching their businesses grow brings me so much damn joy!!OK, enough of me being sappy, but you’ll understand why in a minute - today’s check in is with Amanda Hatley, the founder of She Summits Co., an adventure camp and now travel company built around helping women and girls learn bravery in the outdoors. Amanda’s understatement of the year comes right up front - “Wow, have we changed since [the last time we spoke]!” Backpacking and pack-rafting? Ice climbing? The Amalfi-freaking-Coast?!?!You’re going to want to listen in all the way to the end, visit Shesummitsco.com, AND, perish the thought, follow She Summits Co. over on TikTok, so you’re the first to know about all the cool stuff on tap for 2023!
3 minutes | Dec 21, 2022
STOKE SHORT!: Plan That Road (and Ride!) Trip with Heather Kinal of Rooted MTB Festival & Cosmic Dirt
Rooted MTB Festival - July 21-23, 2023 (NY)Cosmic Dirt - get in on the Zodiac Pant pre-sale!Heather Kinal on Guides Gone Wild (January, 2022)Jen & Trish’s Rooted MTB Festival Recap - Voices of RootedWho’s ready for a road trip? You would be if you’d gone to the Rooted MTB Fest last summer with me, Trish and our 26” hardtails of doom!Today we’re getting a quickie update from the doyenne of drops and double-track herself, Rooted MTB Festival director and Cosmic Dirt co-founder Heather Kinal.This sister in single track has had a LOT going on this year - Rooted was a smashing success in its 3rd year, and Cosmic Dirt is finally ready to release its flagship product, the Zodiac Pant. Let’s hear all about it all from Heather, and get you all fired up to join our Guides Gone Wild road trip to Rooted!
10 minutes | Dec 20, 2022
STOKE SHORT!: Bring It AND Be Vulnerable with Laurie Watt of Mooney Mountain Guides
Mooney Mountain GuidesLaurie Watt on Guides Gone Wild (in her previous life!)We are back on the ropes again today with Laurie Watt, the Women’s Program Director at Mooney Mountain Guides in New Hampshire.Laurie was a full-time PT and a part-time climber when we first chatted back in April of 2021, but she has totally flipped the script since then and gone all in on her dream, moving to the White Mountains full-time and continuing to rack up pitches and professional certifications in her new career as a full-time mountain guide.When it comes to inspiration for the new year, Laurie is bringing it (just when we need it), so listen in, and then give her a call to talk about your goals for 2023!Women’s Steep Ice Clinic - February 12thWomen’s Mt. Washington Ascent - March 5thMt. Baker Trips through Mooney Mountain Guides Red Rock Canyon (NV)Rock Climbing in downtown Manchester NH, who knew?!?
11 minutes | Dec 19, 2022
STOKE SHORT!: Get Rid of Your 'Buts' with Anyssa Lucena of Genuine Climbing
Genuine Climbing - on InstagramConfident Climbers ClubEmpowered Women’s Goal-Setting Workshops - January 8th (NJ), 11th (Zoom), 15th (MA) - not just for climbers!Just because these episodes are short, doesn’t mean the guests aren’t bringing the FIRE!Anyssa Lucena of Genuine Climbing has had one hell of a year, which she’s going to come back and talk to us more about soon (if I have anything to do with it). But in the meantime, we’ve got our dreams to live! And dreams take an action plan, which is exactly what Anyssa is ready to help us build in one of her upcoming Goal-Setting Workshops.This wise woman speaks the truth when she says that "things like this, unless you schedule, and make a date, and be accountable to it, will always get pushed back". Well, guess what - by January, all the wrapping and baking will be done, there won’t be any Festivus pole to decorate, so lose the excuses and take a little action! Head over to Genuine Climbing to make that date to join Anyssa and your soon-to-be-friends at a workshop, catch some psych, and watch those dreams of yours come into focus.