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The Adventure Podcast
67 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 111: The End of the Trail...For Now!
After taking a week off to catch up on some work and take a much-needed break, Dave and Kraig are back this week. Unfortunately, they bring news of a change in schedules that will disrupt the podcast schedule in the short term, so the show opens with an announcement that The Adventure Podcast is going on hiatus for the foreseeable future. Find out what that's all about in the intro. Later, the guys get back to the usual format, sharing Adventure News on a broad array of topics that includes outdoor industry heavyweights taking on Facebook, an update on Pacific Ocean Rower Angela Madsen's progress, and an explorer who has now gone from Earth's orbit, to the lowest place on the planet. Later, we round things out with some gear reviews, during which Dave shares his thoughts on the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV 3 tent, while Kraig takes a look at the BioLite FirePit. As this is the final podcast for awhile, we want to thank everyone for tuning in and showing us some support. It has been greatly appreciated on every level. We hope to be back with new episodes in the near future, so hold on for more to come.
120 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 110: An Interview with Adventure Racing Legend Mike Kloser
This week's guest is adventure racing legend Mike Kloser, who is one of the top adventure and endurance athletes of all time. Mike is a former mountain bike world champion and multi-time adventure racing world champ as well. Even though he is retired now, he still competes regularly in a number of events and even came back to take part in the new Eco-Challenge race that took place last fall. In the interview, Mike shares stories from throughout his career, tells us how he got started in adventure racing, and provides some insights on his friend Lance Armstrong too. We even discuss his latest venture, Out There Adventure Travel, which organizes cycling, mountain biking, and wellness trips to parts of Europe. This is just a small part of what we chat about, with a guy that both Dave and Kraig know very well. Before we jump into the interview, our intrepid co-hosts get us up to speed on the latest happenings from the world of mountaineering, where it looks like things have mostly come to a standstill thanks to the virus. The guys also discuss a major archaeological find in Mexico that was discovered thanks to the breakthrough technology known as Lidar. Then, they share a couple of dream jobs for the outdoor crowd, including a chance to get paid $1000 to watch a hunting show or $20,000 to hike the Appalachian Trail as the "Chief Hiking Officer"for a brewery. Finally, they wrap things up in our Gear Segment with both Dave and Kraig sharing their thoughts on the VSSL survival kits. Dave recently got his hands on a VSSL First Aid Kit, while Kraig checks out the VSSL Camp Supplies model. Both come away very impressed with the design, build-quality, and contents of these impressive kits. Show Notes GearLobo Application — $1000 to watch MeatEater Become the Chief Hiking Officer for Devil's Backbone Brewing Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (Archaeology book referenced by Kraig)
124 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 109: Climbing Everest and K2 without Oxygen with Carla Perez
This week on The Adventure Podcast we welcome mountaineer and mountain guide Carla Perez to the show. Carla is one of the top high-altitude alpinists at the moment, having summited both Everest and K2 in the same year in 2019. Additionally, she has also climbed both of those mountains without the use of supplemental oxygen, putting her in a rare group indeed. Last summer, she traveled to Pakistan to take on the second highest peak in the world, along with Alpenglow Expedition's Adrian Ballinger. Now, the team has released an amazing film about that expedition entitled Breathtaking—K2: The Worlds Most Dangerous Mountain. In our interview, Carla tells us how she got started in climbing, why she gave up a luctrative career in the petroleum industry, and what it is like to climb the two tallest mountains on the planet. It is a wide-ranging, fun, inspiring, and fascinating chat. Before we jump into that interview however, Dave and Kraig get things started with a bit of Adventure News. This week, we learn about successful summits on Everest, an ocean rower who is socially distancing on the Pacific, and a historic launch from SpaceX and NASA. Later, the boys share their weekly Gear Picks, with Kraig offering some thoughts on the Deuter UP Sydney, the first urban backpack from that company, while Dave reviews the Ursack Major bear bag.
118 minutes | May 26, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 108: A Chat with Adventure Filmmakers Erik Nachtrieb and Vivian Smith
On this week's episode of The Adventure Podcast, Dave and Kraig welcome friends Erik Nachtrieb and Vivian Smith of 1iOpen Productions. Erik and Viv are adventure filmmakers, with their job taking them all over the world to shoot video footage and tell unique stories. We sit down for an interview with these two adventurers, who share stories from the road, what its like to live a globe trotting lifestyle, and how you can turn your dreams of adventure into a potential career. Check out Erik and Viv's work on their YouTube channel to get a better sense of what they do. Before getting to that interview, our intrepid hosts first bring us up to speed on the latest from the world of outdoor adventure and exploration. That begins with an update from the Himalaya, where the Everest North Side teams are still waiting for a summit window. The boys also take a look at a high profile ultra-race in Europe that was cancelled due to the coronavirus, and what that means for other big events still on the schedule for this year. Finally, they bring us news from Yellowstone National Park, where two days after reopening, a visitor was attacked by a bison. There is no regular gear segment this week, although Dave and Kraig do follow up on a product they saw at the January Outdoor Retailer show, which they gave an award out for, but couldn't talk about at the time. Now, that product—the new SEG42 duffel bag from Matador—is available, and they can share their thoughts on this innovative new travel bag at long last. Hint: It's awesome! Show Notes 1iOpen YouTube Channel Lance Armstrong ESPN 30 For 30 Documentary Trailer
131 minutes | May 19, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 107: A Conversation with Explorer and Ultrarunner Ray Zahab
This week on The Adventure Podcast we're joined by ultrarunner, explorer, and entrepreneur Ray Zahab, who regales us with tales of his numerous adventures. Over the course of his career, Ray has run across the Sahara Desert (Yes! All of it!), as well as the Atacama, Gobi, and Namib Deserts too. His travels have taken him across Death Valley on foot, over remote Baffin Island i the Canadian Arctic, to the South Pole, and beyond. This has given Ray a unique outlook on the training, planning, preparation, and logistics that go into creating a big expedition. Oh, and along the way, he has even found time to found impossible2Possible, an organization that educates young people through the use of adventure. Before we get into our conversation with Ray, Dave and Kraig first take a look at the latest adventure news, including updates from Everest, an examination of the outlook of the summer climbing season in the Karakoram, and a team of adaptive adventure athletes who are attempting to travel from the lowest to the highest point on each continent. Later, the boys also review some new products, with Kraig taking a look at the updated Yeti Roadie 24 hard cooler, while Dave's daughter offers dad some thoughts on her Keen Targhee hiking shoes. Meanwhile, Dave follows up with some thoughts on the adidas Parlay hiking shoes as well. As always, thanks for listening. Show Notes and Links The LowestHighest Expedition website - Adaptive athletes climbing the Seven Summits in style Rebecca Rusch's Giddy-Up Challenge - Signing up for an "Everesting" challenge for Memorial Day Weekend The Virtual Race Across America is now accepting entires.
102 minutes | May 12, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 106: An Interview with the Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes
On this week's episode we welcome the ultramarathon man himself, Dean Karnazes to the show. Dean regales with stories from his illustrious running career, with includes discovering his love for the sport after running for 30+ miles on his 30th birthday. He also talks about competing in the Badwater Ultra, running across the Atacama Desert in South America, and provides a history lesson about the first ultramarathon from Greek history. Smart, funny, self-deprecating, and incredibly charming, it is easy to see how Dean helped bring ultrarunning more into the mainstream. We're lucky to have him as a guest. Before jumping into our interview, Dave and Kraig first share some Adventure News with an update on the current status of the climbing season on Everest, a story about an ocean rower who is training for 12-days straight in his garage, and a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in floating cars that took place 20 year ago. Later, as part of their weekly Gear Picks segment, Dave reviews the Mountainsmith Slingback camp chair, while Kraig offers his thoughts on the Lander Kiva headlamp. Show Notes: Books By Dean Karnazes on Amazon: Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night RunnerRun!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Maratons in 50 DaysThe Road to Sparta YouTube Video: Ultramarathon Man: 50 marathons in 50 states, in 50 days Watch Ocean Rower Phil Kite train in his garage Crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a floating car
122 minutes | May 5, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 105: Talking Travel with Adventurer and Podcaster Kit Parks
This week on the podcast we welcome Kit Parks to the show. Kit is someone who discovered the joys of adventure travel at the age of 50 and has embraced it fully ever since. In the interview she talks about that experience, all the amazing places she's been, and more importantly, the great experiences and people she's met along the way. After falling in love with adventure travel, she has also launched two podcasts—Active Travel Adventures and the Adventure Travel Show—to share her passion with listeners. She's even gone so far as to put together a great primer for Adventure Podcast listeners on a variety of subjects, including how to train for adventure travel, how to save money both on and for travel, and an adventure travel guide. You can access and download that information for free here. Before Kit joins us on the show, Dave and Kraig have a rundown of the latest adventure news, with stories about China re-measuring the height of Everest once again, a man who is attempting to visit every country on the planet without using air travel, and an ocean rower who came up just short of setting a new age record. Later, the guys take a look at two new products, with Kraig reviewing the Goal Zero Nomad 50 solar panel, while Dave offers his thoughts on the Bison Rolling Grill. Other Show Notes Watch The Last Dance on ESPN/Netflix
126 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 104: An Interview with Ultrarunner and Adventure Athlete Grant Maughan
This week on The Adventure Podcast we're joined by our guest Grant Maughan. Grant is an ultrarunner and adventure athlete who didn't even take up running until he turned 47. Now, he's nearly ten years later, he has competed in some of the toughest races in the world, including the Badwater Ultra, the Marathon des Sables, the Iditarod Invitational, and many more. This inspiring athlete tells us how he took up the sport, what drives him forward, and what its like to climb Mt. Everest. Before chatting with Grant, Dave and Kraig first bring us the latest adventure news, including stories about 5G wireless service coming to Everest, a the first North American ski resort to reopen in the age of the coronavirus, and an impressive archaeological find in Norway. Later, they also share their weekly gear picks, with Dave offering his thoughts on the 686 Multi Gore-Tex Paclite jacket and Kraig reviewing the Goal Zero Yeti 500X portable power station. Show Notes: 4K Live webcam from Everest Norway's treasure trove artifacts Thanks for tuning in!
134 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 103: An Interview with Adventure Athlete Rebecca Rusch
This week on The Adventure Podcast, we welcome adventure athlete Rebecca Rusch to the show. Rebecca has been one of the most outstanding and inspiring personalities in the adventure space for years, starting as a world-class adventure racer, before turning her attention solely to mountain biking. Since then, her career has only continued to impress as she has ridden her bike up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro, taken part in some of the biggest mountain bike races in the world, and proceed an Emmy-award winning documentary of her ride along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam called Blood Road, which you can watch for free here. In the interview, Rebecca tells us about her recent foray into the Iditarod Trail Challenge in Alaska, while also telling us about her nonprofit organization the Be Good Foundation and her Rusch Academy. This was our longest interview yet, but there was still so much we could have talked about. We hope you enjoy it. In our weekly Adventure News segment, Dave and Kraig talk about the world' first "Everesting" triathlon, a hungry polar bear boarding a Russian fishing ship, and the COVID-19 coronavirus unfortunately making its way into the Amazon Rainforest. Later, Dave and Kraig share their Gear Picks, with Kraig offering thoughts on the Sherpa Adventure Gear Gurkhali pants made from Dyneema, while Dave discusses his new Yakima FullTilt bike rack. Show NotesFind out more about Rebecca Rusch at her personal website. And be sure to watch Blood Road on the Red Bull website. Be Good FoundationRusch Academy The Risk of Coronavirus to the Indigenous People of the Amazon Everesting Triathlon Polar Bear Boards Russian Ship (With Photos!) Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, and Spotify. And drop us a note on Facebook, Twitter, or email, with questions, comments, and suggestions. Thanks for listening!
138 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 102: An Interview with Explorer and Adventurer Alice Morrison
On this week's episode of The Adventure Podcast, Dave and Kraig sit down fro an amazing chat with professional explorer and adventurer Alice Morrison. Alice talks to the guys about her adventures across Northern Africa, what its like to cross the Sahara Desert on foot, and run an ultramarathon around Mt. Everest in Nepal. She also shares advice on how to start a career as a full-time adventurer, while offering a few interesting stories about unexpected mishaps when speaking a foreign langue. Before jumping into the interview with Alice, the boys first take a look at the latest Adventure News, with stories about a virtual trek to Everest Base Camp, a wild virtual ultramarathon, and the funniest warranty claims that customers have requested from REI. Later, in our weekly gear segment, they both offer a few reviews. Kraig tested a pair of Silencr pants and the Burr jacket from Kühl, while Dave shares his excitement over a crowdfunded ebike that he had just ordered called the FLX Babymker. (We can't make this stuff up!) Show Notes: Alice Morrison's Books on Amazon:Dodging ElephantsMorocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian AdventureAdventures in Morocco: From Souks to the Sahara A Virtual Trek to Everest Base Camp Adventure Journal: 19 Outrageous Warranty Claims to REI
100 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 101: How Do You Define 'Clean' Climbing?
This week on The Adventure Podcast, co-hosts Dave Adlard and Kraig Becker discuss what it means for a climber to be "clean" and just where do you draw the line when it comes to using "performance enhancing drugs" in the mountains. Is bottled oxygen a PED? How about advancued gear? Before diving into that topic however, they also take a look at the latest Adventure News, with a Chinese team arriving on Everest and the end of a dubious 111-month long climate change record. Later, the boys take a look at some new gear, with Kraig reviewing the Lowa Alpine SL GTX mountaineering boots, while Dave shares his thoughts on the Wacaco Mini Presso NS camp coffeemaker. Show Notes/Links: The Quarantine Virtual Run Race Across America - Going virtual for 2020! Alan Arnette Virtual Everest Honeymooners Stranded in the Maldives Gear Patrol Article on Mountaineering's Drug Problem
109 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 100: Our Favorite Podcast Moments Through 100 Shows
On this week's Adventure Podcast we take a bit of a walk down memory lane, with Dave and Kraig sharing their favorite moments from the first 100 episodes of the show, including top guests, best interviews, interactions with listeners, and more. But first, the guys share a few adventure news stories, including some unique archaeological finds and a Nat Geo photographer returning to a world hit hard by the pandemic while he was away and off the grid. Later, we offer up our Gear Picks for the week, with Dave recommending a portable trash can for use at the campsite, while Kraig reviews the LifeFuels smart bottle. Yes, a smart bottle! Show Notes and Links: The Quarantine virtual run — 1 mile, 5K, half- and full marathon "You Are the Only Passenger" — Nat Geo Photographer Pete McBride returns to a world overrun by coronavirus Gear Picks: LifeFuels Smart Bottle Coghlan Deluxe Pop-Up Trash Can
87 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
The Adventure Podcast: Episode 99 - Continuing Your Adventures in the Time of the Coronavirus
On this week's show, Dave and Kraig discuss some ways that you can continue to get your adventure fix even as we all work our way through a very unsuual time for our planet. Even though the coronavirus has us all staying close to home, there are still some good ways to still live an adventurous life. Before jumping into that topic, the boys share some adventure news, including an update on Mt. Everest reopening to climbers (with a twist!), the winner of the 2020 Iditarod, and a paraplegic rower set to take on the Pacific Ocean. Later, we share our weekly Gear Picks, with Kriag reviewing a new set of special running shoes from New Balance, while Dave test drives a camping pillow from Klymit. New Balance Boa Hierro Trail Running Shoes ($159.99)Klymit Drift Camp Pillow ($39.99)
113 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 98: Trekking Across Papua New Guinea with James Campbell
We're back after our brief hiatus to get everyone caught up on the latest news from the world of outdoro adventure, exploration and travel. With the coronavirus now ramping up quickly in the U.S., there is a lot for Dave and Kraig to get caught up on, along with the news that the Everest climbing season is cancalled, some last-minute winter expedition updates, and the 2020 Iditarod unfolding in Alaska. Later, the boys welcome James Campbell to the podcast to chat about his amazing expeditions across Papua New Guinea, trekking in the footsteps of American soldiers during WWII. Campbell even shares how listerns can join him on two upcoming treks later this summer as well. For reference, check out James's story for Outside magazine on this amazing experience.
92 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 97: An Interview with Tamar Lowell of Access Culinary Travel
On this week's episode Dave and Kraig sit down with Tamar Lowell, the CEO of Access Culinary Trips to talk about food and travel, two things that go together very well. Access offers some fantastic culintary trips to some wonderful corners of the globe, putting their own spin on immersing us in the culture and history of a place. Before chatting with Tamar, the guys first get us up to speed on Adventure News, with updates on the winter climbing season, the impact of coronovirus on Nepal and Tibet, and the latest on the soap opera that is Colin O'Brady vs. National Geographic. Later, they also make their weekly Gear Picks, with Kraig taking a look at the new BioLite HeadLamp 200, while Dave recommends a pair of Nike Phenom Wild Run running tights.
110 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 96: Gore-Tex Explained, Colin O'Brady vs. Nat Geo, and Much More!
On this week's episode of The Adventure Podcast we dive deep into the various fabrics produced by Gore-Tex to ensure you're getting the right one for you and take a look at the current controversy that surrounds Colin O'Brady and a damning article released recently by National Geographic. But first, we catch up on Adventure News with the lastest from the Himalaya and the Karoram, as well as a story of a couple looking to row the Arctic Ocean and father-daughter running pair who took on the "777 Challenge." Later, Dave and Kraig make their weekly Gear Picks, with Dave sharing his thoughts on his national parks water bottle from Hydro Flask, while Kraig talks up the Houdini Power Air Houdi. As usual, a big thanks to our sponsor Korkers, who we're working with to give away ten pairs of their Ice Cleats with the Boa Fit System. Just enter "ADVENTUREPODCAST" at checkout for your chance to wint a free pair!
71 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 95: An Interview with Korker's CEO Brian Chaney
On this week's episode of The Adventure Podcast we welcome Brian Chaney, the CEO of Korkers. Over the past couple of months, Korkers has helped sponsor the show and we are excited to have Brian on as guest. He talks with Kraig about a wide-range of topics, inclluding his background in the outdoor industry, his love of fly fishing, how the coronavirus is impacting the business, and his top travel adventures. As a reminder, Korkers is giving away ten free pairs of their ice cleats to podcast listners. Simply head over to Korkers.com, order a pair of the company's new ice cleats with the Boa fit system, and input the promo code "ADVENTUREPODCAST" at check out to be eligible to win. Good luck and thanks for listening!
97 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 94: What's on Dave and Kraig's Bucket Lists?
On this week's show, Dave and Kraig share the top "bucket list" items that they want to complete before they "kick the bucket." As you might expect, that includes some very adventurous things, but not completely. There are a few items that just might surprise you. But before jumping into that list, they boys frist take a look at the latest Adventrue News, which includes major updates from the winter climbing teams, grim news from the Antarctica, and a novel way to stay in shape while dealing with coronavirus. Later, they also share this week's gear picks, with Kraig reviewing a pair of backpacks from a comopany called STNGR, while Dave offers some insights from the latest hiking shoe from adidas. Don't forget, you can connect with the show on Facebook, Twitter or via email. And be sure to hit the "subscribe" button in your favorite podcast app.
90 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
The Adventure Podcast Episode 93: A Recap of the 2020 Winter Outdoor Retailer Gear Show
Dave and Kraig are back from Winter Outdoor Retailer in Denver with plenty to share with listeners. The boys reveal their "Best of Show" award winners and other gear that caught their fancy, most of which will hit store shelves later this fall. Before that however, they get things started with Adventure News, sharing updates on the winter climbing scene in the Himalaya and Karakoram, a new altitude record set in a truck, and a major loss to the mountaineering community as a legend passes.
108 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Episode 92: 2020 Travel Trends and Destinations with Lee Thompson of Flash Pack
This week we welcome Lee Thompson of Flash Pack back to the podcast to talk about emerging travel trends, the company's growth over the past few years, and hot new destinations for 2020. Before we jump into that interview however, Dave and Kraig catch listeners up on Adventure News with updates on the big winter climbing expeditions, an update on the ramifications of the fake rescue scam in Nepal, and a dog that has hiked all of Colorado's 14ers. As the boys get ready to head for Denver this week for the Outdoor Retailer convention, there are no gear picks to share. Stay tuned for plenty of gear news next week.
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