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The Outdoor Journal Podcast
67 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
An Unbroken Journey with Thor Pedersen
Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.That was Thor Pederson, this week, on The Outdoor Journal Podcast.After a 700 day detour from his record-breaking adventure, Thor Pederson is back at sea, on the journey to visit every country in the world without catching a single flight. Last week, Pederson boarded the good ship ‘Kota Ratna’, a 472 foot long Pacific ocean liner on the way to his first new country in two years. The ship will pass Taiwan, Guam, Saipan, and Yap on the 2,857 nautical mile journey to Palau, the closest country to Hong Kong on his unbroken journey.On October 10, 2013, left his home in Southern Denmark with the pledge to not return until he visits every country in the world. Thus far, Pederson has reached 194 countries in an unbroken journey completely without flying. There are three cardinal rules for Pederson’s record-setting project Once Upon a Saga: 1) no flights, 2) he must spend more than 24hrs in each country, and 3) he cannot return home until the project has been completed.
56 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Where in the World is Eva Zu Beck
Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.On the verge of climbing her second of the famed seven summits, Eva Zu Beck evolves from a full-time travel filmmaker on Youtube to an extreme athlete and overland explorer in her fitted-out Defender. Eva travels to places that most Western tourists have never even considered as vacation destinations, like Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, with the mission to uncover cultural beauty that is otherwise shrouded by negative narratives manufactured by Western media. Eva documents her adventures on her Youtube channel, which has over 1.3 million subscribers. The ethos of Eva´s channel is best exemplified by her motto ¨the world belongs to the brave,¨ and she follows a life trajectory that goes way off course from modern expectations. But After three years of constant travel, Eva shifted gears to developing her relatively dormant athleticism by dreaming up and executing daunting physical challenges in the outdoors which continue to edge on more and more extremes. She has become an ultra-runner, completing a 250-kilometer trek across the Accursed Mountains, and an overlander in her modified Land Rover Defender, and she’s currently tackling her second climb of the seven summits, her goal to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Eva discusses the meaning of Type 2 fun, how she overcomes fear as a solo female traveler, why she thinks Pakistan is on the verge of becoming the world’s number one tourism destination, and how to find comfort within discomfort. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.
50 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Sleep Like the Dead with Beau Miles
Beau Miles films contemplative adventures into the outdoors that combine the absurdist existential humor of Bill Murray with Van Gogh’s affinity for landscape.Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.He’s a writer, a filmmaker, a carpenter, an ultrarunner, an adventurer. Miles’ generalist skills in building, camping, and exploring afford him a freedom to create and a freedom to roam in a way that is truly enviable to those of us who feel stuck in our protracted comfort-seeking lifestyles. Up until this past year, Miles taught an outdoor education program at Monash University, one of Australia’s top schools, Synthesizing philosophical lessons with practical skills.Miles is no longer an educator...officially. He’s now a full-time YouTuber and dad. In his films on Youtube, He has the ability to extract profundities out of seemingly mundane moments that are equally motivating and hilarious. Miles immerses himself particularly in the faded glory of his environment to connect with its recent past on creative adventures in his home county of Jindivik, Australia with the goal to teach other would-be adventurers how to cram the ends of the Earth into their own backyard.Miles’ book The Backyard Adventurer is now available as an audiobook read in Miles own voice. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Bea Miles discusses how he developed his distinctive concept of bringing adventure closer to home, why mistakes can sometimes be more interesting than successes, and what he has learned so far about himself from pushing his own thresholds in the outdoors. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.Special Thanks:Track: Static DreadLicense: http://bit.ly/CCBY-SALicenseProvided by: Chandlers VibeMaxKoMusicTrack: Patriotic HeroismLicense: http://bit.ly/CCBY-SALicenseProvided by: Epic Music Waves
53 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
A Tale of Two Moabs with Scott Jenkins
It’s 2019 and ultrarunner Scott Jenkins has just completed 224 miles out of the 240-mile race which follows the Colorado River as it carves its way through Utah. He’s cruising in 18th place and there are only 16 miles to go. Everything is going to plan. Sleeping would only prolong the agony. But that’s when the wheels fall off. Scott’s running stride devolves from seasoned amateur to hungry zombie. He doesn’t know where he is and he’s seeing things that aren’t there. Scott finishes (becoming the first Welshman to do so), but his sleep-deprived, feverish spell cost him 10 hours and almost 20 spots on the race ladder. Two years removed from his delirious finish, Jenkins returns to Moab - the perfect arena for this ultramarathoner’s comeback - and sets a new British record in one of the world’s toughest races. Listen to Jenkins recounts his hallucinatory and gut-wrenching 2019 race. Read the full article at OutdoorJournal.com
46 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
New Life for China's Rangers with Kyle Obermann
Kyle Obermann is an environmental photographer and conservationist based in Chengdu China. After learning Mandarin and studying environmental science at Peking University, Obermann now spends his time exploring China’s natural beauty and working with local park rangers to spread the word about conservation efforts in China’s national parks. Read more at OutdoorJournal.com
64 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Escape Artist with Jimmy Nelson
Jimmy Nelson is a British photographer who is known for his portraits of tribal and indigenous peoples. In order to reach these tribes, he travels to the farthest extremes on the planet, places like Siberia and Papua New Guinea. Very often, these communities are so remote that they have never seen a white person before and they’ve never been visited by car. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.Nelson’s lens is a small window into the world of indigenous tribes who could disappear tomorrow if our globalized society continues in its failure to appreciate them. And with them lies invaluable knowledge of how humanity can exist on this planet in a sustainable way. Nelson’s photos are more than pictures, they are heritage. In seeking out indigenous cultures in the only remote landscapes that are left for them to exist, Nelson’s innate curiosity for “the other'' holds up a mirror for the rest of us human beings living in the modern world. If you are not familiar with Nelson’s work, click through to the article to see a sample of his photography. You can also find a link to Nelson’s latest book Homage to Humanity, which has over 500 pages of photos. I can’t think of a more stunning and thought-provoking coffee table book. Indigenous tribes are the guardians of lands that are rich in minerals and preservers of ancient knowledge of how humans can live in alignment with the Earth. Although these peoples are often disrespected and marginalized in today’s world, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation seeks to reeducate our youth to see the power and wisdom of the indigenous communities.Jimmy’s process of photographing the other is also a deeply personal journey, as it has helped him heal from childhood trauma. And here’s a warning that we do discuss sexual abuse in this conversation.In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Nelson discusses the source of his unlimited fascination with indigenous tribes, how he ingratiates himself into strange, yet ancient cultures, and how his obsession with photography reveals profound insights about himself.
66 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
At Home in the Food Chain with Forrest Galante
In a series of narrow escapes, Forrest Galante takes animal conservation to the extreme on his remote expeditions to find proof of species thought lost and gone forever.Read the full article here on The Outdoor Journal.Wildlife biologist and conservationist, Forrest Galante, checks in only one day removed from his recent excursion to Mozambique, where he narrowly escaped a bounty on his head from a local politician. It’s business as usual for Galante, whose day-to-day life in the field is perilous not only from the dangerous animals that he’s tracking but more so from the human threat.Galante, the world’s leading rare species expert and host of Animal Planet’s “Extinct or Alive”, is a noble character in wildlife conservation, yet he’s unwelcome in many of the places that need his help with a killer croc or a stealthy leopard - places that have skeletons in their closet - because the government officials often think that Galante is a journalist coming to expose their illegal operations. Galante’s missions to uncover long-lost species read like nail-biting spycraft, complete with speed boat chases, last-second charter plane rescues, and AK-47’s. After darting a lion or chasing down a rogue elephant, Galante then has to evade local officials by leaving decoy gear and fake footage or even by dumping thousands of dollars of drone equipment into a swamp. Galante’s book Still Alive comes out June 1, you can find a link in this article on OutdoorJournal.com.In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Galante discusses his fish out of water experience as a young teenager moving from Zimbabwe to California, his rise from counting ants under a microscope for a living to making a speech about human-animal conflict mitigation to the Senate committee, why Galante has the confidence to follow his personal moral code even when it clashes with local customs.
48 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The Three Rules of the Pyrenees with Louis-Philippe Loncke
Louis-Philippe Loncke left the town of Hendaye, France's most southwesterly point and a popular seaside tourist resort, with three rules - never restock, always sleep in a tent, and no outside help. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.With 700 kilometers in front of him, Loncke carried all of his food and equipment in a painfully heavy, 70 kg backpack across the Pyrenees mountain range, traversing France, Spain, and Andorra. When he arrived in Banyuls 43 days later on September 7th, 2020, Loncke achieved another world first with his completely unsupported mission.Loncke is a world specialist in heavy load expeditions. He previously received the 2016 European Adventurer of the Year for his crossings of three deserts - Death Valley, in the U.S., the Simpson Desert, in Australia, and the Salars in Bolivia - all self-supported.In his journey across the Pyrenees, he would battle thunderstorms and hail, unseasonably cold temperatures, and dangerously low food rations. By the end, Loncke lost 11 kg and his legs ached for the next two months. Yet with the burden of the heavy bag and total self-sufficiency comes total immersion - the feeling of not just being in nature but being a part of nature. Loncke trained for this world-first challenge during Covid in a unique and extreme way, and in our conversation, he shares his advice for other people who are passionate about the outdoors and like to set challenges for themselves, on how they can overcome Covid restrictions to achieve their dreams.In Loncke’s case, he scaled one of the most extreme staircases in the world enough times to equal the height of Everest.In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Loncke discusses what one mistake put his safety in jeopardy, his extreme training challenge to get in shape for the Pyrenees, and the “why” behind his latest world record attempt.
44 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
80 Degrees North with Alex Blue and Brady Trautman
After sailing 100,000 miles around the world, full-time filmmakers from the SV Delos crew go arctic.Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.SV Delos is the most popular sailing channel on youtube. Over the past 10 years, they’ve sailed 100,000 miles around the world, enough to loop the equator three times, and they’ve filmed every thrilling adventure. Brady Trautman and Alex Blue film, edit and produce weekly episodes for SV Delos, of which there are over 430. They are used to traveling close to the equator, but they decided to step out of their comfort zone by committing to a sailing expedition in the arctic, just 600 miles from the North Pole. In this 4-part docuseries, the team covers several threatening issues to the wildlife and ecology of the region - from the extreme rate of glacial retreating, to the negative effect of Cruise ship tourism, to the brutal history of whaling in Svalbard, to the harmful impact of plastics pollution on Svalbard, which is in direct line of the gulf stream.In addition to these sobering themes, the series includes a veritable “polar petting zoo” with numerous wildlife encounters, including polar bears, walruses and a gigantic pod of beluga whales.In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Trautman and Blue discuss the crew member they wish they didn’t invite on, their most intimate wildlife encounter in the arctic and how to keep from murdering each other while living, working and traveling together with no personal space and nowhere to escape to.The best way you can support stories like this is to subscribe to the podcast right now and take a second to leave your review.Alright, let’s go.
50 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
Fastest Known Times with Kieren D'Souza
With his international ultra running calendar on hold, India’s premier Trail Ultra Runner dreams up new mountaineering speed ascents in his home of Manali. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.Kieren D’Souza first felt the joy of running through the mango fields in Chhattisgarh, India as a boy, while irate farmers chased him with sticks. D’Souza’s running career, one that uniquely blends the disciplines of ultra-marathon trail racing with mountaineering time trials, truly began when he reached Manali, which has tantalizing access to a network of forest trails as well as a 6,000-meter mountain peak right in his backyard.Over the past five years, D’Souza has represented his country on the trail running world championship’s international stage from Hong Kong to Mont Blanc. During the pandemic, he was finally able to fulfill projects that he’s been putting on the back burner for years. D’Souza looked to the unexplored places in his own backyard within Manali, a resort town nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley.The point of a speed ascent is to select a mountain that climbers usually take three to five days to summit by going through the process of acclimatization - resting overnight at a series of base camps. Instead of three days, D’Souza aims to reach the top and return to the bottom all in one day. It’s a hybrid sport, a mashup of ultra trail running and mountaineering. D’Souza is basically sprinting up the mountain in his running shoes with minimal mountaineering gear, arguably too minimal. A few months ago, D’Souza set a groundbreaking record by completing his speed attempt on Deo Tibba, a 6,000-meter peak, in just 19 hours and 38 minutes. In June D’Souza soared up Mount Friendship, a 5,000 meter high Himalayan Summit near the town of Manali without any ropes or an ice axe. If you watch the video linked within our article, you can see just how extreme that is. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, D’Souza discusses how he balances training enough mileage in advance of a race without wearing down his body, how he prepares for an alpine speed challenge, and those moments of feeling high up in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. The best way you can support stories like this is to subscribe to the podcast right now and take a second to leave your review.
60 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Rites of Passage with Mike Corey
Extreme Adventurer Mike Correy travels around the world to experience tribal rites of passage that demystify his darkest fears.Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal. Mike Corey has forged his own path in life as an adventure travel filmmaker. His series Fearless and Far on YouTube is an episodic quest for misunderstood rites of passage - from frog poison rituals in Brazil, to bamboo poking tattoos in Thailand, to freight train hopping in West Africa, to hanging his body by hooks. Corey’s journey has taken him from Yemen to Bangladesh to Mauritania, destinations that fall off the beaten path of digital nomads, travel vloggers, and social media influencers. To paraphrase Joseph Campbell, it’s all in the search for the experience of feeling alive. With 10 years of full-time travel under his belt, Corey was asked to host the BBC Travel Show. Corey now travels 11 months out of the year to far off places like Kalinga in northern Luzon, where he endured a traditional hand-tapping tattoo from a 103-year-old tattoo legend who used to tattoo head-hunters. Corey has prepared a course for people people who are interested in pushing past the small fears in their lives by establishing a better relationship with fear to develop into the person they are destined to be. You can find that link in the description. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Corey discusses what motivated him to try body suspension by hooks, the most painful style of traditional tattooing, the biggest cultural faux pas he’s made on his travels, and how to become the superhero version of yourself. The best way you can support stories like this is to subscribe to the podcast right now and take a second to leave your review.
52 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
The World's Toughest Twins with Tashi and Nungshi Malik
At the age of 23, Twin sisters Tashi and Nungshi Malik became Guinness World Record holders as the youngest people (and the first twins) to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (climbing the world’s seven highest peaks including Everest and skiing to the North and South Poles).Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal. This year, they pushed their comfort zones further by taking on the World’s Toughest Race, the Eco-Challenge in Fiji, as half of team Khukuri Warriors, the first team ever to represent India, especially their home states of Haryana and Uttarakhand, on the global stage.The race includes a plethora of disciplines, from mountain biking to paddleboarding, many of which the sisters had no previous experience in.Surpassing their own expectations on the 671 km course, the rookies finished the grueling 10-day race course in 36th place amongst seasoned teams. Relying on their mountaineering background, where they honed the ability to push on for hours without stopping, the Malik sisters overcame adversity such as running out of food and water and hypothermic waters and tongue blisters. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Nash and Tash discuss how they overcame their lack of experience in many of the disciplines such as open ocean paddling, their surprise of their rare encounter with eco-challenge host Bear Grylls, their most precious piece of gear and how they improvised on the course, how they became empowered to inspire women from restrictive cultures around the world to dream big. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.
55 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
The New Now of Me with Tony Riddle
One man, three peaks, 9 days, and only nine toes. Tony Riddle has just completed a record run by reaching the three highest peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales, barefoot. Most runners drive the 460 miles between each peak in a 24-hour challenge, but Tony completed the full route on foot.Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal. He ran the 485-mile distance in nine days, seven hours, and 18 minutes. beating the previous time by four hours and 31 minutes.The father-of-four successfully ran more than 17 marathons barefoot to raise funds for Survival International to help protect indigenous communities around the world, who currently preserve 80% of the planet’s global biodiversity.To break the men's running record, Tony committed to a week of 4 am starts. And he did it all with a broken toe, which caused a cascade of other injuries as the body naturally compensated for that missing support. In his day job as a natural lifestyle coach, Tony helps people choose ways of living that are more in synch with human biology. Tony is also an extreme ultra-marathon runner, who also ran the nation running the length of the UK barefoot last September. This is Tony’s second visit to The Outdoor Journal podcast. So if you’re interested in learning more about ways to rewild, reboot, and reconnect yourself with natural practices, check out Episode 1, which to date is still our most popular episode. In this episode, Tony discusses the mental and physical challenges he had to endure on the challenge and the natural recovery techniques he used to overcome them, the role of his family in supporting his goal, his personal connection to the route, the significance of raising awareness for Indigenous peoples and the threats they are facing, and the feeling of being reborn a new man. This episode originally aired lived on Instagram, so Tony fields some live questions, including one from a very special guest. Alright, let’s go!Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.
46 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
More Spaceship Than Surfboard with Lift Founder Nick Leason
Nick Leason, the Co-Founder of Lift Foils, has spent the past 10 years inventing new equipment that blends ocean sports and reaches new frontiers in the outdoors.Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.An avid surfer with an engineering background, Leason started Lift ten years ago in his garage in Isabella, Puerto Rico. Leason became obsessed with pushing the boundaries of where he could find a great ride - to places like rivers, channels, and even miles off the coast.After releasing the first commercially available electric hydrofoil, Lift leads the way in the design and manufacture of fun on the ocean As a family-owned, father and son business, Lift has created the world’s smallest personal watercraft that allows riders to soar over the ocean. Lift’s electric foil is powered by a Lithium-ion battery and controlled by a wireless Bluetooth remote. Although the idea of paying 12 thousand dollars for a motorized surfboard may disable your equilibrium at first, it’s not an apt comparison - with all the tech that’s packed in there, it’s more spaceship than surfboard.In this episode, Leason discusses how to customize a ride setup for your own personalized experience, the challenge of satisfying both beginners and more experienced riders. and why Leason is so confident that he will continue to out-innovate the competition. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.
51 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Leading from the Edge of the World with Rachael Robertson
After manning the helm at Australia’s research outpost on Antarctica, Rachael Robertson shares her first-hand experience of surviving extreme isolation for those of us going through it now.Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.Who would volunteer to spend an entire year living in isolation on the coldest, most remote continent on the planet? Stuck in extremely cramped living quarters in an inherently dangerous workplace environment with almost zero contact with the outside world.On second thought, with daily helicopter drop-offs, ATV joy rides and zodiac excursions, living and working at Davis Station, Antarctica might just be the greatest gig in the world.Rachael Robertson is one of the youngest and only the second female expedition leader at Davis Station, Antarctica - a 30 million dollar program at the edge of the world. In 2005, she led a maintenance crew and a gaggle of scientists around the clock - 24 hours per day - for a year.Intrigued by a job notice in her newspaper that included a photo of a penguin, Robertson followed through with her mantra to live with no regrets by taking on a role that no woman had done in some 20 odd years.Davis Station is one of three permanent research outposts in Antarctica, and as part of the Antarctica treaty, it’s reserved for peaceful, scientific purposes. With its harsh conditions and extreme isolation, it’s about as close as you can get to living on a lunar colony. Robertson discovered several coping strategies to problems that are common in this pandemic, such as how to live in very close quarters with people you can't take a break from, how to lead in an extreme work environment and how to manage diverse teams who don’t seem to have any common ground.In this episode of The Outdoor Journal, Rachael discusses how a minor dispute once threatened to shut down the Antarctic station: should the bacon be soft or crispy? and the important leadership lesson she learned from it, what leading a search and rescue following a plane crash taught her about leading through tough times, and her first-hand experience getting through months of complete isolation and her message to all of us going through it now.
45 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Longevity in Any Sport with UFC Fighter Mickey Gall
UFC Fighter Mickey Gall details his intense fitness regimen and the CBD-infused recovery routine that allows him to endure the grueling cross-training workouts necessary to compete at the highest level. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.Whether your passion is running ultras, climbing mountains or trekking glaciers, a peek into the training methods of an elite MMA fighter, to see how he achieves both optimal performance and recovery, could get you to your summit faster and stronger. Mickey Gall quickly became a star in the sport by beating big names on big stages. Gall demanded the spotlight by first calling out and then dominating professional wrestling superstar CM Punk before derailing the hype-train of the company darling - spikey-haired, athletic phenom Sage Northcutt. Gall’s specialty is the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He devoted 11 years to earn his black belt. But he’s also plenty happy to punch his opponent in the face. Gall has been training with some of the best fighters in the world, true legends in the game, with the goal to become a world champion. His training is intense and varied across many disciplines. His commitment to his recovery routine is just as important, and he takes a triple threat approach to CBD dosing that he believes can make him immortal in the sport. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Gall details his weekly cross-training regimen to become a better athlete and a more complete fighter, his ultimate goals in the sport, and his triple approach to recovering with CBD.
64 minutes | May 31, 2020
Pride in Our Prides with Andrew Stein
Andy Stein is a new breed of Big Cat conservationist working in northern Botswana who develops technology to help wildlife and people coexist in harmony. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.Andy has developed an advanced warning GPS system running through a cloud-based algorithm - which is truly the new era of Big Cat conservation. With the recent popularity of Netflix’s Tiger King, which highlighted the flagrant abuse of tigers in captivity, the opportunity is upon us to educate ourselves on the worldwide threat to Big Cat species and the facts related to Big Cat extinction and conservation. One of the most shocking takeaways from Tiger King is the statistic that there are more tigers living in captivity within the US than there are living out in the wild anywhere in the world. Many of us watched the series while waiting for some mention that Netflix would donate a portion of the proceeds of its blockbuster show towards tiger conservation, but when that never happened, we were left wondering what we could do about it.Andrew Stein has spent the past 15 years working on human-carnivore conflict throughout East and southern Africa, with a focus on Big Cat conflict prevention.In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Andy Stein discusses his path to finding the perfect balance between studying wildlife and culture, the need for a paradigm shift from the conventional approach of setting aside nature reserves to working with communities to help wildlife and people coexisting harmoniously, and what can be done to curb the demand for animal tourism at roadside zoos like those featured in Tiger King.
41 minutes | May 2, 2020
Primal Movement with Nick Brewer
Movement coach Nick Brewer forged an integrative daily routine to survive one of the deadliest prisons on Earth and he’s offering live classes every day on Instagram to help us all endure the confines of quarantine. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.Nick co-founded Project Ibiza, an amalgamation of different disciplines and activities, combining art, work, exercise, and play, with the mission to integrate wellness and movement into everyday working life. Nick may be 50 years old, but his physique is that of a 25-year-old gymnast. For the past 35 years, Nick has devoted himself to an array of movement paradigms, including yoga, pilates, and gymnastics, with a particular focus on longevity. Nick teaches a daily in-person primal movement class to accommodate movers of all ages and backgrounds.Throughout our global quarantine, Nick has been sharing his multidisciplinary teachings daily with the world for free - live on Instagram. Every day at 10 am, you’ll find a shirtless Nick, stretching, squatting, and contorting his body to keep it performing like an elite Cirque du Soleil athlete. A stream of gratitude and adulation scrolls by in the comments section. A cat or two scurries through the frame, jealous for attention.You would never guess it from Nick’s serene demeanor that in his former life he climbed the ladder from rookie smuggler to cocaine kingpin. After breaking his back in three places and ending his competitive skiing career, Nick spiraled into the smuggler’s underground and devised a cocaine smuggling scheme which allowed him to live the playboy lifestyle in Argentina. After the Argentine drug squad caught him with $30 million dollars of cocaine, he was sentenced to 10 years in one of the deadliest prisons on Earth. He served 6, and during that time, he mastered his body by committing to 3 to 4 hours of yoga practice each day. He realized his ultimate goal and dream is to integrate movement into as many lives as possible. During quarantine, he began sharing his classes live on Instagram every day and the response from around the world has been overwhelming. Under quarantine lockdown, people are using Nick’s class as “a daily get out of jail free card” to improve themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually even while isolated in one place.
52 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
The Whole Truth with ClientEarth’s James Thornton
ClientEarth Founder James Thornton applies law and economic theory in cutting-edge ways to hit major polluting companies where it hurts most. (Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal). In the midst of our global climate crisis and a sudden sweeping pandemic, a bright spot of optimism emerges this month from an unlikely place. James Thornton is one of the world’s leading experts on climate change litigation. As the Founder and President of ClientEarth, Europe’s first law firm set up to defend the public interest in the environment, James leads a team of lawyers who use the law as a strategic tool to protect the environment and human health. ClientEarth has represented public health, and ultimately the Earth, as its client in 15 countries within the EU. They’ve closed down existing coal-fired power plants across Europe, stopped the flow of finance to coal projects, and won several court battles to require governments to clean up the air, which has a direct impact on ensuring that people live healthier lives. Their work demonstrates what a small group of people can do using tools of the law. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast. James discusses how he manages to win cases against large companies and even governments despite the imbalances of the legal system, How his work is influencing corporate boards to value their company’s impact on the environment and see that “Climate change risk equals financial risk.” and which surprising country is making the biggest changes to create a more ecological civilization. Read the full article on The Outdoor Journal.
37 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
From Skateboarding in a Warzone to Center Stage at the Oscars with Carol Dysinger
American Director Carol Dysinger wins an Oscar for revealing the resilience of young Afghan girls with an unlikely second chance at an education.Read the full article here on The Outdoor Journal. With an all-female crew of three Western women and two Afghan women, Carol gained unprecedented access into the lives of the young girls of Skateistan. She won the Academy Award in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category for Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) at the 92nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 9.Afterward, Carol was whisked away to the after-parties to hobnob with the likes of Mark Ruffalo and Keanu Reeves. Carol has wrestled with one of the central themes of Learning to Skate in a Warzone - limited access to women - throughout her entire career. The film industry has historically excluded women from the director's chair and, conspicuously, the nominees for best director of a feature film were all men. Over her lifetime, Carol has maintained a passionate interest in examining the relationship between civil rights abolition and the women’s movement. In fact, she even carries a copy of the Constitution in her purse at all times. Over the past 15 years, she has filmed in Afghanistan. Her previous work, Camp Victory Afghanistan is well-known for its portrayal of US National Guard troops struggling through cultural barriers to train the local Afghan national army. In deciding to take on this Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone project, Carol recognized and appreciated the systemic problems that Skateistan was willing to take on - access to education and illiteracy.As a teacher herself, at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Film program, Carol innately connected with the educators and students at Skateistan. In this episode of The Outdoor Journal Podcast, Carol discusses what it was like to embed herself within a culture with antiquated traditions about women's rights, how she instantly connected with the young girls on Skateistan, and her experiences both on stage and behind the scenes at the Oscars.For more stories like this, visit The Outdoor Journal.
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