Adventure stories, leadership allegories, and wisdom from the world’s great adventure guides. For ambitious business leaders and aspiring adventure guides alike. Barry Kruse interviews those who guide the world's toughest mountains, steepest rivers, wildest safaris, chase the most elusive fish, and cycle the most exotic passes around the world.
Adventure Medic, Avalanche Expert, Lifesaving Educator: Susan Purvis
Susan Purvis saves lives and teaches others to do the same. She's done this as an adventure guide, medic, avalanche instructor, writer, and a remarkable storyteller. And she's done it on seven continents in the highest, lowest, hottest, coldest places on earth.
Charisma, Color, and the Birds of Borneo: Susan Myers
Borneo has some of the world's most fascinating biodiversity. Susan Myers is a long-time birdwatching guide and naturalist with Wings Birds. She's a leading expert, in particular, on the birds of Southeast Asia and author of the Birds of Borneo. Join us for insights - usually best seen and heard in the earliest morning hours.
Adventure Travel for the Private Jet Set: Cari Gray
Cari Gray was a 22-year-old cycling guide who worked her way across Europe and up through the ranks of an elite, adventure travel company, Butterfield & Robinson. And then she had a vision: bespoke adventure travel for billionaires.
People with means want super-exclusive, private island-like vacations. Two things come in handy: a jet on standby, and Cari Gray's phone number.
Solo: Let's Catch Up
In this episode, Barry shares a quick update on Leading Steep and how to reach out and participate, a recap on recent shows, a preview on future shows, thoughts on leadership and kids, and some very important acknowledgments.
Richard Bangs: "The Father of Adventure Travel" and Genuine Renaissance Man
Richard Bangs has been called "Indiana Jones with a conscience." He is an extraordinary raconteur because he's lived the stories he tells on all parts of the globe. Founder of Sobek, river explorer and first descender, online travel pioneer, founding team member at Expedia, writer, media producer and filmographer, travel expert, leadership sage. Richard shares perspectives on all this and more.
Trailer: What is Leading Steep?
This is the Leading Steep Podcast. I’m Barry Kruse. I’m interviewing adventure guides and leaders from around the world.
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Such a cool concept and connection!
As an long time friend of Barry Kruze... it was amazing to reconnect since our last meeting some 35 years ago as two young guides trying to navigate the international whitewater guiding scene.
Despite taking different paths it is amazing to see the similarities in how we have grown in relation to leadership and people management.
Being interviewed by Barry and Leading Steep made me all that more aware of the benefits of outdoor learning and experiences. They add to our well being, give us perspective and help us in the daily connections we make in business, with family and with all our regular interactions.
Barry asks both poignant, interesting and thoughtful questions. He is a great interviewer and equally good storyteller. It is an honour to be apart of the Leading Steep Series. I wish Barry enormous success melding his passion for outdoor leadership with is expertise in people management in the corporate world.
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