Co-hosted by David Adlard and Kraig Becker, The Adventure Podcast is a weekly summary of the latest news from the world of exploration, travel, and outdoor adventure, with interviews, opinions, and plenty of gear talk!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
1iOpen YouTube Channel
Lance Armstrong ESPN 30 For 30 Documentary Trailer
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.
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.
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