Do you want to hear about life-changing trips and journeys? Hosted by journalist Charles Thorp (Men’s Journal, Uproxx, Apple), ‘Great Adventures’ features wanderlust-filled conversations with the world's most fascinating people (actors, athletes, explorers, musicians, and beyond) about the travel experiences that changed their lives forever. Listen to hear lessons learned from the road, travel recommendations, and the benefit of an adventurous spirit.
[Recorded at Smile Radio at Smile To Go in the Freehand Hotel of New York City]
Episode 69: Brian Skerry (Nat Geo Underwater Photographer) On Swimming With Orcas In New Zealand
Brian Skerry (Nat Geo underwater photographer) shares his experience diving with orcas ("killer whales") in New Zealand while filming his epic James Cameron-produced series National Geographic's "Secrets of the Whales".
Episode 68: Andy McNab (SAS Soldier) On Going Through SAS Selection Process In Jungles Of Borneo
Andy McNab is a former SAS soldier and best-selling author of “Bravo Two Zero” (1993), the account of his capture and torture in Iraq in the first Gulf War. By the time he left the SAS in 1993, he was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier. He shares his experience in the selection process for the Special Art Service, regarded as one of the toughest in the world.
Episode 67: Cody Townsend (Backcountry Skier) On The Mountains Of Svalbard & Skiing Waves In Hawaii
Cody Townsend is one of the most awarded and respected free skiers in the world. Over the course of his career he has won multiple invitationals, chased new routes, and stunt skied for Hollywood productions like "xXx: Return of Xander Cage". He is currently in the midst of a project to ski all the lines in the 2010 book "Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America". But before that, he went on an epic adventure to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.
Episode 66: Michelle Parker (Pro Skier) On Skiing In South America and Finding 'Outer Peace'
Michelle Parker is a widely respected freestyle skier having competed in the U.S. Freeskiing Open and the X-Games. These days she focuses mostly on backcountry skiing, traveling the world spreading the stoke and partnered with Arc'teryx on their 'Outer Peace' campaign.
Episode 65: Valerie Taylor (Diver) On Filming Sharks In Australia For 'Jaws'
Valerie Taylor is a global marine pioneer, conservationist, award-winning photographer, and filmmaker featured in the Sundance documentary "Playing With Sharks". With her husband Ron Taylor, she caught the first footage of great white sharks without the protection of a cage and shot the underwater sequences for Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" (1975).
Episode 64: Ric Roman Waugh (Director) On Iceland, Gerard Butler, and "Greenland"
Ric Roman Waugh, stuntman-turned-director, discusses going on location for projects like "Shot Caller", "Angel Has Fallen", and "Greenland". As well as preparation for his latest effort, re-teaming him again with Gerard Butler, called "Kandahar".
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