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A show dedicated to telling the stories of those who choose to live adventurous lives. Lives where the outcome is uncertain but the rewards are enormous. Jeff Gardner interviews sailors, climbers, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists and more and helps you figure out how to add a little adventure to your life.

Lives of Adventure: Stories of those who choose to live a life less common Jeff Gardner

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A show dedicated to telling the stories of those who choose to live adventurous lives. Lives where the outcome is uncertain but the rewards are enormous. Jeff Gardner interviews sailors, climbers, entrepreneurs, musicians, artists and more and helps you figure out how to add a little adventure to your life.

    #10: Sailing Soulianis – Pragmatic nomadism on the high seas

    #10: Sailing Soulianis – Pragmatic nomadism on the high seas

    Lauren and Kirk, of Sailing Soulianis, have been chasing their 2 year cruising plan for the last 10 years. And we've all been lucky enough to have a front row seat via their YouTube channel. We've been with them as they left California, searched far and wide for a boat, and finally moved aboard their Tartan 37 on Lake Michigan, in the dead of winter. But, as with all things in life, there are trade offs and we chat about both the moments that made them chase the cruising dream in the first place as well as the down moments of fear and doubt. Nothing in life is free, but Lauren and Kirk are a testament to just how powerful patience, planning, and perseverance can be! I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.
    Links from the show: 

    The beginning of their journey
    Making money while sailing
    Their sick spreadsheet skills! [Boat buying dashboard & Monthly cruising budget)
    PERC – How to help the people of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian (specifically the Abacos)


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    #9: Hazel Findlay – Mindset, Resilience, and Adventure

    #9: Hazel Findlay – Mindset, Resilience, and Adventure

    Hazel Findlay is a professional climber and performance coach. She was the first woman in the world to climb E9 and has since climbed a slew of hard (and often scary) routes including 3 free ascents of El Cap and, more recently, the first ascent of Tainted Love in Squamish.

    We talk about Hazel's early climbing, how she managed to climb hard on a severely injured shoulder, her approach to coaching and mental training, travel, and much more.

    I was so impressed with the understated way that Hazel talks about her own achievements and her lifelong dedication to learning and personal growth.


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    • 45 min
    #8: Dave Flanagan – From software engineer to guidebook author

    #8: Dave Flanagan – From software engineer to guidebook author

    Several years ago, Dave Flanagan was laid off from his "boring computer job" (his words). But it's what happened next that is interesting. He took what should have been a setback and turned it into completely different career in a completely different field; writing guidebooks.
    Since then, Dave has authored or co-authored 5 guidebooks on climbing, cycling, and traveling in Ireland. Join me as I talk to Dave about how he made the transition, the ups and downs of writing for a living, and how he selects projects to work on.
    Note: this episode was recorded over a year ago (sorry!), so Dave's newest book on Cycling in Ireland is already out! Get it here!


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    • 51 min
    #7: Iain Miller – Climbing alone in northwestern Ireland

    #7: Iain Miller – Climbing alone in northwestern Ireland

    Iain Miller is a marine engineer turned guide that lives in County Donegal, Ireland. Iain is responsible for establishing routes on nearly every sea stack in Donegal (and doing most of them free solo). Iain spends most of his days guiding clients in the hills, mountains, seas, and on the crags in and around Donegal, one of Ireland's most wild and remote counties. We chat about how he landed in Donegal as a Scotsman, how he got into climbing sea stacks, his views on soloing, and why he gets so much out of guiding.


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    • 49 min
    #6: Harald Zundel – Seeking the path of most resistance

    #6: Harald Zundel – Seeking the path of most resistance

    Harald Zundel is a renowned adventure racer, ultra-runner, and all-around endurance junkie. Born in Germany, Harald came to the US for university and then joined the Navy. Early in his naval career he somewhat accidentally decided to become a navy seal. As if it’s easy, right?
    Harald did his first adventure race on a team with several other Navy Seals. They won that race and Harald was hooked on adventure racing. He became a professional adventure racer shortly after and spent nearly 8 years travelling and competing full-time before quitting the pro life and endurance sports altogether for a few years.
    But Harald is not one to take the relaxing path. More recently, he has gotten back into punishing, I mean, challenging himself by running extremely long distance races like the Barkley Marathons, the Bigfoot 200, and the Ultra trail du Mont Blanc.


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    • 59 min
    #5: Damian Browne – Commit to it and give it a go

    #5: Damian Browne – Commit to it and give it a go

    Damian Browne spent 16 years as a professional rugby player. That's more than twice the length of the average professional rugby career. Based on that fact alone it should be clear that he has both physical and mental resiliency in spades.
    Since retiring from Rugby, Damian has poured his non-trivial amount of energy into traveling, photographing, and pushing himself–both physically and mentally–in far flung regions of the world. Everything from 6 day, 250km ultra marathons in the Sahara, climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking through Afghanistan, and riding iron ore through west Africa.
    We cover a lot of ground in this episode; talking about his rugby career and what traits enabled him to last (and enjoy it) for so long, talking about his new passion of photography, his love of travel, and what drives him to attempt his more audacious adventures.


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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

Freya Gina ,

Lovely stories

Promising beginnings for what looks to be a really interesting new podcast, with already a nice variety of topics and guests. Definitely worth a listen! Keep up the good work.

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Love it!

Obviously I would! Great guests, great audio quality.

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