The Adventure Made Podcast is a weekly show capturing the stories and passions of outdoor enthusiasts around camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, backpacking, bush crafting, conservation, and much more.
Host Seth Spears interviews seasoned experts about their most memorable wilderness adventures, favorite gear, professional recommendations, and why spending time in nature is so important for the health of individuals and society.
Rewild Gear was founded by 4 brothers with a passion for the outdoors. We design and build high quality, minimalistic outdoor equipment to help people spend more time in the wilderness so they can reconnect with nature, family, and friends.
Our mission is to protect our public lands and endangered species through conservation, the rejuvenation of depleted soil through regenerative agriculture, and the cleaning up of waterways are common goals we feel everyone should share.
We were made for adventure, and this show will inspire you to get outdoors and reconnect with the wild side burning in all of us!
Brought to you by Rewild Gear - Adventure Made!
Ep 46: Megan Taylor on Belay Expeditions & Ecopsychology
Megan "Belay" Taylor is the owner of Belay Expeditions . She is a mountain climber, long-distance expeditionist, and extreme minimalist. Once entirely nomadic living only on the open road with her bicycle, She now calls Lake City, Colorado home.
Belay turned full-time entrepreneur at the age of 35 even though her love for the great outdoors has been ironclad since she was 23. Her entrepreneurial endeavors came after the tumultuous yet life-changing decision to exit a life-long career in academia.
Megan lives by and operates BELAY EXPEDITIONS by three values: BE Outside, BE Simple, and BE in Pursuit. She believes these three values coalesce for a life lived better. Hence the BE motto: BE You. Better.
Belay credits her achievements and happy life to these three guiding values and motto.
"Where there is interest there is education"
"If you don't care about something you're not going to preserve it"
How Megan got into mountain guidingHow she became an extreme minimalistWhy she considers her expeditions to be a "journey" Why her nickname "belay" has nothing to do with rock climbingHow challenging experiences in nature contribute to a higher quality lifeWhy she wants to own nothingHow her personal values of be outside, be simple, be in pursuit affect everything she doesWhy schools should require a field trip to landfillsWhy ecopsychology is so important for us all to understandHow epigenetics affect people's interest in the outdoorsWhy the best gear makes all the difference in your outdoor experienceWhat the "3 day effect is"Her required expedition gearWhy Belay quit social mediaResources Mentioned:
Belay ExpeditionsBig Agnes Copper Spur tentSea to SummitBig AgnesJet BoilPatagoniaBook: Wild New WorldBook: Let My People Go SurfingBook: The Man Who Quit MoneyBook: The Outrage MachineThe Adventure Made Podcast is sponsored by Rewild Gear. Essential gear built for the great outdoors, designed to fuel your next adventure. Come find your wild at RewildGear.com!
Ep 45: Paul Lewis on Starting FHF Gear & Joining Meat Eater
Paul Lewis is the founder of FHF Gear, a high quality brand of hunting, fishing, and tactical outdoor gear. He is an avid fly fisherman, bow hunter, and retired law enforcement officer and SWAT Team Leader from Bozeman, MT. He has a bachelor of science degree in wildlife management from Montana State University. He started FHF Gear as a side gig by hand making gear for himself, teammates and hunting partners, which eventually turned into a full time business that was recently acquired by Meat Eater.
"Always be willing to look at both sides of an opinion"
How Paul started FHF GearHis creative process for gear designHow they test new gearHow the company has changed and grown over the yearsWhat it was like getting acquired by Meat EaterWhere Paul gets his creative inspiration for new gearHow their popular bino harness differs from others in the marketWhy conservation is so importantPaul's thoughts on predator reintroduction Why changing one's mind is a sign of intelligence His craziest adventure flipping a canoeEssential gear when venturing into the wildernessResources Mentioned:
FHF GearInstagram: FHF GearFacebook: FHF GearYouTube: FHF GearPaul's personal Instagram Argali OutdoorsSeek OutsideSparten PrecisionMarsupial GearWeatherbyFirstLiteBook: Gates of Fire by Steven PressfieldBook: Extreme Ownership by Jocko WillinkBook: The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan HaidtBook: Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage by Dan CrenshawBook: The Comfort Crisis by Michael EasterBook: American Buffalo by Steve RinellaPodcast: The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast: Meat EaterPodcast: Bear GreasePodcast: Andy FrisellaThe Adventure Made Podcast is sponsored by Rewild Gear. Essential gear built for the great outdoors, designed to fuel your next adventure. Come find your wild at RewildGear.com!
Ep 44: Jess Caldwell on Following a Natural Path from Birth to Death
Jess Caldwell is an outdoor educator, wilderness survival instructor, nature lover, and yogi. She’s the founder of Wildkind Academy, an immersive program of outdoor education, training, and leadership development.
We dive deep in this interview about Jess's wide ranging interests and experience.
With a degree in Health & Wellness Promotion from Portland State University, a 25-year study as a Yoga teacher and as a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Jess has developed a holistic health & rewilding program for those seeking one-on-one lifestyle design, and she's one of the most fascinating people I've met in the outdoor space.
"Always listen to the inner calling of your soul"
How Outward Bound helped create her love of nature and the outdoorsHow Jess started Wildkind Academy as a way to write off her outdoor equipment purchasesHow losing her father led her into the home funeral and green burial industry and becoming a death doula as part of HospiceThe difference between a “green burial” and a “conservation burial”How the funeral industry and cemeteries have become an ecological disaster How rituals and ceremonies are so important for both birth and death Why nature based coming of age ceremonies are essential for society and culture and how she’s implemented these in her own familyHow a 7 day solo survival trip changed her lifeHow she finds a feminine balance in the male dominated outdoor industry How Wildkind Academy is helping people gain a new appreciation of nature and the wilderness through foraging, fishing, & huntingWhy she’s moving away from the term “rewilding” and leaning into “wild integration” Why plant medicine might be the solution to overcome our environmental issuesWhy you always need to follow your intuition, especially in the outdoorsHow she has evolved from a "prepper" over the yearsWhat gear Jess always carries with herResources Mentioned:
Wildkind AcademyWildkind FacebookWildkind InstagramJess on InstagramJess on TiktokOutward Bound Nature is Metal Instagram account Survival University JetBoilWazu Gear War Bonnet OutdoorsBook: Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening Book: The Four Agreements Book: The Lion Tracker’s Guide to LifeBook: The Comfort CrisisThe Adventure Made Podcast is sponsored by Rewild Gear. Essential gear built for the great outdoors, designed to fuel your next adventure. Come find your wild at RewildGear.com!
Ep 43: Adam Gall on Timber to Table & Guiding Hunts
Adam Gall shares his work in the outdoor industry, from working with wolves in the wild to managing client expectations when guiding hunts. He also shares some of his favorite gear brands and books that have significantly impacted him.
Adam grew up in Caledonia, MI. When he was 20 years old, he moved to Idaho, where he fought fire for USFS. He was hired as a wolf biologist in Idaho with the Nez Perce Tribe for about five seasons.
Adam is the owner of Timber to Table Guide Service and Dark Timber Outfitters in Hotchkiss, Colorado, which he started with his wife, Anastacia, in 2015. In 2017 they expanded with Dark Timber Outfitters. Hired as a public high school science teacher in Hotchkiss, CO, Adam resigned from teaching and began guiding fishing and hunting trips. He is involved in numerous state wildlife and conservation efforts with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Adam and his wife have two daughters, Penelope and Olympia, ages 9 and 5.
"Anybody that hunts is going to get humbled over and over and over again."
The origins of Timber to Table Balancing hunting and guiding Building the businessFood educationThe varying attitudes of hunting by regionThe importance of being in natureChallenges to conservation management Global changes to the environmentMemorable hunts Tackling a wolf Wolf re-introduction controversyGear to carryFavorite booksResources Mentioned:
Timber to Table Guide Service Dark Timber Lodge Instagram: @timbertotable Kenetrek BootsFirst LiteEberlestockKuiuMystery RanchExo Mtn GearBuck KnivesKershaw KnivesBook: The Frontiersman by Allan EckertBook: Undaunted Courage by Stephen AmbroseBook: The Ninemile Wolves by Rick BassPodcast: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers with Hal HerringPodcast: Mountain & PrairiePodcast: Smartless The Adventure Made Podcast is sponsored by Rewild Gear. Essential gear built for the great outdoors, designed to fuel your next adventure. Come find your wild at RewildGear.com!
Ep 42: Stu Shank on Starting a Family Knife Business
Stu Shank is the Co-Founder and CEO of Reiff Knives, a new direct to consumer, family-owned American made knife company,
Last summer, I first became aware of them when they launched a very successful crowdfunding campaign to back their knives. I was super impressed with their branding, marketing strategy, and, most importantly, the quality of their blades.
My brother Adam and I had the pleasure of hanging out with Stu and his brother Ben last month at Blade Show Texas, and all four of us really hit it off over drinks talking about family-owned businesses, the outdoor industry, and our passion for creating high quality, American made products.
"Be passionate about what you do."
"If you're going to be stressed out about something, it might as well be your thing and not somebody else's."
Stu's background & previous work experience Starting a family businessGoing full time with Reiff KnivesWorking in the outdoor industryFrom conception to launching a companyNavigating a Kickstarter & pre-ordersKnife designingBeing a steel nerdThe "perfect" knifeG10 handle benefitsAmerican MadeDrop point vs. Tanto Crowd FundingIndustry relationshipsBeing in love with the outdoor experiencePersonal responsibility for natureBuilding quality productsPrincipals, ethics & a moral compassScaling a startupBuilding a generational businessEssential outdoor gearCPM3V SteelResources Mentioned:
Reiff KnivesInstagram: Reiff KnivesFacebook: Reiff KnivesYoutube: Reiff KnivesKickstarted: Reiff KnivesESEE KnivesTuff Possum GearThe Hidden WoodsmenWarbonnet OutdoorsStargazer Cast IronBook: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Book: Ishmael by Daniel QuinnBook: The BibleThe Adventure Made Podcast is sponsored by Rewild Gear. Essential gear built for the great outdoors, designed to fuel your next adventure. Come find your wild at RewildGear.com!
Ep 41: Reuben Bolieu on Travel, Blades, & Minimalistic Gear
Reuben Bolieu shares about his many travel adventures over the years and how it's shaped his outdoor lifestyle and work. He also shares some woodsman hacks, favorite gear, knives, and why we should care about spending time in nature.
Reuben is an adventurer, writer, photographer, musician, world traveler, and survival instructor for Randall's Adventure & Training, the makers of ESEE knives. He's spent most of his life hiking and backpacking through the wildernesses of the world. He's traveled abroad in extreme environments, from the cold climate of Alaska to the desert heat of Egypt & Jordan and the humid conditions of Southeast Asia & South America.
Reuben continues studying survival techniques, construction, and use of knives and edged tools from South America, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, New Zealand, and numerous countries in the South Pacific and Scandinavia. He's a part-time knife designer and created the TOPS Knives C.U.B. and ESEE Knives RB3. He has published many articles on survival, knife and tool use, woodcraft, shelters and remains a lifetime survival student.
"Like laughter, the next best free medication for anything is to be outside, to be outdoors."
Getting into the outdoor industry"Peak Bagging" The glory days of Forums Knives & the backpacking communityThe necessity of signaling Altitude sickness & preparationPacking your fearsTrail runners & moccasins Thin polyester dress socks for hikingHaving strong anklesRewarming cold extremities Breaking the gear rulesAvoiding the "ugly American" stereotypeClimbing mountainsKnife preferences Resources Mentioned:
Adventure Ready BrandsGossamer GearTuff Possum GearWazoo Survival GearUberlebenVictorinoxPlatypus MoraknivTOPS KnivesAsolo BootsS.O.L.Wilderness AthleteCoalcracker Bushcraft Randall's Adventure & TrainingESEE KnivesReuben BolieuAdventure Food GuyLMNTDave CanterburyJames GibsonBook: The Ultralight Backpacker by Ryel KestenbaumBook: Beyond Backpacking by Ray JardineBook: S.A.S. Survival Handbook by John WisemanBook: Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties by D.C. BeardBook: Camping and Woodcraft by Horace KephartBook: The Adventure Made Podcast is sponsored by Rewild Gear. Essential gear built for the great outdoors, designed to fuel your next adventure. Come find your wild at RewildGear.com!
A must for outdoors enthusiasts!
One of my favorite shows!!!!
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