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.
Every Wednesday, 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 20: Mansal Denton and Sacred Hunting
Mansal Denton "Little Beaver" is the founder of Sacred Hunting, host of the Mansal Denton Podcast, and is the subject of an upcoming documentary BELOW THE DROP exploring our relationship to life and death through hunting.
Feeling insecure in early life, he chased a woman to Europe, which led him to prison. Struggling with shame and confusion of what it meant to be a man, he found his calling with the sacred art of hunting. He now desires to share this practice with more men.
His indigenous name comes from a Crow Sun Dance chief. His spiritual lineage is derived from 7 years of mentorship from a Muskogee/Creek medicine man named Will "Star Heart."
“We have to believe in a more beautiful world in order to create it”Topics Discussed:
Finding the true version of yourselfUsing insecurities to do goodStealing historical documents Being in prison and its transformationThe background of Sacred HuntingIndigenous hunting practicesConsumerism culture Symbolism & relating to the landGoing from zero to one in huntingUsing hunting as a tool to transform oneself Building confidence through the outdoorsThe gravity of taking a life Reconnecting to our food sourceThe importance of social interaction & building communityUtilizing harsh conditions to improve & growNavigating vulnerabilityFavorite gear & brandsResources Mentioned:
Sacred HuntingMankind ProjectBook: Way of the Superior ManBook: Walking with BearsBook: Empire of the Summer MoonBook: Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant BusinessmanPodcast: Charles EisensteinMovie: The Big YearDocumentary: BELOW THE DROPVortex Diamondback BinocularsKuiu Binocular HarnessFHF Binocular HarnessMaven OpticsSitkaPatagonia
Ep 19: Patrick Rollins on Knives, Bushcraft, & Survival Training
Patrick Rollins is the lead instructor for Randall's Adventure & Training and is part of the team at ESEE Knives. He developed his enthusiasm for the outdoors from an early age, growing up camping, hunting, fishing, and a member of the Boy Scouts before spending 19 years as a Sheriff's Deputy in Whitfield County, Georgia. Since then, he has taught numerous classes in the US and the Amazon jungles of Peru.
Randall's Adventure & Training teaches survival, Bushcraft, land navigation, basic human tracking, single rope techniques, rope rescue, cave rescue, wilderness first responder, and Search and Rescue classes.
Patrick is certified as a First Responder, Firearms Instructor, Glock Armorer, Rope Rescue Technician, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and Wilderness First Responder. He has many hours of training in various skill sets, including woodland operations, wilderness survival training, land navigation, and tracking.
He has been a Law Enforcement Instructor since 2001 and served on the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (Entry and Sniper) from 2001 to 2004.
"Be adaptable.""Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.""Get out there and do it."Topics Discussed:
5 Cs of survivability CuttingCombustionCordageContainerCoverPatrick's background & love of the outdoorsThe difference between Survival & BushcraftEsee's most popular knivesHow to get started in BushcraftDeciphering "good" informationThe start of Randall's Adventure & TrainingGear testing & customer feedback Knife steelsTesting the limits of gearFavorite knife styles and their applications Future company plansHow to manage ticks while in natureUnderstanding what a good knife isAre there too many outdoor companies?The outdoor class that everyone should takeThe "Glock" of knivesLife lessons from the outdoorsResources Mentioned:
ESEE Knives Randall's Adventure & Training Ontario Knife CompanyRowen ManufacturingBlade ShowShot Show#beatereseeOsprey BackpacksJames Gibson2% for ConservationDave CanterburyVictorinox Swiss Army War Bonnet HammockBig Agnes Copper Spur TentBlack DiamondTactical Intent Book: Camping and Woodcraft by Horace KephartBook: Adventure Travel In The Third World by Jeff Randall & Mike Perrin Book: Bushcraft - Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival by Mors KochanskiPodcast: The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast: The Meat Eater
Ep 18: Duke Phillips on Sustainable Ranching & Livestock
Duke Phillips is a third-generation rancher living in Wyoming. He is the CEO of Ranchlands, an agricultural-based business that operates large-scale cattle and bison ranches in the American West that are dedicated to conservation and sustainability. They partner with conservation-minded owners to implement ambitious and complementary programs, including hospitality, hunting and fishing, a leather shop, strategic advisory services, and ecotourism.
Duke's journey has led to creating a set of core beliefs that balance ranching, conservation, and economics. He leads the strategic vision and business development oversight of Ranchlands' ventures and managed properties.
"Regenerative agriculture should include humans too. You want to be having a good time, be happy with what you're doing, and have a healthy community and healthy family while you're doing it." "Nature is powerful as hell."Topics Discussed:
How Duke got started in ranching The origins of RanchlandsBusiness diversification and land conservationCombatting draughts and building contingency plansYellow Stone the showMisconceptions about ranchersUnderstanding bison, the national mammal The differences between managing Bison and Cattle How education has become a core piece of the businessDuke's thoughts on what conservation needs today How to live symbiotically with natureThe importance of questioning a company's motives before supporting themThe dichotomy of urban sprawl and what to do about it How nature has impacted DukeA Rancher's essential gearBeing alone and not having Amazon PrimeBrewing beer from homeThe ecological benefit of rewilding & how it affects landWhat it's like being a cowboyThe importance of keeping family as a priorityResources Mentioned:
RanchlandsRanchlands MercantileThe Nature ConservancySmith Sunglasses Swarovski OptikFilsonREIShow: YellowstoneMusician: Steve EarlBook: Twenty Love Poems and a Song of DespairBook: Cadillac Desert by Marc ReisnerBook: The Teachings Of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of KnowledgeBook: DuneBook: Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern WorldPodcast: Mountain & Prairie
Ep 17: Brad Brooks on Business, Hunting, & Conservation
Brad Brooks is the owner and General Manager of Argali Outdoors, a backcountry hunting gear, and equipment company. Brad is an adventurer, conservationist, and family man hailing from Boise, ID.
How Brad stumbled into starting an outdoor equipment companyHis background in environmental economics and working in public lands conservation The first backpacking tent bought in high schoolThe inner draw to the outdoors How being in wild country helps to recenter life Brad's interest in business and entrepreneurship from an early ageThe origination of Argali Early days of technical clothing Calculating risksStorytelling about wild places through film The importance of timing in life and businessFamily bonds in working togetherThe daily struggle of work-life balanceThe importance of being a present fatherSpending 75 nights in a tent per yearThe biggest threats to conservation today The effects of westward expansion Brad's reflection on death while rock climbingGetting lost while hunting at age 15Product development and scratching an itch Quote:
"The loss of the ability to get lost in wild country is a tragedy." "Figure out something that interests you in your life and figure out how to make that your job."Resources Mentioned:
ArgaliArgali InstagramWilderness Society North FacePatagonia First LiteSitkaKUIUSportsman Channel Outdoor ChannelThe National Wildlife Federation Backcountry Hunters & AnglersTheodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership EXO MTN GearVortex Optics Feathered Friends Book: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo LeopoldBook: Rebel Yell - The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall JacksonAuthor: Terry Tempest WilliamsPodcast: Hidden Brain Podcast: The Meateater
Ep 16: John Roulac on Regenerative Agriculture
John Roulac is a hemp innovator, serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, writer, and champion of regenerative agriculture.
As the founder of the organic brand Nutiva, he has sourced and formulated close to $1B in retail sales of organic superfoods in the past 20 years. John is also an executive producer of the regenerative agriculture film Kiss the Ground, which is narrated by Woody Harrelson. He is an investor, supporter, and advisor to various companies and organizations in the “better for you and planet” sector.
Over his career, John has founded six non-profit organizations, including Great Plains Regeneration and GMOInside. His passionate hemp advocacy brought him to sue the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. This long legal battle culminated in a historic 2004 federal court victory to keep hemp foods legal. He is a pioneer of the modern home-composting movement and has authored four books on hemp and composting.
John's start in business and the environmental movementThe difference between environmentalism and conservationHow learning from indigenous cultures can positively impact our environment The importance of being open to learning and losing our egoHow we're losing 1-2% of winged insects per year Are cows bad for the environmentHow "Nox" (Nitric Oxide) is the fastest growing greenhouse gas in the world today & 380 times more impactful than C02The social and economic control by large organizations Are meat and saturated fat to blame for health issues John's experience as a Vegetarian How humans are trying to connect and find their tribeWhy 50% of the Plankton in the ocean and 98% of Pacific Sardines have been lostPositive environmental changes to make on a micro levelHow 500,000 people focused on regenerative agriculture in the next fives years will change the countryJohn's biggest lesson from nature and the outdoorsQuote:
"The future of plant-based is animal-based"Resources Mentioned:
Documentary: Kiss the GroundGreat Plains RegenerationNutivaFuller Field SchoolAudubon SocietyContour Lines CorpParadise PermacultureSoil 4 ClimateDr. Bronner's12 TidesCooks VentureTanka BarBook: The War on BugsBook: Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard ClippingsBook: The Art of WarBook: The Mists of AvalonBook: The Way of WyrdBook: The Ecology of CommerceArticle: Making America's Rivers Blue AgainJohn's websiteInstagramFacebookLinkedIn
Ep 15: Jess Johnson on the Controversy of Conservation
Jess Johnson is the Government Affairs Director for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, and a founding member of the National Wildlife Federation Sportswomen’s Initiative, Artemis, a women’s coalition that encourages women to take leadership roles in conservation and wildlife-related policy positions.
As a board member for 2% for Conservation and the Wyoming Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, she brings her dedication to educating hunters on advocacy and policy in the conservation arena, and the dialogue around hunting into the industry as a pro team member of First Lite, Argali, and Kestrel Glassing Systems.
Growing up in a conservation minded ranching family in Montana, Northern California, and Wyoming., she has a deep appreciation for healthy ecologies and since moving back to Wyoming 11 years ago she has worked for the voice of hunting and wildlife at the State Legislature.
She spends most of her free time exploring the West's vast expanse of public lands on foot and on horse. Jess is an avid archery hunter and has a particular love for the big Wyoming mule deer.
"Nature loves balance"Topics Discussed:
Why Jess left college and a dance career to purse the outdoors & supporting conservation effortsWhy her love of nature and the outdoors motivates everything she doesThe reasons why hunting is so male dominant and how that's changingThe differences between Western vs. Eastern hunting Why communication & eduction is so important for conservation effortsThe controversy surrounding reintroduction of wolves in Colorado and elimination efforts of wolves in IdahoWhy predators are part of a healthy ecosystemThe rural vs. urban mindset and pendulum swings of both groupsThe relation of chronic wasting disease in deer and the presence of wolves & mountain lionsThe difference between hunting and killingWhy the extirpation of bison is still relevant today for cultural & political reasonsWhy a pocket knife is Jess's go-to piece of gearThe controversy surrounding Meat Eater's acquisition of First LiteResources Mentioned:
First Lite Sheep FilmFHF GearMarsupial GearMystery RanchStone GlacierExo Mtn GearOutdoorsmansKifaru StrykerBook: Braiding SweetgrassBook: Skinny Legs and AllPodcast: Scene on RadioPodcast: The Rich OutdoorsModern HuntsmanByron PaceWild FedHunt to EatFlash FoxyArtemisWyoming WildlifeJess on Instagram
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