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)