68 episodes

Captivating interviews with the leaders of the outdoors. Hosted by BOLOTOR Founder/CEO, podcaster, actor, stand-up comedian, Michael Stein
No B.S. interviews about hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, doomsday prepping, survival, and anything that has to do with the great outdoors.

BOLOTOR Podcast Michael Stein

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Captivating interviews with the leaders of the outdoors. Hosted by BOLOTOR Founder/CEO, podcaster, actor, stand-up comedian, Michael Stein
No B.S. interviews about hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, backpacking, doomsday prepping, survival, and anything that has to do with the great outdoors.

    An avid hunter from New Mexico with deep roots in farming and ranching and eventually led him to create "Outback Outdoors," a show focused on relatable hunting experiences, Trevon Stoltzfus.

    An avid hunter from New Mexico with deep roots in farming and ranching and eventually led him to create "Outback Outdoors," a show focused on relatable hunting experiences, Trevon Stoltzfus.

    Trevon Stoltzfus, an avid hunter from New Mexico, grew up in a farming and ranching community near the Mexican border. Although his father didn't hunt, Trevon's passion for the outdoors was nurtured by his family, leading him to hunt with his grandfather and uncle. After a wrestling career that took him to the junior Olympics, Trevon transitioned to bull riding and later became a police officer. His job in sales brought him to Colorado, where he embraced the state's abundant wildlife and began writing for Eastman's Hunting Journal. Eventually, he founded "Outback Outdoors," a show focusing on relatable hunting experiences.

    Trevon's passion for bow hunting and dedication to mentoring young wrestlers reflect his intense and committed personality. He enjoys the challenges of elk hunting and the unique taste of game meat, emphasizing ethical hunting practices. Trevon is also involved in conservation efforts and promotes hunting as a more ethical way to obtain meat compared to conventional farming.

    His show "Outback Outdoors" has transitioned to a vlog format on YouTube, offering raw and in-depth content about his hunting adventures. Through his work, Trevon aims to inspire others to explore the outdoors and engage in ethical hunting practices.

    • 51 min
    Her passion for outdoor adventures and her early challenges, learning through experience without formal instruction, and how she overcame her fears to achieve notable feats like a free ascent of El Capitan's Freerider route, Lani Chapko.

    Her passion for outdoor adventures and her early challenges, learning through experience without formal instruction, and how she overcame her fears to achieve notable feats like a free ascent of El Capitan's Freerider route, Lani Chapko.

    Lani Chapko, a passionate climber from Seattle, Washington, has been drawn to outdoor activities from a young age, initially excelling in sprint kayaking. Her climbing journey began during college in Southern California, where friends encouraged her to take an outdoor adventure PE class despite her initial fear of heights. This class, which included both indoor climbing and outdoor trips, sparked a love for climbing that led her to explore canyoneering, backpacking, and multi-pitch trad climbing.

    Starting with minimal formal training, Lani learned the ropes from more experienced friends, navigating early challenges and tricky situations through hands-on experience. Overcoming her fear of heights was a significant hurdle, but she has since learned to balance safety awareness with pushing her limits. Lani briefly experimented with free soloing but opted against it due to the risks involved.

    Lani's climbing achievements include a free ascent of El Capitan's Freerider route. She is particularly impressed by climbers from previous decades who accomplished great feats with less advanced equipment. With a deep interest in climbing gear, influenced by her engineering background, Lani enjoys exploring different types of equipment and systems.

    • 32 min
    A Seattle-based adventure photographer and content creator and discover how she transitioned from a social media manager to a full-time adventure photographer, driven by her passion for the outdoors and sustainability, Eva Seelye.

    A Seattle-based adventure photographer and content creator and discover how she transitioned from a social media manager to a full-time adventure photographer, driven by her passion for the outdoors and sustainability, Eva Seelye.

    Eva Seelye, based in Seattle, Washington, is a renowned adventure photographer and content creator with a unique and inspiring background. Born on a sailboat in Michigan and raised across diverse locations such as Washington, the Bahamas, and the Marshall Islands, Eva's adventurous spirit was nurtured from an early age by her mother. Her father's government job took the family to various remote places, allowing Eva to develop a deep appreciation for nature and exploration.

    After living on a small island in the Marshall Islands until high school graduation, Eva returned to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she majored in photography. For the past four years, she has dedicated herself full-time to adventure photography, previously working as a social media manager and an editor. Her work often delves into the historical aspects of the places she explores, such as the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests and their lingering impact.

    Eva's photography career gained significant traction around 2017-2018, with a notable growth spurt in 2019-2020 when she secured her first paid collaboration. The COVID-19 pandemic was a pivotal moment for Eva, as being laid off from her job at a global luxury travel company pushed her to embrace her passion for photography full-time. Her background in social media management equipped her with the skills to develop effective content strategies, which she now employs in her own work.  Eva's work promotes sustainability and inclusivity in the outdoor adventure realm. She aims to break down barriers such as cost and accessibility, making the outdoors more inclusive for everyone. Currently based in Seattle, Eva enjoys hiking and backpacking, with plans to visit Glacier and Banff. She also engages in Airbnb photography, capturing unique rentals.

    • 26 min
    As he delves into the concept of the "46er," a title earned by climbers who have ascended all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks, each over 4,000 feet, Mike Radomski.

    As he delves into the concept of the "46er," a title earned by climbers who have ascended all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks, each over 4,000 feet, Mike Radomski.

    Mike Radomski's  journey started with Phelps Mountain, and he soon found himself captivated by the physical challenge and beauty of the mountains. Despite initially underestimating the demands of hiking, Mike adapted his training and skills, eventually completing both the regular and Winter 46er challenges. This transformation from an athlete to a dedicated hiker provided him with fulfillment through the physical and mental challenges of hiking.

    Facing career burnout and wanting to spend more time with his sons, Mike semi-retired and began documenting his outdoor adventures on YouTube. His involvement in the Allegheny 18 challenge led him to create a community around it, eventually launching the Western New York Hiking Challenge. This self-driven challenge covers multiple trails across the region and has grown significantly, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It now boasts 3,500 participants and a supportive Facebook community of 65,000 members.

    Over five years, the challenge has raised over $330,000 for local environmental causes and has helped many individuals gain confidence, lose weight, and manage anxiety and depression. The community has become a platform for people to stay active, reconnect with family, and cope with various life challenges. Mike continues to expand his initiatives, offering skills classes, guided hikes, and additional challenges like winter and birding challenges. His emphasis on preparedness and personal connections has inspired many to pursue outdoor adventures and adopt active lifestyles. Despite struggling to scale his activities due to personal involvement, Mike aims to expand regionally and considers using video content for broader impact. His recent 23-day Grand Canyon rafting trip highlights his love for long-term immersion in nature. 

    • 36 min
    Her journey into fishing, which began as a way to cope with grief after losing her beloved grandfather and her story has inspired many, and she aims to connect more women with fishing and the outdoors, believing in its healing power for those going thro

    Her journey into fishing, which began as a way to cope with grief after losing her beloved grandfather and her story has inspired many, and she aims to connect more women with fishing and the outdoors, believing in its healing power for those going thro

    Snookie, a passionate fishing enthusiast, began her journey into fishing as a way to cope with the grief of losing her beloved grandfather, "Paw-Paw," in 2014. The nickname Snookie, given to her by her grandfather in 1988, symbolizes their close bond. After his passing, she found solace in fishing, reminiscing about their shared moments, and started documenting her healing process on Instagram. Growing up in Virginia with outdoor-loving parents, Snookie's passion for fishing was nurtured from a young age. Supported by her parents and grandfather, she often went fishing with them. Unsure of her future career during high school, her mother guided her into marketing classes, which later proved invaluable for her online presence.

    Initially, Snookie's Instagram journey was a personal documentation of her healing. Over time, it evolved into a significant platform where she shares her fishing experiences, blending humor and authenticity inspired by her grandfather's playful spirit. A turning point came when she received a message from a pro-staff manager, marking the start of monetizing her hobby through product marketing and affiliate links.

    Snookie's therapeutic impact of fishing, sharing vivid dreams about her grandfather that resonated deeply with her followers. Her story has inspired many, and she aims to connect more women with fishing and the outdoors, believing in its healing power for those going through difficult times. She hosts fishing events, especially for women and children, to offer a supportive space for those dealing with personal challenges. While some events are free, others may have a fee, often covered by sponsors. Her humorous content contrasts with the seriousness of her origin story, reflecting her transition from grief to joy. 

    • 21 min
    Her journey began under the overcast skies of Ireland, reminiscent of the movie "Gregory's Girl," and she brings a background in non-profit work to this mission, Melissa Wright.

    Her journey began under the overcast skies of Ireland, reminiscent of the movie "Gregory's Girl," and she brings a background in non-profit work to this mission, Melissa Wright.

    Melissa's journey is marked by a series of transformative experiences that led her to a life of adventure and empowerment. Her story begins with the overcast skies of Ireland, reminiscent of the movie "Gregory's Girl." Melissa returned to the US due to job opportunities and visa challenges in the UK, which opened the door for a career shift and personal growth.  Melissa's involvement with Women Who Explore began as an ambassador and later evolved into co-ownership of the company. Women Who Explore offers adventure travel and a robust community, empowering women through outdoor activities and fostering a sense of independence and camaraderie. The organization hosts various adventures worldwide and maintains a strong social media presence with numerous local chapters facilitating engagement and support.

    In her role, Melissa organizes and hosts women-only trips where dedicated hosts ensure everything runs smoothly, from meals to logistics, allowing guests to fully relax. These trips address common pain points for women, who often act as caretakers and planners. She shared a touching story of a woman who initially struggled with not helping but eventually embraced being cared for. The trips provide emotional support, helping women overcome personal challenges, such as summiting Kilimanjaro or completing the Tour de Mont Blanc. Melissa and her co-founder Lindsay plan these trips based on their travel desires, making the business deeply personal.

    Melissa has traveled to diverse destinations, including New Zealand, Costa Rica, Kilimanjaro, and Croatia, often on sponsored trips. Future trips will be hosted by a solid group of women, offering travel opportunities they might not have had otherwise. One memorable moment was inspiring a woman, who had never created a bucket list due to financial constraints, to explore new destinations like France or Peru.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

Bella adventure into wild ,

Great interviews!

I really enjoy listening to all the interesting guests and how effortlessly Michael keeps the conversation moving. Great podcast!

Grand toro ,

Outstanding interviews and adventure stories

Cannot recall another outdoor show like this. They have the greatest guest from the outdoor world and the interviews are captivating for sure.

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