Interviews with incredible people about Adventure, Motivation, Mindset, Positivity, Endurance, Health, Perseverance, and Possibility
#371: Jason Hardrath 3 -- Rocky Mountain Grand Slam & Lessons From an Expedition to Ojos del Salado
This week we are chatting with adventurer, gym teacher, and a man who chases audacious goals Jason Hardrath!!
Jason recently led an expedition to attempt an Infinity Loop on South America's tallest volcano Ojos del Salado in Chile. Though him and his team were not able to complete the infinity loop (summiting twice and running completely around the base of it) every single one of them summited the 22,000 foot peak.
In this episode we talk about what lessons we can learn through a failed attempt, how we learn more from the journey than the destination, and what he plans on doing differently next time!
Jason also shares stories from his summer taking on the Rocky Mountain Grand Slam - summiting all the 14ers in Colorado, 13ers in Wyoming, and 12ers in Montana. Sounds incredible and came down to the wire!!
Hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!! I always learn a lot from Jason every time he is on the show!
#370: Valerie Gagne -- Solo Expedition Circumnavigating the Eye of Quebec
This week we are chatting with adventurer Valerie Gagne about her very first solo expedition circumnavigating the Eye of Quebec!!
A few weeks ago Val skied 180kms over 6 days around the frozen Eye in the middle of winter. She battled slushy ice, isolation and extremely cold weather before ultimately finishing the challenge!
In this episode we talk about the reasons why Val wanted to take this on, the differences between a solo expedition and one with partners, and the obstacles she faced over these six days and how she overcame them.
This is an awesome conversation!! I hope you enjoy!
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#369: Derek Snakenberg -- Journey from Football to Ultrarunning
This week we are chatting with former football D-Lineman and current endurance athlete Derek Snakenburg!!
Derek and I have a lot in common- both from Iowa, both ultra runners, both busy dads in our 30s and both of us played D-Line on the football team for Wartburg College (I only stayed one year..if I would have stayed longer Derek would have been my teammate!). So it was an absolute joy to be able to sit down and chat with him!
In this episode he shares the journey that led him to the start line of the Mines of Spain 100 in Dubuque, Iowa for his very first 100 miler! We talk about the "perfect day", how we spend our energy, filling the sponge, and much more!!
Hope you all enjoy!
MORE FROM DEREK:
#368: Ray Zahab 4 -- Reflections on Adventure, Curiosity, Contentment, and Courage
This week's episode is with legendary explorer and adventurer Ray Zahab!
In this episode Ray digs deep on some bigger ideas and concepts from his years of adventure, including courage, curiosity and contentment. We also chat a bit about his passion for putting on expeditions (like the Kapik1 expedition to the Atacama I was lucky enough to join last November) and reflect on what big adventures he is aiming his energy towards next.
As always, Ray is encouraging, full of energy and passion for life, and just one of the best humans on Earth!! Thanks for sharing again Ray!!
Hope you all enjoy the chat as much as I did!!
(PHOTO CREDIT - Jesse Delgrosse
#367: Jarred Karp -- Filmmaker Capturing the Experience of Russ Cook's "Project Africa"
What does it take to run the entire length of Africa South to North?
Russ Cook is taking on an endeavor that has been accomplished by no person in history. It’s not only the most epic challenge anyone is taking on right now but “Project Africa” is also hands down, easily the best series on YouTube!! (Seriously, if you’re not watching it, start immediately!!) The “Hardest Geezer” has spent over 270 days running over nearly 12,000 kilometers through 13 countries and the adventure has been completely breathtaking so far!
This week I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with Jarred Karp, one of the filmmakers and crew members supporting Russ as he grinds out the kilometers day after day, month after month.
In this episode, Jarred and I talk about his journey into filmmaking, how he got involved with Project Africa, and the ups and downs of the journey so far!
This is a conversation about creativity, the obstacles faced in adventure and filmmaking, being audacious enough to cross the entire continent of Africa, and the athlete brave enough to take it on and the filmmakers telling his story.
MORE FROM JARRED AND PROJECT AFRICA:
Project Africa Series: https://youtube.com/@hardestgeezer?si=60w3D-5sPn0UYDli
Support their charity: https://givestar.io/gs/PROJECTAFRICA
Jarred’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saint_yared?igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
Russ Cook’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hardestgeezer?igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
#366: Cameron Dorn 3 -- The Twelve Craziest Workouts of His Life!
#366: Cameron Dorn 3 -- The Twelve Craziest Workouts of His Life! by Chris Ward
🤩Love🤩Love🤩Love the episode with Sally McRae!!! So inspiring! Can’t wait to read her book. Love all these summer podcasts!!!
Inspire your sense of adventure
This has been one of the most uplifting, feel-good podcasts I’ve listened to in a long time—I can’t get enough of it! Whether you’re a longtime runner or somebody who is looking for the motivation to start, you’ll love hearing the inspiring stories from some of these endurance athletes and adventurers. As the host, Chris Ward does a great job getting into what makes each of his guests take on the challenges they do and what they learn from the experience. You’ll probably discover something about yourself as well, just from listening to these amazing stories.
My go-to for runs!
Randomly found this podcast a few months ago and I’m hooked! Love that he interviews a diverse group of people including everyday trail runners! This is my go-to for the first hour of my long run every week. Thanks for the great show! Keep them coming!