-The people behind the achievements-
In this podcast we go to the moon, to the challenger deep, and everything in between.
Meeting with Explorers interviews contemporary adventurers who have ventured into the unknown and pushed the boundaries for what is possible.
This is a deeply connected portrait of the people behind the most extraordinary accomplishments and an encounter with their everyday life.
Tamara Lunger - A dreamer in love with the mountains.
She is an Italian ski-mountaineer and alpinist who has ventured to the high Himalayas to scale 8000 m peaks in winter. She says, "Each moment I spend in the mountains helps me be increasingly aware of who I am and be more grateful towards life." I’m eager to talk to Tamara about choices in life, how to push the extremes, risk acceptance, and where the love from jagged peaks derive from. In Tamara’s own words, "I am a dreamer in love with the mountains."
Pamela Shanti Pack - The ultimate fighting with a rock.
She is the high priestess of very wide cracks and the ruthless world of inverted off-widths, a search she describes as "the ultimate fighting with a rock." She has made "over 80 first ascents", many of them in Vedauwoo, Wyoming. Pamela is a woman with many talents in love with immersion in landscape and who practices her passion at the highest level.
I'm curious to learn more about her crossroads in life, how to jump back on the horse after accidents, the art of handling suffering, the importance of partnerships, the perils and opportunities that come with perfectionism, the challenges in being content in life, and her perspective on how to live a satisfying explorer's life. Be prepared to be swept away in this warm and inspirational conversation as we touch on everything from the human condition, the history of off-width, to the mystery of life itself.
Steve House - the art of alpinism.
Steve is perhaps most notable for his ascent of the Central Pillar of the Rupal Face, a 4100m wall on Nanga Parbat in northern Pakistan with his fellow climber Vince Anderson. They completed the climb in a little over a week and the accent won him and Anderson the prestigious Piolet d'Or accolade.
Steve House, knows that “success must never be assured.” The times he succeeds he learns that success is as temporary as the snow in spring. There are no words of the “climax” on the summit, no words of victory. Instead, Steve talks about suffering through freezing cold bivouacs, the discomfort of high altitude, and the deep emptiness after a high success.
Damien Gildea - Mapping and climbing virgin peaks in Antarctica and “The 8000-er Mess”.
Damien is a contributing editor of the American Alpine Journal, he has worked for the prestigious Pilot d'Or, he has led a team that was following the footsteps of Robert Falcon Scott, he is author of several books and an avid Antarctica explorer who is combining his aptitude for vanquishing virgin peaks with science as he measures their elevation.
Together with some researchers, Damien notes that some study “has led to the remarkable situation where it is possible that no one has stood on the true highest point of all the 8,000-meter peaks.” Through meticulous analysis of summit photos, satellite imagery the researchers contend that merely half of the mountaineers claiming a summit of Annapurna (8,091 meters) had reached the highest point, and almost all climbers on Manaslu (8,163 meters) had not topped out on the summit.
“The summit is the summit, but climbing is more than summits.” Damien Gildea
Laura Dekker - Youngest person to sail around the world solo.
New Zealand-born sailor Laura Dekker successfully completed a solo circumnavigation arriving in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, 518 days later at the age of 16 breaking the record for being the youngest to singlehandedly sail around the world, between the years 2010 – 2012.
However, her circumnavigation was not uncontroversial. A Dutch court stepped in, owing to the objections of the local authorities, and prevented Laura from departing while under shared custody of both her parents and suddenly she was all over the news in Holland.
Dekker later commented about the authorities in an interview, saying "They thought it was dangerous. Well, everywhere is dangerous. They don't sail and they don't know what boats are, and they are scared of them."
Jochen Hemmleb - Did George Mallory climb Mount Everest in 1924?
Did George Leigh Mallory with his fellow climbing partner Andrew Comyn Irvine climb Mount Everest already back in 1924?
The mystery that surrounds Mallory and his much younger comrade Irvine has captivated countless people over the years. Books and documentaries had been published about their epic last climb. Mallory’s idealism and famous response to a journalist who once asked, “why climb Everest”, allegedly Mallory replied, “because it’s there”, a quote that has inspired not only climbers alike but businessmen and leaders. Can the mystery of whether or not they made it to the summit find a conclusion?