22 episodes

You’ve heard it said, “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun”-- with that in mind join us for An insider’s glimpse into all things trekking, safaris and world adventure. From packing for your Everest Base Camp trek to what it felt like for a cancer patient to attempt to summit Kilimanjaro, or visiting a village in the Sacred Valley of Peru, you will be inspired, informed and ignited to get out there and start adventuring.

Type2Fun Embark Exploration Co.

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

You’ve heard it said, “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun”-- with that in mind join us for An insider’s glimpse into all things trekking, safaris and world adventure. From packing for your Everest Base Camp trek to what it felt like for a cancer patient to attempt to summit Kilimanjaro, or visiting a village in the Sacred Valley of Peru, you will be inspired, informed and ignited to get out there and start adventuring.

    The many adventures of Jay Irwin

    The many adventures of Jay Irwin

    Join us as we listen to one type two fun story after another from the man, the myth, the legend.... Jay Irwin.

    In Jay's own words, "I have a strong belief that Adventure is a key ingredient in transforming lives." We couldn't agree more! Buckle up, this one is a bumpy ride!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Meryl Lassen - Tales from the Trail

    Meryl Lassen - Tales from the Trail

    In this inspiring episode of Type2Fun, we sit down with the remarkable Meryl Lassen, a true adventurer and mountaineering trekker whose journey through the great outdoors has not only pushed the boundaries of human exploration but has also redefined what it means to overcome challenges. Meryl's story is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human adventurer.

    Join us for a candid and organic conversation as we delve into Meryl's incredible life of climbing and adventuring. We explore how and why she embarked on this extraordinary path, tracing her steps through the last 10+ years of adrenaline-pumping adventures that have taken her to some of the world's most breathtaking heights.

    What sets Meryl's story apart is her incredible resilience in the face of adversity, which we'll be highlighting. She has not let any obstacles deter her from her passion, and her journey serves as an inspiration to many. You won't want to miss her insights into how the culture of climbing and adventuring is evolving, making outdoor pursuits more inclusive and accessible to all.

    At Embark Exploration Co, we believe that trying something adventurous for the first time can change lives, and Meryl's experiences are a testament to that. We'll explore the profound impact her adventures have had on her life, both physically and mentally, and discover how she has harnessed the transformative power of the outdoors.

    Tune in to hear Meryl's unforgettable stories, intriguing tidbits, and captivating experiences from the mountains and beyond. Whether you're an experienced adventurer or someone looking to take their first steps into the wild, Meryl's journey is sure to leave you inspired and ready to embark on your own adventures.

    Join us for a conversation that reminds us all that with determination, passion, and a love for the great outdoors, there are no limits to what we can achieve. It's time to reach new heights with Meryl Lessen on the Type2Fun podcast.

    Choose your next adventure at www.embarkexplorationco.com

    • 46 min
    Exploring Everest - Stories from the trail

    Exploring Everest - Stories from the trail

    This episode we sat down with Nima, Embark's Site Director in Nepal to discuss the lure of Everest and some amazing stories from the trail. 

    Learn all about sherpa life and Nima's exciting ancestry 
    Envision what a typical day is like trekking to Everest Base Camp
    What's a tea house?
    What are the differences between a trek in the Annapurna region vs the Everest Region
    What surprises people about Nepal 
    and so much more! 

    Learn why people come back multiple times to Nepal and hear stories from the trail. 

    • 37 min
    Slow Hikers

    Slow Hikers

    Introducing Embark’s Slow Hiker Community, officially called the Pole-Pole club. Pole-Pole is Swahili means “slow slow,” and that’s what these trips will be designed for – Slow Hikers.

    We have been running hiking adventures around the world for decades and know, first hand, the power and perseverance inside those who might not be the fastest in the group.  Being slow doesn’t stop us from being amazing hikers, climbers, and adventurers!  You know you will make it to your destination, it just might take a bit longer.  And, let’s face it, it can be deflating to feel like you are constantly slowing others down.  You know you’re strong… you’re just… slow.  And what’s so wrong with that?

    The Pole-Pole club is set around the concept of a slow pace- anyone can participate; just know if you come, you’re definitely going to be taking your time.

    Next Steps

    Join our Slow Hikers Mailing List
    Tune in for our podcast about slow hiking
    Watch for our upcoming hikes designed for slow hikers
    Sign up and hike together, collecting Slow Hiker badges along the way- you know you want one!
    Prepare for the ultimate culmination of all your hard work – Everest Base Camp or Oaxaca Mexico!

    This summer, 2023, Embark will be planning a series of hikes meant for our Slow Hiker community.  Together we will turn the slow hiker connotation on its head- we’re going to Embrace the Slow.  Our hikes will be just as dynamic and engaging as any of our Embark’s adventures but there will be an emphasis on a measured pace, deliberated breaks and more assistance with packing and personal gear management.  We are planning adventures to Canada, the Colorado Rockies, and Oaxaca, Mexico with a culminating epic trek to Everest Base Camp. There will be hikes every year for the Slow Hikers.

    The slow hikers concept is a way to really take in your surroundings; for some of us, this will be our only experience in the remote neck of the woods where Embark adventures take place…so why not take our time? Come hike with us!

    P.s. The hiking will be slow but don’t dilly dally reserving your spot; there’s a lot of us out there who are super enthused to have found this group and space is limited!

    • 36 min
    Trekking with Kids. Part Two

    Trekking with Kids. Part Two

    In this final episode on trekking with children, we sit down with Carrie again to go a bit deeper into what trekking with your kids can mean for your family, for their development. We discuss what it is like for them to meet new people, time change, a new currency, and more. There is so much more gained by kids when they travel.

    For more information visit www.embarkexplorationco.com

    • 35 min
    Trekking with children. Part One

    Trekking with children. Part One

    We sit down with three wonderful parents: Kelly Ramey, Carrie O'Callaghan, & Anil Gunturu, who have all gone on trekking adventures with their children. In this episode we discuss: 

    Pre-trip planning

    Training- Importance of hiking and doing it with friends to keep the kids engaged

    Setting up expectations/goals with your kids



    Prep for long haul flights

    High altitude considerations

    Age of your kid is important

    On the trek – setting up the day, engaging on the trek, fun activities etc.


    Comforts from home for times of struggle


    Enjoying the trip yourself as a parent

    For more information, visit www.embarkexplorationco.com 

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

LL Miguel ,

Trekking later in life

Approaching 60 and looking forward to adventures post pandemic. Donovan and his team have built an incredible catalog of world excursions. The accompanying podcasts really help to understand experiences and what to expect. Looking forward to this fall for EBC trek.

GoDuke4458 ,

Great introduction to accessible adventures around the world

This is a great niche Embark is filling, of sharing their experiences with challenging but accessible adventures around the world. It’s great hearing different people’s perspectives and also what kind of adventures are out there for those wanting to try something new….

NaturalBlaze ,

Great podcast!

I really liked the first episode on finding a new way to look at what is fun. I have done things in the past that have seemed like it would never end and when you make it to the end, there is great satisfaction in what you achieved. Thank you and I look forward to listening to more of these.

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