On this episode, billy-goating, smudges, Mai Tais, and labra-do, or labra-don’t? We’re talking with Kolby “Condor” Kirk, adventurer, naturalist and renown journaler. Plus, we conduct our second canned cocktail taste test.


Show Notes

  • 01:10 – How Kolby came to create graphics for ‘MILE…MILE & A HALF’
  • 06:36 – Kolby’s experience hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
  • 09:00 – Journaling on the PCT
  • 18:24 – What is about distance that makes travel special?
  • 22:58 – Next big adventures
  • 25:46 – Becoming a naturalist
  • 32:13 – Different terms for hikers, and the joy of “Billy-goating”
  • 34:24 – How Kolby got started hiking
  • 35:40 – Encountering a bear at night
  • 38:52 – Kolby’s advice for getting into journaling
  • 49:17 – Canned cocktail taste test #2: Cutwater Gin & Tonic, Margarita and Mai Tai

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

On this episode, gravel bike racing in Morocco, saddle sores, Zima, and The Big Lonely. We’re talking with ultra-adventure cyclist Jesse Blough, racer, organizer of The Big Lonely and founder of the NWC Adventure Access Fund.


Show Notes

  • 00:54 – Tapering off caffeine
  • 02:23 – The 1,037-mile Arkansas High Country Race
  • 04:05 – Bike and gear that he’ll be using (the “mullet” setup)
  • 05:32 – The balance between sleeping and riding
  • 06:45 – How Jesse got into cycling (it started with a broken back)
  • 07:50 – Hosting The Big Lonely (an unsupported bikepacking race)
  • 10:43 – Jesse’s training regimen
  • 12:55 – Going from racing to organizing races
  • 14:14 – Northwest Competitive Adventure
  • 16:35 – Advice for someone looking to enter The Big Lonely (or something similar)
  • 19:10 – What is the NWC Adventure Access Fund?
  • 22:10 – Fatherhood and encouraging a life of adventure
  • 23:28 – The process of having a bike custom-made in Germany (hint: start by riding 10,000 miles a year)
  • 27:28 – The Atlas Mountain Race in Morocco
  • 29:29 – What are the obstacles from preventing racing during the pandemic?
  • 34:55 – Making a documentary about The Big Lonely (to premier on bikepacking.com)
  • 34:45 – Gravel bike vs mountain bike for races like The Big Lonely
  • 37:43 – An ultramarathoner who lives (and trains!) on a yacht
  • 42:05 – TASTE TEST: Canned cocktails Part One – Moscow Mules

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In this episode, the Ruby Crest Trail, outdoor education, van art, and Eddie Van Halen. We talk with Adam Salinger — educator, Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and all-around hiking badass.


Show Notes

  • 00:54 – What is the Atlas Learning Academy?
  • 06:09 – How they deal with a broad range of outdoor experience among students
  • 09:09 – Integrating subjects during outdoor expeditions
  • 10:50 – The Ruby Crest Trail
  • 12:14 – The value of self-sufficiency in the backcountry
  • 18:09 – Adam’s trip on the Noatak in the Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • 22:55 – How Adam got into the outdoors
  • 25:00 – Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • 29:10 – Getting your children outdoors
  • 30:10 – Kids these days…
  • 33:10 – Outdoor education challenges in the time of a global pandemic
  • 37:11 – Remembering Eddie Van Halen
  • 37:38 – Supporting the Atlas Learning Academy
  • 38:40 – Looking into the crystal ball
  • 41:14 – How does someone get a similar program started in their area?
  • 52:45 – Adam’s favorite part about taking kids out to the wilderness

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In this episode, the oldest Cub Scout troop west of the Mississippi, Buffalo Soldiers, and diversity and inclusion. We talk with James Edward Mills, freelance journalist, independent media producer, author of ‘The Adventure Gap’, and creator of The Joy Trip Project.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introductions
  • 06:30 – How James got started in the outdoors industry and his path to journalism
  • 17:00 – Hope and positivity in a time of change
  • 29:05 – The Buffalo Soldiers and the rich history of African-Americans in the outdoors
  • 33:50 – Getting people outdoors and make the outdoors accessible to everyone
  • 46:45 – Hope for the future

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In this episode, 94 better than six; Mount Whitney, Star Wars, and San Diego. We’re talking about the 100 Peak Challengein San Diego with the challenge creator, Derek Loranger; the first person to complete the challenge, Susie Kara; and recent finisher Chris Griffith.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introductions
  • 04:40 – How the 100 Peak Challenge came to be
  • 06:57 – Picking 100 peaks in San Diego County
  • 10:22 – The logistics of hiking 100 peaks in 365 days (or less)
  • 18:20 – Derek confesses to not finishing all 100 peaks
  • 25:45 – Only four finishers to date (started in 2017)
  • 28:04 – Susie’s journey from runner to hiker
  • 30:00 – Building skills for off-trail navigation
  • 39:00 – Favorite areas in the challenge
  • 44:50 – Less favored hikes?
  • 52:24 – Mount Whitney
  • 58:12 – How to connect with our guests

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In this episode: guidebooks, hiking in Converse All-Stars, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (it’s a real thing). We talk with hiker, guidebook author and licensed therapist Scott Turner.


Show Notes

  • 01:35 – How Scott got started hiking seriously
  • 05:30 – History of the Afoot & Afield book
  • 06:47 – The journey from avid hiker to hiking guidebook author
  • 09:34 – Changing and updating Afoot & Afield, San Diego County (adding 50 new hikes)
  • 12:38 – Scott’s favorite experience from the book? Rabbit Peak
  • 16:25 – The Hike the Parks book series
  • 20:28 – What information do your books provide to keep people safe?
  • 21:53 – How many trips does it take to collect the data for a guidebook?
  • 25:10 – Surprising sources of information for Scott’s guidebooks
  • 26:47 – The AllTrails/Instagram Effect vs printed hiking guides
  • 34:43 – The benefits of getting outdoors (from a therapist’s perspective)
  • 42:40 – EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, bi-lateral stimulation, and Scott’s theory about a potential connection to hiking
  • 47:25 – Favorite guidebooks that you didn’t write
  • 52:37 – Mappy Hour and the joy of maps, trip and adventure sharing
  • 54:15 – How many therapists does it take to change a lightbulb?
  • 54:45 – Tips & tricks for leveling-up your hiking
  • 59:48 – Upcoming adventures

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In this episode: rope access, why you should hire a guide, can those skinny climbing ropes hold a Sasquatch, and the Raiders. We talk with Elaina Arenz, climber, rock guide, instructor, rope access technician and all-around inspiring outdoorist.


Show Notes

  • 00:38 – Introduction to Elaina Arenz
  • 01:40 – What is International Rope Access Technician Association (IRATA)?
  • 03:20 – Let’s talk about football (a brief diversion)
  • 05:37 – How a job at the shopping mall led to Elaina getting started with climbing
  • 07:02 – Running New River Mountain Guides
  • 07:50 – Teaching for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • 11:50 – The Warrior’s Way program
  • 13:30 – Favorite climbing adventures
  • 23:18 – Transition from rock climbing to rope access work
  • 28:05 – Future adventures
  • 30:28 – Climbing advice for a Sasquatch
  • 34:45 – Why we should trust a climbing rope
  • 36:35 – Empowering women in the outdoors
  • 47:06 – Closing thoughts

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In this episode: Self defense, solo hiking, the flat part of the Inca Trail, and the Zombie Apocalypse. We talk with Nicole Snell, CEO of Girls Fight Back, dynamic international speaker, host and full-contact self-defense instructor specializing in sexual assault and violence prevention education, personal safety and empowerment.  


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Introduction to Nicole Snell
  • 02:34 – Saveria gives the Outdoor Defense series a thumbs up
  • 03:35 – “Is it safe to hike solo?”
  • 08:28 – When do you not hike solo?
  • 12:23 – Thoughts on hiking with headphones and awareness
  • 14:30 – Learning to ride a motorcycle and the zombie apocalypse
  • 16:10 – Getting started in self-defense training
  • 18:48 – Adrenaline-based training
  • 23:22 – How Nicole got into hiking and the outdoors
  • 26:25 – Day 2 on the Inca Trail
  • 30:43 – “What if…” I come across someone on the trail that makes me uncomfortable?
  • 34:00 – Your safety is more important than someone’s feelings
  • 36:30 – Bear spray, pepper spray, knives, and other weapons and the importance of knowing your stuff
  • 46:22 – How to learn more about Nicole

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In this episode: squiggle factor, gimbals, and “so you think you wanna make a hiking documentary.” We talk with Chris Smead of Outmersive Films about his latest film Highline, a story that follows five guys hiking the Uinta Highline Trail in Utah. This episode is for all of you aspiring outdoor filmmakers and camera gear lovers. 


Show Notes

  • 01:10 – A bit about the film Highline
  • 02:07 – How the five individuals in Highline got together
  • 03:32 – How did you learn about the Uinta Highline trail?
  • 16:05 – Did they have a resupply on their 10-day trek?
  • 17:40 – Average mileage on their trek (and the squiggle factor)
  • 24:10 – Photo gear Chris used on Highline
  • 27:43 – Protecting the gear (and staying “ultralight-ish”)
  • 31:50 – How Chris got into making outdoor films
  • 35:17 – Getting robbed by a film distributor
  • 42:15 – Managing work/relaxation balance on backpacking trips
  • 46:34 – Creating “drone-ish” shots without a drone

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In this episode, redwoods, snake fear, break dancing, and how to be a better steward of the outdoors. We talk with John “Griff” Griffith, wildlife conservationist, host of Animal Planets ‘Wild Jobs’ and all-around super nature nerd.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Jason launches his photo website and visits the redwoods, backpacks in the Trinity Alps, and has his scariest wildlife encounter.
  • 09:32 – Saveria and the Adventurus Women workshops, and what it’s like to get outdoors and travel during a pandemic.
  • 11:39 – Jeff goes camping and gets his dogs “trail-ready.”
  • 18:55 – Introducing Griff, the natural and cultural resource interpreter at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  • 21:25 – The importance of protected natural areas for recreation, biodiversity and more.
  • 24:09 – Laura Mahan, her role in saving the redwoods, and why she would be Griff’s first tattoo.
  • 30:00 – Why adventurers experience the present moment better than most (mediation + locomotion), which positions them to better understand our connections with nature.
  • 35:30 – Avoiding the “terminal experience” in nature.
  • 40:30 – The story behind the Boss Dances Like a Boss video.
  • 47:35 – Wild Jobs on Animal Planet (you can watch it online).
  • 49:36 – How hard it is to get bitten by a rattlesnake, and Griff’s theory about snake fear.
  • 52:09 – What can someone do to get into a dream job like Griff?

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