On this episode: Roadies, Team in Training, the pro peloton, and power meters. We’re talking with Janel Spilker, former pro cyclist, coach and Liv Cycling Ambassador.  


Show Notes

  • 00:37 – Introductions
  • 02:00 – Team in Training
  • 05:15 – Racing professionally
  • 08:03 – What is a domestique?
  • 09:34 – What was the spark that inspired Janel to go pro?
  • 13:23 – Getting into coaching
  • 15:50 – Power meters
  • 21:50 – Mountain biking and gravel biking
  • 29:20 – The wild ride from San Diego to Bend
  • 34:58 – Being a sponsored athlete for Liv Cycling
  • 46:08 – How can people benefit from using a coach?

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January 7, 2021

Episode 29: Eylene Pirez

On this episode: NASA, mountaineering, politics in science, and the most interesting woman in the world. We’re talking with Eylene Pirez, adventure photographer, scientist, and lifelong learner.


Show Notes

  • 00:37 – Introductions
  • 02:27 – Combining science and exploration
  • 09:46 – How Eylene got into photography
  • 12:21 – Getting to the United States from Cuba
  • 19:55 – Being the first Cuban woman to summit Aconcagua
  • 24:50 – Getting into mountaineering
  • 28:00 – Bikepacking across Patagonia when the pandemic strikes
  • 37:34 – Eylene’s camera kit
  • 43:30 – Working for NASA and watching geysers on the moons of Saturn
  • 46:08 – Citizen science, and science and politics
  • 58:15 – Creating the next generation of scientists
  • 67:30 – Backpacking macaroni and cheese taste test

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  • Find Eylene Pirez

  • Mac & Cheese Taste Test
    • Backpacker’s Pantry Three Cheese Mac & Cheese
    • Alpine Aire Forever Young Mac & Cheese
    • Mountain House Creamy Macaroni & Cheese
    • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

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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: Holidays, Stair Masters, and 2020… in the books! This is a short-but-sweet holiday episode and recap of the first year of the Almost There Adventure Podcast.


Show Notes

  • 01:15 – Our favorite things about doing this podcast
  • 07:15 – What we are training for in 2021
  • 9:26 – Some of our favorite episodes
  • 17:41 – Sneak peek at our 2021 lineup
  • 18:54 – Our hosts projects for 2021: The Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge Series and the AdventurUs Women Escapes with three event locations for 2021.

Happy Holidays, and thank you for listening and subscribing to the podcast. We look forward to seeing you with our next episode on January 5, 2021.

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On this episode: grit, crashing, cyclocross and maple syrup. We’re talking with Meredith Brandt and Ali Halpin of Ladies All Ride and Grit Clinics about helping women of all skill levels get comfortable on their mountain bikes.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introductions
  • 02:25 – Ladies All Ride and Grit Clinics
  • 07:15 – How they got started mountain biking
  • 19:30 – What to expect when signing up for a clinic
  • 24:28 – Favorite mountain biking locales
  • 29:45 – Mountain bike racing (and balancing it with coaching)
  • 30:31 – What are your “go-to” rides?
  • 39:50 – Your favorite thing about cycling
  • 42:53 – What’s your “dream” mountain biking trip?
  • 55:20 – Energy Bar Taste Test, Part Two: Blueberry Bars

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  • Ladies All Ride – Mountain bike skills camps
  • Grit Clinics – Mountain bike skills coaching for men, women and kids
  • Liv Cycling – the only comprehensive cycling brand dedicated solely to women
  • PMBIA – The Professional Mountain Biking Instructors Association
  • Looney Bean Roasting – Thanks for hosting us in Bend!

Energy Bar Taste Test
Nutrition information from respective websites, based on entire bar (not suggested serving).

  • Clif Bar – Blueberry Crisp
    250 cal, 5g fat, 44g carb, 9g protein
  • Bearded BrothersBodacious Blueberry Vanilla
    180 cal, 10g fat, 22g carb, 5g protein
  • Pro BarBlueberry Muffin
    400 cal, 21g fat, 44g carb, 10g protein
  • JoJéLemon Blueberry Quinoa
    260 cal, 11g fat, 37g carb, 5g protein
  • This Saves LivesWild Blueberry & Pistachio
    160 cal, 7g fat, 25g carb, 4g protein

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On this episode, spelunking, guiding, bonfires in the snow, and the single oldest thing in Oregon. We’re talking with Dave Nissen of Wanderlust Tours in Bend, Oregon.


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Who is Dave Nissen?
  • 02:36 – How Dave landed in Bend, Oregon
  • 03:10 – What kind of guided experiences they lead
  • 04:15 – A background on caving and the caves of Oregon
  • 09:36 – Having fun and dropping knowledge bombs
  • 11:53 – Supporting continuing education for the Wanderlust guides
  • 13:36 – How does someone get started as a guide?
  • 20:23 – How Wanderlust has adapted to the pandemic
  • 33:45 – What are the benefits of using a guide?
  • 46:45 – Dave’s favorite trip
  • 55:45 – How people can find Wanderlust and connect with Dave
  • 58:05 – Bar Review (energy bars, that is)

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Energy Bar Taste Test
Nutrition information from respective websites, based on entire bar (not suggested serving).

  • Clif Nut Butter BarChocolate & Peanut Butter
    140 cal, 3.5g fat, 25g carb, 2g protein
  • Kate’s Real FoodTram Bar (Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate)
    260 cal, 12g fat, 36g carb, 6g protein
  • ProBar MealPeanut Butter Chocolate Chip
    400 cal, 22g fat, 43g carb, 11g protein
  • Kind BarHealthy Grains Dark Chocolate Chunk
    150cal, 5g fat, 23g carb, 2g protein
  • Bearded BrothersAwesome Almond Butter Chocolate
    190 cal, 10g fat, 22g carb, 5g protein
  • Cascadian FarmDark Chocolate Chip
    140 cal, 3.5g fat, 25g carb, 2g protein

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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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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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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.

 

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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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.

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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