On this episode: gloves, sizing charts, the gateway drug to road cycling. We’re talking with Jamie Wallis, co-owner of Handup Gloves, and we get a recap of Jeff’s experience on The Big Lonely with Jesse Blough.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introductions and how Handup got started
  • 05:20 – The challenge of finding good biking gloves
  • 06:40 – Putting sayings on the palms, and the community effect
  • 09:20 – The positive side of social media
  • 12:30 – Online shopping live with Jason
  • 14:30 – What’s a “kit?”
  • 16:45 – How big is Handup today?
  • 21:38 – Any designs that didn’t do as well as you expected?
  • 24:35 – Motherhood and juggling
  • 27:00 – Talking about the fun in life
  • 28:45 – Jamie’s bikes and how she got started biking (hint: it involves butter biscuits and sweet tea)
  • 32:55 – Where to buy Handup Gloves 
  • 34:45 – Advice for anyone wanting to start a business in the cycling business
  • 37:00 – Gloves That Give program
  • 39:35 – The future?
  • 41:00 – PBR and other collaborations
  • 45:00 – Wrap up
  • 46:45 – Recap of Jeff’s experience on The Big Lonely with Jesse Blough (who you might remember from Episode 24)

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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: 14ers, skydiving, and breaking generational struggles. We’re talking with Jess Newton, founder and CEO of Vibe Tribe Adventures.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introductions (and how Saveria and Jess met at Outdoor Retailer)
  • 03:10 – How Jess was introduced to the outdoors 
  • 06:50 – How Jess got started with Vibe Tribe Adventures
  • 09:00 – Going from Denver to nationwide
  • 11:00 – Developing leaders within the community
  • 13:30 – Launching the children’s program
  • 17:27 – Growing the Urban Trekker program
  • 19:38 – The Black 14er program
  • 30:20 – Supporting Vibe Tribe Adventures
  • 31:55 – First all-black Everest summit team
  • 35:20 – The importance of outdoor education
  • 40:50 – “Outdoors for All” collaboration with Merrell 
  • 45:45 – Skydiving and other “extreme” adventure goals

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You can connect with Jess at the Vibe Tribe Adventures website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page.

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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.

This episode is all about Yosemite National Park. We’re taking with Scott Turner, hiker and author of a new book on Yosemite for Mountaineers Books.


Show Notes

  • 00:40 – Catching up on our summer adventures
  • 07:30 – National Forests closure in California through 9/17
  • 09:00 – Welcome guest Scott Turner
  • 11:00 – Scott’s new book
  • 12:50 – The magic of Yosemite National Park
  • 15:00 – The process of choosing which hikes to include in the book
  • 28:00 – Lesser-known ways to get into Yosemite
  • 31:45 – What qualifies Scott for writing a book on Yosemite?
  • 40:20 – Of the famous Yosemite hikes, which is your favorite? 
  • 42:25 – How many days did it take to hike the trails in the book?
  • 47:54 – What was most surprising about Yosemite as you did your research?
  • 54:10 – Experiencing Yosemite across the seasons 
  • 60:00 – Closing it out with Scott’s embarrassing Yosemite story
  • 68:00 – When and where to get Scott’s new Yosemite book

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Scott’s new book Day Hiking Yosemite National Park is available on October 1, 2021 and you can find it here on Amazon or at Mountaineers Books.

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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: Outward Bound, Hogzilla, trail magic, and “wilderness camping is illegal in Germany?!” We’re talking with Carsten “Sauerkraut” Jost, AT & PCT thru-hiker, outdoor instructor and ultralight blogger.


Show Notes

  • 00:45 – Introducing Carsten Jost
  • 05:00 – His first attempt on the PCT (and some serious trail magic)
  • 09:00 – The recent flooding in Germany
  • 11:00 – Working for Outward Bound
  • 17:00 – Wild camping illegal in Germany
  • 22:30 – Hiking the Via Alpina (and other hut-to-hut routes)
  • 24:45 – Why do europeans travel to California to go backpacking?
  • 27:55 – One plus to hiking in Europe: No man-eating animals 
  • 29:30 – A short explanation of the GR trail system in Europe
  • 36:20 – On being a newbie, and the fear of doing something for the first time
  • 41:40 – Age, the outdoors and what’s your next adventure?
  • 50:00 – Where to find Carsten online

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You can find Carsten online at his website, fastpacking.de and on Instagram at @fastpacking.

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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: Bill Murray, 180° South, mountain lions, and hunting around in the woods, trying to be quiet. We’re talking with Ty Emmett, outdoorsman, camera person and cinematographer with a love for the outdoors.


Show Notes

  • 00:50 – Introducing Tyler Emmett
  • 03:00 – How Tyler ended up working on 180° South
  • 07:40 – Two degrees of separation between Tyler and Jason
  • 10:00 – Working on MeatEater (and a mountain lion story)
  • 24:30 – Saveria, a dog and a bear
  • 26:45 – What it’s like to carry the camera gear for filming MeatEater
  • 36:45 – Advice for people wanting to film outdoor adventures
  • 42:00 – Where Tyler would go with two weeks off to go anywhere 
  • 46:00 – The Bill Murray connection
  • 49:50 – Where to find Tyler on the interwebs

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You can find Tyler on Instagram at @ty_Emmett and on the web at tyleremmett.com

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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: Chihuahuas, hobo jungles, astrology cults, and route-finding in Alaska. We’re talking with prolific adventurer and author Carrot Quinn. Her first book, Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart is about her experience on her first thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Her latest book, The Sunset Route details her life riding freight trains and running from grief.


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Introducing Carrot Quinn
  • 04:15 – Why she wrote The Sunset Route
  • 06:30 – Starting with zines, and moving towards fiction
  • 08:50 – The story behind her current fiction project
  • 16:25 – Creating hiking routes in Alaska
  • 27:30 – Carrot’s first PCT thru-hike, Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart, and theories on post thru-hike depression
  • 32:45 – Riding freight trains
  • 39:15 – Growing up in Alaska 
  • 41:50 – Wintering in southern Arizona
  • 44:00 – Where to find Carrot (and her books)

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You can find Carrot on Instagram at @carrotquinn and on the web at carrotquinn.com

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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: Hollywood, photography, Vimeo, and the Camino de Santiago. We’re talking with Luke Pearsall, hiker and professional photographer.


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Introducing Luke Pearsall
  • 06:45 – How Luke got interested in the outdoors 
  • 10:20 – Working on Lost and Entourage
  • 10:50 – What led Luke to hike the Camino de Santiago
  • 17:25 – Hiking the Colorado Trail in 2020
  • 22:00 – Tuesdays at Two with Jeff “Legend” Garmire
  • 23:30 – Hikers talking about NFL Football
  • 33:30 – Rocky Mountains or the Sierra Nevada?
  • 40:20 – Why not to thru-hike the PCT
  • 50:20 – Before there was Vimeo
  • 53:00 – Talking cameras and lenses
  • 60:02 – Where you can find Luke online

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You can find Luke on Instagram @lukepearsallphoto and @lukepstudio or on the web at lukepearsall.com.

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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: kilts, pet portraiture, Giardia, and the Colorado Trail. We’re talking with Andrew Marshall, managing editor of Backpacking Light, co-founder of backpackingroutes.com, essayist, poet, painter, fine-art photographer who also hikes.


Show Notes

  • 00:45 – Introducing Andrew Marshall
  • 01:47 – Co-founding BackpackingRoutes.com
  • 8:15 – How Andrew got started painting
  • 10:20 – What camera does Andrew shoot with?
  • 12:30 – BackpackingLight.com and Andrew’s role
  • 14:00 – A single-speed bikepacking trip
  • 19:00 – Getting started hiking and backpacking
  • 22:30 – Hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound
  • 23:44 – Wearing a hiking kilt on the AT
  • 28:15 – “Imposter Syndrome” in the hiking community
  • 31:30 – Pet portraiture
  • 33:00 – Managing many different passions on a day-to-day basis
  • 36:30 – Hiking the Colorado Trail (and getting Giardia)
  • 44:40 – Is the post-pandemic hiking boom temporary or permanent?
  • 48:00 – Depression and the benefits of getting outdoors
  • 55:45 – Adventure plans for this summer

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Andrew Marshall is the Managing Editor and Podcast Producer of Backpacking Light and the co-founder of  Backpacking Routes. Andrew is an essayist, poet, painter, and fine-art photographer, with work regularly appearing in prestigious but low-paying national publications. He unashamedly drinks instant coffee when in the backcountry. You can find him on InstagramTwitter, and at his website. Warning: social media content is mostly cat-related.

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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: van life, murals, and the John Muir Trail. We’re talking with Kristen Bor of Bearfoot Theory — hiker, van lifer, and outdoor blogger.


Show Notes

  • 00:34 – Introducing Kristen
  • 01:30 – Kristen’s van life journey
  • 4:25 – Differences between her first and second van
  • 6:45 – How Kristen got into van life
  • 9:12 – What are some of the changes in the van life community since you started?
  • 12:15 – The dilemma of always-full campgrounds
  • 14:40 – The backstory on Bearfoot Theory
  • 19:57 – Kristen and Jason randomly meet at Muir Trail Ranch on the John Muir Trail
  • 21:27 – Favorite part of the John Muir Trail
  • 24:45 – Kristen’s four month social media sabbatical
  • 29:00 – Launch of the Bearfoot Outdoors Club
  • 33:00 – How should someone get started in van life?
  • 37:24 – Gas vs Diesel, and why don’t we have awesome murals on vans today?
  • 44:45 – Hosting the Open Roads Festival in Idaho
  • 48:00 – Planned adventures

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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: Lots and lots of wind, lots and lots of snow, lots and lots of ladies enjoying nature, and… pee bottles. Jason and Jeff share their recent experience climbing Mount Rainier, and Saveria shares the buzz she’s still on from the AdventurUs Women retreat in Bend.


Show Notes

  • 00:50 – Jason and Jeff attempt to climb Mount Rainier — How did it go?
  • 09:50 – Late season vs early season attempts
  • 16:45 – Why Jason hates going down the mountain
  • 21:30 – Favorite part of the climb
  • 26:30 – The joys of the pee bottle
  • 32:50 – “I’ve never seen winds like this at Camp Muir”
  • 34:40 – The “summit-summit”
  • 35:45 – Recap of the AdventurUs Women retreat in Bend, Oregon
  • 45:23 – Summer adventures and what’s up next

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