On this episode: Ultramans, the lakes of Arizona, “DFL,” and “are all race directors sadists?” We’re talking with Jen McVeay, race director for Ultraman Florida, Ultraman Arizona, and a whole bunch of events on Oahu where she lives.

 


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Introducing Jen McVeay
  • 03:30 – What is an “Ultraman” race?
  • 05:00 – Crewing for a competitor
  • 07:00 – What is the maximum number of competitors at an Ultraman race?
  • 08:45 – How do you qualify to do an Ultraman race?
  • 11:05 – The role of the race director, and when do you start planning an event?
  • 15:50 – How Jen became a race director
  • 26:15 – The lakes of Arizona and in the inaugural Ultraman Arizona
  • 33:00 – Jen recruits Jeff and Jason to crew (and finding crew members in general)  
  • 36:00 – Building community among the athletes and crews
  • 42:20 – Are all race directors sadists?
  • 49:40 – The 2023 dates for Ultraman Florida and Ultraman Arizona
  • 50:50 – What advice or motivation would you give to an athlete interested in making the jump to an Ultraman race? 
  • 57:35 – Crewing an event in Alaska
  • 59:10 – Wrap-up 

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On this episode: bars, gear stickers, Kansas, and real food. We’re talking with Kate Schade, founder of Kate’s Real Food, which makes what Forbes magazine says is the “best little energy bar in America.”

 


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Introducing Kate Schade
  • 02:20 – A bit about “the Tram Bar” and how Kate’s Real Food got started
  • 06:50 – Making the jump into retail
  • 10:35 – Going nationwide
  • 15:50 – How you get someone to move from the Teton Valley to Pennsylvania
  • 16:30 – Growing pains and challenges
  • 20:30 – How big is Kate’s Real Food today?
  • 21:00 – What is the bar business like? Friendly or “savage?”
  • 23:05 – Rearranging the bars in the stores  
  • 30:30 – How do you spend time outdoors these days?
  • 33:15 – How Teton Valley and Jackson have changed since the ’90s
  • 37:10 – Figuring out work/life balance and dealing with burnout
  • 43:10 – When was the moment when you realized you had made it?
  • 44:45 – Next up for Kate’s Real Food (and Kate)
  • 52:00 – Wrap-up 

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On this episode: man against horse; running in jorts; and cheese-rolling racing. We’re talking with Peter Mortimer, ultra-runner in search of his breaking point.


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – Introducing Peter Mortimer
  • 01:50 – The Cocodona 250
  • 02:40 – How Peter got into running (and eventually ultra-running)
  • 05:50 – Man Against Horse
  • 10:50 – The Barkley Fall Classic and the Barkley Marathon
  • 15:25 – Favorite ultra-race – The Dragon’s Back Race in Wales
  • 21:45 – The role of the pacer
  • 24:20 – Coaching
  • 29:10 – What is a typical training week look like?
  • 34:50 – 8 More Miles
  • 40:30 – How do you approach an ultra-race?
  • 44:25 – Hallucinations on a race
  • 46:30 – How physically painful is running a 100 mile race?
  • 48:25 – What’s on your bucket list?
  • 55:00 – What kind of distances Peter coaches for
  • 56:50 – Cheese-Rolling Race
  • 60:00 – How to find Peter

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On this episode: guidebooks, boondocking, breakfast burritos, and the best hiking in Northern California. We’re talking with hiking guidebook author and boondocking aficionado John Soares.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing John Soares and how he grew to love the outdoors
  • 03:30 – The Trinity Alps, Burney Falls, and social media
  • 08:10 – Why skipping the campfire is a great idea
  • 11:25 – Managing expectations and avoiding crowds?
  • 18:00 – Why use a guidebook when there are so many online resources?
  • 21:31 – How John became a guidebook author
  • 28:10 – What John drives for boondocking and dispersed camping (no, you don’t need 4WD)
  • 32:20 – Updating guidebooks
  • 35:00 – What is dispersed camping, and how do you get started?
  • 50:00 – Great hikes in the Shasta area (for the next time Jason drives up to Bend)

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  • Find details of John’s Northern California hiking guidebooks at NorthernCaliforniaHikingTrails.com.  
  • Get info on John’s book Camp for Free: Dispersed Camping & Boondocking on America’s Public Lands along with a dispersed camping gear checklist and info on related apps and resources at DispersedCamping.net.
  • Interested in journaling your hiking and camping experiences? See the journals John has created for you to fill in at GetOutsidePress.com
  • Find John’s Northern California Hiking Trails Facebook page here
  • Seven Suns Coffee in Shasta (get a breakfast burrito)
  • The Fifth Season – great gear shop in Shasta
  • GetOutsidePress.com

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On this episode: surf films, directing Bill Murray, and being a filmmaker in the digital age. We’re talking with Jason Baffa, filmmaker, surfer, and sometimes maker of surf films.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Announcing Jason’s new show CHASING WAVES
  • 02:40 – Introducing Jason Baffa 
  • 10:00 – Meeting Bill Murray and getting him to narrate Loopers
  • 12:00 – What is a Bolex?
  • 14:20 – Film vs digital and the impact on how you shoot
  • 29:15 – How Chasing Waves came to be
  • 34:20 – Did you grow up spending time outdoors?
  • 52:30 – Advice for aspiring surf filmmakers
  • 57:50 – The Revenge of Little Joey (and Fitz’s missing stunt driver credit)

Connect with Jason on his website jasonbaffafilms.com, on Instagram @jasonbaffafilms and on YouTube.

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On this episode: JMT, hiking amnesia, cairns, and grief. We’re talking with Beth Jeffery, hiker extraordinaire and founder of The Cairn Connection. She started hiking in 2014 and has gone on to hike the JMT four times, summited Mount Whitney eleven times, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Hood, and turned personal tragedy into an opportunity to help others.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Beth Jeffery and how she got started hiking back in 2014
  • 03:30 – How climbing Mount Whitney started a transformation 
  • 05:30 – Why the movie MILE, MILE & A HALF is on her phone
  • 08:30 – Her son’s unexpected death, life on and off trail, and quitting her job
  • 13:00 – Starting The Cairn Connection
  • 23:15 – Volunteering with Search-and-Rescue
  • 25:30 – What built her confidence in her journey
  • 29:05 – What is so special about the John Muir Trail
  • 35:30 – Beth’s process for preparing to explore a new place

Connect with Beth on Instagram @jmtgirl and on her website at The Cairn Connection.

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On this episode: The Far Side, browser tabs, YouTube analytics, and reluctant running. We’re talking with Brendan Leonard, illustrator, writer, film maker and ultra trail runner and creator of Semi-Rad.com.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Brendan Leonard
  • 02:55 – The story behind the birth of Semi-Rad.com
  • 09:50 – Where did you get started writing?
  • 14:20 – Sources of inspiration
  • 20:15 – What are the things that grab your attention these days?
  • 22:15 – How Brendan got into outdoor adventures
  • 28:45 – Making adventure films
  • 35:58 – YouTube analytics fun and “going viral”
  • 42:40 – A typical week in the life of Brendan Leonard
  • 45:20 – What inspired you to get into ultra running?
  • 55:30 – Browser tabs throw-down
  • 60:00 – Wrapping up

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On this episode: World records, cedar trees and ravens, rugby, and the best way to buy books if you want to benefit authors. We’re talking with Steph Jagger, author of Unbound, in which she chronicles a journey skiing and “accidentally” getting the most vertical feet skied in a year, and her new book Everything Left to Remember.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Steph Jagger
  • 02:40 – How Steph accidentally got the world record for the total vertical feet skied in one year
  • 04:35 – Skiing in South America
  • 06:35 – As a writer, describe the process of writing the second book
  • 13:22 – What Everything Left to Remember is about
  • 29:30 – Special moments from the trip that you will always hold tight?
  • 32:20 – Old Faithful, living in the moment and experiencing the beauty
  • 38:30 – Growing up skiing and playing rugby 
  • 45:00 – Advice to anyone who wants to write a book about their journeys 
  • 49:00 – How Steph selected the quotes that appear at the beginning of each chapter
  • 56:40 – Where to get the new book (which comes out on April 26, 2022), and why pre-ordering is awesome for authors
  • 60:00 – The Adventurus Women Book Club with Steph (supporting the Alzheimer’s non-profit Hilarity for Charity)

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On this episode: Hiking in Washington, lungs, and women of color who summit mountains. We’re talking with Nash Mazwho is organizing a fundraising climb with eleven women of color for the American Lung Association as part of the Climb for Clean Air.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Nash Maz
  • 02:00 – Connecting with her team for their climb on Mt Tahoma (aka Mount Rainier)
  • 04:00 – Fundraising for the climb
  • 06:30 – How Nash got started hiking
  • 08:15 – Getting into mountaineering
  • 10:30 – Switching careers and a dream job at the American Lung Association
  • 15:25 – What are some of your favorite hikes in Washington?
  • 16:50 – What hikes do they do to train for their climb?
  • 22:53 – What other mountains are in her sights in the future?
  • 26:15 – Lungs, clean air, and wild fires
  • 29:10 – Women of color in the outdoors
  • 32:00 – Type 2 adventures (or, everyone suffers at some point)
  • 34:50 – How can people help with the fundraising?

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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: The “Brad Pitt” of cougars, wildlife over crossings, and “The Californians”. We’re talking with Beth Pratt, Regional Executive Director, California at National Wildlife Federation about the upcoming wildlife crossing over “The” 101 freeway in Los Angeles at Liberty Canyon and her work as an advocate for wildlife.


Show Notes

  • 00:40 – Introducing Beth Pratt
  • 04:00 – Who is P-22 and what and where is this wildlife crossing?
  • 13:35 – The story of how the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing went from dream to ground breaking
  • 18:00 – Why is it important to connect open spaces for wildlife, and what can we do as individuals to help?
  • 21:30 – What animals will benefit from the wildlife crossing?
  • 28:00 – P-22 Day (October 22nd)
  • 30:55 – Approaching wildlife advocacy from an MBA perspective
  • 35:35 – What is the impact this wildlife crossing will have?
  • 43:00 – Design considerations for wildlife crossings

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