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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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: 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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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, 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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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, outriggers, the Brad Pitt of Korea and SUP. We speak with Michael Kelley, REI instructor, outrigger canoe and stand-up paddle board racer.


Show Notes

  • 00:36 – Introductions
  • 4:00 – How Michael first got started in racing outrigger canoes
  • 5:31 – Individual and team seasons
  • 10:30 – How SUP compares to outrigger canoeing
  • 12:07 – What kind of experience you need to get into outrigger canoeing?
  • 20:18 – The dynamics and size of the typical outrigger club
  • 24:15 – Surfing, SUP, outrigger canoeing… what other sports are you involved in?
  • 26:54 – Wildlife encounters in the water
  • 29:52 – Safety protocols on longer outrigger canoe paddles
  • 31:09 – Instruction and guiding
  • 35:30 – Backpacking the Trans-Catalina Trail
  • 40:40 – Surfing coach to the “Brad Pitt of Korea”
  • 48:05 – Competitive cycling in Europe
  • 56:26 – The joy of teaching

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In this episode, Griffith Park, mountain lions, blogs, Lyme disease, and the benefits of local hiking. We’re talking with Casey Schreiner, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Hiker and author of LA Times bestseller ‘Discovering Griffith Park.’


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – What is Modern Hiker how did it get started?
  • 03:50 – First book: ‘Day Hiking Los Angeles’
  • 08:00 – What makes Griffith Park a special place
  • 14:50 – Mountain lions, rattlesnakes and other wildlife of Griffith Park
  • 16:50 – Personal highlights of Griffith Park
  • 20:10 – The “best” way to hike to the Hollywood Sign
  • 24:06 – Did you ever imagine that hiking would be a big part of your identity?
  • 26:00 – Advocacy for the outdoors vs social shaming
  • 34:39 – ‘Lost LA’ history show on KCET, and the “Untold History of Griffith Park”
  • 36:25 – Getting caught in the big earthquake in Nepal
  • 39:13 – Favorite international hike
  • 40:45 – The joy and benefits of local hikes and parks
  • 45:30 – The best ways to find local parks and trails

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In this episode, fools, tunes, traverses, and the power of beer. We talk to Ricardo “Aar Jay” Soria, trail runner, hiker, peak bagger and organizer of the “Fool’s Traverse.”

The initial interview was recorded pre-pandemic, so we did a follow-up chat with him to learn how the Fool’s Traverse and his own adventure plans have been impacted by COVID-19, that appears on after the initial interview.


Show Notes

  • 00:30 – A note about this critical time in history. Do something to end racism.
  • 05:14 – As trails reopen, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly
  • 06:10 – Introducing Aar Jay Soria
  • 07:26 – The Fool’s Traverse
  • 14:00 – How Aar Jay got started with trail running
  • 17:13 – TRVRS Outdoors
  • 23:17 – What’s next for Aar Jay?
  • 27:35 – Aar Jay gives Jeff advice on preparing for the Fool’s Traverse
  • 33:16 – Where to find Aar Jay online
  • 34:05 – Follow-up with Aar Jay
  • 35:00 – Impact on the Fool’s Traverse
  • 38:00 – Physical distancing on the trail
  • 40:05 – Training with limited access to trails
  • 42:38 – Aar Jay’s trail running playlist

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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.

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.

The first Saturday in June is National Trails Day, and in Episode 12, we talk with Kate Van Waes, Executive Director of the American Hiking Society plus AHS Ambassador and long-trail hiking extraordinaire Liz Thomas. This show is all about celebrating those trails of all types, including The Trail Next Door, the really long thru-hikes, and even urban trails.


Show Notes

  • 00:30 – Kate Van Waes, Executive Director of the American Hiking Society
  • 01:08 – A bit of background on National Trails Day
  • 05:00 – National Trails Day during a global pandemic
  • 14:37 – LNT reminder as trails reopen
  • 15:42 – Reaching and educating new hikers
  • 20:26 – Microadventures count, too!
  • 21:22 – How Kate got into hiking and camping
  • 28:07 – When is National Trails Day, and where you can learn more
  • 29:48 – Liz Thomas, ultra-hiking machine and urban thru-hiking pioneer
  • 30:27 – How Liz got into hiking
  • 31:30 – Encouraging women to solo hike
  • 32:25 – How do you define a “long” trail?
  • 34:35 – Liz’ FKT on the Appalachian Trail
  • 35:26 – What are some of Liz’ essential gear items?
  • 36:09 – Treeline Review
  • 41:23 – How Liz keeps her gear organized
  • 41:39 – Urban thru-hiking
  • 50:00 – Waterfalls in Southern California
  • 54:35 – Advice for getting ready to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail
  • 57:36 – Zero Days on long trails
  • 62:16 – Trail magic
  • 68:08 – Advice for thru-hikers not doing that big trail this year

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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.

Way back before all of the current coronavirus festivities (remember back then?) we met up with PB of Opus Orange in his studio to talk about music and the outdoors, and share a few tunes. Next, we joined the coffee aficionados of LA River Camp Coffee to do a blind taste test of backcountry coffee.


Show Notes

  • 01:00 – PB from Opus Orange performs Out of the Shadows (which appeared in MILE…MILE & A HALF)
  • 04:48 – How Jason and PB met
  • 05:25 – How does the outdoors inspire your music?
  • 07:16 – When did you get started getting into the outdoors?
  • 08:16 – When did you start playing music?
  • 11:43 – Writing music for television and film
  • 16:00 – Meet Durand in SoCal and backpacking the Lost Coast Trail
  • 18:31 – Making music in the outdoors
  • 20:14 – How the idea for the EP Outside In was born
  • 21:52 – Artificial Heart from the EP Outside In
  • 29:49 – Diving Bell
  • 36:40 – Live, stripped down performance of Radio Silence from the Anatomic LP
  • 43:10 – Blind taste test of backcountry coffee with LA River Camp Coffee
  • 55:04 – Stephen nails the blind taste test
  • 55:25 – Favorite? Kuju

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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.

Ever wonder what it’s like to hike a really long hike? Maybe the Pacific Crest Trail isn’t long enough? In this episode we talk to Jon Schwartze, aka Airborne about really long distance hiking, with a follow-up interview on hiking in the age of Coronavirus.

Show Notes

  • 01:15 – Introducing Jon Schwarze (Airborne)
  • 01:35 – Yo-yo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 (5,300 miles)
  • 02:05 – Hoka One One Challenger ATR shoes
  • 02:25 – T-Rex syndrome
  • 03:45 – Battling the caloric deficit
  • 05:18 – How did you become a thru-hiker?
  • 08:32 – Hypothermia in the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • 10:28 – Finishing the PCT yo-yo and adjusting to life at home
  • 13:05 – The Great Western Loop (7,000+ miles)
  • 16:02 – Training for a super-long thru-hike
  • 17:09 – Planning an “encore”
  • 18:45 – The one piece of gear that you would never go without
  • 21:13 – Other types of adventures
  • 23:18 – April 2020 update from Airborne off the Great Western Loop
  • 25:37 – The shock of coming off trail to a world changed by pandemic
  • 37:12 – Plans to get back out on the trail?
  • 39:08 – What do you do to stay positive and motivated?
  • 42:30 – Hiking out to civilization and a ride home (safely)
  • 47:43 – Threats of getting shot
  • 50:27 – How far did you get on the Great Western Loop?

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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 the Wonderland Trail, a 93-mile loop around Mount Rainier. We get three different perspectives on the trek, including a discussion with co-hosts Jason, Jeff and their friend Derek who hiked it over 13 days, Mac from Halfway Anywhere who hiked it in three days, and Paulina from Little Grunts who had a less-than-stellar experience with the Pacific Northwest weather.


Show Notes

  • 1:40 – Derek Loranger, Jason and Jeff and 13 days on the Wonderland Trail
  • 3:40 – Failing at the permit lottery and getting walk-in permits
  • 4:45 – The mindset of thru-hiking
  • 7:30 – A brutal Day Two
  • 9:00 – Getting prime campsites on the second half
  • 10:50 – Tips and tricks for staying dry in the rainy PNW (or trying to)
  • 14:30 – What surprised you about the Wonderland Trail?
  • 16:25 – How Jeff, Jason and Derek met
  • 20:14 – A low moment at Dick Creek
  • 22:34 – Keeping in touch with family while thru-hiking
  • 24:22 – Highlights of the Wonderland Trail
    • Impromptu birthday party at Summerland
    • Swimming in the lakes
    • Those views!
    • Cheeseburgers at Sunrise
  • 28:30 – Burger Bench, and what post-hike burger do you crave?
  • 29:01 – What advice would you give someone who wants to hike the Wonderland Trail?
  • 33:10 – Introductions with Mac (Halfway Anywhere) & Paulina Dao (Little Grunts)
  • 36:00 – Mac’s experience hiking the Wonderland Trail without a permit (legally)
  • 39:40 – Paulina’s 10-day Wonderland Trail plan
  • 41:26 – Making the decision to bail
  • 48:59 – What got you into backpacking?
  • 52:20 – Future plans: The Great Divide Trail in 2021

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