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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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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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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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: 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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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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