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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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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On this episode: Brisket, woolly adelgids, and summer camp for adults. In our second Women’s History Month podcast episode, we talk with Kate Gates, co-owner of the Mulberry Gap Adventure Basecamp in the southern Appalachian foothills of north Georgia.


Show Notes

  • 00:40 – Introducing Kate of Mulberry Gap Adventure Basecamp
  • 03:50 – A bit about Mulberry Gap
  • 06:05 – Let’s talk about the food (and brisket)
  • 10:05 – Why Mulberry Gap is perfect for mountain bikers (and other outdoor adventurers)
  • 21:05 – The growth of mountain biking and bikepacking in the south
  • 28:00 – Outdoor adventures available in the area
  • 29:23 – The summer camp experience
  • 33:15 – What it’s like living where you work
  • 40:40 – How the property has evolved over the years
  • 44:30 – Wildlife in the area
  • 46:45 – The woolly adelgid
  • 51:39 – Wrap-up

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On this episode: Search and rescue, being an “adventure mom” and this is our first of a series of weekly episodes celebrating Women’s History Month in March. We’re talking with Christa Nash Webber, Bend resident (via Hong Kong), mom of two, search and rescue team member, and coordinator for She Jumps.

 


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Christa
  • 02:15 – Living in Hong Kong for 11 years
  • 11:00 – How they ended up in Bend, Oregon
  • 14:09 – How does it work volunteering with Search-and-Rescue?
  • 22:00 – She Jumps
  • 34:45 – What are the top mistakes people make that necessitates SAR getting involved?
  • 43:30 – What does a day of fun look like for Christa?
  • 48:00 – Wrap-up

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On this episode: Oklahoma, sharks, laws in Florida, and finding adventure. We’re talking with journalist explorer Kinga Philipps.


Show Notes

  • 00:30 – Introducing Kinga
  • 03:00 – Immigrating from Poland
  • 06:10 – About the FINDING ADVENTURE show
  • 10:20 – Shark conservation and diving with sharks
  • 19:00 – Why sharks are important
  • 26:05 – What it’s like to be out filming a series (the fun/work ratio)
  • 31:10 – Scariest things that have happened on her adventures
  • 38:35 – Swimming with bull sharks
  • 45:00 – Finding Kinga online

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On this episode: Canada, Skijoring, and a glossary of ski terms. We’re talking with Ingrid Granlin, owner and instructor at Glide Nordic in Bend, Oregon.


Show Notes

  • 0:30 – Introducing Ingrid
  • 02:20 – What are the different kinds of Nordic skiing (and the gear involved)
  • 07:50 – How Ingrid ended up in Bend, Oregon
  • 09:55 – When did you start skiing?
  • 13:40 – Skiing in Yosemite
  • 17:50 – Favorite ski memories
  • 20:50 – Why you need skins for backcountry skis, but not for cross-country
  • 23:30 – What Ingrid does in the summer months
  • 26:04 – Favorite areas for cross-country skiing around Bend
  • 30:30 – Recommendations for someone wanting to get into Nordic skiing
  • 34:35 – Ski racing
  • 37:45 – What sports do you follow in the Winter Olympics?
  • 39:50 – As a life-long skier, what do you think of snowboarders?
  • 40:55 – Top three places to go Nordic skiing
  • 46:40 – Skijoring
  • 49:40 – The Nordic-Combined
  • 51:25 – Any good ski crashes in your history?
  • 55:40 – How to contact Ingrid 

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Theme song by Opus Orange. Courtesy of Emoto Music. 

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: Thru-hiking warm fuzzies, lime green Crocs, and being a divemaster. We’re talking with Matthew Hengst, a self-described indigent hiker who recently completed a 5,000 mile hike on the Eastern Continental Trail.


Show Notes

  • 0:30 – Introducing Matthew
  • 04:15 – What is it like to hike 5,000 miles?
  • 06:20 – The biggest animal problem in the south? Hint: it’s not the gators.
  • 08:40 – When Matthew got into hiking
  • 10:45 – How do you follow up the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT)?
  • 12:54 – The transition from 302 days on the trail back to “normal” society
  • 14:00 – Physical recovery after the ECT vs the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
  • 16:00 – Biggest challenges on the PCT vs the ECT
  • 19:00 – Would you do the PCT or Appalachian Trail (AT) again?
  • 20:00 – Footwear (socks, shoes, etc.) for hiking 8,000 miles
  • 23:30 – Food on long trails.
  • 25:00 – How did you figure out how to connect up the trails that make up the ECT route?
  • 28:30 – Mosquitos and “No See-ums”
  • 33:40 – The human connection on the trail (and the giant warm fuzzy of thru-hiking)
  • 35:40 – Preparing to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)
  • 36:00 – Diving, and advice for anyone interested in getting into it
  • 41:50 – Completing the Triple Crown (AT, CDT and PCT)… and beyond
  • 44:35 – How do you support yourself while you do all this walking?
  • 48:10 – Favorite parts of the trails Matt has hiked
  • 50:45 – What is a typical day now that he is off-trail?
  • 52:41 – What he uses for tech and how he keeps everything connected and charged

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