On this episode: Howling, wolverines, and the Brown Girl Doc Mafia. We’re talking with filmmaker Amy Marquisabout her journey from editor of a National Parks publication to acclaimed filmmaker.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Amy
  • 02:38 – Thoughts on the recent violence in Boulder and Atlanta
  • 07:30 – Latest film project: ARA.
  • 11:30 –  Her first film project: THE WAY HOME
  • 15:05 – What are the stories inspiring you? What stories do you want to tell?
  • 24:38 – The story behind WOLVERINE
  • 28:35 – The hard reality of raising funding for documentary films
  • 31:45 – When did you decide to pursue filmmaking?
  • 34:14 – Making the “reckless leap” into full-time filmmaking
  • 38:30 – The Brown Girls Doc Mafia
  • 44:05 – Amy’s daughter and getting outdoors during the pandemic
  • 49:05 – What’s next?

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On this episode: FKTs, Death Metal, horn of zeese. We’re talking with Ashly Winchester, trail runner, FKT-collector (she has dozens), Mount Shasta guide, and freelance outdoor writer.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Ashly
  • 01:20 – How she got started running
  • 04:50 – What is an “FKT” and what are the differences between supported, self-supported and unsupported records?
  • 06:10 – The logistics of planning and executing multiple FKTs 
  • 10:50 – Climbing and guiding on Mount Shasta
  • 13:00 – Picking FKT objectives
  • 14:10 – The Joshua Tree Traverse
  • 23:45 – The Death Valley Crossing
  • 31:00 – Dealing with the failed FKT attempts
  • 36:15 – What gear do you always bring with you?
  • 46:10 – Ashly’s Womxn Of The Wild podcast
  • 49:35 – Booneville and Boontling
  • 52:25 – Freelance writing in the outdoor industry
  • 54:40 – Where to Ashly online

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On this episode: what looks like lava flowing down the face of El Capitan, G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), and a lot of talk about light. We’re talking with Sapna Reddy, a landscape photographer based in Northern California. She is currently pursuing dual careers as a photographer and a physician. As a radiologist she studies images in an attempt to establish diagnosis and cure the human body. As a photographer she aspires to generate images that celebrate the beauty of nature and help to heal the mind.


Show Notes

  • 00:40 – Introduction to Sapna
  • 02:40 – The cross-over between radiology and landscape photography
  • 04:12 – How Sapna got into outdoor photography
  • 10:25 – Sapna’s photography objectives when visiting a place. “The real reward is the time spent in the place. A photo is just icing on the cake.”
  • 16:30 – How Sapna decides where to shoot
  • 20:44 – Shooting Horsetail Falls (the “natural” Firefall) in Yosemite
  • 29:15 – Advice for someone just starting out in outdoor photography
  • 30:35 – Recommendations on a good, entry-level camera and lens to start with (and taking advantage of other people’s G.A.S.)
  • 39:45 – How much time is spent editing photos? How many photos are used to create a single image?
  • 55:05 – Teaching outdoor photography and Sapna’s workshops
  • 62:20 – Where to find Sapna online

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On this episode: cats in small children’s clothing, glamour versus reality, and what exactly is a thru-hike? We’re talking with another awesome woman of the outdoors as part of Women’s History Month: Maggie Slepian, hiker, writer, outdoors person and cat dresser.


Show Notes

  • 02:00 – How Jason almost knows Maggie (involves the Colorado Trail and an FKT)
  • 06:00 – Backpacking, Thru-hiking, and trail cred
  • 14:00 – Finding peace in backpacking without fear of judgement (it’s not about how fast or far you go)
  • 16:25 – Backpacking is not all sunshine and unicorns (and how do we accurately portray our outdoor experiences on social media?)
  • 26:45 – Signs on summits
  • 34:30 – Maggies pandemic project: Backpacking Routes
  • 41:42 – How hard it is to make a living as a freelance outdoor writer
  • 44:00 – What happens in your “dream 2021?” Four thru-hikes: one in each season.
  • 46:15 – When does a backpacking trip become a thru-hike? (And does it really matter?!)
  • 60:01 – Where you can find Maggie online

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All this month we are celebrating women in the outdoors for Women’s History Month. We have four episodes instead of the usual two. On this episode: we’ll talk about tree branches that look like snakes, being a health care working during a pandemic, and “dot watchers.” We’re talking with Amber Montforte, a nurse in South Lake Tahoe who loves exploring mountains, sometimes even setting an FKT along the way.

Amber currently holds the unsupported women’s FKT for the John Muir Trail, completing it in just 4 days, 5 hours and 6 minutes.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Amber Montforte
  • 01:50 – What is an “unsupported” fastest known time (FKT)?
  • 05:10 – What gear does Amber bring on a trip like the FKT on the John Muir Trail (JMT)?
  • 07:28 – What motivates you to attempt an FKT?
  • 10:18 – Working as a nurse during COVID-19
  • 16:27 – Western States 100
  • 19:30 – Dealing with the emotional highs and lows on endurance races
  • 20:25 – Sleep deprivation and hallucinations on an FKT attempt
  • 25:40 – Goals outside of California
  • 29:00 – How much faster can you go “supported” vs “unsupported?”
  • 31:30 – Can you enjoy the experience and go fast?
  • 36:15 – Tracking and validating an FKT attempt
  • 37:00 – “Dot watchers” following an attempt
  • 41:12 – What’s a typical recovery after an FKT attempt?
  • 42:45 – Tips for balancing work and training
  • 44:20 – The blessing of a treadmill (especially with young children)

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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: burritos (again), crazy scary deer, and the Jack Daniels approach. We’re talking with Ashely Nordell, ultrarunner, mom of two, and coach about training, favorite races, and adventure runs.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Ashley
  • 03:20 – The races that have meant a lot to her (and how you run with bags of ice taped to your knees)
  • 06:07 – How she got started with running
  • 10:00 – Living in Mount Baldy
  • 13:49 – A typical week of running for Ashley
  • 19:49 – What’s in Ashley’s running gear kit?
  • 23:39 – How she got started coaching (and the Jack Daniels approach)
  • 27:19 – A typical coaching/training plan
  • 29:00 – The benefits of using a running coach
  • 30:30 – Upcoming races for 2021 (and adventures in lieu of races)
  • 32:45 – Proudest moments – Ozark Highlands Trail
  • 39:45 – The “most fun” ultra race
  • 49:15 – What is an “adventure run?”

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On this episode: associations, similar breeds of dork, and exploratory technical alpinism. We’re talking with Chris Wright, IFMGA certified mountain guide, amateur cocktail wiz, and all-around great alpinist.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Chris Wright
  • 06:05 – “Accidentally” moving to Oregon
  • 10:49 – Experiences climbing abroad
  • 14:20 – Chris’ favorite kind of climbing
  • 15:55 – First ascent of Link Sar
  • 23:49 – Getting to the base of the mountain
  • 32:55 – Climbing with partners 30 years older
  • 41:14 – Personal climbing vs guiding climbs
  • 44:12 – Ski touring in Norway
  • 51:18 – What’s next?
  • 53:00 – Favorite climbs and trips
  • 60:00 – Top 3 favorite activities to do in Bend during the winter

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On this episode: Roadies, Team in Training, the pro peloton, and power meters. We’re talking with Janel Spilker, former pro cyclist, coach and Liv Cycling Ambassador.  


Show Notes

  • 00:37 – Introductions
  • 02:00 – Team in Training
  • 05:15 – Racing professionally
  • 08:03 – What is a domestique?
  • 09:34 – What was the spark that inspired Janel to go pro?
  • 13:23 – Getting into coaching
  • 15:50 – Power meters
  • 21:50 – Mountain biking and gravel biking
  • 29:20 – The wild ride from San Diego to Bend
  • 34:58 – Being a sponsored athlete for Liv Cycling
  • 46:08 – How can people benefit from using a coach?

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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.

January 7, 2021

Episode 29: Eylene Pirez

On this episode: NASA, mountaineering, politics in science, and the most interesting woman in the world. We’re talking with Eylene Pirez, adventure photographer, scientist, and lifelong learner.


Show Notes

  • 00:37 – Introductions
  • 02:27 – Combining science and exploration
  • 09:46 – How Eylene got into photography
  • 12:21 – Getting to the United States from Cuba
  • 19:55 – Being the first Cuban woman to summit Aconcagua
  • 24:50 – Getting into mountaineering
  • 28:00 – Bikepacking across Patagonia when the pandemic strikes
  • 37:34 – Eylene’s camera kit
  • 43:30 – Working for NASA and watching geysers on the moons of Saturn
  • 46:08 – Citizen science, and science and politics
  • 58:15 – Creating the next generation of scientists
  • 67:30 – Backpacking macaroni and cheese taste test

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  • Mac & Cheese Taste Test
    • Backpacker’s Pantry Three Cheese Mac & Cheese
    • Alpine Aire Forever Young Mac & Cheese
    • Mountain House Creamy Macaroni & Cheese
    • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

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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: Holidays, Stair Masters, and 2020… in the books! This is a short-but-sweet holiday episode and recap of the first year of the Almost There Adventure Podcast.


Show Notes

  • 01:15 – Our favorite things about doing this podcast
  • 07:15 – What we are training for in 2021
  • 9:26 – Some of our favorite episodes
  • 17:41 – Sneak peek at our 2021 lineup
  • 18:54 – Our hosts projects for 2021: The Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge Series and the AdventurUs Women Escapes with three event locations for 2021.

Happy Holidays, and thank you for listening and subscribing to the podcast. We look forward to seeing you with our next episode on January 5, 2021.

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