DRH: Clare Gallagher and Olivia Hsu Eschew the Traditional Path for a Life of Adventure

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The Dispatch Radio crew sat down with two giants in their respective outdoor worlds – Clare Gallagher and Olivia Hsu – with a host of #fots in the Studio Boulder Airstream. With Upslope beers in hand and The Good Kind band to set the mood, we dug into a wide array of topics.

Despite the nearly 15 years that separate them and different outdoor pursuits, Clare and Olivia a lot in common. Both are highly educated women who planned to pursue professional careers – for Olivia, the law, for Clare, medicine – before the adventure bug bit them. Just last year, following her win at the Leadville 100, Clare dropped plans to pursue medical school in order to focus full-time on running. Both women are sponsored by big brands – for Clare, The North Face, and for Olivia, prAna and Five Ten, among many others.  And both have a sweet tooth, though Clare stepped her love up a notch with a frosting sponsorship with Boulder-based FROST’D.

Topics discussed:

  • Climbing hard in your 40s and beyond
  • The benefits of yoga to climbing and running
  • SNAKES! on the trail
  • Making a career out of outdoor adventure
  • Running and climbing retreats

Links:

 

 

Dispatching from an iconic Colorado ultramarathon, The Dirty 30

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Dispatch Radio co-founder Russ Rizzo takes us inside the Dirty 30, an iconic ultramarathon held each year outside of Golden, Colo.

If you’re on the fence about signing up before it sells out this week,  or if you’re already training and looking for some stoke, this is one for you.

Russ takes us inside the action of a particularly exciting race in 2016. We follow along as Chris Vargo attempts to break the course record and fellow Dispatcher Nick Brogna attempts to become a “sisu,” the name given to anyone who attempts the difficult race as their first ultra. Along the way, we meet course director Megan Finnesy and a cast of characters who help put on the race. Produced by Robyn Shipton.

For more information about the race, to sign up for one of the few spots left or to join as a volunteer, visit: http://dirty30.org/. There, you can also find out about the Double Dirty 30 taking place in Silverton, Colo., on Sept. 23.

 

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DRH: Badass Adventure Journos Matt Hart, Tracy Ross, and Morgan Tilton

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We sit down with three globe-trotting, running, skiing SUPing badass adventure journalists in the Airstream at The Studio Boulder.

Topics discussed:

Links:

Hosts: Kelly McConnell, Russ Rizzo, Cory Feign

A big thanks to our sponsors at Upslope Brewing Company for keeping us refreshed! And to our hosts at The Studio Boulder.

 

DRH: Badass Adventure Journos Jayme Moye, Cameron Martindell and Avery Stonich

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The life of an adventure journalist seems awfully glamorous from afar. Getting paid to travel the travel the world and adventure 24/7. What’s not to love, right?

Three prolific Boulder-based adventure writers – Jayme Moye, Avery Stonich and Cameron Martindell – tell us what’s right and wrong about this common impression of the craft.

Topics discussed:

  • Writer’s block and Jayme’s incessant bird petting
  • Avery’s first byline in Outside Mag!
  • Cameron’s insane number of extracurricular activities
  • Getting a toddler on a snow bike
  • Supporting your significant other in a life of poverty… we mean, ADVENTURE!

A big thanks to our sponsors at Upslope Brewing Company and our awesome hosts at The Studio Boulder.

 

#couchsesh: Dave Mackey and Avery Collins talk PEDs (together in real life)

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If you’re a fan of ultrarunning and use the Internet, you’re probably aware of the latest social media dust up over performance enhancing drugs, in this case cannabis. Dave and Avery got together with us in person to continue the conversation.

From Dispatch’s perspective, the responses and judgements being thrown at both Avery and Dave over social media in the past couple days have created separation in our ultra running community. Our hope is that in sitting down to talk together we can help reconnect in our differences and see that both of these guys ultimately come from a loving place for the sport who share many of the same passions.

Jeremy Hendricks also stopped by to sketch up some artistic interpretations of the conversation.

And of course a shoutout to Upslope Brewing!

We happened to recently do a #KitchenSesh show with Avery just before this, so check out more of Avery’s backstory here: http://www.dispatchradio.com/kitchensesh-avery-collins-devon-olson/

 

#kitchensesh: Avery Collins and Devon Olson Smoke Weed and Run

***Please note before listening that cannabis is thoroughly discussed in this episode.  If that doesn’t strike your fancy, please skip this one.***

From left to right” Devon Olson, Twisted Trails owner, Ryan Patrick Lassen, Kelly with The Farm, Avery Collins, Russ Rizzo

We’re joined in the kitchen by ultra runners Avery Collins and Devon Olson. Kelly P hangs out to drop some knowledge, and why not add Ryan Lassen and Eric Edgerton in for some fun too!

Mad props to Avery for winning the Georgia Death Race last week! This is a gnarly “68-ish” mile race put on by Run Bum, and by winning Avery scored a chance to toe the line at the big one, Western States 100.

You can probably guess what we spend a lot of time talking about… And like any #KitchenSesh this is more about hanging out, chatting, and having fun than it is a scripted show.

Shout out to Avery’s sponsor’s: While Mary’s Medicinals and The Farm Co. were talked about the most, in addition to cannibas sponsors Avery also has… an underwear sponsor!? Saxxunderwear.
And of course actual running biz sponsors too inov-8 All Terrain RunningHoney Stinger and Farm To Feet.

Also props to Devon for a top 10 finish at Behind The Rocks! How’d it go against those Salomon Runners 😉

Oh yeah, and shoutout to Upslope Brewing Company!

(Please also note that Dispatch radio is just facilitating a conversation on this topic.)

Mountain Project Collab: Dispatching from the Women’s Climbing Fest in Bishop, Calif.

We partnered with Mountain Project to cover the second annual Women’s Climbing Festival, an event where 300 women gather in Bishop, California, to take clinics, participate in open panel discussions, and climb together. From an interview with Shelma Jun, the event’s founder, to clips from the media clinic, led by Julie Ellison, former editor-in-chief of Climbing magazine and current contributing editor at Mountain Project, and Natalie Siddique, co-founder and COO of Moja Outdoors, here’s an inside look at the in-demand festival that sold out in a single minute.
Women and brands highlighted:

 

#kitchensesh: Bob Africa, Josh Stevens and Peter Maksimow #sufferbetter (part 1)

Time for another #KitchenSesh, where we hang out and chat with special guests in a chill setting. Competitive trail runners Bob Africa, Josh Stevens, and Peter Maksimow join us for this one. In part 1, Bob Africa talks about what it means to #SufferBetter, and Josh Stevens (who just got 4th at Rocky Raccoon 50-miler) tells us about overcoming his opiate addiction that stemmed from multiple injuries sustained in multiple IED explosions in the line of duty, which for Josh comprised 24 years of serving our country in the Army Special Forces. Fortunately Josh made it through that, and now is helping to fight the opiate epidemic by working with the Herron Project and SufferBetter. it’s not all serious though, this is a #kitcensesh after all (so we’re not editing out all the beer can openings). Part 2 with peter in the hot seat will air next week!

#DrinkEveryTimeYouHear: #BobAfrica

Josh’s crowdrise page: https://www.crowdrise.com/endurance-adventures-for-recovery
The Herren Project: http://www.theherrenproject.org
Bob’s #SufferBetter: http://www.sufferbetter.com
And a shout out to team Inov-8!

#GoDoTell

#KitchenSesh: Quitting the 9-to-5 for a life of full-time adventure with Chris Brinlee Jr

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On a summer day in 2014, Chris Brinlee Jr. walked away from his comfortable, well-paying job as an advertising art director to “experience something more,” as he puts it.

He had been backpacking a total of one time, a year before. So the logical next step was to quit his job and set off for adventures across the globe.

Over seven months, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.

Chris also recently started up his own content creation company called Content Machine.

We talk with Chris from co-host Kelly’s home in Boulder and hear about Chris’ adventures and how he makes it all happen.

Links

Chris’s website: http://www.chrisbrinleejr.com/

Chris’s “IndefinitelyWild” columns articles for Outside Magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/2052846/chris-brinlee-jr

Chris’s story, as told to Outside Magazine:

https://www.outsideonline.com/2138796/everymans-guide-planning-epic-adventure

Three years ago, I went on my first-ever backpacking trip. About a year later, I decided it would be a great idea to quit my job and go on epic adventures around the world. Most recently, I paddled a folding kayak 50 miles into a remote fjord in eastern Greenland, base camped for a week, and made the first ascent of an alpine rock route. Right now, I’m sailing to Antarctica.

You can do this stuff, too. I’m not a super athlete. I’ve never been that good at sports. For most of my adult life, I didn’t even spend that much time outdoors. I never went backpacking growing up. I didn’t climb my first pitch of rock until I was 26. (I’m 28 now.) I didn’t learn to ski until earlier this year. I’m by no means an expert at any of those things, but I can do them now. This is to say that it’s never too late to learn something new.

Articles about Chris:

Adventure Journal: https://www.adventure-journal.com/2015/01/square-shooter-around-the-world-with-a-backpack-and-a-badass-beard/

Weather Channel: https://weather.com/travel/news/paragliding-over-big-sur

Gear Institute: http://www.gearinstitute.com/gear-news/pack-like-a-pro/item/pack-like-a-pro-adventure-photographer-chris-brinlee

Chris’s bio:

Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle, so in August 2014, Chris left his behind—quitting his fancy advertising art director job to go experience something more.

Since then, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.

Chris celebrates discomfort—a theme at the core of each adventure, and each story he tells.

As a contributor for publications such as Red Bulletin, IndefinitelyWild, Outside, Huckberry, and Gizmodo—his words, photos, and videos have inspired millions; his strong presence on social media provide daily doses of inspiration.

Conservation and Public Lands with Brady Robinson, Doug Schnitzspahn, Aimee Ross, and Lloyd Athearn

Listen as we talk conservation and public lands.  A few highlights from the show we recorded last night…

Rebecca Schwager tells us a bit about our venue, the Studio Boulder, and at 4m45s we get rolling.

Lloyd Athearn and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative bought part of a kickass mountain (Mt. Shavano) for $50k, so we can all hike it!

Hey, mountain bikers! #dontbeadick

Brady Robinson rocked a ponytail for 6 years too long; is on the fence whether Access Fund will attend Outdoor Retailer shows (it’s complicated)

Doug Schnitzspahn really wants you to VOTE!

Aimee Ross answers the burning question about IMBA … who the hell says “bicycling”? Offers great advice for those who want to get active protecting public lands.

We come up short looking for evidence that hunters and self-powered athletes are working together. But there’s hope!

The Studio Boulder is one killer venue! Equipped with an Airstream and brewery next door. What more could you want in an office-share?!

Drink when you hear:
bicyling
#swagresponsibly #dismountandchat #dontbeadick
Grayson Schaffer
low energy

Special thanks to our crew and special guests:
Cory Kelly Russ Melissa Wade Abby RobynAnd to our awesome hosts at The Studio (Boulder)! You guys rock!

Dispatch Weekly: Public lands, FKT news, activities around town, Dispatch crew updates

Show notes – Dispatch Weekly: February 13-19

Running with the FRXC running group out of Colorado

Training for the Dirty 30 ultra-marathon

Things happening in the outdoors world

Controversy around the Outdoor Retailer show – If you want the full scoop, read this fantastic Men’s Journal piece by Doug Schnitzspahn, editor in chief of Elevation Outdoors magazine: Outdoor Companies Take A Stand In the Fight for Public Lands. For this week’s Dispatch Radio Hour, we’ll be talking conservation with Doug and Brady Robinson, director of the Access Fund and prolific climber in his own right. As well as Aimee Ross from IMBA and Lloyd Athearn of the Colorado 14ers Initiative.

Epic ski season continues in the West! #fots Fritz Sperry’s latest: January 2017 was one of the finest months for powder skiing in years

FKT Fastest Known Time awards from Ultimate Direction: 

Several friends of the show in the running: Gina Lucrezi for Mount Whitney car-to-car and Joe Grant, Colorado 14er self-powered and self-supported; Meaghan Hicks for her Nolan’s 14 FKT; Karl Meltzer for AT FKT; Nick Elson’s Grand Traverse. Buzz Burell will join us soon to tell us who won.

Things happening with the Dispatch Radio community

Shows that are out now:

Anton Krupicka and Joe Grant – Adventure BFFs

Grayson Schaffer, editor at large for Outside Magazine – Psychedelic Drugs and Globetrotting on Outside Magazine’s Dime

Professional climber and yogi Olivia Hsu and ski mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski – Climbing Tall Peaks

Coming up on Dispatch Radio:

Dispatch Radio Hour with Brady Robinson, Doug Schnitzspahn, Aimee Ross and Lloyd Athearn

Kitchen sesh with Bob Africa and Josh Stevens, overcoming opiate addiction and running for a cause

Kitchen sesh with Peter Maksimow, U.S Mountain Running Team member gets real about injury

Things going on in Colorado 

Tuesday, Feb 14 – climbing movie premier in Boulder

Thursday, Feb 16 – Skirt Sports hosts Women Run the World event

Saturday Feb 18 – Telefest at Monarch Mountain

Sunday Feb 19 – Outlaw Yoga at Sanitas Brewing

Feb 25 – Elk Meadow Trail Race, 10 mile trail race in Evergreen

If you want your event featured: info@dispatchradio.com

Psychedelics and Globetrotting on Outside Magazine’s Dime, with Grayson Schaffer

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When you write for Outside Magazine for 14 years, chances are you have some stories. From Lance Armstrong to Mount Everest to kayaking first descents and everything in between, Grayson Schaffer has covered it. We connect with him to discuss his latest piece, on psychedelics, and his other creative endeavors these days.

Topics discussed, with host Russ Rizzo:

His 14+ career writing for Outside Magazine

psychedelic drugs

His new creative firm, Talweg

psychedelic drugs

Lance Armstrong

psychedelic drugs

Big water boating

psychedelic drugs

An old fling

psychedelic drugs

Bareback riding (horses)

psychedelic drugs

Hunting elk with a bow and arrow

psychedelic drugs

Links:

Grayson’s website: http://www.graysonschaffer.com/

Grayson’s creative agency, Talweg Creative: http://www.talwegcreative.com/

Grayson’s latest in Outside Magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/2143036/are-psychedelics-new-prozac

Gociety Adventure Fest part 3: Climbing tall peaks with Olivia Hsu and Dr. Jon Kedrowski

Olivia Hsu, climbing badass. Photo credit: Heff Rueppel

Recording live at the Gociety Adventure Fest 2016 in Denver, we talk with professional rock climber and yogi Olivia Hsu and Dr. Jon Kedrowski, an accomplished mountaineer, author and climatologist, about their pursuits in the mountains.

Professional explorer Dr. Jon talks to us about his successful project to be the first person to sleep on the summit of all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks and the challenges he faced during his 2016 attempt to break the speed record for skiing all of Colorado’s 14ers.

Professional climber and yogi Olivia Hsu discusses her own Himalayan exploration as well as exploring the balance between rock climbing and yoga and how to keep your ego in check.
Both discuss how they overcame initial parental disappointment for their chosen paths to explore the outdoors as a full-time job. Spoiler: everything turned out just fine for these two legends of the Colorado outdoors.

 

Dr. Jon Kedrowski sleeps alone on tall peaks

 

Gociety Adventure Fest Part 2: The great debate with polar explorer Eric Larsen and adventure TV host JJ Yosh

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This is a lively one!

Recording live at the Gociety Adventure Fest 2016 in Denver,  we talk with two adventurers with very different approaches to outdoor exploration. Strap in for a lively debate toward the end of this episode as JJ and Eric discuss ancient pyramids that may or may not be hidden in South America.

JJ Yosh is an adventure TV host who has travelled the world chronicling his adventures with Discovery Channel among others. He takes us behind the scenes to let us know what life is like for an adventure TV host and about his movie 10 years in the making.

Eric is a Polar adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher and educator who spent the past 15 years traveling in some of the most remote and wild places left on earth. He’s one of the few people to have skied both the North and South Poles. In 2010 he became the first person in history to reach the world’s three ‘poles’ in one year: the North and South Poles and Mount Everest.  

Eric discusses how long, boring, cold expeditions became his thing, to the point where he skied the North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest in a calendar year. And the impact of being a dad on his adventure lifestyle.

And they both join in on a lively debate about ancient pyramids that may or may not be buried under the South Pole.

Links

Eric’s book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LW6C1GG/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Eric’s website: http://www.ericlarsenexplore.com/

Cool article Eric wrote about being a dad of young ones on a dangerous Himilayan adventure: Dad Life

Eric discusses his book, “On Thin Ice”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZyL7DuSAPI

JJ’s website: http://www.jjyosh.com/

JJ’s film, “Ancient Tomorrow”: http://www.ancienttomorrow.com/

JJ’s videos: http://www.jjyosh.com/host-reel/

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Adventure BFFs: #KitchenSesh with Anton Krupicka and Joe Grant

#kitchensesh with two ot the most recognizable U.S. ultra runners out there, with countless media articles written both about them and by them, and even a couple of films documenting their outdoor exploration. They are also best friends living in Boulder, Colorado. We sit down with Anton Krupicka and Joe Grant to find out what it’s like to thrust oneself in the social media spotlight in the name of pursuing outdoor adventure full-time.  Listen in as we talk about:

  • 2017 race plans (and rumors?)
  • What they are really like, outside of the media spotlight
  • Joe staring at a cat
  • Anton’s open-door policy for the media (*excludes closet doors)
  • Skimo racing
  • Tennis

Here’s some background info/reading/watching:

Anton will be at the Lakewood, Colo., Runner’s Roost Thursday, Feb. 2.

Anton’s new blog on La Sportive’s site.

Outside TV video of Anton’s home.

Dispatch is doing this because we love the outdoors.  Will you please  like our page or follow us on twitter @dispatch_hq?

Joe Grant talks with us about his self-propelled adventure over Colorado’s 50+ tallest peaks on our October show.

Video of Anton’s successful FKT record of Long Peak Triathlon: 

Photo credit: Jarrod Wheaton

Photo credit: Joe Grant (meta!)

Joel Gratz makes it snow in Colorado!

In this episode, we check in with Joel Gratz, founder of OpenSnow.com to talk ski season snow totals (late but wow!) and to hear about his three-week powder-hounding road trip across the rockies from Colorado to Canada. We get an insider’s tour of ski resorts off the beaten path (including Utah’s Powder Mountain) and do the math to figure out if heli-skiing is worth it. Give Joel a shout at joel@opensnow.com and find out if he really does answer every email. Insider hint: he’s a sucker for weather jokes.

Links:

Joel’s weather site Open Snow (also available as app)

Helicopter guide: Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH)

Colorado climber/author/dirtbagger Brendan Leonard’s website, Semi-Rad.com

Powder MountainLost TrailWhitefishRevel Stoke Mountain ResortSki BanffSki Louise

About Joel:

Joel Gratz is a snow-obsessed meteorologist based on Boulder, Colorado, who founded a company to help skiers, like him, to find the best powder. OpenSnow DOT com has local forecasters that cover the Rockies, California and lots of other places across the U.S.

Gociety Adventure Fest kick-off: CEO Anna Thielke with partners Big City Mountaineering and Zeal Optics

To kick off our day of recording at the first ever Gociety Adventure Fest 2016 in Denver we talk with key event organizers and partners about how the event came about and learn a little about the overall goals of the event and each organization’s unique approach to encouraging people to get outdoors.
Guests include a number of movers and shakers; Gociety co-founder and CEO Anna Thielke,  Big City Mountaineers Program Director Elizabeth Williams and Mike Lewis, director of brand activation and digital strategy for ZEAL Optics (who graciously kept us cool and comfortable in the “ZEAL Explorer” Airstream during the festival). A big thanks to all of them for their involvement and hospitality in what was an amazingly action packed day for Dispatch Radio.

Pro climber Paul Robinson finds Uncharted Lines, premiering at Boulder Theater

Show notes

Professional rock climber (boulderer to be exact) and Boulder resident Paul Robinson joins us to discuss the world premiere of his new film, Uncharted Lines, which debuts at the Boulder Theater on Wednesday, Jan.  25. Host Scott Jones offers up a few events happening in Colorado over the next week, including a special Denver edition of Mappy Hour and a talk by local backcountry explorer and author Fritz Sperry.

Links

Watch a trailer of Uncharted Lines

Read more about Paul on his website or climbing resume or this interview with him about his Boulder, Colorado, roots. Here’s a cool article Outside Magazine did on one of Paul’s first-ascents.

Events previewed

Wednesday, January 25

Boulder: Premiere of climbing movie “Uncharted Lines” at the Boulder Theater. Every climbing reward comes at the cost of a potential risk, but when you are a climbing pioneer, driven by the unknown and unexpected, you are willing to risk whatever it takes for the chance to find the perfect first ascent. This untouched line is the ultimate prize for professional climbers Paul Robinson, Jimmy Webb, Daniel Woods and Chris Sharma – four of the best climbers in the world who have each dedicated their lives to the sport of rock climbing. Told through five separate stories, Paul Robinson is the common thread that links each story together as he travels from Russia, to the southeastern United States, to Spain, to Zimbabwe, and finally back home to the Rocky Mountains, interacting with these three athletes along the way.

Denver: Mappy Hour at Denver Beer Co. – Matt Doyle (@FATMAP) will be hosting a roundtable about digital tools to use in the snow. From phone apps to watches to beacons and more! What inspires you to plan outdoor adventures? Which types of technology do you use while skiing? Which apps are the most popular? What kind of technology do you hope to see in the future?

Friday, Jan. 27

Nederland: Fritz Sperry Making Turns in Colorado’s Front Range The Movie. Join Fritz as he presents a movie about finishing his most recent guidebook “MakingTurns in Colorado’s Front Range Volume 2: North of I-70”. He also touches on avalanche awareness and safety issues along with some of his mistakes. There will be a raffle to benefit CAIC, followed by music from Nederland local and movie contributor Familydog Stringband. Tickets are $10 at the door and benefit CAIC and include a raffle ticket and beer from Upslope.

Fritz is touring Colorado with lots of upcoming events. Check out his website for details: MakingTurns.com

Todd Straka talks about the annual Boulder Running Journal

Todd Straka, creator of BoulderRunning.com, joins us to discuss the latest edition of the Boulder Running Journal, a collection of more than 200 pages of photos and essays depicting annual highlights from the Boulder running scene.
Todd is an accomplished and dedicated runner himself and has competed in road events for the past 25 years including with the Runners Roost Racing Team. He manages to squeeze in workouts between his job as a website designer and raising two children, working towards the goal of bettering his time in the Mile, his personal epic challenge.

Join Todd and several featured athletes for a book signing and XC preview panel on Jan 31 at Fleet Fleet Boulder at 6pm.

Boulder Running Journal: boulderrunning.com/journal/

Todd’s website provides frequent coverage of local running news and events: boulderrunning.com

Scott Carney, author of What Doesn’t Kill Us

Listen in to a chilling interview with Scott Carney, author of What Doesn’t Kill Us.  Scott’s book traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. Our ancestors crossed the Alps in animal skins and colonized the New World in loin cloths. They evaded predators and built civilizations with just their raw brainpower and inner grit. But things have changed and now comfort is king. Today we live in the thrall of constant climate control and exercise only when our office schedules permit. The technologies that we use to make us comfortable are so all encompassing that they sever the biological link to a changing environment. Now we hate the cold and the heat. We suffer from autoimmune diseases. And many of us are chronically overweight. Most of us don’t even realize that natural variation–sweating and shivering–is actually good for us.

Dispatch #8: Pre-stoke (for ski season)! with Henrik Lampert, Kim Beekman, Joel Gratz, Joe Howdyshell and Jon Kedrowski

Let’s get stoked for snow!  Listen in as we chat with some badass snow enthusiasts about what to look forward to this year.  We talk gear tips, training tips, uphill skiing, skimo racing, backcountry adventures, and of course weather predictions.

Joel Gratz – meteorologist who tells us where to find the pow over at opensnow.com

Jon Kedrowski “Dr. Ski” – author, ski mountaineer, and geographer.  Check out his book about camping on top of all of Colorado’s 14ers.

Joe Howdyshell – all-around badass who helps people achieve their fitness goals at Summit Endurance Academy

Henrik Førland Lampert – editor of FREESKIER Magazine

Kimberly Beekman – editor of Skiing Magazine

Thanks to Neptune Mountaineering for having us!

Dispatch #7: Women Run The World with Nicole DeBoom, Silke Koester, Ilene Bloom, Jenn Coker, and Melissa Hoskins

img_6015Listen in as we talk with founder and CEO of Skirt Sports, Nicole DeBoom, at her monthly women’s get together at her flagship store in Boulder.

Hosts Laurie Nakauchi and Kelly McConnell talk with runners Silke Koester, Ilene Bloom, Jenn Coker and Melissa Hoskins about how their running communities keep them motivated and inspired, while sharing some of their personal experiences and perspectives.  Tune in for some bonus pro tips, like why “poison remover” is required gear at an ultramarathon in Japan, and how to beet world records.

#SkirtSports  #REALwomenmove



Rocky Mountain Runners
 (RMR)
Colorado Columbines
Front Range Cross Country (FRXC)
Ultra Dirt Divas

Dispatch #6: Self-Propelled Adventure w/ Joe Grant, Erik Sanders, Christopher Harrington & Ilene Bloom

Joe Grant

For this week’s live show we talk with a group of impressive go-getters from the Front Range:

We recorded LIVE with a nice crowd from the patio of Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden with four inspiring mountain adventurers who all share a love of suffering in nature.

Joe Grant talks to us about his recent self-supported peak-bagging of all 57 14ers. He talks about his 100-mile “rest day” bike ride, his lowest point on the trails (on a paved road of all things) and how he keeps his motivation in some very difficult elements.

Erik Sanders discusses his Labor Day weekend Nolan’s 14 attempt and breaks some news regarding an exciting adventure race he’s got coming up.

Christopher Harrington talks about the group of trail-blazers he founded, FRXC – Front Range Cross Country, and lays out an ambitious plan that is now officially Joe Grant-approved.

Our “every-woman” Ilene Bloom tells us how she got mixed into the crazy world of ultra-running and what she’s got her eyes set on next.

“You Can’t Just Run a 24-Hour Race On the Fly!”

It was a recent Tuesday, and I was contemplating my training runs for the weekend ahead. I had options. There are always options … so many good options when you have some time. (This applies to my daily life, but today we will focus on running). I settled on what may sound like the least reasonable-sounding option to most – I could pay $28 and spend 24 hours running around a .82 mile loop at around 7300 feet in Palmer Lake, Colo., at a race called the “24 Hours of Palmer Lake Fun Run.” I like when I convince myself something sounds fun and I believe it no matter what anyone else says or thinks. I signed up the next day, on a Wednesday, and started contemplating the possibility of attempting my first 100-mile distance three days later.

“Why?” so many asked.

I usually answer that question (in any context) with: “Why not?!”

I wish that I could fashion a micro story about each of the 85 loops I completed. Instead, here are my thoughts on various topics that mattered to me when I was running a 24-hour race on the fly.

Sleep Deprivation: I am going to be running for close to 30 hours for the Leadville 100 in four short months, so let the sleep deprivation training begin! The only problem here was that I was already sleep deprived going into the race, so it really was going to be an exercise in sleep deprivation on top of sleep deprivation.

Strategy: “You can’t just run a 24-hour race on the fly!” – said to me by a more experienced ultra-runner that I trust. It all depends on what “on the fly” means, I suppose. I had very little strategy going in, though I did receive the go-ahead from my running coach. I certainly wasn’t trained for a 100-miler, or even a 70-miler. I drove there on my own, was expecting a few visitors throughout the day, and that was that. I do have determination and flexibility and an ability to work things out when I need to, though, so those things become my strategy. Also, how much strategy do you need when you’re going to be passing your camp every .82 miles? As it turned out, quite a bit! But, I survived.

Sustenance: I knew I would be sleep deprived. Nothing some Red Bull and chocolate-covered espresso beans couldn’t assist with, right? I am pretty sure that I thought Red Bull was reserved for some nasty vodka drink at some late night club…but this just underscores my feelings of disgust at what was in my grocery cart in preparation for the race. For those that don’t know me, I am typically a very healthy eater all of the time, and very disciplined in this way. I kept thinking, “How many bananas and Chia Squeezes can I eat during the race to balance this all out?” Luckily for me, despite all the sugary and caffeinated aids in my shopping cart, my nutrition kept up with me for the entire race, a first!

Shifting Interactions: I love shifting interactions. This is also something you should know about me. As when you are on a vacation with several people and you have no idea what you will be doing with whom at any given time. I LOVE this. So, think 85 loops around Palmer Lake and each loop being like a mini-vacation with new runners, new spectators, new conversations, and new ideas to ponder. Believe me, this is NOT boring or monotonous.

Socializing: This may be my downfall generally, and specifically was at this race. I get really excited when I see my friends, and I immediately want to stop whatever I am doing and head into a full-blown conversation. First, my friend Andrea arrived and walked a few loops with me. That helped me get out of a minor negative head space. (Thank you Andrea!) Then my friend Mark arrived, and although he tried to talk me into more running, I was also too excited and all I wanted to do was chit-chat. I know I need to work on this.

(the) Suck: There really was only one time that I can recall where I thought to myself, “This might suck.” That was when I looked at the clock and said “Oh great, only 14 more hours to go!”

Saviors: Otherwise known as friends and family and crew members. And at Palmer Lake, also the lady making grilled cheese at 2 a.m. In this instance, I had many race saviors, despite my cluelessness in not really planning for a crew. I received many texts and messages from people who were checking in on me and sending encouraging words, including a text at 1:30 a.m. from a friend traveling in Japan. He rightly pointed out that most people were sleeping while I was running loops, and it was extra fun to know someone else I knew was awake in another part of the world! Everyone’s timing was right on, and I was reminded of all the people that support my running goals and shenanigans. Thanks to all who checked in!

Some special thanks are in order. First, my friend Mark had committed to coming out there after running his own 50 kilometer run that morning to help me get through some night miles. I was really looking forward to this. Although the original plan was sidetracked by an injury, which would have been a perfectly acceptable reason to bail, Mark still drove out there, brought me a burrito, walked/ran several loops with me and dealt expertly with my overexcited, incessant chatter. (I promise I’ll change my ways for Leadville, Mark!)

Second, my friend Dave spontaneously became my overnight crew and this was nothing short of amazing. Dave was planning on coming out around noon to hang out and bring some of his homemade cookies and fruit. At some point in time, Dave figured out I was on my own for the night and decided he would stay to help me through. He also decided to run his own 50k! Needless to say, I am not sure I could have accomplished what I did without Dave’s overnight help. I just couldn’t believe it, and when I kept thanking him, he said something to the effect of, “I like to volunteer and help our running community just like you like to do pro bono (legal work).” I am still overwhelmed at how awesome that was. Both Mark and Dave were already lined up to be part of my Leadville pacing/crewing team, and again, needless to say, I am stoked about this.

Sleep Deprivation (Again): A long time ago I bought a Volvo station wagon. You know, a good family car. If someone would have told me in 2006 that in 2017 I would be so psyched to sleep in the back of this car for 30 minutes in the middle of a 24 hour race, I may have said something like “You never know what’s going to happen!” or I may have just said something like, “Whatever, you weirdo!”. However, I fit perfectly in the back of this car and it was oh so warm in there. I took two 30 minute naps during the night. Each time Dave knocked on the window and shined a flashlight in my face to wake me up, I popped up, got out of the car and said “Ok, let’s go do more laps!” (maybe it wasn’t really an exclamation). Best unanticipated running purchase ever!

Solidarity– All those people running around that lake – we were all in it together. All those people that showed up that day to bring food, to heckle, to entertain (think semi-drunk guys blasting 80s music in the dark with a bottle of Fireball with a huge spotlight), to push their friends – all those people were in it together with us. Enough said.

Strength/Stubbornness: I remember my spontaneous crew member Dave telling me at some point, “You’re really stronger than you think.” It is always hard to understand that in the moment, when you’re struggling along, but it must be true. As for stubbornness – I had planned on being stubborn that day, and I don’t think I actually ever was. I think I was pretty stubborn for the first half of my life – I might be all out of stubbornness! That trait never really served me well anyway.

Sunrise: As for most, sunrises typically signal the beginning of the day to me, a time when I am waking up and anticipating the amazing day ahead. I catch many a sunrise while running. Here, the sunrise at Palmer Lake signified the opposite – the end of the race, the end of the day’s journey, and close to the time I could go home. It was just as meaningful. It was fun to see the people who had chosen to sleep through the night show up on the course again to fit in some more laps. I wonder what I looked like to the all of the well-rested people that morning!

Success: I decided to stop early at 70 miles. I could have completed another loop, but I wasn’t so interested in a 70.82 mile finish. Seventy miles seemed sufficient.

Seventy injury-free miles, a participation award, and so much fun! Thanks to all, and a special thanks to the race directors who provided the opportunity (and to my family who let me be useless for a few days after the race). I am one lucky person to get to have such an incredible experience.

Ilene Bloom is an evolving ultrarunner, mother and lawyer who lives in Denver. She is excited to do a few more overnight runs this summer in preparation for the Leadville 100 in August. If you have any questions or comments about this post, Ilene can be reached at ilenebloom@hotmail.com

 

Bill allowing Colorado wildlife commission to raise hunting, fishing fees heads to House floor

If state lawmakers allow the Colorado Wildlife Commission to raise resident hunting and fishing fees, a new funding model could spread the cost of conservation, access and habitat protection beyond sportsmen into the realm of hikers, boaters, bikers and other outdoor users.

Source: Bill allowing Colorado wildlife commission to raise hunting, fishing fees heads to House floor

The 25 Most Adventurous (and mostly white) Men of the Past 25 Years 

A celebration of the mountaineers, watermen, arctic explorers, activists, and artists who redefine the limits of what’s humanly possible.

The list:

Conrad Anker

Mike Horn

Eric Larsen

Alex Honnold

Jeremy Jones

Erik Weihenmayer

Colin Angus

Mike Libecki

Cory Richards

Doug Tompkins (1943–2015)

Werner Herzog

Siddartha Gurung

Shane McConkey (1969–2009)

Laird Hamilton

Sebastian Copeland

Dean Potter (1972–2015)

J. Michael Fay

Felix Baumgartner

Alex Lowe (1958–1999)

Jared Diamond

Tim Hetherington (1970–2011)

Ben Stookesberry

Richard Branson

Jimmy Chin

 

Source: The 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years | Men’s Journal