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

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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:

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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.
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#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!