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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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:

 

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.

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 Mini: Eric Lee on Nolan’s 14

Nolan’s 14 is a run over the 14 summits over 14,000 ft. in Colorado’s Sawatch Range, from Mt. Massive to Mt. Shavano in either direction. It has been around since the early 90’s but has gained popularity with the growth of ultrarunning. You can choose your own route between summits, but the most practical routes have been estimated to be 88 to 106 miles with 44,000 ft. of climb. Cutoff is 60 hours to the last summit.

This is not a race.

Dispatch Radio’s Laurie Nakauchi sits down to talk Nolan’s 14 with Eric Lee who raised eyebrows in the local outdoors community with his 2016 14ers ‘fastest known time’ attempt which just so happened over this year’s notoriously rainy monsoon summer. Eric completed Nolan’s in 2012 in 57:27:14 after having scouted the course over the previous nine years.  Here’s a link to his 2012 Nolans 14 report.