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.

Dispatch Radio makes news, ‘competes’ in an adventure race

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Nick Brogna, representing Team Mandragoras/Dispatch Radio along with Cory Feign, waiting at the finish line to cheer for teams that actually knew what they were doing.

Adventure racing is a unique endurance discipline that requires careful strategy. The winner is the team that reaches the most “control points”, locations set by the race director throughout the course area, and returns to the finish line under the 24-hour time cutoff. If multiple teams “clear the course,” or reach every possible control point, then the race comes down to who crosses the finish line first. [Olof] Hedberg and his Team Knifesquirrel teammates, Whitney Hedberg (Olof’s wife) and [Dispatch Radio regular] Erik Sanders, had taken an early lead in the race, which involved running, paddling, mountain-biking, open water swimming and backcountry navigation. They lost the lead when, late in the night, they decided to pursue a control point at the top of 12,296 foot Parkview Mountain.

Source: Grueling adventure race criss-crosses the Three Lakes | SkyHiDailyNews.com