Episode 3 - Julian Smith

Julian Smith is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. Specializing in travel and science, he’s written guidebooks to El Salvador, Ecuador, Virginia, the Four Corners region, and Portland, and his writing has been featured in Smithsonian, Wired, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, among many others.

He’s also the author of a book called Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure.

After learning about Ewart Grogan, a British explorer who in 1898 made a landmark crossing of the African continent, Julian was inspired to explore some of the same parts of Africa himself. Like Grogan, Julian started in the south and headed north. In the book, Julian tells Grogan’s story, details his own journey, and explores some of the parallels between his life and Grogan’s.

We talked about Crossing the Heart of Africa, Ewart Grogan, travel writing, and traveling in Africa.

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Check out Julian’s website at http://www.juliansmith.com/

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Episode 2 - James Simmons

James Simmons is an experiential educator, a former wilderness therapy instructor, a musician, a climber, a yogi, and an experienced and thoughtful traveler.

James has hitchhiked all over the world. We talked about hitchhiking, letting go, and what we stand to gain from being brave.

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Episode 1 - Jorge Latre

Jorge Latre is an ultra runner, an Arctic explorer, a pilot, an electrical engineer, and a fascinating and insightful man. In winter 2018, he completed the Iditasport 1000 (which runs from Anchorage to Nome along the Iditarod trail) on foot, using snowshoes.

We talked about the Arctic, this race, how he prepared for it, and the concepts of mastery, pain, and how to discover what you’re good at.

Listen to our conversation here:

Photos property of Jorge Latre.

Check out Jorge’s website at https://coldlatitudes.com/