Episode 5 - Dan and Elaine Vardamis

Dan and Elaine are the real deal.

They ski, hike or bike in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado almost every single day, and often travel for far away snow and mountains. Among other things they’ve thru hiked the Continental Divide Trail, completed a notable traverse in Colorado’s San Juan Range, skied all over Norway, have raced competitively on the ski mountaineering circuit.

In the spring of 2018, they traveled to Greenland to attempt a ski traverse of the ice sheet. And, as is so often the case with challenging expeditions like this one, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

We talked about their trip to Greenland, logistics for Arctic expeditions, and how to integrate adventure and connection with nature into our everyday lives.

You can check out Dan and Elaine’s blog at https://altabackcountry.com/

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Dan and Elaine were featured in a Warren Miller film. Check it out here:

Episode 4 - Jonathan George

Today’s guest is Jonathan George.

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Jonathan speaks a handful of languages fluently. He’s worked in the Rocky Mountains for the US Forest Service, was a tour guide for three years in Egypt and Jordan, and has led trips and semester long programs in Central and South America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia.  

He’s taught SCUBA in Honduras and Indonesia, French language in Mumbai, and led cycling tours in Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar.

He’s driven from England to Mongolia, and from Switzerland to Namibia down Africa’s west coast in a Fiat Panda.

In this episode, we focused on his Africa road trip.

(In the first photo, Jonathan’s on the left in the brimmed hat.)

We talked about traveling in West Africa, overland travel, and the places, people and challenges he encountered on his journey.

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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/