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Ep. 373: Climbing in North Korea - Woolly Mammoths - Nepal & Siberia - George Kourounis

Adventure Sports Podcast

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Ep. 571: How We Maintain Our Relationship During Adventures - Emily & Mason Gravley show art Ep. 571: How We Maintain Our Relationship During Adventures - Emily & Mason Gravley

Adventure Sports Podcast

Finding a balance between family life and adventure life is a tale as old as time. Hear from Mason, the Adventure Sports Podcast host, and his wife, Emily, about their experience with this delicate balance over the course of their marriage. It may be lessons already learned for many of you, but I'm sure there's some info in here everyone will find applicable to their relationships. Enjoy! Try CS Instant Coffee for 50% off your first order for the month of September only! Go to csinstant.coffee and use the code "ADVENTURE" at checkout. Athletic Brewing Company is a pioneer in craft...

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Ep. 570: Paddling the Nile River - Sarah Davis show art Ep. 570: Paddling the Nile River - Sarah Davis

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Sarah has always been involved in sports and has always loved adventure. She credits her mother for that. As a child she would pour through her mother’s photo albums of faraway places, hoping to one day go herself.  After years of working in the world of banking and traveling to over 40 countries, Sarah was thumbing through adventures that have never been completed when she realized no woman had ever paddled the entire Nile River, the longest river in the world.  She immediately began planning what that would look like to attempt. She was overwhelmed with fear and worry, but that...

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Ep. 569: Canoeing 1,000 Miles Through Canada’s Tundra - Stephan Kesting show art Ep. 569: Canoeing 1,000 Miles Through Canada’s Tundra - Stephan Kesting

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Ep. 567: Learning to Soar - From Sailplane to Prop Plane to Hang Gliding - Revisited - Yvette Aguayo show art Ep. 567: Learning to Soar - From Sailplane to Prop Plane to Hang Gliding - Revisited - Yvette Aguayo

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Originally Published April 9, 2018 A few years back, Yvette Aguayo accidentally happened upon a glider ride opportunity on her birthday. She quickly discovered that she didn't actually have the money to go up for her first ride, but she was fortunate enough to have the instructor offer her a free ride anyway. It was this serendipitous day that ignited her passion for flight. Yvette was immediately hooked on flight and her love eventually lead her to work towards her private pilot's license as well as to discover a new passion for hang gliding. Today's show chronicles the things she experienced...

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Ep. 564: Discovering Adventure Sports in Your Forties - Revisited - Scott Newman show art Ep. 564: Discovering Adventure Sports in Your Forties - Revisited - Scott Newman

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Originally Published February 15, 2018 Some of are introduced to adventure sports shortly after figuring out how to walk. Some of us found ourselves eyeballs deep in our adventure passions as teenagers and, for others, it takes until their forties or later to discover the pure enjoyment we have all come to know and love no matter what age we were when it happened. And that is a great thing. It's not crucial that we all see the light so early in life. What is important is that we eventually find ourselves living and dreaming as adventurers. Scott Newman spends time with Curt re-living his...

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Ep. 568: How an Injury and Opportunity Is Leading Thousands to Learn Snowboarding Virtually - Fraser Johnston show art Ep. 568: How an Injury and Opportunity Is Leading Thousands to Learn Snowboarding Virtually - Fraser Johnston

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When Fraser Johnston injured himself one summer, he realized that if the same injury had happened during the snowboarding season, he’d be in a heap of trouble. As a snowboard instructor, your body’s health is crucial to earning a living since you need to be on a board with your students. He quickly began brainstorming ideas to help scale his knowledge and passion for snowboarding, just in case.  On top of that, Fraser noticed a huge lack of sign-ups in snowboarding lessons compared to skiing. The cultural stigma of snowboards and skyrocketing prices of gear and lift tickets helped...

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Ep. 566: Climbing the 50 U.S. Highpoints in 50 Days with Type 1 Diabetes - Michael Shelver & Patrick Mertes show art Ep. 566: Climbing the 50 U.S. Highpoints in 50 Days with Type 1 Diabetes - Michael Shelver & Patrick Mertes

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Patrick and Michael have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for most of their lives. Feeling a bit isolated and hesitant as children to venture too far away from available insulin or glucose monitoring tools, they individually pursuit adventurous lives before coming together to show the world anything is possible with T1D through their latest adventure, Project 50-IN-50 They climbed the 50 highpoints of each U.S. state and finished in 49 days – making them the first people with Type 1 diabetes to complete this achievement and joining an elite group of fewer than five people to do so the...

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Ep. 565: Bike Touring the Length of New Zealand - Jordon Wolfram show art Ep. 565: Bike Touring the Length of New Zealand - Jordon Wolfram

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Ep. 563: Circumnavigating the Globe via Skates, Bike, and Row Boat - Karlis Bardelis show art Ep. 563: Circumnavigating the Globe via Skates, Bike, and Row Boat - Karlis Bardelis

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From boredofborders.com:  "Karlis is an ex project manager in the field of waste management who at the age of 28 realized that visiting mountains only a couple of times a year just won’t do, so he left his job and started a life of adventures and freedom, spreading the addiction and attracting others to BoB as well. Every adventure has a different team, but all of BoB team members have one thing in common - urge to get moving and true love for adventures. In 2013, Karlis crossed Europe from North Cape to Gibraltar on Nordic skates in 60 days covering more than 6150 kilometers and...

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One of our favorite recurring guests, George Kourounis, is back on the show today. George recently returned from Nepal where he visited Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas to film a TV show. They decided to try visiting the base camp with no acclimatization. So they took a helicopter up with no time to adjust. George immediately experienced the effects of hypoxia during this trip. George was also fortunate enough to meet Kancha Sherpa on this helicopter ride. Kancha Sherpa is the last surviving member of Sir Edmond Hillary's 1953 expedition to be the first people to reach the summit of Everest.

On our last show with George, he was preparing to head to North Korea for a rare opportunity to mountain trek, climb and camp. He was approved by the government and was able to travel there in May of 2017. He fills us in on what it was like to be a western-world guest in this secretive country during tumultuous political times. His experience is an interesting one that most of us never get to hear much less experience. Listen in to hear about what the mountains and surroundings are like over there.

George tells about his continued trips to volcanoes including 11,384 ft Mt Nyiragongo which is an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He explains that the lake nearby, Lake Kivu,  which is susceptible to exploding due to the vast amounts of dissolved carbon dioxide at the bottom. The volcano holds the world's largest boiling lake of lava.

He traveled down the Road of Bones to visit a village in the middle of Siberia, Oymyakon, which is known as the coldest place on earth. He tells us a story about visiting a preserved woolly mammoth frozen in the permafrost and when no one was looking, George snapped off a little mammoth to have a taste. Listen in to hear what that experience was like for him.

Then we discussed the difficulty of ice climbing on icebergs to place satellite tracking devices on them for tracking the path of the icebergs as they float through the ocean. 

It's never a dull hour when our friend George Kourounis joins us on the show.

 

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