Colorado Obstacle Racers is one of the most inclusive and positive athlete organizations in the state of Colorado. This past weekend, tragedy affected the group. Help us support them in this tough time.
We also update you all on some pending and new developments in the public lands landscape. This is a political development all recreation fans should get behind.
Also, what's new and what's coming on Dispatch Radio? Listen to find out!
Time for another #KitchenSesh, where we hang out and chat with special guests in a chill setting. Competitive trail runners Bob Africa, Josh Stevens, and Peter Maksimow join us for this one. In part 1, BobAfrica talks about what it means to #SufferBetter, and Josh (who just got 4th at Rocky Raccoon 50-miler) tells us about overcoming his opiate addiction that stemmed from multiple injuries sustained in multiple IED explosions in the line of duty, which for Josh comprised 24 years of serving our country in the Army Special Forces. Fortunately Josh made it through that, and now is helping to fight the opiate epidemic by working with the Herron Project and SufferBetter. it's not all serious though, this is a #KitcenSesh after all (so we're not editing out all the beer can openings). Part 2 with peter in the hot seat will air next week!
Josh's crowdrise page (donate!): https://www.crowdrise.com/endurance-adventures-for-recovery
The Herren Project: http://www.theherrenproject.org
Bob's #SufferBetter: http://www.sufferbetter.com
And a shout out to team Inov-8!
On a summer day in 2014, Chris Brinlee Jr. walked away from his comfortable, well-paying job as an advertising art director to “experience something more,” as he puts it.
He had been backpacking a total of one time, a year before. So the logical next step was to quit his job and set off for adventures across the globe.
Over seven months, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.
He also recently started up a content generation company called Content Machine.
We talk with Chris from co-host Kelly's home in Boulder and hear about Chris' adventures and how he makes it all happen.
Chris’ website: http://www.chrisbrinleejr.com/
Chris' new company, Content Machine: https://www.wearecontentmachine.com/
Chris’s “IndefinitelyWild” columns articles for Outside Magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/2052846/chris-brinlee-jr
Chris’s story, as told to Outside Magazine:
Three years ago, I went on my first-ever backpacking trip. About a year later, I decided it would be a great idea to quit my job and go on epic adventures around the world. Most recently, I paddled a folding kayak 50 miles into a remote fjord in eastern Greenland, base camped for a week, and made the first ascent of an alpine rock route. Right now, I’m sailing to Antarctica.
You can do this stuff, too. I’m not a super athlete. I’ve never been that good at sports. For most of my adult life, I didn’t even spend that much time outdoors. I never went backpacking growing up. I didn’t climb my first pitch of rock until I was 26. (I’m 28 now.) I didn’t learn to ski until earlier this year. I’m by no means an expert at any of those things, but I can do them now. This is to say that it’s never too late to learn something new.
Articles about Chris:
Weather Channel: https://weather.com/travel/news/paragliding-over-big-sur
Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle, so in August 2014, Chris left his behind—quitting his fancy advertising art director job to go experience something more.
Since then, Chris’s adventures have led him around the globe—he’s paddled remote fjords in Greenland, ridden motorcycles through Vietnam, sailed with a crew to Antarctica, and climbed 6,000m peaks in Nepal.
Chris celebrates discomfort—a theme at the core of each adventure, and each story he tells.
As a contributor for publications such as Red Bulletin, IndefinitelyWild, Outside, Huckberry, and Gizmodo—his words, photos, and videos have inspired millions; his strong presence on social media provide daily doses of inspiration.
On this episode of Dispatch Weekly we chat a little about public lands, mostly because we have had so many amazing guests speak at a high level about the topic. Also, our first trail review of many. Join us weekly, but be sure to check out our big produced shows at www.dispatchradio.com!
Listen as we talk conservation and public lands. A few highlights from the show we recorded last night...
Rebecca Schwagger tells us a bit about our venue, the Studio Boulder, and at 4m45s we get rolling.
Hey, mountain bikers! #dontbeadick
Doug Schnitzspahn really wants you to VOTE!
Aimee Ross answers the burning question about IMBA ... who the hell says "bicycling"? Offers great advice for those who want to get active protecting public lands.
We come up short looking for evidence that hunters and self-powered athletes are working together. But there's hope!
The Studio Boulder is one killer venue! Equipped with an Airstream and brewery next door. What more could you want in an office-share?!
And to our awesome hosts at The Studio (Boulder)! You guys rock!
Show notes – Dispatch Weekly: February 13-19
Running with the FRXC running group out of Colorado
Training for the Dirty 30 ultra-marathon
Things happening in the outdoor world
Controversy around the Outdoor Retailer show – If you want the full scoop, read this fantastic Men’s Journal piece by Doug Schnitzspahn, editor in chief of Elevation Outdoors magazine: Outdoor Companies Take A Stand In the Fight for Public Lands. For this week’s Dispatch Radio Hour, we’ll be talking conservation with Doug and Brady Robinson, director of the Access Fund and prolific climber in his own right. As well as Aimee Ross from IMBA and Lloyd Athearn of the Colorado 14ers Initiative.
Epic ski season continues in the West! #fots Fritz Sperry’s latest: January 2017 was one of the finest months for powder skiing in years
FKT Fastest Known Time awards from Ultimate Direction:
Several friends of the show in the running: Gina Lucrezi for Mount Whitney car-to-car and Joe Grant, Colorado 14er self-powered and self-supported; Meaghan Hicks for her Nolan’s 14 FKT; Karl Meltzer for AT FKT; Nick Elson’s Grand Traverse. Buzz Burell will join us soon to tell us who won.
Things happening with the Dispatch Radio community
Shows that are out now:
Anton Krupicka and Joe Grant – Adventure BFFs
Grayson Schaffer, editor at large for Outside Magazine – Psychedelic Drugs and Globetrotting on Outside Magazine’s Dime
Professional climber and yogi Olivia Hsu and ski mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski – Climbing Tall Peaks
Coming up on Dispatch Radio:
Dispatch Radio Hour with Brady Robinson, Doug Schnitzspahn, Aimee Ross and Lloyd Athearn
Kitchen sesh with Bob Africa and Josh Stevens, overcoming opiate addiction and running for a cause
Kitchen sesh with Peter Maksimow, U.S Mountain Running Team member gets real about injury
Things going on in Colorado
Tuesday, Feb 14 – climbing movie premier in Boulder
Thursday, Feb 16 – Skirt Sports hosts Women Run the World event
Saturday Feb 18 – Telefest at Monarch Mountain
Sunday Feb 19 – Outlaw Yoga at Sanitas Brewing
Feb 25 – Elk Meadow Trail Race, 10 mile trail race in Evergreen
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When you write for Outside Magazine for 14 years, chances are you have some stories. From Lance Armstrong to Mount Everest to kayaking first descents and everything in between, Grayson Schaffer has covered it. We connect with him to discuss his latest piece, on psychedelics, and his other creative endeavors these days.
Topics discussed, with host Russ Rizzo:
His 14+ career writing for Outside Magazine
His new creative firm, Talweg
Big water boating
An old fling
Bareback riding (horses)
Hunting elk with a bow and arrow
Grayson’s website: http://www.graysonschaffer.com/
Grayson’s creative agency, Talweg Creative: http://www.talwegcreative.com/
Grayson’s latest in Outside Magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/2143036/are-psychedelics-new-prozac
Joe “Pale Thunder” Howdyshell is a jorts-wearing, whiskey-drinking, creative-swearing badass coach.
Owner of the Summit Endurance Academy, Head Coach of the United States Ski Mountaineering
Association National Team, and all around great guy. We sit down with Joe and talk all thing Ski Mountaineering and really focus on beginners.
And, as usual, we talk about all that is going on in the great place we live this upcoming week.