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April 9, 2021  

Ep.97 - The Sound of Volcanoes, Glaciers, and Rainforests with George Vlad

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George Vlad travels to and explores wild and remote places to capture soundscapes. Doing his best to avoid man-made sounds to grasp the purest of sound, his expeditions have led him all over the world from glaciers to volcanoes - providing him with an inspiring and positive view of adventure and conservation along the way.

In this episode, we discuss unique encounters with wildlife, recording poachers and illegal mining, the importance of positivity, expeditions to capture sound, pairing sound capture with expeditions, escaping burnout of 100 hours per week to the Romanian mountains, capturing sound from glaciers to rainforests to volcanoes, and so much more! This one is a must listen.

Sitting and chatting with George was truly inspirational. Hearing all about a different approach to expeditions, his fascinating experiences with wildlife, insightful view on positivity, and cool approach to challenges has only grown the fire in me to explore, and I hope it does for you all too. 

You can follow his adventures or even join George by checking out his website here, listen to his work and soundscapes on YouTube here, or to keep up to date with his photography you can do so here. Plus Twitter and Soundcloud.

Lastly, I mention in the podcast two other shows George has featured on which explore the technical aspect more. They are here, both are great:

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April 2, 2021  

Ep.96 - From Adventure Travel to First Ascents with Rebecca Coles

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Rebecca Coles has led expeditions, travelled, and climbed on all 7 continents and in over 70 countries. Her experience ranges right from overland travel from Nepal to the UK, to first ascents, and a love for mountaineering from little old Wales to big and huge peaks. 

In this episode we discuss we explore her huge depth and width of knowledge, talking about being the first all-women's team to climb the 4000m peaks in the alps, tackling first ascents in your comfort zone, pushing into the uncomfortable on well known terrain, dealing with the cold and why you should take 4 pairs of gloves to Scotland, why Rebecca adventures, and so much more! 

Rebecca Coles 

Rebecca is an extremely accomplished mountaineer, as you may already know and will definitely hear in the interview. You can follow her adventures on her Instagram, check out some tips and writing on her website, and even sign up to her Patreon to receive tailored support and advice to your mountaineering and outdoors needs. 

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March 26, 2021  

Ep.95 - What You Need to Know for Denali and Alaska: TRTD

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Read the full blog here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/03/26/what-you-need-to-know-for-denali-and-alaska/ 

This episode is from The Road To Denali series, read more here: https://betweenthemountains.org/the-road-to-denali/ 

Denali is not a mountain you want to head out to unprepared. It’s big, it’s cold, and it’s stormy. So, future guest Luc Mehl offered his expertise to offer a bird’s eye view on Denali and Alaska for us.

In this episode Luc essentially gives us an overview on Denali specifically, but big mountains in Alaska in general. We talk about the importance of keeping warm and crevasses, being patient, altitude, training, winter camping, logistics of getting to Alaskan ranges, equipment, and more! 

Luc Mehl

Luc Mehl is an extremely accomplished adventurer in Alaska. Just adopting the outdoors as a part of his lifestyle, Luc has experience from Alaskan Wilderness Classics to traversing the three highest mountains in North America. You can check out his website here and his Instagram here.

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March 19, 2021  

Ep.94 - Travel, The Outdoors, and Achieving Your Passions with Kierra Summer

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Kierra Summer is a travel photographer coming out of Alberta, Canada. With her unique entry in to this lifestyle, Kierra has worked and manifested her way towards her view of success. Having built an engaged and brilliant following, Kierra only builds more and more on to her beautiful photography and travel CV. 

In this episode we talk about doing what you love, a free trip to Costa Rica, a dodgy experience from saying "yes" to everything, absorbing the knowledge of others, building an engaging audience and staying consistent, Kierra's travel history, summer hikes in Canada, fast-track exploring countries in Europe, getting fired up for the work as well as the end-goal, van life, gender stereotypes, Alberta and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, unique and quiet Canadian mountain ranges, having no expectations with travel, living in the moment vs. capturing the moment, balancing the future and the present, manifestation, creating your opportunities, and of course: positivity.   

Kierra Summer 

Having Kierra on the show was an utter delight. Her passion and love for travel and photography really shines through, and I hope you all get something out of the episode.  

Give Kierra a follow on Instagram and check out her beautiful photography, and also check out her website

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March 12, 2021  

Ep.93 - Attempting To Cross The Darien Gap - One of the World’s Most Dangerous Jungles

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Daniel Eggington has set his sights on an expedition, and is only working harder and harder until it's done. Returning in April 2021 for his 5th time, Dan will look to cross on foot the Darien Gap: one of the world's most dangerous jungles along the pacific coastline. 

In this open conversation with Dan, we talk about planning and researching for expeditions, his passion for Columbia, the drives for trying again, the issues and problems the region faces, his resolution priorities to ensure success, contingencies, connecting with local people, the best place to discover Columbia, and why Dan keeps returning. 

 

Daniel Eggington 

 

To follow along with his adventures, follow Dan on his Instragram, connect with him on LinkedIn, or check out his website

 

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March 5, 2021  

Ep.92 - Continuously Climbing 282 Mountains, Self-Powered - Project 282

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One lovely summer, Emily Scott decided to take on an epic adventure: she was going to climb all 282 Munros, continuously. Emily took on the challenge with the image of a 'pure', self-powered journey, in one go of 120 days - the fantastic carbon footprint was just a plus!

In this episode we talk about balancing your social life with the outdoors, preparing for adventures, type 2 weather, beautiful Scotland, and the culture shock from almost complete isolation for 4 months straight to the city.

Emily Scott

Emily was a brilliant guest, with an even better adventure CV. With so much still yet to chat about (hint) I know you’ll all love to follow along her adventures. You can check out her Instagram here, or better yet check out the British Adventure Collective.

 

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This episode is supported by Sidetracked Magazine. Genuinely, one of the best outdoor magazines. Beautiful photography and captivating stories make up this incredible magazine, so definitely go and check them out. While you're at it, sign up to their weekly, free Field Journal newsletter.

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February 26, 2021  

Ep.91 - Pursuing Happiness, Mountains and Adventure with Emily Scott

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Leaving full-time accounting behind, Emily Scott has chosen adventure and happiness over all else. In doing so, she has become a ski instructor, summer mountain leader, and is shooting for international mountain leader. So, that's worked out incredibly well so far! In this episode, we talk about many Ironman Competitions, mountains, adventure, pursuing the importance of happiness, and more.

Emily was a brilliant guest, with an even better adventure CV. With so much still yet to chat about (hint) I know you'll all love to follow along her adventures. You can check out her Instagram here, or better yet check out the British Adventure Collective.

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February 19, 2021  

Ep.90 - The Road To Denali

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"The gold is not going to be sitting at home. The gold isn't going to be dreaming of far off places. The gold is going to be you putting your footprints on that snow" Ian Finch

I'm Chris, the host of Between The Mountains and I'm going to climb Denali in May 2023. 

Well, that kinds of feels like a white lie. There's still training to be had, money to save, sponsorship to acquire... but we'll get on to that. The main thing, is that my wording has changed.

For long enough I have kept talking about climbing Denali in hypotheses, in hopes, and in dreams. I've mentioned it in recordings with people like Jon Gupta and Renee Roaming, and outside of recordings like Ian Finch and Emily Scott (who's interview comes out next week). Now, I'm saying I'm going to, and since then I have literally dreamt that I have. May 2023, my 30th birthday present from me to me, I will climb Denali.

For you, the listener, this will be some of the best content yet. This sub-series will be focussed on providing you with value from experts on a wide range of topics from altitude and kit lists to winter camping and training - and everything in between.

I have been so excited to announce this, and I hope you enjoy this series, and spread the word!

Read the full blog here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/02/19/the-road-to-denali/ 

February 12, 2021  

Ep.89 - Exploring Wild Places and Cultures with Ian Finch

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Read the full blog here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/02/12/ian-finch/ 

Insightful, Inspiring, and Incredible are three words that come to mind when both researching and recording with Ian Finch. With a fisherman Father fascinated by native cultures and with Ian's own background in the Royal Marines, he has gone on to explore and adventure with culture at the forefront of his mind. 

Having paddled the Yukon river, led expeditions across Norway, canoed in to the wild Highlands, and so much more, Ian's experience and stories are unique... and yet the experience connecting with people over the love and necessity of nature can be experienced by all. 

Before We Begin 

Before we get into the episode, I want to mention the sponsor for this episode: Sidetracked Magazine. Sidetracked is dedicated to adventurous storytelling at it’s very best. They use stunning imagery and personal stories from expeditions and journeys from around the globe, and you can tell

If you are one of the few who haven’t heard of them… what are you doing?! 

Go and check out their website and see for yourself. Browse and purchase from the back cataloguesubscribe, and browse/sign up to their free Field Journal newsletter; providing you with some of the best adventure updates weekly

Ian Finch 

To follow Ian's adventures and catch up with his expeditions, the best place for that would be his Instagram @ianefinch, or failing that you can also check out his website and blog here. 

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February 5, 2021  

Ep.88 - Aiming For Everest and Beyond with Bonita Norris

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Bonita Norris is a truly inspiring woman and role model for many. With a unique and admirable story behind her climb of Everest, she has gone on to be the youngest British woman to summit Everest and reach the North Pole.

Not only that, but with a huge mountaineering experience and background, we talk about mindset and taking control of your life. Read on and listen to find out more!

Bonita Norris

It was such a pleasure and inspiration to have Bonita on the podcast. You can follow her blog here or follow her on Instagram here.

Also, I highly recommend that you check out her book “The Girl Who Climbed Everest“! I couldn’t put it down. A fantastic, motivational, and captivating read.

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Read the full blog here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/02/05/aiming-for-everest-and-beyond-with-bonita-norris/ 

January 29, 2021  

Ep.87 - High-Altitude Mountains and Overcoming Challenges with Tom Livingstone

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Tom Livingstone is an extremely accomplished mountain climber. With experience rooted in Scotland and the European Alps, we explore his high-altitude first ascents, facing adversity, and planning for the mountains.

You can follow Tom's climbing career on his website and blog here, or follow him on Instagram here.

Before We Start

Before we get into the episode, I want to mention the sponsor for this episode: Sidetracked Magazine. Sidetracked is dedicated to adventurous storytelling at it’s very best. They use stunning imagery and personal stories from expeditions and journeys from around the globe, and you can tell!

If you are one of the few who haven’t heard of them… what are you doing?!

Go and check out their website and see for yourself. Browse and purchase from the back cataloguesubscribe, and browse/sign up to their free Field Journal newsletter; providing you with some of the best adventure updates weekly!

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If you enjoy the show please subscribe/follow and share with a friend!

If you really enjoy the show please check out our Patreon site here. Supporting through Patreon really helps cover costs and allow to invest more time into the quality! Or, you can just simply buy me a coffee.

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Read the full blog here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/01/29/tom-livingstone/ 

January 22, 2021  

Ep.86 - Relentless Forward Progress and Record-Times with Damian Hall

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With a hiking background from Everest Base Camp to New Zealand, Damian Hall has run ultra-marathon’s in the mountains, the desert, and the Arctic. More recently, Damian has achieved the Fastest Known Time of the Pennine Way.

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of virtually sitting with him and exploring his background and experience further.

Damian Hall

Damian has achieved so much, from mountains to the desert to the arctic and to record breaking times. He is an incredibly down-to-Earth guy whilst brilliantly inspiring.

Follow him on his Instagram or his website to keep update to date. He has his book being published in May 2021, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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Read the full blog here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/01/22/damian-hall/ 

January 15, 2021  

Ep.85 - Skydiving Everest, Himalayan Mountaineering, and More with Holly Budge

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Holly Budge is an incredible adventurer with a CV spanning the globe. Holly was the first person to skydive above Everest, she has ridden and raced semi-wild horses across Mongolia, and taken to mountaineering from the crevasses of Mount Rainier to the North Col of Mount Everest. 

Some of her most important work, though, is the conservation effort that Holly puts in to save elephants. 96 elephants are poached each day, and Holly's work alongside rangers with non-gory exhibitions is helping to reduce that number. 

Holly Budge 

Having Holly on the show was a total pleasure. The passion and experience she has for adventure and the world really shines through, and I hope you hear that in the podcast. 

With a background like hers, it's also no wonder that she is a speak too. You can check out more of Holly's work with her own personal website here

Her work alongside and supporting rangers and communities is incredible, and I highly recommend you check out her work and support if you can. With endorsements from people like David Attenborough, you really can't go wrong here! 

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Read the full blog here:  https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/01/15/holly-budge/  

January 8, 2021  

Ep.84 - Exploring Fjords and Racing Icebergs in Patagonia

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Patagonia is a region covering Chile and Argentina at the bottom of America. Littered with mountains, fjords, glaciers, lakes, and more Will Copestake returns for a second episode. This time talking about his expeditions in Patagonia. Kayaking along the coastline, exploring the fjords, and camping next to glaciers, Will takes us talks with us about ending each season of guiding in the area with an expedition.

Will seems to have an action packed or funny story behind every comment in this episode, displaying the depths of experience found here. With Type 2 fun written all over this, give it a listen with the links below.

Will Copestake

Will is an inspiring adventurer and expedition leader. It was a pleasure to have him on the show and to sit back and talk about what Patagonia has to offer.

If you want to book your own canoe or kayak trip with him (like I have for the Highlands!) then you can follow the link here. You can kayak or canoe with him in the Scottish Highlands, or even arrange your own Patagonia trip through him too!

Alternatively, keep up with his experiences and photography with his website Will Copestake Media or his Instagram.

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/01/08/kayaking-patagonia/ 

January 1, 2021  

Ep.83 - Trekking The Manaslu Circuit, Nepal

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Nepal has been a honeypot for adventurers alike. From those wanting to explore culture, to the mountains, to the summits, I think everyone can agree just how majestic this place is. 

In this episode, Andrew talks through the itinerary for his Manaslu Circuit Trek. Trekking through forests, past waterfalls, viewing 8000 metre peaks, and a rare animal... I'll let you find out which!

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2021/01/01/manaslu-circuit-trek/ 

December 24, 2020  

Ep.82 - Between The Mountains Christmas Special 2020

Happy Holidays everyone! Today's episode is just a fun one. Join Ryan from Travel With Cooky, Dustin from That Adventure Life, and Ali who writes the music for the podcast as we just have a laugh talking about the year, adventure, travel, and a Christmas Quiz!

 

The episode is a recording of our live episode that we streamed to the Facebook page (so make sure you're following on social to get updates!) This was such a fantastic time. Having become accustomed to speaking with friends through a webcam, there were times during the recording where things just felt... normal.

 

Thank you to everyone who tuned in. We hope to do more, so let us know what you think on btmtravelpod@gmail.com 

 

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December 18, 2020  

Ep.81 - Ski Mountaineering in the Lyngen Alps with TJ David

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TJ David is, on paper, a professional skier and trail runner. In real life he is even more than that! Talking about quite possibly his favourite ski mountaineering expedition, hear TJ talk about his time in the Lyngen Alps, Norway taking in the breath-taking mountains reaching straight out of the fjords!

Hitting some popular and some untouched slopes, and finishing the day with beer in a small hut in the snow, TJ dives in to this expedition and will absolutely captivate you as you instinctively start booking your next ski trip!

TJ David – More Than Just Ski Mountaineering

TJ asks his clients a lot about their “WHY”‘s. In the interviewI turned the question on to him.

There’s is so much to this personal level of reasoning and spirit. But what TJ touches upon – which I think it silently very inspirational – is his love for the daily process of improving a little bit, every single day. Making those small steps that over time produce the big picture goal. Having that long-term goal.

What is your long-term goal?

TJ is an incredible individual, with so much to give. You can check out his coaching herehis Instagram here, and more information on himself here.

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You can read his own account of this expedition, and few more stunning photographs, by clicking here.

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/12/18/ski-mountaineering-in-the-lyngen-alps-with-tj-david/ 

December 11, 2020  

Ep.80 - The South Pole, Ultra Running, The 7 Summits, and More with Jenny Wordsworth

Jenny Wordsworth is a dedicated, focussed, and tenacious outdoor athlete, who’s most well known accomplishment was becoming the 8th woman to solo ski and reach the South Pole after 44 days. After the first five hundred miles, she continued to do this and complete this task while have a massively debilitating leg injury.

She is a lawyer, professional endurance athlete, keynote speaker, brand ambassador for Atkins, on North Face explorer’s team, and a Polar Ambassador to the UK. Jenny has travelled and raced some of the toughest and longest races endurance events in the world from the arctic to the desert. From this, she has built a huge backing to her name.

Before We Start

Before we get into the episode, I want to mention the sponsor for this episode: Sidetracked Magazine. Sidetracked is dedicated to adventurous storytelling at it’s very best. They use stunning imagery and personal stories from expeditions and journeys from around the globe, and you can tell!

If you are one of the few who haven’t heard of them… what are you doing?!

Go and check out their website and see for yourself. Browse and purchase from the back cataloguesubscribe, and browse/sign up to their free Field Journal newsletter; providing you with some of the best adventure updates weekly!

Jenny Wordsworth

Jenny was a brilliant guest to have on the show, and I know you’re going to love the episode.

If you want to follow along her journey, you can check out her website here, or her Instagram here. I can’t recommend enough that you give her a follow!

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December 4, 2020  

Ep.79 - Mind Over Mountains With Alex Staniforth

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Alex Staniforth found that running, walking, and cycling to the highest point in each UK county was faster than the waiting time to receive any mental health support from the UK's National Health Service (NHS). It's not that there's nothing, but rather that the NHS is overwhelmed with so many needing support. 

It was at this point that Alex started Mind Over Mountains charity - his very own Natural Health Service supporting those in need, and bringing them together as a community. 

More Than Just Fresh Air 

Mind Over Mountains go one step further. While bringing you the community and outdoors experience together, they also give you the tools you'll need to better yourself with your headspace. 

Mind Over Mountains aims to help you find purpose. 

You can check out their events and details on their website here, and you can read more about Alex Staniforth and his achievements here

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/12/04/mind-over-mountains-with-alex-staniforth/ 

https://alexstaniforth.com/ 

https://mindovermountains.org.uk/ 

November 27, 2020  

Ep.78 - Will Copestake Talks Scottish Highlands, Patagonia, And More

Will has cycled between all 282 Munros and climbed them, solo-circumnavigated the Scottish coastline by sea kayak, completed the Coldest Corbett Challenge, and regularly completes  expeditions in Patagonia. 

Will's first adventure, though, starts at 12 years old. After a fantastic outdoor upbringing in North West Scotland, during the peak of Ray Mears' influence, Will was 'cast-away' by his parents with a few friends overnight. From there, Will has gone on to complete expeditions in Patagonia, Scotland, Iceland, across Europe, and New Zealand. 

Before We Start 

Before we get into the episode, I want to mention the sponsor for this episode: Sidetracked Magazine. Sidetracked is dedicated to adventurous storytelling at it's very best. They use stunning imagery and personal stories from expeditions and journeys from around the globe, and you can tell

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Will Copestake 

Will is an inspiring adventurer and expedition leader. It was a pleasure to have him on the show. 

If you want to book your own canoe or kayak trip with him (like I currently am doing!) then you can follow the link here

Alternatively, keep up with his experiences and photography with his website Will Copestake Media or his Instagram

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/11/27/will-copestake/ 

November 20, 2020  

Ep.77 - BASE Jumping And Travelling The World With Tim Howell

Tim Howell has one of the most adrenaline filled histories from all of our interviews. Tim has wildlife guided in Africa, and then went on to join the Royal Marines. It was here as a Commando, that he developed his mental and physical robustness. He became Mountain Leader and has gone on to achieve so much more. Using this love and passion for the mountains and climbing, Tim did his first BASE jump in France, 2013. 

Having Tim on the podcast was such a pleasure. He has such a depth of experience, and you can follow along this journey by checking out his website here, or more actively on his Instagram or Facebook

Also, apologies for the slight internet quality on this episode. Hopefully it goes unnoticed. 

Read the full blog here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/11/20/tim-howell/ 

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November 13, 2020  

Ep.76 - Exploring The Highlands With Atlas Mountaineering - 5 Must-Do Adventures

The Scottish Highlands are just truly breath-taking. After my recent trip there, I left just knowing I had to do an episode on this... but with someone who knows the highlands a hell of a lot better than I! 

That's where Atlas Mountaineering comes in. Connor, who runs the company, knows the highlands so well. We got together to chat about 5 Must Do adventures in the Highlands. 

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November 6, 2020  

Ep.75 - 5 Must-Do Adventures On Oahu, Hawaii

Do you ever feel like you've been to a place when in reality you haven't? Driven the streets, seen the people, relaxed on those beaches. Well, unless you played Test Drive (a free-roam video game based on the island) then Dustin's description and clear love for Hawaii will certainly be scratching your travel itch in no time!

 

Dustin from That Adventure Life joins us again for his second of three episodes on Hawaii. This time: O'ahu

 

 

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Music by Ali Finneran: https://soundcloud.com/alifinneranmusic 

Dustin, That Adventure Life: https://thatadventurelife.com/ 

 

November 4, 2020  

A Podcast Update

Hello, welcome to Between The Mountains Adventure Podcast

 

That's right, we are now an 'adventure' podcast. The tiny decision to change from 'travel' to 'adventure' came from just looking at the natural path that this podcast has taken. The 5 must-do adventures, the interviews, the expeditions. They are all so fun to record and are going down a treat with you all!

If you're an avid listener of the podcast, you're probably expecting an episode today! But, I'm just here to announce that we are moving to a 1 per week schedule. Doing 2 per week has been fantastic, but moving to 1 per week means I can really focus on the quality for all of you and maximising the time that it's released.

So from now on, episodes will be released on Friday's 12noon UK local time. The focus of the episodes are going to be interviews, expeditions, the must-do adventures episodes and the occasional roadtrip too! So, if you have any of those stories to share, or fancy yourself an adventure expert in a place not yet covered, then please get in touch on btmtravelpod@gmail.com

There's a load of other updates that have happened or are yet to happen too, which I'm really excited about! So much is going on behind the scenes with some great sponsorships and offers for you all coming up, but as far as you're all concerned here are a few bits and bobs.

I want to hear more from you all, but I'll get on to that in a second. Firstly, I've gone through the website and, at time of recording, I have written a blog for nearly every single podcast uploaded with a few left to finish.

We have official merchandise from T-Shirts to travel mugs if you want to get snazzy stuff. But, if you really want to support the show and get some benefits in return, I've revamped the Patreon site with three affordable tiers. Go and check them out and see what you think!

Like I said, I want to hear from you all, and you can do that in a couple of ways. Please get in touch either on Instagram or on email (btmtravelpod@gmail.com) and just chat. Let me know where you're from, what kind of travels and adventures you've done! Ask me your questions. Let me know what countries, expeditions, or people you'd love to see on the podcast too and I'll see what I can do!

You never know, I might read it out on the following week's podcast.

Lastly, I just really wanted to thank all of you for listening and for sharing with your friends. Please keep doing that to help us grow! On Friday it is the 75th episode and it's just crazy to think that after starting in April with a really budget microphone, no music or editing and no clue what I'm doing! Now, we've got a better microphone, great music by Ali Finneran… and still no clue what I'm doing!

But seriously, thank you all so much for your attention. It really means so much!

Join in with the community. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and our new Facebook Page to share your own photos and videos here. Let me hear from your stories and questions on bmtravelpod@gmail.com, and I'll see you in the next episode!

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October 31, 2020  

Ep.74 - Exploring Ecuador

Stacia, from Stumble Safari, was in Ecuador for a month, and in her own words "it was not nearly enough time". There is so much to do there, and she takes us through the highlights of her trip - from volunteering veterinary work in the jungle to bridge jumping in Baños, and everything in between.

What was paramount in our discussion before recording was just how much there is to do in Ecuador. Hear the episode to find out more.

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Read the full article here: https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/10/31/exploring-ecuador/

Check out Stumble Safari here: https://stumblesafari.com/category/ecuador/ 

October 28, 2020  

Ep.73 - Kayaking The Grand Canyon

Sleeping under the stars every night, paddling through multiple rapids a day and taking in the Grand Canyon through out. Doesn't sound bad does it? 

Peter joins us talk about his 14 day adventure paddling through this National Park. 

Recording at 7am my time, and coming from Hobart, Tasmania, Peter starts off talking about his background. Peter has been a paddler all of his life. 

Learning at school doing slalom canoeing, Peter then competed internationally in his twenties, finishing his competitive career at 32, and competed at the Olympics in Barcelona. 

Since then, he has done a lot of coaching and club based activities, moving to Tasmania for the rapids, away from the city. 

This isn't something he just decided to do one day though. 

You paddle the Grand Canyon between two dams over two nights, and go through 200 rapids across this time! 

Listen on as Peter discusses his time staring at the most beautiful night skies and paddles through the Grand Canyon. 

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October 24, 2020  

Ep.72 - Investigating Glaciers In The Karakoram - The Karakoram Anomaly Project

If you started your career as a photographer, would you ever imagine you would find yourself in the Pakistani Karakoram, photographing glaciers, projects and mountain climbing? This episode brings together some of your main interests: mountains, glaciers, science, and expeditions. 

Hear how Tim and the team lived in isolation on the glacier for 2.5 months, measuring the glacier's movement, and making a first climb attempt on Yukshin Gardan Sar (7530m). 

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Before We Start 

Before we get into the episode, I want to mention the sponsor for this one: Sidetracked Magazine. Sidetracked is dedicated to adventurous storytelling at it's very best. They use stunning imagery and personal stories from expeditions and journeys from around the globe, and you can tell

If you are one of the few who haven't heard of them... what are you doing?! 

Go and check out their website and see for yourself. Browse and purchase from the back catalogue, subscribe, and browse/sign up to their free Field Journal newsletter; providing you with some of the best adventure updates weekly

Getting To The Glacier 

Tim Taylor comes back for a second episode to chat about the Karakoram Anomaly Project. Previously, we interviewed Tim on his background and career. But he's not just a photographer, which makes him perfect for projects like these. Alongside his fantastic photography, Tim is also a Royal Marine Reservist and mountain climber, who had not long returned from the Himalayas before getting on board with the Karakoram Anomaly Project. 

Tim starts by describing the beautiful yet baron scenery you find in the Karakoram. The journey in was also a bit shaky, narrowly avoiding a flash flood on the way. 

The Karakoram Anomaly 

The project was a mission to investigate a little known but deadly hazard unique to regions with big glaciers. Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOFs), or 'inland tsunamis' as they are known, was the potential threat and occurs when an ice dam containing a glacial lake breaches. The subsequent surge of water rushes downstream, destroying anything in its path. It is thought that over 80,000 people in the Karakoram are at risk from glacial lake outburst floods. 

The Anomaly actually comes from what the glacier itself appeared to be doing. Satellite data looked like they could be growing in length, but unsure whether it was stretching or gaining volume. This was what caused the concern; if it was stretching, then the ice dam cold already be building glacial lake water behind it!  

We talk about the floods that had occurred already from this glacier, referencing an article his friend did with UK Climbing. The glacier has the potential to do a lot of damage, which made the work the team did here even more paramount. 

But this type of weather seems to be the norm here. Just 4 hours after a huge landslide, Tim remarked how they had already opened the road again. Good to go! The journey and roadtrip to the Yukshin Glacier itself was enough of an expedition; at that point it would have made for an epic story back home. 

Hear more about this fascinating and captivating project in the podcast below! To top it off, hear how the team got stuck in a storm while attempting a first climb on Yukshin Garden Sar 

We have covered the Pakistani Karakoram before on the show, but this episode was such a pleasure to record and learn and dream. 

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October 21, 2020  

Ep.71 - 5 Must-Do Adventures In The Canadian Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are one of the gems of the world. Covered in beautiful mountains, alpine lakes, glaciers, and forests this region of the world attracts most of the outdoor community. 

Having covered The Dolomites beforehand, Marta from In A Faraway Land joins us to talk through some must-do adventures in the Canadian Rockies. 

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You Can Check-Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave 

Marta lived in the Canadian Rockies for 15 months on a working holiday visa. With the plan to drive the whole country East to West, Marta found herself instead spending the entire 15 months in the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia. 

There is so much to see and do, it's hard not to be willingly trapped there! Read on and listen to the podcast to hear the places you should go to in addition to Banff and Jasper National Parks

An Epic Roadtrip 

Marta kicks off the podcast and must-do adventures for the Canadian Rockies with an epic roadtrip. You can tailor it to meet you requirements, but if you check out the link you can see for yourself just how incredible it is. Or, check out her other roadtrip itinerary if you're coming in from the West. 

Marta's experience and knowledge shines straight away. Talking through the roadtrip, she details the fantastic locations and lakes to stop off at for some well-earned breaks along the way. Listen out for how to see the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies too! 

Don't Waste Your Time In Calgary 

Okay, before you jump on us, hear us out. This has nothing to do with Calgary, and everything to do with the Canadian Rockies. There is so much to do and beauty to see that Marta encourages you to get out of this beautiful and scenic city, and reach the mountains yourself. 

Kananaskis is the first place she recommends to reach, and oh-man is it full of adventure and beauty! Listen on to find out more or click here

The Views To Effort Ratio 

Going in to the first recommended day hike, Marta discusses Smutwood Peak (2693m/8835ft) and how fantastic it is. You can click on her article or use many apps to get there; it's going to be hard to find it on traditional maps. Dodging the grizzly bears and steep drops, Marta says that seeing sunrise from this spot was one of her favourite moments in the Canadian Rockies! 

Ha Ling Peak is up next. Standing at 2407m/7897ft, this is a great peak for newer walkers who want stunning scenery and views. Closed for two seasons to be made safer, it is now a well established route. But, leave early! The trail has naturally become popular following the improvements. 

Pocaterra Ridge and Tent Ridge are some of her favourites, too. It was here that Marta claimed that anything to do with ridges tends to have the best views-to-effort ratio. A fantastic way to put it, especially for all of you photographers out there. A funny thing to consider but a brilliant tool for holidays or more enjoyable days out. 

One interesting thing, amongst many, is that Marta went in June. Being new, she describes the action as stubborn - willing the summer to be there. She could not have been more wrong. It appears summer only comes for one month in the Canadian Rockies, and June is not then. If you are going at a similar time, bring gaiters, ice axe, crampons. Pocaterra is beautiful for the high altitude, views of remote areas and hiking between three peaks. 

But, that being said, the Canadian Rockies do require effort! 

Multi-Day Hikes 

Following this, we talk about backpacking and multi-day hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Detailing some of her favourites, Marta goes in to great depth, detailing the ins-and-outs. For more information, listen on and check out her own travel writing on it here

In A Faraway Land 

Marta runs the incredibly successful travel blog In A Faraway Land. Specifically, her Canadian Rockies section is full of roadtrips, hikes, backpacking, and photography guides. 

It doesn't stop there though. Marta covers a wide range of locations, all of which you are sure to love, with more being added along the way! Check out her website here, or her Instagram here

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/10/20/5-must-do-adventures-in-the-canadian-rockies/

 

October 17, 2020  

Ep.70 - Exploring Sri Lanka

Cory and Lianne spent some incredible time on a full 30 day visa in Sri Lanka. They explored the island and had some fantastic experiences on the island. Such a pleasure to have them on! 

 

In the middle of a long trip, with Nepal and India being a main focus, they decided to take a slower paced trip to Sri Lanka. 

 

Chatting Through The Highlights 

 

A month long spent anywhere is so much for one podcast. So, as hard as it is, they identify some of the key highlights and chat through. 

 

Arriving into Columbo, they comment how the city doesn't feel so overwhelming, with some modern vibes. But, it's not long before they head straight over to their first National Park. 

 

There is an abundance of wildlife on this island from elephants to leopards, and they even have an encounter with an elephant which you'll want to listen out for! 

 

"22 National Parks on this tiny little island, and they're all just so incredible!" 

 

Forever Break 

 

Cory and Lianne were such a pleasure to have on the show. Chatting about hiking, wildlife, National Parks and more was a brilliant way to spend some time before they shot off on a kayaking trip! 

 

Make sure you check out their podcast too! 

 

I want to listen, now! 

 

There were a couple of signal bits then snuck in, thanks lockdown! I hope you can forgive me for not getting those chopped out! 

 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/10/17/exploring-sri-lanka/ 

 

October 14, 2020  

Ep.69 - Unconditional Acceptance and Climbing Mountains with Caroline George

Interviewing people is one of my greatest pleasure. One thing about it, is that no matter how much I do or don't research, each individual can answer so uniquely. Something that kept recurring in this interview with Caroline George was the topic of 'adaptability' and how use a tool it is for getting through expeditions, climbing mountains, and life. 

 

Competing in the Ice Climbing World Cup and also a member of the International Federation Of Mountain Guides Association, Caroline has climbed some of the toughest routes across the world. Places from Norway, to Iceland, to the Canadian Rockies, to Alberta, to the Alps and to Antarctica and so much more. Coming from a small ski village in the Swiss Alps and now an established climber, guide, and athlete, Caroline's experience comes in vast amounts from ski mountaineering to rock and ice climbing. 

 

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Adaptability 

 

We start off the podcast and immediately begin to talk about adaptation. Caroline's Mother recently passed away and it's on the forefront of her world lens, naturally. Alongside this, Caroline has also had a long career before becoming a parent, and now afterwards too. With this challenge alone - something many of us will face - are the changes that come with being a parent. 

 

It doesn't end. You just adapt. 

 

Caroline is one of many parents who takes it upon herself to show her child how to live, and not just tell them. It's so vital to provide them with memories and experiences that they feel and will last forever. Something I'm sure so many of us can agree on; I personally remember many more experiences than I do specific toys I liked. 

 

Adapting is such a key to success in life. The opportunity to do so will hit all of us so many times in life. You can either take the opportunity and grow with it, or stay still and expire. 

 

An Expedition Leader 

 

Caroline also talks about leading people of all ages. From her new project taking kids rock climbing to leading adults up mountains. We talk about the different stages of team development and draw analogies to children brushing their teeth. I promise it makes sense in the episode! 

 

What really struck me was her method of dealing with challenging leadership situations. Avoiding an 'Ask, Tell, Yell' approach, Caroline asks meaningful questions to her group so that they can find the correct answer themselves, rather than be told. 

 

Caroline doesn't just have a wealth of knowledge, but she has also overcome so much. In her early days, there were many who tried to put labels on her and tell her that she couldn't be a mountain guide because she was a woman. 

 

So, in the best way possible, Caroline ignored them and has let her results show - and, boy, do they show! Having climbed, competed, and led across the world, she is one of few people who can compare from first hand experience climbing in Ethiopia to Antarctica! Listen on to find out her answer! 

 

Unconditional Acceptance 

 

Towards the end of our time talking, Caroline talks about 'Unconditional Acceptance'. In her words, it is the ultimate adaptability to any situation you may not want. It's about making the best and learning from it. If you can accept challenges and changes unconditionally, you will reduce your suffering of an experience. 

 

It's relatable to our travel and expeditions. We all go on adventures to have an experience and be pushed beyond the comfort zone. It's beyond that zone that we develop, and if you can accept unconditionally and not always want different you can grow and enjoy and build for next time.  

 

Your Dose Of Positivity 

 

What this episode with Caroline provided, for me at least, was tales of adventure mixed with positive and driven language. A conversation where you can jump climbing mountains, to favourite regions, to overcoming challenges, to getting the most out of life is always a fantastic one. 

 

You can learn more about what Caroline does here and for more frequent update, you can follow her Instagram here. In addition, scroll down to listen to the podcast, and watch her featured video with Eddie Bauer. 

 

Beautifully shot video from Eddie Bauer 

 

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October 10, 2020  

Ep.68 - Backpacking Across Vietnam

 

Ryan's travel knowledge and experience far exceeds my own. Running the Travel With Cooky blog, he returns to the show to talk about his time and itinerary in Vietnam. 

 

We discuss Hanoi, Halong Bay, the Hai Van Pass, Ho Chi Minh City and more! Don't forget to click the links to read more directly on Travel With Cooky

 

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From North To South 

 

Ryan kicks off talking about his reasons to go there. Alongside scenery and culture, he also recalls watching the Top Gear episode where they drive in Vietnam. 

 

What is fantastic about Ryan is the knowledge he brings. Delivered alongside his character, Ryan details how best to fly to Vietnam (I'll give you a clue, don't fly there... see what I mean here!). 

 

Before you know it, Ryan is chatting through his itinerary. You'll have no problem visualising yourself walking down their very busy roads. Specifically, you will be ready to turn into and become a moped yourself just to simply cross a road! 

 

Ryan's itinerary from North to South sounds like a dream, and I know a couple of people who have done it this way. Starting in the colder regions by the mountains, with the option for the Ha Giang Loop, and heading down, following the gorgeous coastline to Ho Chi Minh City. 

 

Ryan describes the culture shocks, the landscape and officially declares Vietnam as having the best food - and it's cheap for Western currency too! 

 

Travel With Cooky - More Than Anecdotes 

 

Ryan runs the Travel With Cooky blog. It is full of fantastic stories of his travels. 

 

But what Ryan offers that I rarely see elsewhere is the extra mile to help you, the reader. He details his research, how he gets places, how to save money, the best places to go... 

 

If that wasn't enough, he also features discounts for you through his affiliates and guest bloggers to add a different style and corner of the planet to his site, like the article I wrote. 

 

Have a scroll of his articles on Vietnam while listening if you like, like his Hanoi one and Halong Bay one. 

 

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October 7, 2020  

Ep.67 - Exploring Costa Rica

 

Have you ever heard of a work-cation? Well, Francois and his partner have. Working remotely, they spent 3 weeks in Costa Rica doing a huge range of activities. White water rafting, zip-line, wildlife, a range of National Parks, kayaking, surfing, hiking... hear about it all here!

 

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The Landscape and Wildlife

 

Francois starts off talking about the immense landscape and wildlife. With run ins with a snake, you can expect the usual information from a travel blogger. Full of fantastic information and tips, you can read more here too.

 

Talking us through the itinerary, Francois quickly moves to white water rafting and hiking a volcano obscured by cloud.

 

Visiting Monteverde National Park seems to be a huge highlight. Brilliant for photography this stunning landscape has low clouds, forests and wildlife. If that wasn't enough, there is a huge zip line here for you to top off the trip.

 

Full of Adventure

 

This place and episode hugely blew my expectations away. I expected to hear about surfing, hiking, and photography.

 

Instead, Francois blew me away with descriptive language, information and an action packed 3 weeks away.

 

This islands seems to provide for all. The budget traveller or luxury traveller. Adventure of relaxation.

 

Listen to the podcast below, check our Francois' travel blog, or watch his video:

 

 

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October 3, 2020  

Ep.66 - Trekking A Christmas Tree To Trolltunga

 

Have you ever had a crazy vision that just seemed perhaps too funny to actually do, or you never get round to doing it? 

 

Covering the house in Christmas lights? Hiking a mountain in a onesie? How about trekking a Christmas tree 13km into the Norwegian mountains for a photo that you have envisioned. 

 

Well, Falke did just that. 

 

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A Yearly Tradition 

 

Falke's tradition starts with a popular hike: Kjeragbolten. He managed to trek his way there through the snow and ice for his first Christmas Tree photoshoot. His want for adventure and doing something new and not seen before comes from within his passion for photography. 

 

Falke had even planned to do the mighty Preikestolen, but someone managed to get there before him in 2018. Since then, he has always been one step ahead - and last year he managed to get the Christmas Tree to Trolltunga! This year? Well, you'll have to follow him on Facebook or Instagram to find out! 

 

Heading Into The Storm 

 

Falke details the kit you need to bring for this. Trolltunga is a fantastic hike. You can read more about this for a normal setting here. I wrote an article for Travel With Cooky all about Taking On Trolltunga (includes the YouTube video!). 

 

For this, however, things were a little different. During the hiking season and autumn you can do this in a day. For Falke, this was a multi-day expedition; 2 days out, and then waiting to set the tree up (scroll down to see video of high winds!). 

 

Trolltunga is on the edge of the Hardangervidda. In an incredible way, it essentially creates its own wind. Trolltunga sits down hill from the plateau, which means it can build to some huge intensity. Watching the footage make me realise just how lucky I was with my conditions for the hike. 

 

In true expedition format, Falke conducted some great research: check weather forecasts, chatting to local mountain rescue who know the terrain. He needed the snow to pull the tree on the sled. It's a different expedition altogether if he had to carry all of his kit on his back. 

 

Heading out to Odda and up to Skjeggedal the snow looked great... but the weather was taking a turn for the worse (remember that video I said to scroll to?). 

 

After getting a snowmobile ride to the top of the first hairpins, Falke and his friend got ready, and set out to Trolltunga. 

 

Click next picture for some epic storm winds!

 

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September 30, 2020  

Ep.65 - Climbing Aconcagua Solo

 

The Roof Of The Western Hemisphere 

 

Aconcagua reaches 6,962m into the sky. Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Western hemisphere, and on the bucket list for many. For Alex, it was on his too. While in Argentina, he took the opportunity to head out and climb this peak. The episode includes brilliant information on permits, location, gear, and also on some smaller hikes before climbing the big one itself. 

 

Fantastic Foundations 

 

Alex bases himself in Wales where he has started his climbing career. Before that, he has been working 8 years in the outdoor industry. His experience includes being dropped off for an expedition in Svalbard - and it was this that encouraged him to organise things himself. 

 

Alex then organised his time to spend 6 months backpacking in Chile and Argentina, with the focus of reaching the highest point in the western hemisphere. 

 

Reaching The Roof 

 

Hear in this episode how Alex details getting the permit and got to the mountain. There are two routes to head to the summit: The Normal Route and The Vacas (Valley) Route

 

In this episode we discuss the Normal Route; it's better to have more people around when doing it solo... and the permit is cheaper! 

 

Having done smaller hikes in the region, Alex was already starting to feel acclimatised. Listen to the podcast to hear where, and find out why this came in incredibly useful! 

 

Alex spent a week hiking in the area before heading to Aconcagua, reaching 5954m as a highest point. With Aconcagua literally in sight, temptation was enough, and Alex headed the base camp. 

 

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September 26, 2020  

Ep.64 - Exploring Olympic National Park

 

Olympic National Park is a gem of the Pacific Northwest Region. Scattered with mountains, forests and wildlife, hear Melissa's anecdotes and information on Olympic National Park. 

 

The Tip Of The US 

 

Olympic National Park takes you to the most North Western tip of the lower 48 states - even giving you some Canadian signal at one point! 

 

Flying into Seattle, you're going to need a car. It's quite the roadtrip (make sure you have the essentials with you!) to get to the first spot in this million-acre Park

 

As we move through the podcast, or if you want more detail, please check out Melissa's own blog on the park with her '10 Best Things To Do' in Olympic National Park. 

 

Hurricane Ridge is the first sport on her itinerary. This is a beautiful spot to take in the expansive mountains, maybe even a chance of seeing some inverse clouds! Well worth the slight diversion. 

 

Lake Crescent is the next stop over with beautiful views and moody weather. Afterwards, you can stop off at two great hikes. Hear in the podcast for more details, one of them is a real thigh burner! Or, remember to check out Melissa's article for written details (it includes Google Maps!). 

 

The PNW National Parks 

 

Inviting Melissa on to talk about Olympic National Park was a real pleasure. That whole region of the US is filled with such enticing views, scenery and wildlife. 

 

If you haven't already, be sure to check out Melissa's session on A Weekend In Mount Rainier National Park, her written words on it, or blog, or Instagram (where she is most active). 

 

It was such a pleasure to sit back and hear Melissa's anecdotes and recommended itinerary. Especially recording at the start of the pandemic, it was great to be virtually whisked away to this gorgeous and stunning setting. 

 

Melissa is also a fantastic person doing a lot for the outdoors community, climate, and social justice. Her interview with us is here and I recommend you check it out! 

 

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September 23, 2020  

Ep.63 - Balancing Passion and Profession With @MyNamesNiki

 

The Unanswered Question 

 

How do you balance your passions with your profession... which may also be a passion of yours? Seeing Niki's updates and life as a medical student mixed with rock climbing caught my attention. Realising that there was more to this situation than the sport itself, we decided to do take a dive in to Niki's background. 

 

The Importance Of Getting Outdoors 

 

Rock climbing for Niki is her form of active meditation. You are focussed on your next move, everything else disappears. 

 

Chatting through different types, Niki explains how she partakes in bouldering and sport climbing. This takes you from small walls doing complex manoeuvres with nothing but a crash mat underneath you, to technical rope work up steep cliff edges. 

 

"When you're on the wall, everything in your mind disappears and nothing else really matters except your next move." 

 

Even if your sport isn't your form of meditation, de-stressing should still be a priority of all of ours. 

 

For Niki, she is a medical student working through a pandemic. We chat about trying to get out and decompress in the outdoors, especially in a time where we have to respect social distancing at time of recording. 

 

The outdoors can find you some peace and rid your anxiety. Even if - as Niki states - staying indoors is seeing our muscle replaced with banana bread, you can still make time to do what you can and stay local. Whether you're in a pandemic or not, this is always a fantastic option if you can't reach your ideal place. 

 

Bouldering At Pirates Cove

 

"It's Like Walking On A Tight Rope" 

 

Very quickly, we start the direct question of balance. Everyone faces this issue to different degrees, and I've avoided for the most part the topic; you can never truly balance everything. Graham Zimmerman (a previous mountain climbing guest on our show) shows great understanding of this. So, with a guest who has two extremely time consuming elements in her life, I popped the question. 

 

"They both take a lot of time and commitment, and they are both huge parts of my identity. I'm not ready to give up either one of them." 

 

There's something I saw when in university. It was a triangle that showed three choices: social life, sleep, and studying. You had to pick two

 

That theme seems to run throughout. Niki faces these same issues; her studies come first, and the other third of her time are for luxuries. 

 

You know, little things like eating, sleeping and rock climbing. 

 

For people like Niki, it is fantastic that a hobby and sport involves others so much - at least that ticks a socialising box! 

 

Adapt Or Die 

 

It's something you hear from motivational speakers: adapt or die. Getting out in to nature and the outdoors is the most satisfying from of rock climbing. In Niki's case, she may not be able to get outdoors, but the gym is a quick solution that involves very little set up and travel time in comparison. 

 

We can all learn something from this. Don't give up too easily on a passion, there is always a way to keep something flowing. The bad times are rarely permanent; a phase that will pass. 

 

For another half an hour we carry on talking. Hear about different ideal places to climb, her travel history, medical missions, mental health, discipline cross overs, and music! 

 

You can follow Niki's journeys and updates here 

 

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September 19, 2020  

Ep.62 - Lotta Hintsa Talks Mountains, Endurance, Mindset & More

 

An Inspirational And Eclectic Background 

 

 

Lotta is a truly inspirational woman who you certainly can’t place into one category - and for good reason. Lotta has a masters degree in economics and volunteers. Having recently completed a 24 hour endurance challenge and returned from Lofoten, Lotta sat down for an interview with us to talk about mountains and more.

 

In 2013 she was crowned Miss Finland and while continuing with modelling and entertainment work is now a mountaineer having scaled mountains such as G2, Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, Broad Peak, West Spanish Peak, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua... and despite all of these and more her Mum still calls it hiking!

 

Kicking the interview off, we talk about training in the high mountains of Colorado to the lower altitudes of Finland. Lotta sticks to a hard regime of training and stays disciplined to keep that up, while keeping her other business in entertainment functioning. 

 

Growing up in Ethiopia surrounded by the mountains there, she recalls how the culture and landscape impacted her. When flying past Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) as a kid she remembers just thinking to herself "I'm going to climb that one day". You either that want to climb in your, or you don't, and I agree. 

 

The Feeling Of The Mountains 

 

You can train as much as you like, but when you actually reach where you've been planning to go - in this case the high mountains and the Karakoram - the feeling is incredible. 

 

The Karakoram holds a special place in Lotta's heart, and is sorely missed as we go through the pandemic lockdown that is the year 2020. Starting from camp early each day and carrying half your weight on your back, putting one foot in front of the other. 

 

It's rewarding and her decision to be completely natural on the mountains (carry her own kit, doesn't use supplemental oxygen) has not only been trained in to her by Don Bowie, but is supported by her body's clear natural ability to deal with altitude well. It's like she has hit the ground running. 

 

A Passion for Climbing 

 

Lotta's drive and motivation is paramount in everything she does, which you can follow along with her Instagram. Throughout her entertainment and modelling career, Lotta has kept up her passions and now she is focussing on them even more.  

 

Although currently back in Finland, training with Don Bowie in Colorado has only strengthened this. It's one thing to enjoy getting out of your comfort zone, but when your trainer says you're not in discomfort if you enjoy it, you know you're in it to get the results.

 

It is not just a passion for the mountains you need though; you need the mindset too. We explore that in some depth as we discuss what it takes to understand that not coming home at all is the only true failure, getting to the summit isn't everything, and more. 

 

I've often thought that the mountains - and travel in general - helps one to become more appreciative. Those huge chunks of rock being pushed over millions of years by tectonic plates, growing further into the sky can provide you with some perspective. Your problems, more often than not, really aren't worth worrying about. Lotta seems have this appreciation too as she discusses some of the Ethiopian people. She calls those trying to provide for their families as warriors, and contrasts this to typical Western culture where so many are upset when they don't have the newest 'thing'. 

 

You go back to basics in the mountains. 

 

Hearing from Ethiopia to Lapland, Colorado to the Karakoram, it was a pleasure to have Lotta on the show. Hear more about her history and explore her career and passions further with the podcast. 

 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/09/19/lotta-hintsa/ 

September 16, 2020  

Ep.61 - 5 Must-Do Via Ferrata & Hikes In The Dolomites

The Dolomites 

A lot of people’s first view of the Dolomites might be that classic over the shoulder shot, over and along rising grass plain to a 3 peak mountain stood in front. Marta’s was too, and from there she dedicated time to explore the region. 

 

In this episode we welcome Marta from In A Far Away Land. Marta is someone who has had a fantastic amount of experience in the Dolomites, and a perfect suggestion for the podcast from previous guest Kate Fletcher (from Bags Always Packed). 

Kicking the episode off, Marta goes over some tips and general advice, including to book the mountain huts in advance. Later on, she also advises to take a map with you and advises of the best time to visit – and the busiest! 

Hiking The Dolomites 

First off, we discuss two hikes in the region; a day hike and a multi-day hike. But, Marta quickly explains how there are so many that are so beautiful; what are her favourite ones today, could be replaced by others the next day as she recalls stunning memories. 

We go over in detail what to expect, where to stay and what we’ll be seeing. 

Cable To The Top 

The Via Ferratas are what grab my attention though. With different skill levels, and approximately 700 in the region, narrowing these down to favourites are hard. 

Marta has done at time of writing about 60 of them, and is happy to share three: a beginner, intermediate and advanced route. 

What comes next, as you would expect from a travel blogger, is fantastic information on the different ways to reach the start points, what to expect, the kit you’ll need… the information goes on. 

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September 12, 2020  

Ep.60 - Backpacking In Budapest

Beautiful Budapest

Budapest has been a on my list for a long time now. It seems to be a haven for travellers young and old. Interrailing through Europe, cruising the River Danube or even just there for a stag do. 

Budapest has so much to offer though, so last year I booked my trip with my friend to go. A year later, this may well need to be delayed. 

A 5-Day Itinerary 

Which makes it all the sweeter that Ryan from Travel With Cooky came on the show to talk about his time spent there and photography. Ryan talks about all Budapest has to offer; cathedrals, ruin bars, and New Years Eve, and more over his 5 day itinerary. 

As a travel blogger, Ryan leaks helpful and fantastic detail out of him throughout the episode. He discusses some tips along the way, how to get to Budapest, and good places to stay. 

Travel With Cooky 

Ryan's blog is incredibly helpful. It provides some of the best travel info, product reviews and discount hacks going. If you don't like that, then he also does quizzes! Check it out here: https://travelwithcooky.com/ 

Ryan also solo-travels mostly, so be sure to subscribe to his mailing list if you do too to get your top-tips and articles sent straight to your inbox. 

The Podcast 

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September 9, 2020  

Ep.59 - Tim Taylor Talks Mindset, Expeditions & Photography

Placing learning from others and producing work as a priority on expeditions, Tim’s foundations began in 2007 when joining the Royal Marines Reserves. Since then his expedition and photography career has taken him to beautiful and exciting places from bordering Taliban territory in Pakistan to entering the Patagonia Adventure Race. He has won multiple awards and is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and more, so it is a huge pleasure to have Tim on. 

Where Do We Begin? 

Taking a step to move out of your life’s “groove”, and away from negativity and patterns that you don’t like takes a lot of strength, and Tim has done just that. Moving away from the company car life, Tim re-focused his efforts into his passions and it has paid off tenfold. 

“I think [training with the Royal Marines] allows you to suffer – and enjoy it!” 

Opening with a question of mindset from his military training, we talk about his experience in depth. From the Himalayas, the Karakoram, climbing Denali, photography in the mountains, mindset, military training and more. 

I really hope you enjoy it, and please check out more of Tim’s content too: 

https://www.instagram.com/timtaylor_photography/ 

https://www.lisanorrisgallery.com/artists/49-tim-taylor/works/ 

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September 5, 2020  

Ep.58 - Exploring Lakes In The Italian Alps

It's a big pleasure to welcome Two Alps Girls to the show today. 

We talk about hiking and exploring lakes in the Italian Alps. 

Please check out their website here: https://twoalpsgirls.com/ 

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September 2, 2020  

Ep.57 - #VanLife & Rock Climbing Across North America

We welcome Jonathan to the show today from Mindful Communications.  

It was fantastic to chat with him about his Van Life journey and hear his story. 

I really recommend you go and check out his work here: 

http://bit.ly/JMPressKit 

https://www.mindfulcommunication.me/what-is-coaching 

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August 29, 2020  

Ep.56 - Re-Writing The 7 Summits World Record

In this exciting episode recorded in May 2020, we sit down with Jon Gupta. Jon facilitated Steve Plain's 7 Summits World Record, completing 6 of the summits alongside Steve. 

 

In this episode, we go over some untold stories, behind the scenes information, and, of course, some epic tales. 

 

If you missed Jon's interview, be sure to check it out. He is a man with some much experience and knowledge! 

https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/ep-21-an-interview-with-jon-gupta/ 

https://mountain-expeditions.co.uk/ 

 

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August 26, 2020  

Ep.55 - 5 Must-Do Adventures In Bosnia

In this episode, we welcome Kenan from http://www.highlander.ba/tours to discuss his wonderful home of Bosnia.  

 

Kenan perfectly blends culture with adventure in this captivating and inspiring episode. 

 

We said we'd talk about 5 recommended adventures to have in Bosnia, and Kenan bests that and adds a bonus one at the end.

Be sure to check out his website, and I really hope you enjoy this fun session with Kenan. 

 

www.betweenthemountains.org 

 

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August 22, 2020  

Ep.54 - South West US Roadtrip

Recorded back in May, it is a pleasure to welcome Liana of @SeekingTheNow back to the show to chat through her road trip itinerary exploring South West US in a brief, spontaneous moment.

 

Be sure to check out her website here: 

https://www.seekingthenow.com/ 

And her episode on climbing Mount Baker here: 

https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/ep-23-climbing-mount-baker-with-seekingthenow/ 

 

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August 19, 2020  

Ep.53 - Ski Mountaineering Across Patagonia

Grab your snacks and strap in for an epic adventure in Patagonia. In this episode, TJ goes over his epic and adventurous time ski mountaineering across Patagonia.  

Living out of a van, dodgy interactions with mafia-types, epic slopes, perfect conditions, and not-so-perfect conditions are all to hear in this captivating episode with TJ. 

It's such a pleasure to welcome TJ David back to the show to chat about his time ski-mountaineering in the region. If you haven't heard our interview with him from May, be sure to check it out

An Eye-Opening Expedition

Talking about his first of multiple trips to Patagonia, he describes the region as beautiful yet challenging (so basically, ideal, right?!). Patagonia definitely threw some hurdles at TJ while he was pursing his backcountry ski mountaineering there. But, as with all fantastic places, it gave back too.

Utilising the Van Life livelihood, TJ and his friend explored the region over three weeks. If you want to follow along with TJ as he talks about his time there, then check out his own articles here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Escaping The Summer

"Escaping The Summer" is a line that you will probably only ever hardcore skiers say. But, escape the summer is what TJ did. As the season closed off in the Northern Hemisphere, TJ got on a plane and headed to the other end of the world to Ski.

It helps too when you have good company. TJ was accompanied in this less-than-ideal van by his friend, who describes as being incredibly laid back, with the skill level of a professional skier. Perfect!

With the foundations set, it was time to embark on their Van Life Expedition.

Arriving at their first location, TJ describes the scenery as breath-taking! With some high and some lows, the story unfolds on the general description of utterly beautiful. Starting the journey with a fake travel-agents, and ending it ski the most perfect day and conditions, TJ will captivate and fascinate you with this expedition.

Listen on in the podcast as TJ describes and talks through his epic and beautiful time ski mountaineering in Patagonia!

TJ David – More Than Just Ski Mountaineering

TJ asks his clients a lot about their “WHY”‘s. In the interview, I turned the question on to him.

There’s is so much to this personal level of reasoning and spirit. But what TJ touches upon – which I think it silently very inspirational – is his love for the daily process of improving a little bit, every single day. Making those small steps that over time produce the big picture goal. Having that long-term goal.

What is your long-term goal?

TJ is an incredible individual, with so much to give. You can check out his coaching herehis Instagram here, and more information on himself here

I want to listen, now!

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August 15, 2020  

Ep.52 - Wolters World Talks Travel Tips, Culture & More

In this interview, Mark talks about his travel history and experience and gives top travel tips for the locations that you voted for in the community.

 

For those who don't know, Mark is a marketing professor but more importantly, a travel genius. His main platform is YouTube where he provides honest, realistic, and engaging reviews and tips of different locations from do's and don't's to culture shocks.

 

He beats the travel guide books and gives real on the ground first-hand tips to exploring cities. They are a go-to if you have booked, want to book, or just like a destination - because he has most likely covered it! 

 

https://www.youtube.com/woltersworld 

https://woltersworld.com/ 

 

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August 12, 2020  

Ep.51 - A Weekend At Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park - and the mountain itself for that matter - cover the internet with its wonderful scenery and that huge Mount Rainier dominating every shot. 

Melissa - otherwise known as Miss Rover - comes on the show to tell us about her time and a recommended itinerary at Mount Rainier National Park. 

If you haven't already heard her interview from the end of June, I recommend you check that out. Melissa is a brilliantly experienced individual in travel, and I really hope you enjoy the episode that includes some of the best viewpoints in the park!  

Mount Rainier National Park 

Melissa has gone multiple times in multiple seasons, and you can hear why. It's popular for a reason, and not just Mount Rainier. There are plenty of different mountains in the area. 

Melissa has her own blog on the location too, which you can read along with the podcast or just read on its own; its bloody good! 

Listening to Melissa talk about the views, hikes and routes and just her passion for the area is inspiring. The part I enjoyed most is where Melissa talks about doing an overnight hike on part of a massive 96 mile trail, taking you to a height of 25,000 feet. 

Miss Rover 

Melissa is a brilliant individual, who does so much for the outdoor community, climate, and more recently social justice alongside the Black Lives Matter movement. 

You can check out her blog hereher Instagram here, and her new YouTube channel here

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August 8, 2020  

Ep.50 - 5 Must-Do Adventures On Big Island, Hawaii

As a 50th episode special, I invite Dustin from That Adventure Life back on to the show to chat about one of his favourite places: Hawaii 

 

Dustin recommends 5 adventures to have on the island, with two episodes on two further islands to come!  

 

This was such a fun episode to record, and I hope you enjoy it too! 

 

thatadventurelife.com 

 

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August 5, 2020  

Ep.49 - Expedition In The High Sierras

Lucy Shepherd comes back for her final of three parts to the show. We talk about exploring the High Sierras, dodging avalanches, rationing food, and literally getting lost in the mountains.  

 

I really hope you enjoy it, I certainly did as I listened to this epic journey! 

 

www.lucyshepherd.net 

 

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