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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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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/09/02/ski-mountaineering-across-patagonia/ 

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! 

 

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August 1, 2020  

Ep.48 - #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt - Two Roaming Souls

Today we invite Two Roaming Souls on to the show to talk about their Van Life, modifications, and travels.

 

Website: tworoamingsouls.com 

Instagram: instagram.com/tworoamingsouls

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0MiZd3gq_hOj7bdT_4V3Qw

 Facebook: facebook.com/tworoamingsouls  

Twitter: twitter.com/tworoamingsouls

 

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July 29, 2020  

Ep.47 - Scuba Diving In Egypt

To round off and finish July, we welcome back Ly to the podcast. We talk about her time scuba diving in Egypt, which just sounds beautiful.

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July 25, 2020  

Ep.46 - Climbing In The Pakistani Karakoram

Graham's dream to climb in the Pakistani Karakoram starts as a kid. After reading about it and seeing the incredible photos, it captured his attention immediately. But, perhaps like a lot of people's dreams sadly, he thought it may never be achievable to climb there. 

Fast forward to 2020, Graham joins the podcast to talk about his career and climbing experience in the Karakoram. Through hard-work and drive, he has now taken part in multiple expeditions there, experiencing the fantastic community and brilliant mountains first hand. 

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One Of The Most Special Places On The Planet 

The Karakoram is a mountain range crossing India, China, Pakistan, and even as far as Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Some of the highest mountains in the world reside there, including K2 and other 8000m peaks. 

What makes this place special for a climber, as Graham describes, is that most of the rock there is Granite or Granitoid; one of the best rocks for climbing on. Think about El Capitan, or the Mont Blanc Massif. 

What comes with this strong and robust rock are some very steep and tall mountains. This is where Graham comes in! 

It's been at the forefront of his mind as a kid. Casting his thoughts back to High School, it was a National Geographic article and photos of some of the bigger peaks that sparked the fire for the Karakoram. But, Graham took a humbling and modest approach and just remained in total awe of the mountain ranges. He didn't consider whether he should or shouldn't climb these mountains, but he instead grew a complete appreciate for the range and detail. 

Reaching The Karakoram 

Before Graham reached the Karakoram, there were a few hurdles. When he first initially was able to go, he first wasn't able to attain a permit in 2012, which was then followed unfortunately by Nanga Parbat massacre in 2013. 

So, when they opportunity arose again, there was much convincing to be done. Not only Graham's wife and Mum, but also Graham himself. Graham is widely renowned for his safe and expert climbing across the world. That extends to, quite obviously, potential terrorist attacks. 

There's also a lot of preparation both logistically and physically to be done. I cast the question further back and ask if there was a time during any of his climbing where he had ever put skills or ideas aside in case he was to reach the Karakoram. 

Graham has worked hard at building progressions into his career. Breaking down his goals in to a step-by-step plan. With climbing in places like Alaska and Patagonia, he had a notion that he was making progress. Looking back, it seems obvious now that he was working towards the bigger mountains of the world. 

But the other component, is that climbing is such a passion and just generally so fun for Graham that he'll find his skills and experience build and grow naturally anyway. 

A perfect example of living in the moment. 

Then, he has that conversation, and confirms to take part in his first expedition to the Pakistani Karakoram. To say he was excited is an understatement! 

Listen to the podcast to hear more detail on Graham's passion and experience, training, gear, the the mountains themselves. 

Graham Zimmerman 

Graham is such a fascinating and fantastic individual. He has achieved so much, and is only growing his accomplishments as he continues to climb mountains and lead against climate change. 

You can find Graham’s website here, and find out more about his work with Protect Our Winters here 

Listen to the podcast to hear in depth his views and answers on his climbing career and climate change. Also, make sure you check out the YouTube video “An Imperfect Advocate” – it’s a really inspiring video, and relatable in many ways. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/07/25/climbing-in-the-pakistani-karakoram/ 

July 22, 2020  

Ep.45 - Graham Zimmerman Talks Mountains, Climate & More

Based currently out of Oregon, and with nearly 2 decades of mountain climbing experience consisting of many first ascents, awards for excellence and New Zealand alpinist of the year, Graham is extremely established within the climbing and expedition community. 

Graham Zimmerman is more than just an alpinist though. 

Graham has a hydro glaciology degree which led him to work as a geo-physicist and search and rescue technician for many years. Now, climbing full time, this love has led him to not only continue to climb big mountains in awe of their beauty, but also give back and work with companies such as “Protect Our Winters” towards raising awareness and creating an impact towards climate change. 

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An Award Winning Alpinist 

Starting at 15, Graham cut his teeth in the Southern Alps, New Zealand. Since then, Graham has gone on to climb in areas such as Alaska, Patagonia, the Pakistani KarakorumCanadian Rockies, Himalayas, and Kyrgyzstan, always searching for that perfect route up the mountain. 

Beginning the podcast, we chat about the differences between New Zealand and America. Starting off broadly, and then zeroing into the climbing aspect. Reflecting on his background, Graham talks about his goal to do high-end, technical routes that have never been done before on big mountains. 

“One of my favourite things about climbing is we each get to choose how we get at it”, Graham says. “There are no rules in climbing besides be nice to the people around you and be nice to the environment. If you’re doing those two things you can climb however you want“. This came about because I mentioned his new route “The Indirect American“, and what his ‘why’s were for climbing new routes. 

Describing Type 2 fun almost to the book, Graham describes how falling in love with wild places, heavy exertion, and a sense of exploration drive his passion and achievements for climbing new routes. 

It is these reasons that have led Graham to win his most recent award: the Piolet d’Or, or the “gold medal of alpine climbing”, for his first ascent of Link Sar in Pakistan, alongside Chris Wright, Steve Swenson, and Mark Richey. 

Telling Stories As An Imperfect Advocate 

For years, Graham travelled wherever he could to climb. Due to this, he often wrote off any capability of fighting climate change because of his carbon footprint. 

Even if he thought he could, finding out how to go about raising awareness and creating change was proving difficult. 

Enter Protect Our Winters, stage left. 

Protect Our Winters essentially takes athletes and ‘weaponizes’ them to become climate activists. They provide all the information and tools for these athletes to tell and share their stories and become extremely effective in the climate policy space. 

Since then, Graham has spent a lot of time lobbying in Washington D.C., lobbying in the state capital in Oregon, and presenting to thousands of people across the United States. 

Discussions on climate tend to be extremely partisan and divided. It gets people’s back up, and, as Graham puts it, “once you get people feeling like they’re in a confrontation, they stop listening, and you stop being effective”. 

What Graham and Protect Our Winters do, is use the tool and powers of telling stories to meet people in the muddle, and use the power of other’s people’s impact and perspectives to bring about change. It engages with our shared humanity, and brings about a connection on the issue. 

“The difference between climate change and ducking out of high winds is that climate change is not something we can avoid” 

Graham Zimmerman 

Graham is such a fascinating and fantastic individual. He has achieved so much, and is only growing his accomplishments as he continues to climb mountains and lead against climate change. 

You can find Graham’s website here, and find out more about his work with Protect Our Winters here 

Listen to the podcast to hear in depth his views and answers on his climbing career and climate change. Also, make sure you check out the YouTube video “An Imperfect Advocate” – it’s a really inspiring video, and relatable in many ways. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/07/25/graham-zimmerman/ 

July 21, 2020  

Aug-Oct Podcast Trailer

It's been a crazy set of months since launching, and we are still powering ahead with our 2 per week schedule. Episodes feature from across nearly every continent and travel style. 

July 18, 2020  

Ep.44 - Emily Thomas Talks Alaska, Grand Tours & More

In today's episode we welcome Emily Thomas to the podcast. 

For those who don’t know Emily is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Durham University. Alongside working in the Netherlands and and writing on metaphysics, Emily has a book called the Meaning Of Travel, now released. After reading just the start of the book, I knew I wanted to interview her on the podcast. The book is an incredible read, and I recommend that you check it out!

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July 15, 2020  

Ep.43 - Trekking The Kanuka Mountains, Guyana

As the world globalises more and more, it seems harder and harder to find something that no-one has done before. Yet, they are still incredible adventurers, like Lucy Shepherd, who still manage to do so. 

After having a more-than-dodgy experience with a Jaguar the last time she visited the jungle, Lucy returned to trek across the Kanuka Mountains. 

Scratching That Itch 

After her last time in the jungle, Lucy can't be blamed for swearing off ever returning again. The jungle is a place where everything is just designed to kill you. 

As the years (and expeditions) went on, though, there was something missing. 

Lucy was achieving so much; all of her adventure boxes were being ticked. Challenging? Check. Risky moments? Got 'em. Lots of these moments? Absolutely! 

But, there was still something that wasn't quite testing her. It didn't take long for Lucy realised she had to go back to the jungle. 

Finding Her 'Why's 

In her interview, we spoke about balancing 'achievement' and 'escapism'. In Lucy's case, the latter comes before the former. While she had her 'escapism' reason to go, her partner pressed her - and with good reason, the last time she went to the jungle there was a rather uncomfortable experience with a jaguar. 

Knowing that she wanted to head back to Guyana, Lucy started making a few phone calls and exploring her options. It was at this point she discovered the Kanukus. Despite attempts across the hard terrain, no-one was yet to complete crossing the region. With that, Lucy had her 'achievement' found, and got the planning in motion. 

Listen to the podcast to find out more about Lucy's prep and expedition across the jungle! 

Lucy Shepherd 

Lucy is a fantastic, humble, modest, and experienced adventurer and it was a pleasure having her on the podcast. 

You can check out her website here, or catch her on Instagram for regular updates here

Or, check out one of her YouTube videos below: 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/07/25/trekking-the-kanuka-mountains-guyana/ 

July 11, 2020  

Ep.42 - 5 Lessons From Backpacking South East Asia

In this episode we welcome Toine Haverkamp, who filmed and edited a documentary piece on backpacking as he undertook his own journey through South East Asia and Asia. 

It was a pleasure to have him on. I recommend you check out his piece here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qqp62SWWXM 

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July 8, 2020  

Ep.41 - Roadtrip In Australia

I hope you enjoy this episode with Travis where we talk about his trip - that has been cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic - through Australia. We recorded this episode shortly after lockdowns began. We avoid any reference of the pandemic as much as we can, but it's worthwhile noting that we recorded this early into it, and the situation changes rapidly in all countries sadly affected by this. 

Meanwhile, Blue Mountains National Park quickly landed on to my bucket list during this session! 

If you want to follow Travis on his journeys, check him out on Instagram: @travis.muir.photography

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July 3, 2020  

Ep.40 - Renee Roaming Talks Travel, National Parks & More

Renee Roaming (or, Renee Hahnel to anyone outside the internet) has travelled to nearly 40 countries across 5 continents. She left speech therapy and took her photography to a full time level in 2016, alongside her husband Matthew. Together, they make a force to be reckoned with and Renee's hard graft, organisation, positivity and engagement with all of you lead her to continued success after success

With a massively eclectic collection of locations from Alberta to the Dolomites, New Zealand to Kenya, the US National Parks to Peru, and more, Renee is able to give first hand and valuable experience of these places from her stunning photography, brilliant blogs and adventurous tales! 

Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and all other platforms; just search “Between The Mountains”, Ask Alexa, or read on below. 

Falling In Love With America 

Just for the moment, let's put Renee's fantastic travel experience to one side. We'll come back to it, I promise. 

Renee is Australian and grew up there. We talk fondly of her times spent growing up near Melbourne. Soon enough, Renee won the Green Card 'lottery'. She and Matthew backed their bags, and headed out. 

When they first moved to the US, Renee and her husband Matthew wanted to be by mountains - and who can blame them? So, they moved to Colorado. The Colorado mountain ranges are amazing with hiking and life opportunities everywhere. But after completing this step in life, they decided to look elsewhere. 

After reaching out further, they fell in love with Washington. The Pacific North West offers mountains, but forests and ocean too, and that really pulled them in - with similarities close to Australia (on paper!). Having places like Artist Point, Olympic National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park on your doorstep creates such fantastic levels of inspiration, and content too! 

These are some pretty diverse and unique places - and feature on nearly everyone's travel bucket list. 

Listen to the podcast to hear Renee's thoughts on Colorado, Washington, Seattle, and Melbourne. We even talk about roadtrip songs. Renee has a 24 hour+ playlist on Spotify, and we chat about the songs that played on her childhood roadtrips too. 

Perfectly Placed 

After comparing Melbourne to her new home of Seattle, I ask her the obvious question: "How much did Mount Rainier influence your decision to move to Seattle?". 

Now obviously, this isn't the only reason. But, the mountains are a source of inspiration for millions of people. With a background like Renee's, I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to live in Washington, in the progressive city of Seattle, surrounded by some of the best nature on this planet. 

All About Travel, Adventure And Photography 

Throughout the whole podcast we discuss everything travel. We talk about balancing photography and living in the moment. We talk about tapping into your creative side, and adventures in Alaska. 

Renee isn't just a Washington-based photographer. Her experience for her career and herself comes from across the globe. From French Polynesia, to New Zealand, to Kenya and more, Renee has grown to have such a fascinating view on life, travel, and photography. 

After discussing backpacking in South America, adventures in Australia, exploring America, and more, we discuss one moment that Renee would love to relive. 

Roaming America 

One of the biggest projects that Renee undertook with her husband Matthew was visiting all of the 59 (at the time) US National Parks. Mostly living the Van Life the whole way through, they performed this project for their client in one go. 

We discuss in the podcast some of the behind the scenes. From Type 2 fun, to discussing typical days, and more. Hear Renee discuss some of the hard work that went into this brilliant project. 

Days on this project looked like either driving for 9+ hours between National Parks, or waking before sunrises and hiking and photographing until after sunset; which is hard work when you think about it! 

From this trip, they created a coffee-table book featuring photography from all of the National Parks, anecdotes, suggested itineraries, best hikes, and key facts. I have the book myself and it really is so inspiring and high quality. Check it out here, or search for it on Amazon. 

Renee Roaming 

Interviewing Renee really was an absolute pleasure. Renee has such a fantastic view on travel, hard-work, and getting outdoors. 

From photography tips to itineraries to backcountry camping, to her book ‘Roaming America’, Renee consistently aims to deliver value to her audience - and it really does show! 

Make sure you listen to the podcast, and check out her blogs and content which is truly A-Class material. 

You can view and subscribe to her website here, or join hundreds of thousands who follow her on her Instagram here for most regular updates. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/07/03/renee-roaming/ 

July 1, 2020  

Ep.39 - #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt - Mindset & Positivity

This month's episode of Home Is Where You Park It is all about building the lifestyle, keeping a positive mindset and moving forwards. It was uplifting to chat with Arron on this subject, and I really hope you enjoy the episode!

If you like what you hear then you can check more of Arron's stuff out on his Instagram page @arron_ben or his YouTube page: https://bit.ly/3i6UXuW 

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June 27, 2020  

Ep.38 - Surfing & Scuba in Sri Lanka & Maldives

In this episode, rounding of June 2020, we chat with Ly who spent a brilliant amount of time exploring Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with a focus on surfing and scuba diving.

It was great fun to chat with her about her travels.

 

 

 

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June 24, 2020  

Ep.37 - Miss Rover Talks Solo Travel, PNW & More

Early Roots 

Melissa – or Miss Rover as she is now popularly known as – started in Michigan. With exposure to places like Niagra Falls as a kid, it’s no wonder she took a leap of faith as an adult. Packing her things and looking to escape into the world, Melissa took an epic roadtrip across the country and started travelling whilst working Occupational Therapist contracts. 

Hear in this podcast how Melissa has gone on to achieve and explore so much. Find out more about her mindset, history and her reasons for continually travelling. 

An Eclectic Background 

For those who don’t know, in her own words Melissa “dabbles in so much”. It’s hard to get a black and white description. Yet, it seems that she brings a well-needed positive outlook and take on everything she does. Coming from rural Michigan, Melissa has a Masters degree in Occupational therapy, a love of the outdoors and, arguably, a bigger love for conservation and protecting our nature. 

Since, as she says, ‘escaping Michigan’, Melissa has spent 3 years in Seattle, 5 months in Alaska and 4 months ongoing in California. Quite an eclectic habitat resume! She has ticked 17 US National Parks off of her list to complete all of them and has been across the globe from Costa Rica to Thailand. 

Hear in this interview how Melissa adapted to finding her true passions after already choosing a degree at 17. Melissa talks about her experience travelling across California, PNW, Alaska and more. 

We talk about travelling soloencouraging self-development through uncomfortable goals, doing more for conservation on our own trails and more! 

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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June 20, 2020  

Ep.36 - Exploring The Outdoors With DBE Podcast

Our upbringing plays such a huge role in who we become. It can either push us to become the opposite, or encourage to continue on and flourish from it. 

On this episode, we welcome Stevie G from Destinations Beyond Expectations podcast. His own show is so incredibly good, from fantastic guests, brilliant editing, and fascinating travel stories. 

We chatted with Steve about his outdoors experience from hiking in the European Alps with family, to exploring his home state Florida, and further into the US itself such as Yellowstone National Park.  

Students Of Travel 

A topic that strikes a chord with me is Stevie’s consistent remarks to ‘Students Of Travel’. A Student Of Travel is someone who learns, develops, and grows their knowledge and perception of the world through travel. 

This is something so important to me, and I’m sure to you all. Similar to how I love the mountains and how they put things in to perspective, we can all learn something from culture, to interactions, to ways-of-life from travel. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/ep-36-exploring-the-outdoors-with-dbe-podcast/ 

June 17, 2020  

Ep.35 - Exploring Tonga

 

We welcome Kate back to the show who spoke to us about Everest Base Camp. This time, she brings her first hand experience of Tonga to the show. An island located east of South East Asia and Australia, there's not much to be found on the internet. In this podcast, Kate shares so much great information, I know you'll enjoy it! 

 

Every now and then in this podcasts, a guest describes a moment that takes me away and makes me forget I'm meant to be hosting a podcast! Just like her trek to EBC, she does it again when describing - get ready for this - swimming with whales! Listen out for it, there's a certain element that made it extra magical.  

 

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Not Much Info 

 

One thing Kate often tries to do is complete these trips on a budget, and see how low she can get the price. 

 

The logic was that the locals aren't exactly spending thousands to survive there, so let's get out on to the islands and live on the budget! 

 

Although miles apart, this trip started off very similarly to her trip to Everest Base Camp. Kate knew that she wanted to go to some pacific islands, and Tonga had the cheapest flights! She had no expectations; only later found out that you can swim with humpback whales. 

 

There really isn't much information on this country online. Kate has one of the most extensive articles and information for Tonga, which you can find here. 

 

The Friendly Islands 

 

Kate's first experience of how lovely and friendly this island is was actually in the airport in New Zealand. Waiting alongside the Tonga Rugby Team, a lady sat next to her asking why she was planning on going to Tonga. Replying that she just wanted to go to Tonga - no friends or family there - the lady warned her "just try not to get married!"

 

An odd thing to be told, but as Kate travelled this beautiful country it became so clear why the lady had said this. The people are truly incredible, running on 'island time' in their relaxed and stunning land. It can be so easy to just decide to settle there. 

 

"If you need positivity, go to Tonga!" 

 

Island Hopping Itinerary 

 

As you would expect from a travel blogger, Kate holds back on no details, and provides brilliant information and visual language for her time here. 

 

After realising that the copious amount of help she was being offered by the locals was genuine, Kate started to settle in to the country and its way of life. 

 

Details on her blog and in the podcast is so much brilliant information and imagery. Kate has had some fantastic experiences here. 

 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/exploring-tonga/ 

June 13, 2020  

Ep.34 - Lucy Shepherd Talks Jungles, Mountains & More

Lucy is an expedition leader with an incredible resume of journeys. Starting in Svalbard at 18, Lucy's highlights see her hiking in the Hardanger region of Norway and the Finnsmarkvidda Plateau in the arctic circle, and dove straight into the Amazon rainforest from University. In addition, she has mountaineered in Argentina and Tajikistan, scaled Denali, solo-hiked in Picos de Europa, led a team in the Patagonia Expedition Race and skied the Norwegian/Russian border alongside expeditions to Greenland. 

Lucy has also been to the High Sierra mountains in America and the Kanuka Mountains in Guayana, which I am happy to say we will be going to into more depth in 2 separate episodes!  

Exploring From A Young Age 

As a kid and only child, Lucy spent a lot of her time outdoors, roping her friends into exploring the outdoors with her. IT was early experiences from her home to Scotland that set some incredible foundations for her thriving career undertaking expeditions.  

 

Setting Up For Expeditions 

One of the many topics we chat about is preparation for expeditions. As someone who climbs Mont Blanc just for practice, Lucy chats about the different ways she prepares for her expeditions. She highlights the need also for your mindset to be correct, and explains how this comes with time spent in preparing and gaining experience. 

For me, the biggest form of this requirement for mindset is the jungle. We talk about the need for fantastic and well-disciplined personal admin. You need to be stringent and dedicated to survival there, as everything around you is essentially designed to kill you. 

Balancing Achievement And Escapism 

For Lucy, expeditions are exactly about this. When you escape from civilisation and push your own boundaries and edge out of your comfort zone, that is when you grow as a person. Lucy explains how it is absolutely about getting to the location and pushing yourself, but it's also about getting back! 

"I love escaping into a world where I feel very privileged to be there" 

Lucy Shepherd 

Lucy is a fantastic, humble, modest, and experienced adventurer and it was a pleasure having her on the podcast. 

You can check out her website here, or one of her YouTube videos below. 

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June 10, 2020  

Ep.33 - Hikes & Secret Beaches Across The Caribbean

We welcome Jamie and Skylar from Explorcation who took a cruise around the Caribbean and did something I haven’t seen before: used the cruise to rent cars on each island and carry out their own adventures, avoiding the coach excursions. 

Hear their journey of island hopping in a big way, and making the use of their times there well. From hiking mountains to discovering secret beaches, read on and listen below! 

Secret Beaches 

The first aspect that got my attention was the topic of secret beaches. I’m not much of a beach person myself, and it had never occurred to me to actually spend time researching quiet and ‘secret’ beaches before. 

A big fan of secluded areas, I was keen to learn of the areas to avoid overcrowding. Listen on in the podcast to find out more. 

Hiking In The Caribbean 

The second part to grab my attention was – of course – the hiking. There’s nothing huge in the way of altitude there, but you still get some epic hikes with stunning views. 

Specifically, I really enjoyed their time chatting to me about St. Lucia. There are two really great peaks there, and they clearly had an amazing time. 

Explorcation 

Jamie and Skylar have a brilliant blog going. Along with their blog here, they have really been grinding hard to deliver some quality YouTube content too

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/hikes-secret-beaches-across-caribbean/ 

June 6, 2020  

Ep.32 - Exploring Nepal & The Annapurna Circuit

Visiting Nepal is high on everyone’s bucket list, especially mountain lovers! In this episode, James details trekking on the Annapurna Circuit but also exploring Nepal. There is a brief mention of Everest Base Camp and an experience with altitude, but we explore EBC a bit further with Kate

Listen on to hear about the Kophra Ridge circuit, an experience at Everest Base Camp, and his love end exploration of Nepal. 

If you missed it, James also did an episode on India with us, check it out here

The Kophra Ridge 

James straight away starts describing these beautiful lakes, with 7000m and 8000m peaks reflected in them. 

As James details following the stunning scenery up, and a stairway that looks as long as the one in Lord Of The Rings, 800-2000 he details the elevation on the route. 

Now, Everest Base Camp trek starts you at 2800m. This route to Annapurna, starts you at 800m. That’s some serious elevation. The stairs he just mentioned take you from 800m to 2000m in one go! 

It is a fantastic way to test if you can make it, and is in fact the hardest day in his opinion. 

Listen to the episode to find out more on the region and walk, and the difficulties that arise! 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/exploring-nepal-annapurna-circuit/ 

June 3, 2020  

Ep.31 - #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt - Adventuring Across The US

Hiking, rock climbing, and National Park hopping doesn't sound like a bad way to spend your time, right? 

In this Van Life episode of Home Is Where You Park It we chat with Colin who lives this lifestyle full time rock climbing and mountain biking across the US. 

Colin lives a wonderful lifestyle. Having word hard to set these foundations, he is now fortunate enough to travel and adventure everyday that he can. 

Getting worn-out on straight forward climbs in Arizona, Colin decided to spend the year exploring and climbing to better his skill base. 

Adventuring Across The US 

Heading to Mexico, he worked on his climbing until it got too hot. So, his slow journey heading North began. From here he moves to Nevada and its delicate landscape and desert. After rappelling into slot canyons, climbing mountains, and spending the spring there, they moved on to the next spot. 

Spending the summer in the Pacific North West, you are in for a treat hearing about Colin's adventures. 

In this episode, hear how Colin grow as a rock climber, explores North America and lives the van life. 

We talk about his full year spent in 2019 exploring up, down and across the US, with a touch into Mexico. 

To follow their updates, you can check out their Instagram below, or their website for more specific detail. 

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May 30, 2020  

Ep.30 - Backcountry Camping At Spirit Island

Backcountry camping is something that entices so many of us. In this episode, hear how Chloë Chapdelaine went out on her first backcountry camping trip. 

Travelling to Jasper National Park, Chloë describes spontaneous trips, beautiful visuals, and a stunning trip overall. 

If you missed Chloë's interview, read more and listen here. 

A Quick Trip Packing A Punch 

The trip to Spirit Island had already been postponed for Chloë beforehand. Travelling five hours out to location, she was called in to work last minute. 

Determined to get out and do this, Chloë simply rescheduled. 

Her friend Oscar had been keeping an eagle eye on the camp spots. They can get booked up quickly, and the moment one became available they jumped at the opportunity! 

Spirit Island 

It sounds like an incredible trip. Hear in this episode how Chloë and Oscar faced strong headwinds, canoeing across a lake, and heading out for golden hour early in the morning and catch sunrise. 

Chloë Chapdelaine 

A fantastic place to start with Chloë, other than her Instagram page, is with her blog which you can checkout here. She has wonderful insights and fantastic journeys. You can also check out her composing page we discussed by clicking here

If you’re going to start anywhere, you have to read this humorous blog Chloë did on over-hearing people’s odd conversation on holiday. 

You should also check out her shop. There’s some beauty products… but also some beloved adventure products for yourselves! Check it out here and bag yourself a bargain. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/backcountry-camping-at-spirit-island/ 

May 27, 2020  

Ep.29 - Chloë Chapdelaine Talks Writing, Alberta & More

Chloë is a model, writer and content creator, journalist, photographer and adventurer from Calgary. Her career so far sees her modelling across North America, putting her thoughts down to paper, and getting out into adventures from Canada to Mexico to Europe. 

Chloë has no problem finding beautiful spots to shoot at wherever she goes, and more often than not you can find them on her Instagram accompanied by a quick-wit pun followed by a level-headed discussion or opening up a little. 

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Keeping It Light-Hearted 

Starting the podcast off, we talk about the all important captions. One reason among many to follow Chloë on her Instagram is for the witty puns that caption her stunning photography. 

But moving to recent shifts, I also ask her about the transition between Instagram and Tik-Tok. For all of you wanting to expand your personal brand, or just stay on top of social media, you are going to want to hear her input! 

The Importance Of Journaling 

It’s almost like making the thought physical. I ask Chloë this question early on. She is a brilliant writer, but also journals for her own headspace. By writing, as described by Chloë, it is a way of taking that thought or weight in your mind, and removing it to paper. 

It works in both ways. You can be experiencing something truly beautiful, and by journaling it the moment becomes timeless. It can re-spark those memories and feelings you had. 

“Something about that process is super-therapeutic to me” 

In return, it also helps the darker times. Chloë talks about how negative times and thoughts can be removed by simply transferring them to paper. 

The Influence Of Alberta 

In just a 45 minute drive, Chloë can be surrounded in some of the most beautiful setting this world has to offer. Hear how the Alberta mountains influence her writing. Chloë makes such fantastic use of her time. Knowing that in low or reflective moments she can spend 2 hours scrolling social media, she will often instead get in her car and drive to the mountains. 

Sounds like heaven to me. 

But she knows what it like to live without it. Chloë didn’t always live so close, and so that drive to experience the mountains and alpine lakes is so fresh in her mind every day, knowing how fortunate she is to live where she does! 

“The World’s not all bad, but you need to recognise it’s you who can let the light in” 

Chloë Chapdelaine 

A fantastic place to start with Chloë, other than her Instagram page, is with her blog which you can checkout here. She has wonderful insights and fantastic journeys. You can also check out her composing page we discussed by clicking here

If you’re going to start anywhere, you have to read this humorous blog Chloë did on over-hearing people’s odd conversation on holiday. 

You should also check out her shop. There’s some beauty products… but also some beloved adventure products for yourselves! Check it out here and bag yourself a bargain. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/chloe-chapdelaine/ 

May 23, 2020  

Ep.28 - Roadtrip In Tasmania

The beautiful night sky, the people, and the landscape are just some of the major reasons to visit Tasmania. We touched upon it in our Australia Van Life episode. In this show we welcome Martina

In true classic way, Martina saw Tasmania on a map and decided to go and visit. Finding new people to travel with, she embarked on an epic roadtrip! 

We kick off the episode chatting about hiking, and it quickly becomes clear that this place is fantastic for laid back hill-walking, and strenuous but rewarding views. 

But Martina also dives into the backcountry aspect. Discussing some of the best spots, she also sees the beautiful clear sky and the milky way! 

Hear how Martina moves through her fantastic itinerary, providing her best tips along the way! 

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May 20, 2020  

Ep.27 - Solo Trekking To Everest Base Camp

21 beautiful days. That’s how long it took for Kate from Bags Always Packed to get to Everest Base Camp and back. What was incredible was how she did it. On a budget, last-minute, and solo. 

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Trekking To Everest Base Camp 

Before we start, feel free to click here to access Kate’s blog on solo trekking to Everest Base Camp. It includes everything you need to know, so I highly recommend having a browse of that and more on her website. 

What was fantastic about her trip, was the side-trip she took towards the end, and her finale. I’ll let you listen on, but it sounds just so stunning, and a perfect way to end her time there. 

After seeing the cheapest tour priced at around $3000, she figured this was definitely outside of a backpacker’s budget. 

So, her thoughts were that as she was exploring India and Nepal before this, she would meet a few others who wanted to take the pilgrimage. However, getting closer to the time frame there was still no-one headed that way. So, off Kate went by herself. 

And what a brilliant decision that was

I’ve spoken before how solo-travel is so important in regards to self-development and headspace. For Kate, she was already a strong and independent person, so heading out was no problem. You can hear this in how she tackled her trip to Tonga

The challenge didn’t seem overly ridiculous to her, and was on her bucket list. So, confronting where to stay, budget, altitude and the dodgy-yet-probably-fine flights to the start point, Kate cracked on and managed to complete the journey. 

Hear in this podcast how she did it, the route she took and the people she eventually met. Finally, hear about her majestic end to a wonderful three weeks. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/everest-base-camp/ 

May 18, 2020  

Ep.26 - TJ David Talks Endurance, Mountains & More

TJ David is a professional skier and endurance athlete residing in Colorado. His experience has seen him mountaineering skiing in Chamonix, kayaking in Colorado and competing in several endurance challenges such as North Face Endurance Challenge and the Indian creek fifties. 

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His skill and name has been slapped onto billboards, commercials and every major publication in the industry and he even finds time still to run his own company and maintain his clients. He has an incredibly humble and experienced view on things, and it’s my pleasure to have him on the show. 

An Evolution From Childhood To Profession 

TJ started skiing at a young age - 3 or 4 years old - in New Jersey. From that moment he has gone on to ski his whole life. Exposing himself to tough conditions as he grew older, his skill base grew from more local slopes, to now all over the world

After going to college on the East Coast, TJ took a trip and went to Utah. It was here, that he got his first sponsorship and work opportunities. From here, everything grew. Now, he ski's full time, is an endurance trail runner, and runs his own coaching business 

"Spending time outside... there are really strong links to an overall heightened state of being. The endorphins you get from being outside - the time spent out there - is really important for your mental health" 

Balancing Capturing The Content And Living The Moment 

For long term followers of TJ, you'll know that this used to be a big thing for him. But now, his way of living in the moment is more often than not just leaving the camera at home

More recently, his content is more lifestyle (behind the scenes like cooking and coaching), or beautiful shots taken on his long runs. 

Hear further how TJ directs his photographs, but also his thoughts on living in the moment and looking after your headspace. 

This caption though...

Drawing Parallels Between Skiing And The Challenges Of Life Itself 

In this interview, TJ describes this rather poetic comparison of life to the downhill. How working hard at something and pushing through tough times make it all so worth it in the end because of the hard work and the rewards. 

Life is a lot like climbing and reaching the top. From taxes, to starting a company, to grizzing out a side hustle you do not enjoy to make your passions work. 

"These struggles are also momentary. They're fleeting just like the good moments, so you try not to grasp on to them so much. Just to be aware that they are happening, and you are capable of moving beyond that". 

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 here, his Instagram here, and more information on himself here 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/tj-david/ 

May 16, 2020  

Ep.25 - Hiking Kjeragbolten With Outdoorlife Norway

Here is the second part! What a pleasure to have Outdoorlife Norway join me on this. 

Personally, I have actually booked this hike with them already and now can't wait even more to do so. Hopefully the conditions will be stunning!

In November 2019 I hiked Preikestolen and it was just simply beautiful. I was planning on doing a podcast, but instead of waffling on I thought "why not invite the company on to chat through it?". That was a brilliant idea and it worked out. 

Outdoorlife Norway (https://outdoorlifenorway.com/) were simply incredible in their service and knowledge to me and I highly recommend you check out their website and all the things they offer for your next visit to Norway.

I said this for the first episode, and I truly mean it: it's 10/10 from me. Besides, in November 2019 they picked me up right from the AirBNB and gave me coffee. Can't get much better than that!

The audio is much better in this episode, and I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please follow/subscribe and share with a friend or two.

Email me: btmtravelpod@gmail.com

Social Media: @BTMTravelPod 

May 13, 2020  

Ep.24 - Hiking Preikestolen With Outdoorlife Norway

Super excited to share this first of a two part show for you!

In November 2019 I hiked Preikestolen and it was just simply beautiful. I was planning on doing a podcast, but instead of waffling on I thought "why not invite the company on to chat through it?". That was a brilliant idea and it worked out. 

Outdoorlife Norway (https://outdoorlifenorway.com/) were simply incredible in their service and knowledge to me and I highly recommend you check out their website and all the things they offer for your next visit to Norway.

It's 10/10 from me and I have already booked my next tour with them (the location of which we discuss on Saturday!). Besides, they picked me up right from the AirBNB and gave me coffee. Can't get much better than that!

I apologise for the audio in this first episode too, something was going on with Skype but I did my best to edit it correctly with the help of a good friend.

I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope you look forward to the next one coming this Saturday!

Email me: btmtravelpod@gmail.com

Social Media: @BTMTravelPod 

May 10, 2020  

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May 10, 2020  

Ep.23 - Climbing Mount Baker With @SeekingTheNow

Liana, from @SeekingTheNow, is an incredible photographer and now mountaineer. 

Hear in this episode how she got into mountaineering and discovered her passion for the mountains as we take a trip down memory lane, climbing Mount Baker, Washington.  

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An Epic Opener 

I can relate hugely to Liana and I'm happily jealous of the mountaineering qualifications and experience she has gone on to get. 

Finishing off her course, they had to climb Mount Baker. Liana talks us through the course with the Washington Alpine Club. Learning a fantastic skill base, they set off to the mountain to complete the course. 

What is wholesome to hear is how her photography drive joined her on the course. While everyone was getting sleep for a summit push, Liana headed out for a spontaneous photoshoot with nature. 

Chasing Your Dreams - And Catching Them 

I think everyone can learn from Liana. This was terrifying to consider, but so exciting. What was originally a fear of climbing mountains, Liana took on the course she conquered it. She also continues to do so, and you can follow her on her Instagram 

Starting from day hikes - as most mountaineers perhaps do - Liana took the course to go further, knowing the end goal was Mount Baker. 

Liana asked herself what she would do and wanted to do, and went after it. In the process, she also developed an appreciate and love for her state, realising the beauty hours away from her. It sounds obvious, but perhaps so many of us can learn to look closer to home for natural wonder rather than the next country over and beyond. 

Hear in this episode how Liana acted on her love for the mountains, and her story on climbing Mount Baker. Liana is also a fantastic, brilliant, and incredibly skilled photographer. Consider checking out her prints for your own home or office here 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/climbing-mount-baker/ 

May 9, 2020  

Ep.22 - Climbing Denali

In this episode we welcome back accomplished and highly respected/renowned Jon Gupta to the show. 

After recording the interview with him (Episode 21) we chatted through climbing Denali, the gear, the itinerary, the comparison from winter to summer (he has summited in both!) and have some epic anecdotes along the way.

You can find out more from Jon at https://mountain-expeditions.co.uk/

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May 6, 2020  

Ep.21 - Jon Gupta Talks Everest, Expeditions & More

In our first interview episode, we welcome Jon Gupta from Mountain Expeditions. Jon's career has seen him swimming with turtles off the coast of Odisha, India, competing in the 430-Yukon Arctic Ultra to summiting the tallest mountains on the planet - including the tallest mountain on the planet, three times. Jon is a Montane Athlete, member of the Alpine Club, ambassador for the Youth Adventure Trust, and a member of both the Mountain Training Association and the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. 

His career sees him running his own mountain expedition company - aptly called Mountain Expeditions - facilitating and taking part in the 7 summits world record, climbing mountains incredibly quickly, travelling from continent to continent, summiting Everest three times, giving his time to host and run altitude and skill seminars, and still finds the time to escape to places like Chamonix and Scotland for some me-time. 

Be Bothered 

One of the key take-aways you should take from this, is Jon's infectious attitude to "Be Bothered". It's similar to Lucy Shepherd's view too. 

You know when you wake up, need the loo, don't go, carry on not going, keep trying to sleep, and then two hours later you go and fall alseep within five minutes of having done so? This is the exact situation where Jon says you should "Be Bothered". 

Quite often when you finish a day on expedition, all you will want to do is sit back and relax. But really, you can't. Especially when it comes to high altitude. You need to get your kit prepped, square away your admin, melt snow for the next day's water... everything. 

There's no need to explain further, but Jon does explain how you can practice for this in everyday life. Things like taking out the recycling. You may think "I'll do it later". But instead, you should "Be Bothered" and get it done straight away. 

Much like the gym, this works for your physical fitness preparation too. His own example was cycling uphill. Instead of looking at the hill as a total point, he says instead to break it down to manageable distances, and repeat those small distance intervals until you reach the top. 

If you want to grow as a person, or simply prepare for the high-altitude mountains, do this. 

Short Term Loss, Long Term Gain 

Jon touches upon this too - and it is so relatable! 

Talking from experience, we all need to start thinking what our long-term goals are. It doesn't mean you need to stop living today. Just a reminder to start thinking of where you want to be, and is what you're doing right now going to get you there. 

A Deep And Vast Experience 

Jon has a huge experience in climbing Everest, Denali and the rest of the 7 summits. He has speed records and experience in such huge experience. 

Hear how Jon compares the North and South approaches on Everest, climbing mountains, dealing with altitude, endurance races, living in North Wales and more. 

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May 2, 2020  

Ep.20 - #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt - Montana To Tennessee

A part of Van Life is just being free. When you pair this with a passion for travel you can find yourself in some beautiful places. 

Today we welcome Lynn to the show, who has a fantastic blog. She is a professional ski instructor. Lynn's typical year starts teaching to an incredibly high standard on the Montana slopes and then moving down to Tennessee to teach Kayaking after a month hiatus after the winter season.  

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A Three Seasons Van 

Lynn has a van from the 90's that - for the most part - fits the bill. She has done only a few modifications, but most crucially she has added a wood stove. 

However, she does talk about how, when in Montana, the night can get pretty cold. It's all good kitting out your van, but it's even better when you can stay at a friends house when temperatures plummet well below -10F/-23C! 

An Adventure Year - On Repeat 

In the winter, Lynn stays in Montana and teaches skiing throughout the season. The van is owe a brilliant thanks for that. Although she has to add a few layers in the peak of winter, it is the van that enables Lynn to be free and stay to teach in this beautiful setting. 

Spending the winter teaching some hard skiing is incredible. Naturally, you get some clients who are slower, or perhaps willing to learn. But so many epic powder days are to be had during the season. 

Hear more about this in the show, and how Lynn tailors teaches for each person - quite a transferrable skill! 

After the ski season, Lynn usually kayaks - for herself this time - for a month to recharge. Then, it's straight back into the next job! 

Moving through to Tennessee, Lynn teaches kayaking May-August, then chases white water across the state and over to North Carolina, Georgia and more. 

Lynn describes her time as lucky. Although it was a quick comment, I couldn't disagree more. No-one came and handed her this lifestyle as a prize. Lynn has worked hard to have this career and live this lifestyle. A lesson we should all learn and take forward. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/vanlife-montana-to-tennessee/ 

April 29, 2020  

Ep.19 - Exploring The Unexplored In India

On this whopper of an episode we welcome James to the show. During the podcast, James just kept delivering on detail, locations, tips and his language was wonderfully descriptive; we just had to keep going. 

If you have any interest in somewhere new, India or travelling to India I highly recommend you get a drink and some snacks, strap in, and listen away

James describes the people as truly amazing, with such rich history and culture. The original desire was to do the golden triangle. What James eventually did was drive around the country exploring all of India's know and hidden secrets, and stumbling across some big cats along the way! 

"They said they had never had a tourist in their town" 

In this episode, we start in Mumbai, and James takes us through his itinerary step-by-step. Providing fantastic detail and information. James gets truly immersed in the culture, and is sure to captivate you with his story. 

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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/06/24/exploring-the-unexplored-in-india/ 

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April 25, 2020  

Ep.18 - Roadtrip In Croatia

Ema has moved to the UK and befriended several other fellow students of multiple nationalities. When they thought of a holiday Croatia seemed like a great choice and chance for her to visit for the first time as a tourist. Did I mention students? Buckle up for fantastic anecdotes, information, and alcohol. 

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A Tourist At Home 

Some of us may relate to Ema’s position. Having never explored her own country, she returned to investigate the beautiful landscape and secrets of Croatia. 

The trip primarily focussed on nature, travelling in April (her recommended time to travel). Being her country, Ema did stop for a cultural view. Specifically, the start of the trip saw more city exploration and family visiting. 

Escapism 

New friends at university, needed a break. 6 months later, they were on their way to Croatia. 

Croatia is a beautiful country scattered with mountains, culture and stunning coastline along the Adriatic sea. 

From her home near Pula to the Plitvice Lakes and a run in with some frogs, Ema takes us through her fun and adventurous roadtrip – and diving into the cold sea! 

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April 18, 2020  

Ep.17 - #HomeIsWhereYouParkIt - Australia

Saving for years, spending more-than-the-price-of-a-guitar on shipping his guitar, and grabbing his passport, Ali and his partner headed to Australia. Their plan? Live the Van Life for a year, roadtrippin’ across Australia

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Home Is Where You Park It 

I first saw this quote on one of Ali’s photos. Before I had even completed my first roadtrip, I learned of his plans. 

Ali is one of my closest friends, and at this stage I hadn’t fully understood these passions. Naturally, I was happy for him. But I didn’t fully understand. The last time I had done anything truly interested was a family holiday to ski in Italy in 2013. We had struggled to keep in touch for various reasons for the years prior to this, and now he was already going, and for a year?! 

For the next 12 months I saw him just so happy. For 10 months he moved up and down Australia living out of his van. Visiting Tasmania, driving up to Sydney, visiting National Parks. You can hear all about it in the podcast. After those 10 months, I got to see him move his away up South East Asia. 

This is what opened my eyes to travelling more long-term, and living the van life. 

Ali is also the man who writes the music for this podcast, and is a ridiculously talented guy. I would recommend listening to this track here and consider following him. Legally. On the internet. Not in person. This is a fantastic track of his that builds up leaving you feeling fulfilled, reflective, and positive! 

Living Out Van Life 

There are so many fascinating stories from people all over the world who travel with the use of a trusty camper van that I thought a series dedicated to this type of travel was needed! 

Ali travelled the East Coast of Australia for 10 months covering Tasmania and the Bay of Fires, driving the Great Ocean Road and visiting Kangaroo Valley. 

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April 17, 2020  

Ep.16 - Exploring Egypt

Once again we welcome Raj from RSP Podcast for a hattrick and to talk about Egypt. Full of great information and anecdotes, I really I hope you enjoy this session. We discuss some key areas to explore and touch upon the level of security in the region.  

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Raj has some incredible and unique experience in Egypt. Travelling in from the East, he crossed conflict-torn areas, military tanks, and abandoned hotels with the Islamic State hiding in the northern mountains there. 

Arriving here was a stark contrast to Jordan. Yet, the landscape itself was utterly beautiful

Exploring Egypt 

Raj’s love for culture and history once again shows and signs in this episode as we travel from the Asian continent to the African continent. Raj travels south, following the Nile, and avoiding terrorist attacks… literally. 

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April 16, 2020  

Ep.15 - Interrailing Dublin To Porto

Interrailing is a fantastic way to travel and explore Europe. Each person's trip can be so unique, and in the first of what I hope to be many, Angele joins us today to talk about her time spent interrailing across Europe

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A Spontaneous Trip 

Like so many of us, this interrailing trip came about when Angele's friend got in touch to get away and explore Europe. As it turns out, Angele had been thinking about getting away for a while too. 

The beauty of interrailing is that you can design your own route, and not one person has the same experience. This can be true of any single country, so imagining adding a rail pass that allows you to explore many many more!  

From Dublin To Porto 

Angele's journey begins in Dublin. They avoid the standard go-to tourist locations and get right into the spirit of Dublin. After visiting Manchester (so close the Lake District!) and London for a brief moment, they reach mainland Europe - where the adventure really begins! 

Listen to the podcast to find out more from mountains to tattoos! 

Countries include: Ireland, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal  

Towards the end Angele speaks so highly of a specific tour company in Porto:  https://www.oportomountaintour.com/ 

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April 14, 2020  

Ep.14 - A Weekend In Helsinki

Solo Travel To Clear The Head 

Helsinki is a beautiful city with a lot of history. It is home to culture, nature, saunas, activities, a sea fortress and 8 National Parks within a two hour drive. Sounds like heaven, right?  

I booked my trip to Helsinki the year before, and it was my last trip before the pandemic. Travelling solo, I packed my bags, checked my kit, grabbed my passport, and headed to the airport! 

Land Of A Thousand Lakes 

Arriving in Helsinki was... actually a bit disappointing. I loved landing in a foreign and unknown territory. I loved the clean crisp air. But Helsinki in March is meant to be covered in snow with a frozen sea; it's why I booked for March. Instead, thanks to global warming, this wasn't the case. 

Never mind. Quickly jumping in the taxi (don't do it! Uber is cheaper!), and quizzing the driver on some crucial lingo (thank you, please, etc.) we drove through the streets to my first night stay, just a hostel. I wasn't excited for this one, it was the Airbnb I couldn't wait to see! Read on or listen to find out! 

The hostel was good though. Easy check in, free breakfast. Then I booked the Uber to collect my car rental

Collecting the car, and boasting about its horsepower to Instagram, I decided to head out to Teijo National Park. When looking at the Finnish National Parks website it is incredible to see just how many National Parks are within a two hour drive of Helsinki! 

Arriving at Teijo, I was the only soul there! After checking that it wasn't in some way closed, I decided to take a walk around. See for yourself here:

 

The park was spectacular. Quiet, fresh, beautiful and I had it all to myself. After taking a quick rest by the frozen lake, I packed up and headed out to the Airbnb. The reason why I was excited? Two words: 

Private. Sauna. 

This had me hooked since I booked. Not only that, but it had a balcony right next to that not-so-frozen sea that I was excited to experience. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can click here. The hosts were fantastic, and it is a 10 minute walk from the city centre, whilst being right next to a local shop too. 

The rest of the night just consisted of getting relaxed and changed, grabbing food (and the world's gift itself: Somersby Apple Cider - Bottled!) and heading out to the city centre. I visited the Allas Outdoor Pool and Sauna (highly recommend, definitely did not steal the towel!). Then, I went to the best Italian restaurant I have had the damn pleasure of eating at and had one of the best red wines. I sat outside with a blanket, drinking an Espresso Martini (or three) at Holiday Bar watching the world go by, and went home to sleep. 

A Change Of Plan 

The next day I rose early, experiencing sunrise on the balcony at -1 degree Celsius. I'm meant to be driving 6 hours North to Koli National Park today. I had this great idea of watching sunset from the top of this cliff, overlooking flat forest land. I had even researched to make sure it faced West! 

But that's the problem with making plans from afar; they often don't stick. Plus, 12 hours total driving - just driving - seemed like a waste of time. It was Day 2 and I had already got the check-in notification for my return flight. 

I love a roadtrip and all, but that just seemed crazy. 

"It is incredible to see just how many National Parks are within a two hour drive of Helsinki!" 

So, over a croissant and coffee, I quickly changed plans. I'd explore Helsinki tomorrow (read on or listen to find out more!) and tick off the two other local National Parks on the list today. 

Getting showered, sauna'd, and dressed I grabbed my kit and headed to the car: 

 

You can watch above or listen to the podcast for more info, but this day was a delight. Well, mostly. Life will hit no matter where you are and what you're doing, and my head decided to see the solitude as a chance to go over some less-than-positive things. 

You just have to process it, and chat with somebody about it if you can! 

Being met with stunning forests, beautiful silence, and ice and snow, I arrived back at the Airbnb happy with the outcome! 

 

At Nuuksio National Park I did the Klassarinkierros Trail. At Sipoonkorpi National Park I did the Kalkinpolttajan Trail (which takes you to the top of Hogberget). 

TOP TIP: Google Maps takes you to Nuuksio on the West side of the park, the opposite side I wanted for the original trail I had researched. 

I tried to get to a local Finnish restaurant I had google'd. After finding it was fully booked I tried really hard to resist. I did. I promise! But went back to that Italian Restaurant for my pizza and red wine. 

Bliss! 

Exploring Helsinki On Foot 

Time for the last day. You know the drill by now: balcony, sunrise, sauna, bags, out the door. It was a shame to check-out so soon after checking in, but it was 6AM and I had a city to explore! 

You can listen to the podcast to find out more, or watch the videos below. I got a Helsinki Card but really the highlights for me were Suomenlinna, The Natural History Museum, The National Museum and Löyly Sauna. 28,000 steps later, I was back in the car on my way to the airport.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vog-xaMREms 

 

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April 12, 2020  

Ep.13 - Finnish Lapland

We welcome John to the show who talks to us about his time spending 8 days in Finnish Lapland.  

From husky safaris, frozen lakes, night trains and the big man himself - Santa Claus - I hope you like this episode!  

Lapland has always been a place that entices most. From the beautiful snow in the winter, the eternal day in the summer, and the Northern Lights. 

This place is on many people's bucket list! 

A Week In The Arctic Circle 

Starting our journey in Helsinki, John quickly moves into the artic circle to say at the Kakslauttanen glass igloo resort. 

Hear how he talks about his experience with the husky safari (dog sledding), seeing frozen lakes and more. 

Crucially, what surprised him the most was the people. If you know much of the stereotype, you're probably expecting me to say how abrupt they were? 

Wrong. 

John tells us how the people could not have been more friendly and willing to help when needed. 

For more information please follow John on @travellers_for_life and also https://travellersforlife.gr/ including multi-language translations for their blogs - at the bottom of the page.  

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.12 - A Day In Yosemite National Park, US

We welcome Katie to the show who was lucky enough to spend a day at Yosemite National Park while visiting the area for a conference

In this short episode, Katie details how she got to the park from the conference venue, and the day spent there, including overnight details

Making The Most 

Something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to recently is making use of negative time. Whether that’s listening to a podcast in the car, or learning a language with Duo Lingo while waiting for your bus. 

Katie went one step further. While visiting solely for a conference, she decided to get out to Yosemite and see as much as she could. 

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.11 - Hiking Valley Of Fire State Park, US

Hold My Bet, I’m Off For A Hike! 

Pink Canyon is a hike within the Valley Of Fire State Park. One hour from Las Vegas, this can be a beautiful addition to your adventure, or a weekend away if you’re local! Rock scrambling, petroglyphs, hiking and more. 

Remembering fondly the heat radiating off the rocks, sensually attempting to melt him, Dustin from That Adventure Life (one of the best travel blogs about!) talks about this gorgeous location further in this podcast. 

Surprise! The Valley Of Fire 

Moving straight in to parking and logistical tips, Dustin kicks off talking about his overall impressions. First thoughts, the overall landscapes, the colours… it’s enough to make you book a flight before finishing the podcast! 

He first went to the Valley Of Fire from a secret plan his wife and blogger partner Vy organised. 

Surrounded by colourful rocks full of reds and pinks, you can either do short hikes (0.25 miles) all the way through to 20 miles+ hikes. Remembering to leave your sandals at home, remember to take boots with good tread, and take more water than you think you need! 

Just like his tips for Lake Tahoe, remember to get here early. The first hike he discusses has a great lay-by parking spot, but can only hold 3 cars! Dustin also has an Ultimate Driving Guide for Valley Of Fire. 

Fire Wave Hike… What A Name! 

Fire Wave is a fantastic geological feature you will want to grab photos of, from iPhone to SLR. A straight forward hike, with only one part of shade near the end! 

Dustin also talks about a top tip involving a cliff to climb nearby. Listen to around 14 minutes to hear it! 

Pink Canyon is a shorter hike to take up your day. Head back to the visitors centre from Fire Wave, and you’ll see Pink Canyon to the side of the road, leading down to a slot canyon… Dustin explains it better. Just take a listen below, and check out their video of the hike too. 

That Adventure Life also have a brilliant YouTube channel that you have to check out, where they detail their trips in short videos. 

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.10 - Exploring Jordan

Welcome To The Middle East 

Jordan was Raj’s first experience in the middle east, riding into Aqaba. For a first place, what a great choice. Not only is Raj a history buff, but it is located right on the tip of the Red Sea, crystal blue water and jagged mountains scratching the sky. 

From here, Raj heads to Wadi Rum Desert and beyond. 

Exploring Every Inch Of Jordan 

With his passions in the right place, Raj explored and hitchhiked every part of this country, and was a perfect guest to have on the show. 

Talking on Wadi Rum, he talks about sleeping under the stars with nothing but a mattress, and how the landscape looks like the moon at night, and Mars during the day! 

A must do for this gorgeous and under-estimated country is the ancient city of Petra and the Valley Of Moses. 

Raj explores trails, speaks with the friendly locals, drinks tea, floats in the Dead Sea and tells us about his adventure backpacking through this corner of the globe. 

You can read a more detailed article of his time from Raj’s guest blog with Travel With Cooky’s site. 

Raj also hosts his own podcast, which you can follow here

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April 8, 2020  

Ep.9 - Socotra, Yemen

We welcome Rachna to the show who has come to talk about her time on the island of Socotra, Yemen.

A wonderful time spent seeing mountains, caves, lagoons and bio luminescent algae! 

For photos of her trips and more, check our her Instagram: @rachnasunder

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April 4, 2020  

Ep.8 - A Weekend In Lake Tahoe

Clear Water, Mountains On All Sides 

Lake Tahoe is a great place for a not-so-short roadtrip away on the weekend (7-8 hours from Southern California) and offers some of the best kayaking in the area. Dustin from That Adventure Life knows all too well how beautiful it is there and the adventures to be had. 

In this episode, Dustin goes over a perfect weekend itinerary: a kayak, via ferrata, and hike. Then, back in time for work on Monday! Or, for those outside of California, add this to your own itinerary and don’t go back to work on Monday! 

 

 

At 1,897m, the water can get cold there (bring your skis!). So Dustin has mostly gone in April-July for the warmer months. It’s the best time for adventure and relaxing there. 

A Weekend Itinerary 

Kicking off the trip with kayaking, you can explore the lake launching from Sand Harbour. There are kayaks to rent here if you don’t have the kit. Cruising down the coastline is a wonderful drive, but with smaller parking spaces and busy location, Dustin recommends you get there early! 

The via ferrata seems the most exciting to me. The route up has some beautiful views, and some great stories. One talks of a tree with a ski bolted to it. Why? A skier once crashed there. But to have views over the lake after a day of kayaking on it seems beautiful. If you’re going to do it, choose the four hour slot! 

You have pine trees, mountain landscape and teal waters. To top it off, you can watch a beautiful sunset at Chimney Beach. What a perfect way to round off your trip.

 

If you want to read more information, check out That Adventure Life’s articles, or check out their YouTube

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Between The Mountains – Adventure Travel Podcast

April 4, 2020  

Ep.7 - Exploring Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city right on the Spanish coast. Attracting thousands of tourists every year, there is a multitude of reasons for visiting from football to museums to the surrounding landscape. 

Hear and read more below in how Anthony and his friend explored this city from top to bottom! 

The Perfect 8 Night Itinerary 

Whether you're interrailing, stopping by on a conference or backpacking your way across Europe, Barcelona has to be a stop off for you to stop and explore. 

Anthony talks through his itinerary in detail and the city exceeded his expectations. 

Kicking off the trip, Anthony escaped the streets initially and went to Montserrat, a monastery and vineyard for wine tasting. From here, he goes on to explore La Sagrada Familia and just how stunning this architecture. 

The rest of the podcast explores pricing, tips, football, Spanish Cider (you've got to hear how they pour this!), Gaudi and more! 

What Antony remarks about Gaudi is just how unique his work is. He discusses how it's easy to become complacent with what you have at home in your country, so do to experience something so different is a pleasure, albeit it very busy! 

Anthony also got time to himself to experience the culture and quirky museums, as his friend rented a bicycle to do a 140km cycle route in the area. 

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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!

To come on the show or work with me, please email on: btmtravelpod@gmail.com

Join in with the community. Instagram/Twitter/Facebook and our new Facebook Page to share your own photos and videos here

Between The Mountains – Adventure Travel Podcast

April 4, 2020  

Ep.6 - 3 Weeks In Israel & Palestine

We welcome Rajjan Parmar from @rajjan_parmar on Instagram and Rajjan Parmar on Facebook.

While backpacking in the Middle East, Raj spent three weeks here and takes us through his experience. 

For all questions and pitches please contact me on btmtravelpod@gmail.com

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