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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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---- This was recorded much earlier in the year, so do forgive any imperfections. ----

 

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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https://betweenthemountains.org/2020/10/07/exploring-costa-rica/  

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. 

 

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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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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! 

 

www.lucyshepherd.net 

 

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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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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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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! 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A short introduction to our podcast

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.  

Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and all other platforms; just search “Between The Mountains”! Or Ask Alexa! 

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

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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/

If you would like to come on the podcast please email btmtravelpod@gmail.com

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