Terri Watts quit her job as an occupational therapist in Athens, Georgia to race the IMBA National Enduro Series for Pro Women. This girl from Georgia seemingly came out of nowhere to win the 2017 USA Cycling Enduro National Championship. Now, she is semi-retired from racing and back working part-time as an occupational therapist and part of the time as a PMBIA Level 1 mountain bike guide and coach with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance.
An exploration of outdoor adventure as a metaphor for life. Every other week, we talk to players in the outdoor and nonprofit world; in land conservation, recreation, and education to uncover stories that make make the world a better place.
Take a Big Leap is for the restlessness in each of us to make change. These stories serve as lessons and inspiration. From winning Olympic Gold, to starting an outdoor brand in a crowded marketplace, or pursuing a dream to open a backcountry lodge in the Purcells of British Columbia, no idea is too small or too big.
This show is for those who prefer to define your own idea of success and break trail to get there.
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Eric Larsen travels to wild and specifically cold places to cast a spotlight on climate change and the melting Arctic. Today, we will have a bigger conversation about adventure.
Charlotte Massey, Georgia Grace, and Bianca Gonzalez are redesigning pants so they work for women’s bodies. It sounds silly that no one has addressed this issue before. Why not? Charlotte Massey joins today, and she’s going to walk us through a little fashion history, something we don’t often discuss here at the Gear Show. We’ll discover how three women in college have come together to solve a problem and take an essential step in making the outdoors more inclusive by making it easier for women to “go to the bathroom.”
Jeannine Anders followed “The Call” to Colorado 15 years ago where she settled in the Vail Valley. Many of us have heard a similar call – one to the mountains, right? She held a career in sales while pursuing her passion for cycling. She’s competed in over 20 ultra-endurance mountain bike races including multiple 100-mile, 12- and 25-hour solo races as well as a multi-day stage race through the Swiss Alps. She eventually joined the board for the non-profit, Sacred Cycle, while managing their race team and helping to spread their mission which is to empower survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault through therapy and mountain biking, creating a sacred cycle of recovery, personal development, and community impact.
Today, Brian Harder, a self-proclaimed non-compliant patient will walk us through ACL recovery one year after the “event.” We’ll talk about the choices he made – like the graft choice and what he would do if he had it to do over again.
Brian is a frequent guest and a good friend of mine. He is an orthopedic physician assistant and a ski mountaineer based in Anchorage. He is also a former Exum Mountain Guide based out of Jackson.
I had a wonderful talk with Shannon Bahrke-Happe today about that, about professional racing, and life afterward. Shannon was on the US Ski Team for 12 years. During that time, she brought home a silver and a bronze medal. She also won the Overall World Cup title in 2003, had seven World Cup victories, 26 World Cup podiums and her list of wins goes on from there. She is a mom, founder of Team Empower Hour and the author of a children’s book Mommy Why Is Your Hair Pink?
Shelley knew she wanted to be a writer at a young age but how could she make a living doing it? She found a way and today is all about making dreams happen.
She quit her job as a medical journalist, moved to France for a short period and wrote a book. By the way, she had never written a book of fiction before and had no idea how to do it.
She’s going to tell us how she all that came to be.
It’s hard enough being a kid trying to fit in. Imagine being a brown kid with one leg growing up in an affluent and very white Connecticut town. Vasu Sojitra was diagnosed with septicemia at the age of nine months which resulted in the amputation of one of his legs. He spent much of his youth finding his way in the world. In fact, His TedX Bozeman Talk is titled “What is Your Normal?”
In today’s episode, Adrienne and I talk about writing as therapy, her evolving relationship with the wilderness over the decades, and how we tie our self worth to our performance in the outdoors.
Erik Murdock is the Policy Director for the Access Fund whose mission is to protect climbing access and conserve the environment. He represents climbers’ interests and values in Washington, DC while monitoring activities on Capitol Hill to identify possible threats (and opportunities) to climbing access and conservation. What draws someone to this type of work, […]