One of the many reasons I do this podcast is because it gives me the opportunity to speak to people who are living their version of success; defining how they want to do life. Brendan Leonard embodies this perfectly. His message is a reminder to each and every one of us pushing ourselves each day to be better and to do better, that there is joy in every day.
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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I worked very hard not to fangirl this interview. I hope I succeeded, but I was curious about a lot of things. First, of all, if you have not seen her and Jessie Diggins’ Olympic gold medal finish, I encourage you to check it out before you listen. It is off the hook dramatic and awesome!
Today we’re going to talk about ego and what fills that ego. For some it’s mountain bike racing, and for Amanda, it was. for awhile, until it wasn’t. And then one day, she decided she wanted to be the “bike Oprah” and she tweeted about that, and became integral to a huge bike giveaway. We discussed how one can use giving to fill a hole, perhaps the hole created by leaving racing.
Elinor Fish is the former editor of Trail Runner Magazine. She made the leap in 2010 from her career to start Wild Run Retreats with the mission to help people reduce stress and live a healthier life through mindful running.
Salomon asked runners from around the world to share their running dream trip. Over 3000 people applied but only one was chosen. Katie Adams, of Sandpoint, Idaho. Katie embarked on the trip with Emelie Forsberg and Ida Nilsson top female trail runners. They explored the Norwegian fjords and mountains by boat before setting off on foot and spending their days running from hut to hut.
a dream come true
Katie joins us in today’s episode.
It can take young adult cancer survivors a decade to get back into life after treatment. David Victorson is the founder of True North Treks. He, along with his family members and the team at TNT want to help young adults reconnect not only with themselves but also with nature after the most unnatural of treatments.
There has to be a certain kind of crazy to do some of the things Mark Gibson has taken on. He’s done things like skateboarded from capital to capital (Washington DC to Ottawa, Canada) with his son. He ran 276 miles across the state of Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in (ten days – averaging over a marathon a day).
Backcountry Lifeline was founded in August 2015, following a crash on Stage 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro Series and Enduro World Series in Crested Butte, CO, in which 40-year old Will Olson died. Will was an expert rider favored to win the series, and to those who founded backcountry lifeline, he was a respected fellow rider, friend, and beloved fiancé. His death rocked the bike community, and support poured in from around the globe.
Today, Bonnie McDonald, Will’s fiancé Bonnie McDonald joins us to discuss loss and how to make some sense out of it – with some purpose and drive and the occasional days in the fetal position.
When you get a new lease on life, you stop checking boxes and do things differently. Randy Milanovic is the CEO and founder of Kayak Online Marketing. In 2009, a tough year for most of us, he had an even tougher year.
Sarah and Mark Yancey own Boulder Hut Adventures, a remote backcountry ski hut in the stunning Purcell Mountains in Southeast British Columbia, Canada. During the ski season, they and their two kids live there hosting guests for a week of powder ski touring. The kids are homeschooled and Adventure Journal called Mark and Sarah “the most awesome parents in the history of parenting.”
It sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?