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Thanks for checking out the Paleo Treats podcast!  This is a show started by Nik from Paleo Treats back in 2014 in order to share conversations I was having with a larger audience.

Inspired by the feedback I had gotten from going on the SOFREP podcast, I decided to have Paleo Treats give it a go with our own show.

This is mostly a list of friends of mine, along with a few folks I haven't met in person but respect and wanted to share their story with you.

The show is based mostly on the pursuit of excellence, so whether we're talking to a fly fishing writer, a NASCAR reporter, a wildland firefighter, or a world class rock climber, that's the theme we start with and generally stick to.

I don't plan on getting rich or famous with this show (that's what Paleo Treats is for), but if you do want to support us then head over to the Paleo Treats website and pick up a box of the best gluten free desserts on the planet.

Thanks for listening!

Nik Hawks

Jul 17, 2016

Every so often you come across a dude who appears normal but turns out to be a real gem.  Brad Barlage is one of those guys.  At 5'9 and all of 150 lbs, he's a rangy, stringy dude with bright eyes and a stoked smile.

How you do one thing is how you do everything.

A superb climber (redpointed 5.14), a real adventurer (kite skiing Baffin Island with Andrew McClean), a dog lover, and the kind of guy willing to build his life based on the "do the right thing always" mantra that marks so many of my mentors.

Brad worked his way up from the shipping floor at Black Diamond (the climbing company) to being a Sales Manage for North America, and split off to go his own way and continue selling outdoor gear under his own brand.

Good attitude going out equals good back in.

Brad is a very private guy, and I owe this podcast to two things.  

First, Brad's willingness to grant a friend a favor.  Second, the folks over at Enormocast, a climbing podcast.  

Brad's been listening to them. and seeing just how useful podcasts can be, so when i came bumbling along with my request, he understood how much it can help to hear someone else's story.  

Thanks Chris Kalous at Enormocast for doing a good enough job to inspire Brad and shining a light. Right on!