Paleo Treats Podcast (adventure)

Bob Gannon, World Flying Adventure

Ready to listen to the embodiment of curiosity?  Bob flew around the world two and a half times in a plane about the size of a Ford F-250.  He’s visited a few hundred countries and the “accomplished” side of his bucket list reads like a compilation of any 5 normal people.

“At a project up in Spirit Lake, Iowa, in a bar, a drunken popcorn seed salesman gave me a quote to live by: Seize upon the moment of exotic curiosity to acquire knowledge.” 

Adventurous, curious, and deeply connected to his spiritual side, this is a fascinating look into one man’s journey around the world.  Twice.

Don’t say No until you know.

I had intended this to be mostly about curiosity, but we got into inspiration and personal development topics as well.  If you like adventuring and learning what the world is like, you’ll dig this episode.

Make your desire bigger than your fear.

Direct download: 048_-_Bob.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 10:22am EST

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!

 

Direct download: 047_-_Brad_Barlage.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 11:10pm EST

I first heard about Gavin when I watched The Rocky Mountains Traverse.  The possibilities of paragliding immediately captured me, specifically the vol-biv work he and Will Gadd were doing.

If you're into adventuring, whether it's kayaking, sailing, kite surfing, or paragliding, you'll probably dig Gavin's take on the world.  

Whether he talks about his early "frequent bad decisions" or how he's not quite an adrenalin junkie, this is a great window into the mind of one of National Geographic's 2014 "Adventurer of the Year" recipients.

Enjoy!

Direct download: 046_-_Gavin_McClurg.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 11:05pm EST

Peter Defty from Vespa Power rejoins us and shares the life that brought him to be on the leading edge of fat burning performance.  From his early days hunting and butchering animals on the farm to flying a biplane all over Guatemala as a young man to his current day job working to bring Vespa & OFM to performance driven athletes, this is a deep dive into a fascinating life.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 043_-_Peter_Defty_2.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 12:33pm EST


One of my favorite guests, Roz Savage combines the fierce heart of an adventurer with the ability to describe beautifully the wildest & loneliest places on the planet.

As a Guinness World Record holder (first woman to row solo across 3 oceans), Roz is a shining example of someone following her dream. 

She started out as a money hungry young professional, saying “I was laboring under the illusion that money was going to make me happy.”  Working in London alongside the rest of the sharks (and whales) cured her of that drive; she realized it was an illusion, and in a famous story wrote down two obituaries.  First, the one she was headed for, and second, the one she wanted.

Staring her in the face was her whole future, and it wasn’t one she wanted.  “I realized to my great embarrassment and shame that the dream that I’d been chasing for 11 years was not the right dream.”

She was ““…actually quite terrified of the implications of realizing I was living the wrong dream.  I had to self-sabotage because I didn’t have the courage to change.”

So, cutting ties with job, relationships, and material possessions, she set out to row across the Atlantic and began to live the path she actually wanted.

Along the way she learned when to use the word fail (or really, what to replace it with) as well as what the right questions to ask were.  Having lost her self confidence in her 20s as a management consultant she regained it out in the middle of the ocean.

Listen in to Roz as she describe her most harrowing experience as well as her most beautiful, and revel in the accomplishments of another human in pursuit of excellence.

If you’d like to learn more about Roz, please check out her book “Rowing the Atlantic” or “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”  or www.rozsavage.com or if you’d like to learn more about her coaching check out rozsavagecoaching.com

Enjoy!
NFH

Direct download: 037-Roz_Savage.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 10:21pm EST

When Nick Sloane got the call to refloat the Costa Concordia in 2012, he was in New Zealand wrapping up another job and dreaming about playing golf back home in South Africa.  When he said "yes" to the job he couldn't know that it would take 30 months, 500 team members, 26 nationalities and 130 divers a day in the water to get the big cruise ship off the ground and towed to Genoa, where she would ultimately be dismantled for scrap.

On many salvage jobs, the divers present the biggest challenge, and Nick's story on how he deals with these rock stars of the salvage world is both funny and indicative of real depth in understanding human motivation.

If you've ever wondered about building a team, working under stress, or what it takes to want to go out in heavy weather and stormy seas to perform a job not many people can even imagine, let alone do, then you'll really dig listening to this master of creating calm in chaos.

Cheers!

Nik@PT

 

Direct download: episode-34-nick-sloane.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

Episode 19: Robert Young Pelton on Southern Sudan

I signed up a while ago for the RYP newsletter, so when it dropped into my box on Monday I wasn't surprised. It was a quick note from the man himself about a recent piece he'd done for VICE on South Sudan.

I asked if he wanted to come pimp the piece on the PTPC and I got slightly more than I asked for.

This is without a doubt the most fact filled and deep podcast we've done.

You probably have a personal narrative of Africa in general that goes something like this: hot, shit hole, large animals, poor, dangerous, needs help.

If that's what you think, stand by to have your ideas turned on their head. It took about 90 minutes for Robert to walk Steve & I through what's going on there, and we still only scratched the surface.

For more on any of this stuff, you can find Robert here or on Facebook.

To read the article on VICE go here, and for Robert's super beefy rippingly effective knives, take a look here.

Direct download: episode-19-robert-young-pelton-II.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

Episode 13: Gregory Crouch, climber & author

A damnably interesting fellow, Gregory Crouch is a climber & author who has traveled from Patagonia to Persia in search of first ascents, hard ascents, easy ascents, and everything else that goes with climbing in heavy weather.

Crouch has written excellent books, in this podcast we talk about Enduring Patagonia, China's Wings, Right Mate Let's Get On With It and others.

Greg is a superb storyteller, and from the story of how his birth precipitated a major change in English politics to the latest adventures climbing in Iran he offers the perspective of a live well lived.

Direct download: episode-13-gregory-crouch.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Episode 12: Robert Young Pelton

Robert Young Pelton, author of "The World's Most Dangerous Places", shares his thoughts on the benefits of getting fired, running Route Irish in Iraq, being kidnapped by Columbians, and offers up a great perspective on livin' the dream.

"Basically I'm famous for still being alive". Journalist, photographer, and all around adventurer, Robert offers that rare perspective of a man who has followed his dreams no matter what (once he turned 40.)

Starting out as a poor kid and then being a lumberjack, blaster, advertiser and then launching into the corporate world, Pelton decided when he was 40 that making money and driving a Rolls Royce wasn't the be all end all of life, so he took off to some of the world's shit holes and decided to live.

Enjoy the show with a modern day truth seeker!

Direct download: episode-12---robert-young-pelton.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

Episode 8: Kurt Johnstad, Hollywood writer

Kick it with Hollywood epic writer Kurt Johnstad (300, Act of Valor, 300: Rise of an Empire) as we talk about the crucible of physical exertion, the reason for pursuing excellence, and just how important a good cup of coffee is. Kurt is one of the few true Muses of the military and his inside take on the importance of following your passion is well worth listening to. Rock on Kurt!

Direct download: episode-8-kurt-johnstad.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 8:14pm EST