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In our third-ever podcast covering the world of mountaineering, we take on the topic of expedition mountaineering. Join us with a special guest to discuss the how's, what's and why's of expedition mountaineering, how it differs from alpine mountaineering and more.
On July 4th weekend three members of the Seattle, WA based Apex Racing Team - Chris Ragsdale, Jason Connell and Travis Biechele road their bikes from the Seattle Space Needle to Mt Rainier, changed to mountaineering gear, summited Rainer, changed back into cycling kit and cycled home. Tonight we visit with Chris to find out more about their feat.
Rising 7,573 feet over Yosemite Valley, El Capitan is one of the two iconic mountains of the valley, and of Yosemite National Park as a whole. With over 3,000 feet of vertical elevation gain, “the chief” is an imposing granite monolith that is one of the most challenging climbs in the world. In this episode of IIAWT, veteran climber Paul Souza talks about about his ascent of El Capitan, training for an ascent of this classic peak and about his climbing philosophy overall.
While the Olympic Mountains are close to Seattle, they are one of the lesser known mountaineering areas of the U.S. The Olympic Range is home to a number of high peaks, two of which are Mount Ellinor (5,952 feet), and Mount Washington (6,260 feet). In this In Ice Axe We Trust Podcast, Matt and Chris rely on the expertise of a highly-qualified guest who knows a thing or two about hiking and climbing in the Olympics.
If you’re looking for a huge peak that presents a serious mountaineering challenge, look no further than Wyoming’s tallest mountain, Gannett Peak. Summit attempts on Gannett typically include at least 40 miles round trip and upwards of 9,000 feet of elevation gain. In this episode of IIAWT, Chris and Matt talk with special guest fills us in on what's involved in scaling such a remote mountain.
Today's guest is Jeff Rasley a successful lawyer for 30 years, he made profitable investments, and so left law for more satisfying nonprofit endeavors at the age of 55. He's the president of one foundation and serve on the board of 5 nonprofit corporations. The post-retirement nonprofit effort which has been most meaningful to me is the Basa Village Foundation. It has finished a school with five grades, built a hydroelectric system, provided computers and educational materials for the school, smokeless stoves for all the homes in the village, toilets for the school, a temporary medical clinic, and we have started working on a clean water system. Basa Village is a beautiful little village in the Himalayan Mountains inhabited by the Rai people with their own unique culture. Prior to 2007 the villagers lived similar to the way people lived during the Middle Ages with no running water, electricity, toilet system or stoves. In Basa there are no vehicles with wheels, not even wheel barrows or bicycles.
Early in life Jeff, was an avid adventure traveler. In his 20s and 30s he had several adventure travel articles published about scuba diving and motorcycle trips. When he turned 40, at the suggestion of his wife to help resolve a "mid-life crisis", he hiked the Mt. Everest Base Camp Trail for the first time. He then took up Himalayan Mountaineering and solo sea-kayaking and wrote several articles about those experiences.
Since leaving the law Jeff devoted much time to passing on to others what wisdom he's gained through combining financial success with adventure travel and philanthropy.
Maisha Guy interviews the King of Systems and Operations, Sam Carpenter. Currently our #EBNREVIEW Book Club Author of the month, Sam's book Work The System, The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less, is giving breakthroughs in their business.
About Sam Carpenter
With blue-collar roots, I have a mixed-bag background: land surveyor, heavy-equipment operator, union-man factory worker, door-to-door salesman, technical consultant, hamburger flipper, house painter, department store sales clerk, construction superintendent, design engineer, ditch digger, sales professional, builder, janitor, journalist, public speaker, book publisher, retail store owner, lab technician, logger, mill worker, machinist, stocks and commodities investor, writer, photojournalist, telecommunications entrepreneur, real estate salesman, kitchen worker, handyman, corporate CEO, and business owner. I founded and operate a nonprofit organization that assists earthquake victims in northeast Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and in India (see kashmirfamily.org). Through my business, Centratel (centratel.com), my special expertise is in the practical methodology of telecommunications: taking information, processing it, and then passing it on.
FSam Carpenter founded Centratel in 1984. With a background in engineering, construction, publishing and journalism, and residing in Bend, Oregon, outside interests include mountaineering, skiing, cycling, reading, and traveling. His book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less is in its third edition. Other business enterprises include educational products, software and consulting (see www.workthesystem.com). Sam is founder and director of Kashmir Family Aid, a 501C3 non-profit, aiding surviving school children of the
2005 Northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir earthquake.
Not only is Mount Katahdin, at 5,270 feet, the tallest mountain in the state of Maine, but it also holds another lofty distinction as the northern terminus of the 2160-mile Appalachian Trail. In this In Ice Axe We Trust Podcast, Chris and Matt veer off from their usual West-Coast subject matter and head into somewhat uncharted territory (for them, at least). Luckily, they have the expertise of a highly-qualified guest who knows a thing or two about hiking and climbing in the Northeast to fall back on. The result is 60 minutes of Katahdin and tons of information about this storied peak.
At 12,637 feet, Humphreys Peak is the tallest mountain in Arizona. In this episode of In Ice Axe We Trust, Matt interviews Chris and two old friends of the show - John & Jes - about their recent trip to Humphreys. This round table discussion focuses on climbing Humphreys in the winter, when the cold and snow add degrees of difficulty to finding a way to stand atop Arizona's highest peak.
It's been called the "most unique mountaineering route in the world" and also one of the "toughest mountaineering routes in the lower 48 U.S. states" and it's no wonder - this route gains more than 11,300 feet over about 15 miles. The route starts at Shorty's Well (elevation: 262 ft. below sea level) and culminates at the summit of Telescope Peak (elevation: 11,049 ft.), which also happens to be the highest point in Death Valley. In this episode of IIAWT, Chris and Matt spend an hour talking about a recent expedition in which they attempted this very route.
New Hampshire's Mount Washington, the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River, is notorious for its intense winter storms and erratic weather. In fact, this peak is commonly known as "Home of the World’s Worst Weather" and held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface (231 mph) for 76 years. In Podcast 26, the IIAWT duo talks about the winter route up Mount Washington and what it takes to attempt a peak in fierce winter conditions.
In Podcast #25 of In Ice Axe We Trust, Chris and Matt discuss the main route up Telescope Peak, the highest mountain in California's Death Valley. While there are multiple routes to the top of Telescope Peak, this podcast focuses on the "standard" route - as well as some other strange spots to explore nearby in Death Valley - with the help of a veteran California hiker.
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