Blister Speaker Series 2.5: Tommy Caldwell (Ep.120)

Tommy Caldwell presents at the Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO.

Last week at Western Colorado University, we talked to Tommy Caldwell about speed climbing & setting the speed record on the Nose with Alex Honnold; strength vs. experience; how he focuses on climbing projects while also having more disparate responsibilities than ever; and how and why he’s become increasingly involved with environmental causes; and more.

Blister Speaker Series 2.4: Wendy Fisher (Ep.118)

Wendy Fischer speaks at the Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University.

Wendy Fisher is one of the all-time greats. She is a two-time World Extreme Skiing Champion; was on the U.S. Ski Team; filmed with Warren Miller and MSP; and played a huge role in showing the world what women could do in big-mountain arenas. We spoke to Wendy about all of this and more (including a few fantastic Shane McConkey and Seth Morrison stories).

Blister Speaker Series 2.2: Honnold Foundation ED, Dory Trimble (Ep.105)

Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University; event 2.2: Honnold Foundation executive director, Dory Trimble

When Alex Honnold, was looking for a new executive director for his Honnold foundation, he tapped Dory Trimble. And with the massive success of the film, Free Solo, Dory has guided what started as Alex’s small, personal passion project into a rapidly growing nonprofit working on global solar energy initiatives. So in our latest Blister Speaker Series, we talk to Dory about what it’s like working with Alex; how she’s managed the explosive growth of the Honnold Foundation; and she offers great advice for anyone interested in getting involved with organizations committed to doing social good.

Blister Speaker Series 2.1: Claudio Caluori (Ep.101)

Claudio Caluori talks at the Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University about his career, the 2019 World Cup Downhill season, Velosolutions, pumpforpeace, and more.

Last week, we kicked off season #2 of our monthly Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University, where we invite influential figures to come talk about how they are shaping the outdoor industry. Our first guest of the new season was Claudio Caluori, the announcer for the World Cup Downhill series, a former pro XC and DH racer, the founder of Velosolutions, and the initiator of #pumpforpeace. We touch on all of these things in our conversation, and get Claudio’s perspective on a wide range of topics and questions.

Blister Speaker Series 1.4: Ashley Korenblat (Ep.86)

Biker on White Rim trail in Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah.

Ashley Korenblat is the former chair of IMBA, currently owns Western Spirit Cycling and Outerbike, is the founder and managing director of Public Land Solutions, is on the advisory board for the Outdoor Industry Association, and she is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. We talked to Ashley about her trajectory, and about the critical issues surrounding public lands policies and debates that we all need to understand and participate in.

Blister Speaker Series 1.2: Eric Larsen – Polar Adventurer, Expedition Guide, & Educator (Ep.81)

Blister Speaker Series 1.2: Eric Larsen, polar adventurer, expedition guide, & educator on the Blister Podcast

Last week we held our 2nd Blister Speaker Series event at Western Colorado University with Eric Larsen, a North and South Pole adventurer, expedition guide, author, and climate educator. Here is that conversation, where we talk to Eric about the importance of doing difficult things, perseverance, leadership, and more.

Blister Speaker Series 1.1 – Brendan Leonard, Semi-Rad.com

Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad.com speaking at the Blister Speaker Series at Western University

We just held the inaugural Blister Speaker Series event at Western Colorado University with Brendan Leonard — author, filmmaker, and creator of semi-rad.com. So here is that live conversation where we talk with Brendan about work, work ethic, creativity, and how to keep from compromising your vision in whatever field you are passionate about pursuing.

Drilling for Oil under Moab’s Slickrock Trail? (Ep.16)

Recently, a preliminary proposal from the Bureau of Land Management was put forward to auction the right to drill for oil and natural gas under Moab’s Slickrock Trail, one of the most famous mountain bike trails in the world. How is this possible? And what should each of us be doing to protect our trails? For answers to these questions and to learn what exactly happened with Slickrock Trail, we talked to Ashley Korenblat, the founder of Public Land Solutions.