Blister Podcast

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

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

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.

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Dash Longe goes on the Blister Podcast to talk about his new film, Stone's Throw, his recent move to DPS Skis, and more.

Dash Longe on Skiing, Ski Films, & Ski Design (Ep.104)

Dash Longe is a skier who’s been doing it — and going big — for a long time. So I spoke to Dash about his brand new film, Stone’s Throw, and about ski films in general; his coming up during the heyday of the freeskiing revolution in Tahoe; ski design and Dash’s work on the DPS Koala 119; and more. Check out this post for the whole conversation — and watch Dash’s film, Stone’s Throw.

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Corey Rich goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his new book, "Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography"

Adventure Photographer, Corey Rich (Ep.103)

Adventure photographer, Corey Rich, has spent a lot of time documenting some of the most interesting and amazing athletes in the world. So we talk to Corey about his time with the likes of Fred Beckey, Chris Sharma, Tommy Caldwell, Ashima Shiraishi; why making mistakes and being vulnerable makes for great storytelling; his excellent new book; what his dream assignment would be; and much, much more.

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Jason Levinthal, founder of J Skis, Line Skis, & Full Tilt Boots, goes on the Blister Podcast to answer everyone's questions.

J Skis founder, Jason Levinthal (Ep.102)

J Skis founder, Jason Levinthal, is back on the show, and this time, our conversation is made up almost entirely of your questions. And in his trademark style, Jason answers each of them with extreme candor. Check out the full video and conversation here.

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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.

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

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.

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Pep Fujas goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his ski career, time with K2 skis, and his new role as VP of marketing and product development at WNDR Alpine

Pep Fujas: from the Farm to K2 to WNDR (Ep.100)

Pep Fujas has always been at the forefront of freeskiing, and he is now looking to move things forward once again. So we talk to Pep about growing up on his family farm in Oregon; his remarkable film career; his favorite Seth Morrison story; his long relationship with K2 and his favorite K2 skis; his decision to go back to school; and his even bigger decision to join the team at WNDR Alpine.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks with Ming Goetz about her promising Slopestyle mountain biking career on the Blister Podcast.

Up & Coming: Slopestyle Mountain Biker, Ming Goetz (Ep.99)

Aside from her unassuming disposition, everything about Ming Goetz is extraordinary — her name; her background; her favorite discipline; her competing recently in the Crankworx Whip Off Challenge; her participation this season in the 1st ever Women’s Slopestyle Tour; her plans for the future (competing in Red Bull Rampage) and, of course … her abilities on a bike. So ladies & gentlemen, get ready to meet Ming.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks with Checkerspot's Charlie Dimmler and Matt Sterbenz about the brand's background, goals, and its new ski brand, WNDR Alpine on the Blister Podcast.

Biotech hits the Backcountry: Checkerspot & WNDR Alpine (Ep.98)

What does biotech have to do with backcountry skiing? And what does microalgae have to do with skis? And why did the founder of 4FRNT Skis, Matt Sterbenz, agree to get involved with a new startup ski brand, WNDR Alpine? We sat down in Blister HQ with Checkerspot co-founder and CEO, Charlie Dimmler, and WNDR Alpine founder, Matt Sterbenz, to talk about the creation of WNDR Alpine; its relation to and the mission of Checkerspot; and more.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks with World Bicycle Relief CEO, Dave Neiswander on Blister's Bikes & Big Ideas Podcast

How to Change the World with Bikes: World Bicycle Relief (Ep.97)

For many of us, bikes are primarily fun. But for many others, bikes are major drivers of economic development, educational opportunity, health care, and equality. World Bicycle Relief was started by the founder of SRAM to provide bikes to developing countries, and we talk with WBR’s CEO, Dave Neiswander, about the origins of World Bicycle Relief; its trajectory and challenges; all the product design that goes into their bikes; and what each of us can do to support the WBR mission.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks with Fernie skier and biker, Dylan Siggers, about growing up in Fernie, winning the Intersection video contest, biking, skiing with Burrrlapz, and more on the Blister Podcast

Up & Coming: Skier AND Mtn Biker, Dylan Siggers (Ep.96)

Today we’re launching our new Up & Coming series, where we’ll be highlighting some athletes who, if they aren’t already on your radar, they should be. And first up is Dylan Siggers, because few people out there are this good on skis and on a bike. Plus, Dylan is also involved in filmmaking and music, so we talk to him about skiing, biking, filming, music, and more.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks with neurologist, Dr. Michael Merzenick, about brain plasticity, how we can improve the health of our brains, and more on the Blister Podcast.

Training Your Body — and Your Brain (Ep.95)

You’re probably already convinced of the importance of physical exertion, going outside, and staying physically fit and healthy. But what about the fitness of your brain? We talk to the neuroscientist, Michael Merzenich, about the significant neurological benefits of going fast, going outside, and undertaking new activities; the more effective and less effective ways to exercise our brains; the changes to our brains caused by the time so many of us — and our kids — are spending in front of phone, computer, and TV screens; and more.

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LJ Strenio talks about competing and filming as a pro skier, working for NASA, being a stuntman for Vin Diesel, and more on the Blister Podcast.

From Skiing Park to Working for NASA: LJ Strenio (Ep.94)

Last week, LJ Strenio, posted a photo of a letter from NASA congratulating him on being accepted as an intern to the Armstrong Flight Research Facility. But how does a park skier from Vermont, this star of the LINE Traveling Circus, this guy who once served as Vin Diesel’s stunt double, and this guy who has a 29-minute crash reel that is shot after shot of him destroying himself, get accepted to work for NASA? We talked to LJ to get the whole story — and it’s a great one.

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Clare Gallagher talks with Jonathan Ellsworth about winning the Western States 100 Endurance Race and more on Blister's Off The Couch Podcast.

Western States 100 Champion, Clare Gallagher (Ep.93)

Clare Gallagher just won the Western States 100, and she did so in spectacular fashion. But there is a whole lot more to this story. So we talk to Clare about the details of her epic win, why on earth she agreed to go on an expedition to Alaska with Tommy Caldwell right before her biggest race of the year, and more.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks to Taiga Motors CEO & co-founder, Sam Bruneau, about the world's first electric snowmobile on the Blister Podcast.

Making the 1st Electric Snowmobile: Taiga Motors (Ep.92)

While more and more electric cars are hitting the streets, Taiga Motors is about to bring the world’s first commercial electric snowmobiles to the backcountry and ski areas. So we talked with Taiga Motors CEO & co-founder, Sam Bruneau, about taking the electric snowmobile from a college project to an actual business; and we get into the specifics of charging a Taiga, and how these electric sleds measure up against gas-powered ones in terms of power, torque, weight, range, and performance in harsh temperatures.

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Pro skier, Mark Abma, talks with Jonathan Ellsworth about Abma's career, lifestyle, inspirations, and more on the Blister Podcast

Mark Abma’s Regimen for Skiing Well & Living Well (Ep.91)

For a long time now, Mark Abma has stood right at the center of big-mountain skiing. So we talk to him about living with JP Auclair, Julien Regnier, and Anthony Boronowski; filming with Shane McConkey, Hugo Harrison, and Ingrid Backstrom; serving as a guide for a new generation of skiers; and the specific fitness, dietary, and health regimen that keeps Mark functioning at a high level on and off the mountain.

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Jonathan Ellsworth discusses James Buehler's snowboard descent of Ciochetti's Ribbon on the BLISTER Podcast

James Buehler on Riding the Ribbon, Devil’s Castle (Ep.90)

You may have seen last week some pretty mind-blowing (and terrifying) footage of a snowboarder negotiating the Ribbon on Devil’s Castle at Alta. So we talked to James Buehler about his apparent first descent with Alex Gavic of the Ribbon on a snowboard, and James walks us through the technical aspects of the route; his preparation for the line; the mental and physical demands it imposes; encountering multiple cruxes; the “Ronald McDonald Grin”; and what’s next on his list.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks to ski racer and big-mountain skier, Travis Ganong, on the BLISTER Podcast

Travis Ganong: U.S. Ski Racer + Backcountry & Big-Mtn Skier (Ep.89)

Travis Ganong might be the most well-rounded skier in the world (just listen to this conversation), and he is certainly one of the most passionate. He’s a Team U.S.A. downhiller and Super G racer, and he is also obsessed with backcountry touring and big-mtn skiing. So we talk about all of it: racing & training; catching the attention of Shane McConkey as a kid; backcountry skiing; and more.

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks to WhistlePig Whiskey CMO, Jason Newell, on the BLISTER Podcast

Racing, Rossignol, & Rye Whiskey (Ep.88)

We went to Shoreham, Vermont, to talk with Jason Newell about his transition from ski racing, to working with the Rossignol Group for 25 years, to his latest adventure in a whole new category: whiskey. (Plus a story or two involving duct tape, Candide Thovex, and burning couches.)

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Jonathan Ellsworth talks to Dierdre Wolownick about her new book, "The Sharp End of Life" on the Blister Podcast

Dierdre Wolownick, The Sharp End of Life (Ep.87)

In some circles, Dierdre Wolownick is best known as Alex Honnold’s mom. But she is also the oldest woman to climb El Cap, an author, teacher, linguist, musician, marathon runner, and someone who continues to push her comfort zone. We talk to Dierdre about her new book The Sharp End of Life: A Mother’s Story; what shaped her philosophy of parenting; how she’s become more courageous with age; and the importance of continuing to push past limits.

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

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

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.

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Angela Hawse on the eastern face of Castle Peak in 2018

The Guide Life with AMGA President, Angela Hawse (Ep.85)

Angela Hawse is the president of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), and is certified to the highest international mountain guide standards. We talk to her about how she got into guiding; the various roles she has taken on in her career; what advice she would offer to aspiring guides; her company Chicks Climbing and Skiing, her work with POW Climb, and more.

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Jonathan Ellsworth interviews Flylow President & Co-Founder, Dan Abrams, during the Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University

Blister Speaker Series 1.3: Dan Abrams, Flylow (Ep.84)

Our 3rd Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University was with Dan Abrams, president and co-founder of Flylow. Dan gets into the details of running an outerwear company, and in doing so, offers insight into maintaining perspective while under pressure, how he approaches risky decisions, making the most of bad situations, and more.

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Zoetica Founders Karen Hoskin & Elizabeth Smith

Zoetica: Solutions to the Global Recycling & Trash Crisis (Ep.82)

Trash is a growing global crisis, and currently, the majority of “recycled” products are still ending up in landfills or being burned. So we discuss the crisis, the myths, and the solutions to these problems with the founders of Zoetica, who are working to help us rethink these issues and take concrete actions to address them.

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Kristen Ulmer discusses fear and how to cope with it on the Blister podcast

Kristen Ulmer on the Art of Fear (Ep.80)

Kristen Ulmer was once the best female big mountain skier in the world, and many regarded her as fearless. But she wasn’t fearless, and her ways of coping with fear took a heavy toll on her. Kristen has since become a specialist of this deeply misunderstood emotion, so we discuss how we can all develop a healthier relationship with fear in any and every area of our lives.

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Kelly Clark discusses her 20-year career; her book "Inspired"; and more on the Blister Podcast

Snowboarder Kelly Clark on Her 20-Year Career (Ep.79)

The winningest snowboarder in history, Kelly Clark, recently retired after an astonishing 20-year career of competition. So we talked to Kelly about that career; the new limited-edition “RISE” snowboard she designed with Burton; how snowboarding has evolved; her relationship with Chloe Kim; the mission of the Kelly Clark Foundation; her extremely important thoughts on “achievement” and “success”; and what’s next for her.

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Cody Townsend discusses his FIFTY project on the Blister Podcast

Cody Townsend on The FIFTY Project (Ep.78)

We talk to Cody Townsend about his massive new undertaking to ski 50 classic North American lines. We discuss his approach to the project; how it’s going so far; dealing with its incredibly tricky logistics; which lines are the most daunting; the line he’d just skied; what gear he is using; and more.

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

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

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.

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