Andrew Alexander King & The Between Worlds Project (Ep.159)

Andrew Alexander King goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his Between Worlds project, trying to become the first African American to climb the highest mountain and volcano on each continent, and much more

Andrew Alexander King is an explorer, alpinist, climber, and surfer who was born in Detroit; has climbed over 50 different mountains around the world from Kilimanjaro to the highest mountain in the Atlantic, Indian, and the Pacific Ocean; is currently aiming to become the first African American to climb the highest mountain and volcano on each continent; and is the founder of the The Between Worlds Project.

Sam Anthamatten on Steep Skiing, La Liste 2, the FWT, & Gear Choices (Ep.158)

Sam Anthamatten goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss filming La Liste 2: Everything or Nothing; his career on the Freeride World Tour; His gear preferences; & More

Sam Anthamatten does things in the mountains that few skiers do, and in this conversation, you’ll get a better sense of the background and the trajectory that helped Sam get to where he is today. We also get an update from Sam on the status of La Liste 2; we talk about the process of flashing massive, big-mountain lines; and more.

Reviewers’ 2020 Highlights & 2021 Resolutions (Ep.157)

On the Blister Podcast, several Blister reviewers discuss their highlights of 2020, and some of their resolutions and predictions about 2021

For our first Blister Podcast of 2021, we asked a few of our reviewers to share one highlight of the past year; one thing they’re most looking forward to in 2021; and one new year’s resolution. We got quite a range of answers — and apparently Kristin Sinnott and Jonathan Ellsworth will be starting up a new reality TV show? Please enjoy, and Happy New Year!

Snowboarder Elena Hight on Competition, Transitions, & Blank Canvas (Ep.155)

Elena Hight goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss her new film, Blank Canvas, her snowboarding career as a whole, and more

Elena Hight is an X Games Gold Medalist, two-time Olympian, and a badass. We discuss her new film, Blank Canvas; competitive drive; how similar or different it is preparing to ride a big backcountry line versus a half-pipe contest run; her time in the mountains with the likes of Hana Beaman, Travis Rice, and Danny Davis; the art of getting better at dealing with changes and transitions in life; and more.

Bode Miller on Education, Mental Preparation, Technology, Ski Design, & More (Ep.154)

Bode Miller goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his ski racing career, SKEO, data and skiing, ICL (institute for civic leadership), and more

We catch up with one of the greatest ski racers of all time to discuss his involvement in rethinking education; the use of technology and data in skiing; the crucial lesson his grandmother taught him at a young age; his greatest competitive advantage as a ski racer; what he aims to do in terms of ski design with Crosson skis; and more.

On Guide Books & Decision Making in the Backcountry (Ep.152)

Beacon Guide Books founder, Andy Sovick, goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss guide books in general, backcountry decision making, and more

Sales of backcountry guide books are up, and more and more people are venturing out. So we talked with Beacon Guide Books founder, Andy Sovick about how he got into publishing guide books; why he actually dislikes the term “guide books”; whether or not backcountry guide books should even exist; the responsibilities that come with publishing them; why Andy is an advocate of the “ATES” system (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale); and more.

Athletic Brewing Company founder, Bill Shufelt (Ep.151)

Athletic Brewing Company Founder, Bill Shufelt, goes on the Blister Podcast

Athletic Brewing Company is a fast-growing brand in an emerging category that is about to blow up: non-alcoholic craft beer. So we talked to Athletic Brewing’s founder about why he started the company; the stigma of not drinking; why “near beer” has been so bad; why there’s such a need for products like this in the outdoors community; Athletic’s brewing process; how he feels about the emerging competition in the space; and more.

Mali Noyes & Lani Bruntz ski The Wurl (Ep.148)

Mali Noyes and Lani Bruntz go on the Blister Podcast to discuss their winter attempt of the WURL. (photo by Adam Clark)

The Wurl — The Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup — has gained a lot of attention in the trail running and climbing worlds, but it had never been done in the winter, and Mali Noyes and Lani Bruntz set out to ski it. So we talked with Mali and Lani about the origins of this idea to ski The Wurl, and the planning, logistics, and scouting that happened behind the scenes.

Hunt to Eat founder, Mahting Putelis (Ep.147)

Hunt to Eat founder, Mahting Putelis, goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss Hunt to Eat, what it's all about, why it's applicable to all people, and more

This is another installment in our series on food, and food systems, and our guest today was first introduced to me by Blister reviewer, Paul Forward. Mahting Putelis is the founder of Hunt to Eat, which is an organization that “exists to find modern, progressive, and inclusive ways to support and grow the community of folks that go outdoors, harvest wild meat, or plants, or fungi, and take these things home to be cooked with care for themselves or their friends and family.”

Will Gadd on The Last Ascent + Doing all the Sports (Ep.143)

Will Gadd goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his new film about Kilimanjaro's melting glaciers, The Last Ascent, how he does "all the sports," and much more

We talk to the elite ice climber, Will Gadd, about ice climbing, skiing, paragliding, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking — and how they relate to one another. And we talk about his new film, The Last Ascent, which documents Will’s return to Mount Kilimanjaro to climb the Messner route and the Tanzanian ice (at 19,000’ altitude) while there’s still time.

Paul Forward on Hunting, Climate Advocacy, & Conservation (Ep.141)

Heli-Guide, Doctor, Hunter, & Blister Reviewer, Paul Forward, goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss hunting in Alaska, conservation, climate change, the Alaskan Pebble Mine, being a vegetarian hunter, & more

Blister reviewer, Paul Forward, is a lifelong hunter. Jonathan Ellsworth has been a vegetarian for over 20 years. So how much common ground do they share? We discuss that plus Paul’s latest solo hunt; why he only hunts with a bow; what the broader hunting community might learn from skiers & mtn bikers in terms of climate advocacy; and what skiers & mtn bikers could stand to learn from the hunting community about conservation.

Adventures of a Hemophiliac: Chris Bombardier on Climbing Mount Everest (Ep.140)

Chris Bombardier goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his film, Bombardier Blood, summiting the 7 Summits, his organization Save One Life, & More

Chris Bombardier is the first person with hemophilia to complete all Seven Summits, and tomorrow, a film comes out called Bombardier Blood that tells Chris’ story and homes in on his attempt to summit Mt. Everest. So we talked to Chris about baseball (and sharks); hemophilia and the experience of those who have the condition; climbing Everest; the important work of Save One Life; and more.