A Life Lived Wild: Rick Ridgeway (Ep.191)

On our Blister Podcast, we talk to Rick Ridgeway, who has lived right at the center of the modern outdoor recreation movement. He was a part of the first American ascent of K2; he has gone on numerous adventures with his friends, Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard and The North Face founder, Doug Tompkins, and filmmaker, Jimmy Chin; and he has been right there working to protect wild places with them, Kristine Tompkins, and others.
Rick Ridgeway in Antarctica (photo credit: Gordon Wiltsie)

Rick Ridgeway might be best described as a fictional character come to life. Rick has lived right at the center of the modern outdoor recreation movement; he was a part of the first American ascent of K2; he has gone on numerous adventures with his friends, Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard and The North Face founder, Doug Tompkins, and filmmaker, Jimmy Chin; and he has been right there working to protect wild places with them, Kristine Tompkins, and others. In this conversation, we talk to Rick about all of the above and his exceptional new book, Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the Edge of the Map.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • How would you describe your new book? (3:07)
  • When did you first get into writing (12:10)
  • Prison & Candice (17:22)
  • The road not taken (19:24)
  • Entrepreneurship (22:12)
  • Your relationship with Patagonia (32:20)
  • Three Questions (45:02)
  • Your legacy (48:13)
  • What’s the best question I haven’t asked you? (50:01)

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