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

Ashley Korenblat went from Arkansas to Dartmouth to Wall Street to being the president of Merlin Metalworks bikes, to the chair of IMBA (the International Mountain Bicycling Association). She currently owns Western Spirit Cycling and Outerbike, she is the founder and managing director of Public Land Solutions, she is on the recreation advisory board for the Outdoor Industry Association, and she is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. We talked to Ashley at Western Colorado University about her trajectory, and about the critical issues surrounding public lands policies and debates that we all need to understand and participate in.

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

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Ashley’s background in business and mountain biking (4:21)
  • Identifying the various groups in public land conflicts (12:20)
  • The divide between mountain bikers and land owners (15:55)
  • How much conflict is there between bikers and conservationists? (18:20)
  • Ashley’s experience lobbying in Washington, D.C. (24:30)
  • What companies do well and don’t do well for conservation (28:40)
  • What should we all be doing to support public lands? (33:32)
  • Western vs. Proust Q&A (35:15)

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