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GAVIN MCCLURG 

PROFESSIONAL PARAGLIDER / ADVENTURER / PODCAST HOST

Gavin McClurg is no stranger to adventure and exploration. He is a 2015 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” for his unpowered paragliding expedition across the Canadian Rockies (documented in the Red Bull Media House feature film “The Rockies Traverse”). He became the first person to traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider (unsupported) in 2016 (documented in the Red Bull Media House feature film “North of Known”). He is the owner, founder and Captain of “Offshore Odysseys”, a global kitesurfing/surfing/sailing expedition. He has twice circumnavigated the world by sail, living at sea for 13 straight years, including short-handed roundings of both notorious capes (Horn and Good Hope). Gavin holds the former North American-record for foot launched cross-country paragliding, a flight of 240 miles deep into Montana from his home town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Gavin is the first American to complete the “toughest adventure race on Earth”, the Red Bull X-Alps a paragliding / foot race across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. In ten days Gavin flew 1560 kilometers, walked 498 (12+ marathons) and scaled 52,000 meters of vertical ascent on foot (Everest 5 times).

Gavin's Projects

The Rockies Traverse

Traverse all 1,200km of the Rocky Mountains by paraglider with Gavin and Will Gadd – a world record breaking flight. 

NORTH OF KNOWN

Follow Gavin and Dave Turner as they make the first-ever attempt to paraglide across all 700km of the rugged and remote Alaska Range.

TED X

Watch Gavin’s recent TedX talk, “Making the Jump.” Too many people WISH instead of DO. If the safe road leads to regret, why don’t we take the path of more risk, but more reward? Using short films and life-stories Gavin McClurg takes us sailing around the world and paragliding across the Earth’s most remote mountains…but his greatest adventure is just beginning. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

cloudbase mayhem

Gavin is the host of the Cloudbase Mayhem podcast, where you will find fascinating and educational interviews with the best free-flight pilots in the world. If you fly a hanglider, paraglider, sailplane, wingsuit, or Hot Air balloon; if you fly acro or cross country, the Cloudbase Mayhem is where we glean how the great pilots of the world get there. 

JAY LEMERY, MD 

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMAN HEALTH SPECIALIST

Dr. Lemery is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Chief of the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. He is the immediate Past-President of the Wilderness Medical Society and has provided medical direction to National Science Foundation subcontractors operating at both poles, most recently serving as the EMS Medical Director for the United States Antarctic Program. Dr. Lemery has an academic expertise in austere and remote medical care as well as the effects of climate change on human health. He serves as a consultant for the Climate and Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sits on the National Academy of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the co-Editor of Global Climate Change and Human Heath: From Science to Practice (Jossey Bass, 2015). He serves as an advisor to the organization Climate for Health (ecoAmerica) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. From 2005-2012, he was the Director of Cornell Wilderness Medicine and a member of the Global Health Steering Committee at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Lemery was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia and received his MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. From 2003-04 he was chief resident in Emergency Medicine at NYU & Bellevue Hospitals. He also currently holds academic appointments at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Harvard School of Public Health (FXB Center) where he is a Contributing Editor for its Journal Health and Human Rights and was Guest Editor for the June 2014 edition on ‘Climate Justice.’ He is affiliate faculty of the Colorado School of Public Health.

RYAN PATERSON, MD 

EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN / WILDERNESS EDUCATOR / HUMANITARIAN

Ryan Paterson attended the University of Vermont School of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Wilderness/Altitude/Expedition Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center/University of Colorado. He also holds advanced certifications in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) and in Mountain Medicine (DiMM). He is a practicing Emergency Physician for Kaiser Permanente at St Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado. When not working, Ryan loves to spend time outdoors with his spouse and two children. He is an avid traveler and climber and a former distance athlete who continues to run, bike, and swim. Ryan has experience in large-race, medical event management and has helped provided medical support for the Leadville 100 ultra-marathon competition. Ryan also serves as co-course director for the Wilderness Medical Society and Universities of Colorado and Utah’s Diploma in Mountain Medicine Course (DiMM). He is the current United States delegate to the International Society of Mountain Medicine (ISMM). He also serves as medical director for the non-profit (Kolkata City Mission) working to establish sustainable development solutions in education, health, women’s empowerment, micro-enterprise and public-health for informal communities in and around Kolkata, India.

HAYLEY STUART 

WHITEWATER KAYAKER / FILM MAKER / ENVIRONMENTALIST

Hayley developed a passion for rivers as a whitewater kayaker at the age of sixteen. Kayaking in three continents exposed her to the crushing realities of mega-hydroelectric projects and their impacts on people and ecosystems. Inspired by the communities along Chile’s Maipo River, who campaigned against the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project, Hayley pursued studies in Environmental Science, Spanish and Anthropology at the University of Denver. In November 2016 she completed a dual major in Environmental Science and Spanish. Her thesis focused on the impact of social and environmental campaigns on Chile’s hydro-development. Hayley has worked throughout Latin America with Quechua, Aymara, and Mapuche communities and environmental campaign leaders to address and document the threats posed by mega-dams in an increasingly globalized world. Using film to create awareness, her videos are currently used in graduate and undergraduate Environmental Science classes at Denver University.

Todd Sperry 

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR MARKETING STRATEGY AND COMMUNICATIONS, BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

With nearly 20 years of agency and client experience, Sperry has led breakthrough marketing and communications initiatives at Arnold Worldwide, managing diverse global accounts including New Balance, Volvo, Fidelity Investments, Timberland, Panasonic and others . Before then, he managed national sales, distribution and training in the Rocky Mountains and the Northeast for The North Face. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with an M.B.A. from Babson College, Sperry lives in Cambridge, Mass., and has been passionate about the Museum for more than 15 years, often visiting with his 5-year-old son and wife Jennifer Yeh, a Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. An avid ski mountaineer, he once retraced the climb of late Museum Director Brad Washburn and his wife Barbara up Mount McKinley. A Big Brother for more than a decade, Sperry also enjoys travel, gardening, cooking and photography

PAUL CHARLTON, MD 

EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN

Paul Charlton is an Emergency Physician currently based in Gallup, New Mexico. Before medical school he completed a graduate degree in Conflict Resolution and he remains active with academic and field-based work at the interface of health and conflict. He previously worked as a Climbing Ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park and lived in northern Pakistan while working for Save the Children and various Pakistani NGOs.  He remains closely engaged with northern Pakistan, especially on issues affecting porters in the Karakoram. When not inside the hospital or working on conflict management things, he gets outside as much as possible trail running, mountaineering, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and new son.

KATIE ZANONI, EDD 

PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATOR

Katie is currently a lecturer in the Leadership Department of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Katie Zanoni holds an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco (2018). Zanoni explores transformative approaches to peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice in education. She has 20 years of experience in program design and management in the education and nonprofit sector working with organizations including the International Rescue Committee and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. As an instructional designer, Zanoni developed curriculum as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, a Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative fellow, and as the co-founder of Education for Transformation for programs in Kenya and Myanmar. After Zanoni obtained her Master’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego (2006), she co-founded and lectured in the first Peace Studies Associate Degree program at San Diego City College and developed courses on conflict resolution and sustainability for the college. Her research interests include critical peace education, gender transformative human rights education, women leaders in peacebuilding, environmental justice, and conflict transformation through educational policy. As a mother-scholar, Zanoni maintains a critical lens to examine issues of power, gender, race and culture within her communities of practice to build trust and reciprocity.

Katie's Projects

Education for Transformation

Our mission is to design, implement, monitor and evaluate peace education programs that build the capacity of learners, educators and institutions in formal and non-formal settings. Through a critical and transformative educational approach we seek to raise consciousness, shape worldview, and contribute to shifting cultural paradigms toward peace.

COMMUNITY PRACTITIONER

As an active community member in San Diego, Katie works with her local public school cluster to support the development of social emotional learning into formal educational settings.

JERI HOWLAND 

ENTREPRENEUR / IRONMAN CHAMPION / STRATEGIST

Jeri Howland is a fundraising and non-profit strategy leader, an entrepreneur, and 7x Ironman champion who has racked up many ultramarathon  wins in her off-season. She’s also a mom, grandmother, and wife. Jeri has just joined the Sonoma County-based Climate Center, that works to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas pollution at scale, starting in California, the 5th largest economy in the world, and a potential model for other states and countries! She served for eight years as Director of Development for Rainforest Action Network; she served as Chief of Advancement at Katherine Delmar Burke School for 13 years, and as the Chief of Development to improve education for underserved children at a college-prep charter school management group, Envision Schools, and an educational reform think tank, Partners in School Education. Most recently she has been fundraising consultant for: Academy Award documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, Protect Our Winters (POW), Sun Valley Institute, and more. She’s drawn to missions that include climate change, human rights, education, farm and food, and she’s constantly on the go.

Prior to fundraising, she was involved in local food system work (San Francisco Bay Area)  and teaching on an organic farm, at Putney School, in VT, her home state. She is the co-founder of San Francisco’s first “real” farmers market, sponsored by American Friends Service Committee in 1981.  This market was the seedling of today’s popular farmers markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She also co-founded SLUG, San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, way back in the beginning of what we know today as the food sustainability movement.  Jeri is founder and CEO of bungalow munch organic granola. It’s 100% organic, wheat-free and vegan. While she’s the finisher of 21 ironman triathlons, champion of 7, she’s proudest of her work/personal life balance act and never once thought to give up her activism!

Jeri has one daughter, a teacher in San Francisco and mom of two. She and her husband, Jerry Edelbrock, have split their time between their homes in the Wood River Valley, Idaho and Marin County, CA.

Jeri's Projects

Bungalow Munch

Bungalow Munch is Jeri’s handmade granola – real food – six natural ingredients to create superior nutrition – it’s fresh and delicious in a subtle, lightly-sweetened way, with good crunch that leaves a wonderful taste and the idea that “this is good for me!” Just what you need and nothing more. Many say it’s satisfying and with the “sticking” power we all want –  whether you’re an Olympian, a pretty serious athlete like Jeri, or a busy professional, also like Jeri. It’s ideal for everyone.

One Tam

Jeri is an ambassador for ONE TAM, a partnership that mobilizes resources to ensure a vibrant future for Mt. Tamalpais.

“A conservation–health care exchange in rural Borneo preserved globally important forest carbon and simultaneously improved human health and well-being, in a region of historically intense environmental destruction, widespread poverty, and unmet health needs. To evaluate this long-term conservation and health intervention, we analyzed earth observation data, clinic health records, and socioeconomic surveys to quantify conservation, health, and sustainable development outcomes simultaneously. Results demonstrate an actionable framework for aligning cross-sectoral goals and objectively quantifying intervention outcomes across both conservation and human health targets.” 

Check out the full research article here: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/10/22/2009240117

waypoint

A place for meaningful conversations with accomplished athletes, inspiring adventurers, and influential activists. we deconstruct how our guests add meaningful value to the world and do good with their passion for adventure.

Those who are privileged to expand their horizons as travelers and explorers bear intimate witness to threats both to the planet and humankind. Explorers are uniquely positioned and motivated to share their observations, as they often occur during formative life experiences. Through sharing engaging stories of adventurers and athletes pursuing their passion through philanthropy, we inspire action. We encourage listeners to support the featured cause monetarily, arm listeners with toolkits on how to take action themselves, and share an ‘ounce of activism’ a small, but meaningful, effort the listening audience can engage in to limit or mitigate their impact on the planet.

season one: Adventure Activist Podcast

Episode 0 – Prologue

TODAY IS EPISODE 0, A PROLOGUE, A WELCOME OF SORTS. IT’S MY STORY, BUT IT’S ALSO THE STORY OF HOW WE HERE AT THE ADVENTURE ACTIVIST CAME TO BE AND WHY WE WERE INSPIRED TO INTERVIEW THE AMAZING ADVENTURERS YOU’LL FIND IN THE WEEKS TO COME. ENJOY!

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Episode 2 – Paul Charlton – Khurpa Care Pakistan

PAUL CHARLTON’S INTEREST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE WORLD LED TO HIS FIRST VISIT TO PAKISTAN IN 2001. IN THIS EPISODE WE LEARN HOW HE TURNED HIS PASSION INTO ACTION BY HELPING ESTABLISH A PAKISTANI NGO, KHURPA CARE, WHICH FOCUSES ON SAFETY TRAINING FOR MOUNTAINEERING AND EXPEDITION PORTERS.

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Episode 3 – Peter Morton and the Juniper Fund

THIS IS EPISODE 3 WITH INTERNATIONAL GUIDE, PHOTOGRAPHER AND ATHLETE, DAVID MORTON. WE’LL DISCOVER HOW DAVID FOUND HIS CALLING IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO HIS SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A GUIDE ON THE HIGHEST PEAKS OF THE WORLD

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Episode 4 – Dr. Peter Hackett, High Altitude Medicine Pioneer

THIS IS EPISODE 4 WITH DR. PETER HACKETT. IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED HOW TO PLAN AND ACCLIMATIZE ON AN ADVENTURE AT ALTITUDE, YOU CAN THANK DR. HACKETT FOR STARTING THE CONVERSATION.

FOR THOSE DOCTORS AND EVEN SOME OF THE HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDES OUT THERE, DR. HACKETT’S NAME IS WELL RECOGNIZED AS THE EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE. AS A CLIMBER, EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN AND RESEARCHER HE HAS REFINED HIS EXPERTISE OVER THE DECADES.

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Episode 6 – Adventure Dispatch Nepal

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Episode 7 – the High and Holy: Jake Norton

This is episode 7 with Jake Norton of MountainWorld Productions. As a climber and guide, Jake has set foot on many of the highest points on earth as and a filmmaker he has made some insightful films about mountain culture and environment, recently culminating his in Banff award-winning film Holy (un) Holy river, a collaboration with National Geographic ’s Pete McBride about the unique culture and predicament of India’s sacred Ganges.

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Episode 9 – Family Footsteps: Mike and Lilliana Libecki

“IN A WORLD WHERE WE CAN BE AND DO ANYTHING, BE KIND AND DO GOOD”. THIS IS THE POIGNANT, PURPOSE-DRIVEN MOTTO OF OUR AMAZING GUEST LILI LIBECKI. AT JUST 14 YEARS OLD SHE HAS CLIMBED A PEAK ON EVERY CONTINENT, AND WITH EVERY EXPEDITION, SHE HAS GIVEN BACK TO THE PEOPLE AND PLACES SHE VISITS. HER MISSION IS EMBODIED IN HER OWN NONPROFIT, THE JOYINEERING FUND. IF IT SOUNDS LIKE JOY AND ADVENTURE ARE IN HER DNA LOOK NO FARTHER THAN HER FATHER TO UNDERSTAND WHY.

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Episode 10 – Voices of 5Point Film Festival – the Power of Story

IN 2007 JULIE KENNEDY APPROACHED OUTDOOR ICON YVON CHOUINARD AND PITCHED AN IDEA FOR AN ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL BUILT AROUND THE POWER OF STORY. A DECADE LATER, THE 5 POINT FILM FESTIVAL DOESN’T JUST SHARE ADVENTURE STORIES BUT EMPOWERS PARTICIPANTS THROUGH FILM, WORKSHOPS, PANELS, AND SEMINARS TO LIVE A LIFE ALIGNED WITH ITS FOUNDATIONAL FIVE POINTS: COMMITMENT, RESPECT, HUMILITY, PURPOSE, BALANCE.

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Episode 11 – Steve Boyer – the Modest Mentor

IN HIS WORK AS A PHYSICIAN, GEOLOGIST, AND PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAINEER, STEVE HAS TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY ON EVERY CONTINENT. HE’S PARTICIPATED ON EIGHT HIMALAYAN AND FOUR POLAR EXPEDITIONS AND BROUGHT HIS SKILL AS AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN TO K2, ANNAPURNA, AND EVEREST. IN TIMES OF CRISIS, STEVE HAS RESPONDED TO DARFUR AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND MOST RECENTLY HAS PARTNERED TO HELP BUILD SCHOOLS IN AFGHANISTAN.

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Episode 12 – RC Cone – Tributaries

RC CONE TOOK HIS MIDWEST ROOTS TO MONTANA AT 18 . . . FOUND RIVERS AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. TAKING A DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND A CONCENTRATION IN PHOTOJOURNALISM HE SOUGHT TO SHARE THE IMPACT THE WEST HAD ON HIM BUT DISCOVERED IN THE STORIES THAT HE UNVEILED, THE TRUE BEAUTY LIES IN THE PEOPLES’ CONNECTION TO THE OUTDOOR WORLD. THAT TASK HAS TAKEN HIM TO RIVERS AROUND THE WORLD, TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO CHERISH AND DEFEND THE TRIBUTARIES THAT CONNECT US ALL IN THE END.

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EPISODE 13 – HOW TO PERFORM A NEEDS ASSESSMENT WITH PIA SAENGSWANG MOFFATT​

HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN IN LOVE WITH PLACE AND PEOPLE WHILE TRAVELING AND FELT COMPELLED TO GIVE BACK- BUT DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO START? OR HAD AN IDEA TO DO SOMETHING AT HOME, BUT WERE AFRAID YOUR IDEA MAY NOT TRANSLATE INTO SOMETHING THAT WOULD SERVE THOSE MEMBERS OF YOUR COMMUNITY? MAYBE GIVING BACK ISN’T ON YOUR RADAR SCREEN QUITE YET, BUT KEEP THIS PODCAST IN MIND WHEN YOU ARE READY BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME REAL VALUABLE INSIGHTS IN HERE.

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Episode 14 – Adventure Dispatch – Juneau Icefield Research Program

THE JUNEAU ICEFIELD RESEARCH PROGRAM IS AN EIGHT-WEEK IMMERSION CLASSROOM IN THE WILDERNESS OF THE JUNEAU ICEFIELD, DURING WHICH PARTICIPANTS (UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE, AND HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS) TRAVERSE FROM JUNEAU, ALASKA TO ATLIN, BRITISH COLUMBIA. THE JUNEAU ICEFIELD COVERS AN AREA THE SIZE OF RHODE ISLAND, AND INCLUDES SOME 50 OUTLET GLACIERS. IN THIS WILD CLASSROOM, STUDENTS ARE GUIDED BY FACULTY MENTORS AND IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN A NUMBER OF PROJECTS INVESTIGATING ICE MASS, GLACIER MOVEMENT, CLIMATIC CHANGES , BUT ALSO LEARN THE ART OF COMMUNICATING SCIENCE TO THE MASSES. IT’S A PLACE AND A CLASSROOM UNLIKE ANY OTHER YOU’VE SEEN.

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Episode 15 – Luke Nelson – Running in Balance

A CONVERSATION WITH ENDURANCE ATHLETE, ACTIVIST AND PATAGONIA AMBASSADOR, LUKE NELSON. LUKE HAS FOUND MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO ENJOY THE WILD PLACES OVER THE SPAN OF HIS LIFE. AS A TRAIL RUNNING AMBASSADOR FOR PATAGONIA, HE CHANNELS HIS ATHLETICISM INTO RUNNING EXPLOITS AROUND THE WORLD. TODAY WE’LL RECAP HIS LATEST RACE AND DIVE INTO THE DEEP END OF THE PAIN CAVE AND TALK TOOLS OF RESILIENCE. FROM THERE WE’LL PUSH A LITTLE DEEPER AND TALK FINDING INSPIRATION AND BALANCE IN HIS ROLES OF ATHLETE, FATHER, HUSBAND, PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT, AND NOW A PASSIONATE ACTIVIST. IN THIS EPISODE, WE’LL TAKE YOU FROM THE HIGH SUMMITS OF THE ALPS, DOWN TO THE WILD RIVERS OF IDAHO, AND INTO A PRISTINE CORNER OF PATAGONIA.

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Episode 16 – Activist Toolkit – Vote the Outdoors

ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT WHERE OUR COUNTRY IS HEADING? DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START? THIS ELECTION IS A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN. WE JUST PUT THIS VOTERS EDITION TOGETHER TO MOTIVATE YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE RESPONDING TO THE ISSUES WE FACE. THESE ARE THE INFLUENTIAL ACTIVISTS URGING US TO SHOW UP TO THE POLLS, EDUCATING US ON HOW OUR VOTE CAN HELP SAVE THE PLANET, AND PUTTING PEOPLE IN OFFICE WHO WILL HELP US PROTECT IT.

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