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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.