Ep. 28: Living Your Truth  -  Alex Vaillancourt 

February 15th, 2020

When we talk about adventure on the show it is usually about things like backpacking or rock climbing, but in this episode, the adventure is much closer to home. Our guest, Alex Vaillancourt, talks about the challenges and rewards of finding and living his truth. Born female, Alex is transitioning to male while working in the demanding field of industrial rope access. Most people only hear about transgender folks when it comes to political issues so it is easy to forget that they are real people facing obstacles most of us can never truly understand. Join us as we find out what it is like to transition, how the world has reacted and how we can make life less difficult for trans people.

 

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Ep. 27 - The Faces Of Mental Health

February 1st, 2020

Just in time for Mental Health Awareness month, we tackle the subject on Ep. 27. Our friends Alyssa and Eric join us to talk about our struggles with depression, anxiety and overall wellbeing. Unlike our last episode with them, it is a little less funny but we go a lot deeper, talking about things that are hard for most people to say out loud, us included.

This is a long episode but we cover things like how diet and exercise affect mood, our strategies for dealing with mental issues, reprogramming your brain, concussions, and how mental health isn't separate from general health. Your brain is part of your body and you need to look after it.

This is a deeply personal episode which we hope helps people know they aren't alone. Everyone will face emotional struggles and mental health issues at some point in their life. Don't be afraid to speak about it and ask for help.

Show Notes:

 

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Alyssa and Eric's van life at www.stealthcampervans.com and on Instagram

 

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Ep. 26 - Winter Camping Revisited

January 15th, 2020

Like a seasonal thing we cover certain topics each year expanding on the knowledge and ideas, we talked about last time. In Ep. 26 we revisit Winter Camping as it is one of our favourite things but we only have the weather to do it a few times per year. If you've never been winter camping give this a listen as we gear it towards the three-season camper who wants to make the jump.

We talk about our winter camping articles on our website and our experiences sleeping in the snow. Give it shot, as winter camping is fun and relaxing.

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Ep. 25 - One Year Anniversary

January 1st, 2020

A year ago, we released our first episode with no idea if anyone would even listen. A year later we have thousands of downloads and the beginning of a great community of like-minded adventurers. We look back on our favourite episodes and adventures of the last year. Cool guests, interesting topics and a lot of laughs. We finish up with our plans for the new year. Enjoy New Year's day and give it a listen. And to our listeners, we offer a hearty thank you and wish you the best adventures in the New Year!

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Ep. 24 - Gus Alexandropoulos, Ontario Climbing - The History and Politics of Rock Climbing in Ontario

December 15th, 2019

Ever wonder how the climbing routes you enjoy got put up? If so, join us as we talk to Gus Alexandropoulos of Ontario Climbing about the game of rock climbing. We recorded in his home climbing gym which was fun as we got to climb after recording. Aside from being a lifelong climber, Gus is a route developer, guide book author and journalist. His passion for climbing has led to it being both his business and lifestyle. Having developed a number of crags and putting up 200+ routes, he has a unique perspective. Learn about the history and politics of rock climbing in Ontario. 

 

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Show Notes:

Gus has developed 200+ routes in Ontario. Route locations are found at Lion's Head, The Swamp, Al Qaeda Cliffs, Devil's Glen, bouldering at Cape Croker and The Turtle.  Routes are all detailed in the Ontario Climbing Guidebooks below. Gus is currently working with a bunch of other amazing folks in developing Project Crown Land in Ontario. 

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Ep. 23 - Backpacking Part 7 - Trip Planning and Navigation

December 2nd, 2019

They say that not all who wander are lost. They are right, the ones who know how to plan trip and navigate can wander all they want and not get lost. In Episode 23, we talk about how to plan a backpacking trip and navigate in the wilderness. A little planning goes a long way towards having a fun trip rather than getting in over your head. We
talk about cool places to go and where you can research to find the best hikes near you. Give it a listen before heading out on your next backpacking trip.

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Ep. 22 - Eric and Alyssa on Engineering Your Best Life: #VanLife, Climbing, Adventures and Mental Health

November 16th, 2019

Sometimes we are serious but sometimes we need to laugh. In this episode, we had a plan but when we started to record, it went out the window because we were having too much fun. We met Alyssa and Eric at the Beaver Valley Climbing Festival and wanted to talk to them about climbing, building a lifestyle of adventure and their cool camper van conversion. We also tell stories, get philosophical and discuss how the outdoors and climbing help with mental health. If you want a laugh then give us a listen. Download from iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, Stitcher or where ever you get your podcasts. 

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Ep. 21 - Catching Up with Sara Dhooma- The Israel National Trail, Continental Divide Trail and What’s Next

November 1st, 2019

We might be part-time adventurers but returning guest Sara Dhooma isn't. For the last few years, she has been trekking around the world. We catch up about her latest adventures including missiles in Israel and epic weather on the Continental Divide Trail. If you are looking for some inspiring stories and trip ideas then give it a listen.

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Ep. 20 - Injury Prevention and Rehab with Allison Gaudet

October 1st, 2019

If you want to go on adventures you need to stay healthy. In Episode 20, we talk with physiotherapist Alison Gaudet about how to avoid and rehab injuries. From training to understanding physiology we get into how to improve how your body works. 

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Ep. 19 - Backpacking Part 6 - First Aid with Emily Hunter, ‘The Back Country Nurse’

October 1st, 2019

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. In Episode 19 we talk with Emily, The Backcountry Nurse, about first aid in the wild. Common ailments and injuries, what to bring with you, and how to deal with ticks. Give a listen so you can play doctor in the woods. Available on iTunes, GooglePlay, PodBean or where ever you download your podcasts.

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