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Steve Swenson is the former president of the American Alpine Club and a world renowned alpinist. According to fellow Meister Raphael Slawinski, “One of the things that I really admire about Steve, among many, is that he seems to be able to strike this balance between a demanding professional career, a wife and two kids, and climbing at the highest standards out there. He’s a recipient of the Piolet d’or and climbed Everest and K2 without oxygen. The other thing I really enjoy about Steve, although he’s 60, he’s one of the fittest people I know and more than anything he still enjoys climbing like a kid.

Direct download: Steve20Swenson.mp3
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Jeffrey James Binney is currently training for the Leadville Trail 100 on Saturday, August 22. On MTNmeister, this is typically something that we’d expect to hear, but Jeffrey’s background is anything but typical. Jeffrey grew up on a pig farm in Missouri and is now a comedian based out of Los Angeles. A little more than three years ago, he lost his mom to obesity, and he himself weighed 340 lbs at his heaviest. He has lost over 100 lbs and is in the process of creating a hybrid comedy/documentary called Once Is Enough.

Direct download: Jeffrey20James20Binney.r.mp3
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Lonnie Dupre is an arctic explorer, a mountain climber, and the founder of One World Endeavors. He has a robust list of accomplishments, many of them firsts: the first Pacific to Atlantic traverse of the Northwest Passage by dogsled, the first human-powered circumnavigation of Greenland, and the first human-powered summer expedition to the North Pole. Most recently, this past January he became the first person to ever summit Denali solo in the winter.

In this episode, there are a few times where we credit Lonnie with the "first winter solo ascent". CORRECTION: This was the "first January solo ascent" with the first successful winter solo ascent belonging to Vern Tejas in March, 1988.

Direct download: Lonnie20Dupre.mp3
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Dr. Raphael Slawinski is a physics professor at Mt. Royal University in Canada. You might be wondering, What is he doing on MTNmeister? Great question. Supplemental to his physics professing is a climbing career that could stand on its own. He has completed first ascents in the Canadian Rockies and the Karakoram range in Pakistan. He was named a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year with a first ascent of K6. 

Direct download: Raphael20Slawinski.mp3
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Roman Dial is a legendary Alaskan adventurer, although he won't tell you he is. He has traversed the entire Brooks Range in Alaska by ski, packraft, and kayak. He has also done it on a bicycle. When he is not on an adventure, Roman is a professor at Alaska Pacific University.

Direct download: Roman20Dial.mp3
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Peter Metcalf is the CEO of Black Diamond Equipment and a board member of the Outdoor Industry Association. He wasn’t always all business though. He has climbed audacious routes in Alaska, one of which is a first alpine ascent of the Central Rib on Mt. Hunter’s south face. Black Diamond was started when Chouinard Equipment filed for bankruptcy and Peter and some other passionate climbers scrounged up enough money to buy out the assets.

Direct download: Peter20Metcalf.mp3
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The average person walks 110,000 miles in a lifetime. Andrew Skurka has probably covered that in a 10-year span. He is the only person in the world to have done the Great Western Loop, which is a series of trails that total 6,875 miles. He has also completed the 7,778-mile Sea to Sea Route, which connects the Atlantic to the Pacific through Canada and the northern part of the US. He is the author of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Tips to Hit the Trail, a National Geographic adventurer of the year, and now, a MTNmeister.

Direct download: Andrew20Skurka.mp3
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Parker Liautaud is an environmental campaigner and a polar explorer. At the ripe age of 15, he and his expedition partner Doug Stoup attempted to reach the North Pole but fell 15 miles short. The following year at 16 they made it, and again at 17. At the age of 19, Parker and Doug completed the fastest coast to south pole expedition of Antarctica - 350 miles in a little more than 18 days.

Direct download: Parker20Liautaud.mp3
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