MtnMeister (general)

Major Rob Marshall is a Reserve C-17 pilot in the Seattle area, co-founder of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge, and the director of the USAF 50 summits challenge. In the 7 Summits Challenge, Rob led the climb of Mt. Everest (and other mountains) in the process of fundraising for the families of fallen soldiers. On the summit of each mountain, Rob does pushups to honor his fellow veterans.

Direct download: Rob20Marshall.r.mp3
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Brian Warren is a year-round professional mountain guide based out of Jackson, WY. He guides in various parts of the world including Jackson Hole, the Pacific Northwest, and the European Alps. He has also climbed and guided in Alaska, Canada, South America and the Himalaya. Brian presently holds IFMGA and AMGA Aspirant status and an Avalanche level III certification.

Direct download: Brian20Warren.r.mp3
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Kalen Thorien is a professional skier, adventurer, writer, and photographer based out of Salt Lake City, UT. She has been placed on the covers of Ski Magazine and Powder Magazine among many other publications. Until recently, to support her skiing, Kalen held jobs in construction, as a dock hand, and as a firefighter. Contrary to what some might think, Kalen didn't start seriously skiing until 16. 

Direct download: Kalen20Thorien.r.mp3
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Casey Greene is based in the mountains of western Montana and is a long time cartographer of Adventure Cycling Association. He has been labeled a pioneer by Sierra Magazine for his numerous bikepacking trips and by BIKE magazine for his numerous packbiking trips. Casey's maps have also been featured in many publications including the New York Times. During his time at Adventure Cycling Association, he has spearheaded a diverse array of projects including the research, design, and mapping of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route.

Direct download: Casey20Greene.r.mp3
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Daren Wendell puts himself through extreme physical and mental hardship in order to save lives. On April 10th, he completed his most recent endeavor: running 100 marathons in 100 days across the entire united states to raise $140,000. The funds are enough to provide 3,500 people in Africa with clean drinking water for the rest of their lives.
Direct download: Daren20Wendell.mp3
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Brad Ludden is a professional kayaker who began traveling internationally at the ripe age of 12. He has completed over 100 first descents. "First Descents" is also the name of the non-profit he founded in 1999 to offer young adult cancer fighters a free outdoor experience to reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. Quite possibly his most prestigious accolade is Cosmopolitan Magazine’s hottest Bachelor in America in 2008.

Direct download: Brad20Ludden.mp3
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On Saturday, April 25th, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Kathmandu and caused multiple avalanches on Mt. Everest. At the time of this recording, 22 climbers are reported dead and over 3500 people total. These numbers will almost certainly rise. In this time of crisis, donations are needed to help in the recovery effort. Coincidentally, we at MTNmeister were planning on launching a "support" page for the podcast's benefit that we had been planning for the last couple of months. Asking for listener donations seems wrong when we compare it to donations to Nepal. Should we still do it? How should we think about charitable giving? This episode addresses these difficult questions.

Direct download: Nepal20Earthquake.2.mp3
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Shelton Johnson is a ranger with the National Park Service and has worked for the National Parks for 28 years. After growing up in inner-city Detroit, he found his way to Yellowstone and now Yosemite, where he has been for the past 22 years. He is the author of Gloryland and has shaken hands with both Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama.

Direct download: Shelton20Johnson.mp3
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Andy Kirkpatrick is a British mountaineer, author, speaker, and comedian at times. Some of his more notable climbs include the Reticent Wall on El Cap, the first winter ascent on the Troll Wall, and the South Ridge of Ultevanna in Antarctica. He is the author of Psychovertical and Cold Wars, which both won the Boardman Tasker award for climbing literature in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Direct download: Andy20Kirkpatrick.2.mp3
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Shawn Forry may in fact be the most interesting man in the world. As an Outward Bound wilderness instructor, he takes both children and adults on backpacking and climbing expeditions. During the winter, he runs scenic interpretive tours with 10 dog sled teams. He’s also a hiker. This past winter he and Justin Lichter became the first people ever to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the winter.

Direct download: Shawn20Forry.mp3
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Doug Bishop is the general manager of Newschoolers, an online community with some of the most passionate freeskiers out there. Doug was an aspiring professional skier for six years and joined Newschoolers in the early, early days. Some fellow Newschoolers contributors describe Doug as "Old. Nice. Nerdy. The face of NS" and say "Damn, I wish I could count as high as his Karma (NS forum point system)." 

Direct download: Doug20Bishop.mp3
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Renan Ozturk does a lot of different things. He’s an artist, cinematographer, professional athlete, high altitude mountaineer, explorer, entrepreneur, and probably many other things. If he was a podcast host, he’d have it all. Renan is the co-founder of Camp4Collective, an adventure film and commercial production company. He is a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and a 2015 MTNmeister.

Direct download: Renan20Ozturk.mp3
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Faith Dickey is a professional slackliner who specializes in highlining, longlining, and free soloing. She set the female world record for Highlining length at 345ft (105m) in Moab, Utah. She is also the first female to surpass the 100 meter mark in highlining. Her record for height was in the Swiss Alps at 4000ft (1200m) from the valley. Faith has more than 30 free solos (walking without a safety leash), the longest of which is 28m, also a female world record.

Direct download: Faith20Dickey.r.mp3
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Jason Haas is a math teacher, co-owner of Fixed Pin Publishing, and a rock climber (free solo climbing on occasion). He has done climbing in Alaska, Africa, Asia, South America and all over the continental US. Jason has completed over 550 first ascents, many of which are done to create guidebooks for Fixed Pin.

Direct download: Jason20Haas.r.mp3
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Roy Tuscany is the founder of High Fives Foundation, which works to provide grants and recovery options to injured athletes from the action sports world. To date, they have helped raise funds, secure treatments, and aid in the recover of 70 athletes. In 2006, Roy was aspiring to be a professional skier but became paralyzed from the waist down after overshooting a jump. In less than two years after the accident, Roy was back on skis.

Direct download: Roy20Tuscany.mp3
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Lynn Hill is a legendary American rock climber. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, she was widely regarded as one of the best sport climbers in the world, and in 1993 she became the first person ever to free-climb The Nose on El Cap. The following year, she did it again in less than 24 hours. She is the author of Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World.

Direct download: Lynn20Hill.mp3
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Jeffrey James Binney is currently training for the Leadville 100 on Saturday, August 22, 2015. 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.mp3
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Ueli Steck is a Swiss mountaineer who is well known for his speed ascents in the alps and Himalaya. He climbs mountains that normally take skilled climbers days in a few hours, like the Eiger North Face, which he climbed in 2 hours and 47 minutes. "The Swiss Machine" has been awarded the Piolet d’Or, one of climbings highest honors, twice. 

Direct download: Ueli20Steck.mp3
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Colin Arisman is a storyteller and a long distance hiker. Occasionally he kills those two birds with one stone, like the time when he hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail: Mexico to Canada, 2668 miles, five months. He created a film to share the story called Only The Essential.

Direct download: Colin20Arisman.mp3
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Mountain Accord has a proposed blueprint for the future of the Central Wasatch Mountains. They are soliciting public feedback on this document from now until March 16. In this live debate, various stakeholders will provide an overview of the proposed blueprint.

In the first 30 minutes, the representatives discuss the project’s impact on four main systems: environment, recreation, transportation, and economy. In the second half, we run an audience Q&A. Questions can be submitted before or during the live discussion on the discussion forum below or by using #MountainAccord on social media.

Direct download: Central20Wasatch20Discussion.mp3
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Garrett Madison is a high altitude mountain guide and owner of Madison Mountaineering. He has personally lead 37 climbers to the summit of Everest over the last 7 years, more than any other American. In 2011 and 2013, Garrett was successful in guiding climbers to a combo-summit of Everest and Lhotse: reaching the summit of two 8000 meter peaks in less than 24 hours and becoming the first ever to do so. More recently, this past summer, he led the first ever successfully ‘guided’ ascent of K2.

Direct download: Garrett20Madison.mp3
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Major Rob Marshall is a Reserve C-17 pilot in the Seattle area, co-founder of the USAF 7 Summits Challenge, and the director of the USAF 50 summits challenge.  In the 7 Summits Challenge, Rob led the climb of Mt. Everest among other mountains in the process of fundraising for the families of fallen soldiers. On the summit of each mountain, Rob does pushups to honor his fellow veterans.

Direct download: Rob20Marshall.mp3
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Brian Warren is a year-round professional mountain guide based out of Jackson, WY. He guides in various parts of the world including Jackson Hole, the Pacific Northwest, and the European Alps. He has also climbed and guided in Alaska, Canada, South America and the Himalaya. Brian presently holds IFMGA and AMGA Aspirant status and an Avalanche level III certification.

Direct download: Brian20Warren.f.mp3
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Aaron Scheidies has traveled around the globe competing in over 200 triathlons. Before all of this, at nine years old, Aaron was having trouble seeing the chalkboard. This eventually led to him being diagnosed with a condition called Stargardt’s disease, which is a common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. Aaron now has 10% of the vision of a fully sighted person, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming an eight-time World Champ, an eight time-national champ, and a guest on the MTNmeister podcast.

Direct download: Aaron20Scheidies.mp3
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Kalen Thorien is a professional skier, adventurer, writer, and photographer based out of Salt Lake City, UT. She has been placed on the covers of Ski Magazine and Powder Magazine among many other publications. Until recently, to support her skiing, Kalen held jobs in construction, as a dock hand, and as a firefighter. Contrary to what some might think, Kalen didn't start seriously skiing until 16.

Direct download: Kalen20Thorien.mp3
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Jason Thompson is a professional adventure photographer with industry leading media clients and brands including Patagonia, North Face, Alpinist, National Geographic, and NPR.  Jason was also a mountain guide; from 2005-2013, he collected 100 + summits of Mount Rainier, four Denali expeditions, and more as a senior guide at Rainier Mountaineering and Pacific Alpine Guides.

Direct download: Jason20Thompson.mp3
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Hadley Hammer is a pro skier on the Freeride World Tour with a very appropriate last name. Growing up in Jackson, WY, Hadley was brought up in the mountains, spending all her time chasing her brothers around the Tetons. While a pro skiing career consumes much of her time, Hadley is also a sommelier and gourmet chef. She attended quite possibly the best school in this nation, University of New Hampshire (Ben's alma mater, hence the bias), and received a B.A. in hospitality and a minor in economics.
Direct download: Hadley20Hammer.mp3
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Jamie O’Donnell has worked as an educator in numerous capacities since the early 90's: as an outdoor educator, a high school biology teacher, and university biology lab-instructor. He currently instructs field courses for NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). He has a M.S. in Environmental Education and an M.A. in teaching. His passion for teaching, the outdoors, and wilderness medicine fuels his enthusiasm as a WMI instructor.

Direct download: Jamie20O27Donnell.mp3
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The 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner is the American Alpine Club's biggest and most anticipated event of the year. In this presentation, Sasha DiGiulian talks about the development of her climbing career. She also comments on her recent experience with ice climbing and the transition from indoor to outdoor climbing, 

Direct download: AAC20Benefit_Sasha.DiGiulian.mp3
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The 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner is the American Alpine Club's biggest and most anticipated event of the year. Notable mountain guides and Sherpas discuss the current state of Mount Everest and how to solve some of issues seen of late. Panelists include Melissa Arnot, Garrett Madison, Dave Hahn, Greg Vernovage, Phunuru Sherpa, and Ngima Sherpa. The discussion is moderated by Alan Arnette.

Direct download: AAC20Benefit20Panel20Everest.mp3
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The 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner is the American Alpine Club's biggest and most anticipated event of the year. In this recorded interview, adventure journalist Jim Clash interviews mountaineering legends Sir Chris Bonington and Ueli Steck. Near the end, Reinhold Messner asks Ueli Steck about the reason that the fight broke out on Mt. Everest in 2013. 

Direct download: AAC20Benefit20Dinner.Bonnington20and20Steck.mp3
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Casey Greene is based in the mountains of western Montana and is a long time cartographer of Adventure Cycling Association. He has been labeled a pioneer by Sierra magazine for his numerous bikepacking trips and by BIKE magazine for his numerous packbiking trips. Casey's MAPS have also been featured in many publications including the New York Times. During his time at Adventure Cycling Association, he has spearheaded a diverse array of projects including the research, design, and mapping of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route.

Direct download: Casey20Greene.mp3
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From January 20th to 23rd, Ben was at the 2015 Outdoor Retailer trade show, where gear manufacturers show off their latest and greatest products, retailers will buy those products for the stores, and podcast hosts and other media cover everything else. With over 1000 companies at the trade show, it can get a little overwhelming. For this episode of MTNmeister, we focus on smaller companies who are doing something different or more innovative than the rest of the market. Perhaps more important, they had to be willing to give the meister fans free stuff. In this one-hour episode, we feature twelve different companies, and every single one is giving away gear. The combined value of all of the items being given away is over $2,000. 
Direct download: OR20Winter202015.vf.mp3
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Howie Sanborn served in the U.S. Army for 13 years as an Airborne Ranger. Two of those years were spent in Iraq helping with Operation Iraqi Freedom and five years as a Parachute Demonstrator on the U.S Army Parachute Team "The Golden Knights". On September 9th, 2012 he was hit by a distracted driver while cycling and training for a triathlon. This accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, but in typical Meister fashion, he is now still competing in triathlons and is training for the 2016 Paralympics.

Check out Howie's Meister Profile page!

Direct download: Howie20Sanborn.mp3
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Tyler Fish is a wilderness expedition leader and Associate program director for Voyager Outward Bound. Perhaps his most notable expedition was the one to the North pole in 2009, where he and John Huston, a fellow MTNmeister, were the first Americans to reach the North Pole unsupported.

Check out Tyler's Meister profile page!

Direct download: Tyler20Fish.mp3
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Kit DesLauriers is the first person to climb and ski from the tops of the highest mountains on every continent. Her project took two years and she’s written a book about the entire thing called Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits. She was named a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and perhaps more impressive, the 100th episode MTNmeister. 

Check out Kit's Meister Profile page!

Direct download: Kit20DesLauriers.mp3
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Alan Arnette is an alpinist, speaker, and Alzheimer's advocate. In 2011, he summited Mount Everest on his way to completing the 7 summits in less than 11 months to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers research. Alan is also the oldest American to summit K2 which he did on his 58th birthday.  Outside Magazine cited Alan as the "most respected voice on Everest", which is almost as impressive as being selected as a MTNmeister.

Click here to view Alan's Meister Profile

Direct download: Alan20Arnette.mp3
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Research proves that writing down your goals and making them public significantly increases your chances of achieving them. In this episode of MTNmeister, we give some Meisters (Garett Graubins, Adrian Ballinger, Emily Harrington, and Trevor Thomas) the opportunity to share their goals with the world.

Now it’s your turn. Share your goals with the Meister community and help others stay accountable to their goals - http://mtnmeister.com/2015-goals/
Direct download: 201520Goals.mp3
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Darcy Piceu is one of the best female ultrarunners in the world. She has placed first three times in a row at the Hardrock 100, a 100 mile race through the Colorado San Juan mountains. It covers the vertical climb of more than the elevation of Mount Everest – over 33k feet. In addition to competing, Darcy coaches other runners and is a mother.

Free audiobook! 

Direct download: Darcy20Piceu.r.mp3
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Joel Gratz is the founder of Opensnow.com: the future of weather, brought to you with added flair. Most weather information is sensationalistic and overwhelming, but not here. In a fun and witty style so often lacking in weather reporting, OpenSnow helps snow lovers smile and find their perfect mountain experience. Their industry-leading features include handcrafted and personable forecasts, LiveSnow reports direct from the hill, custom snow alerts, and the first “Ask a Weatherman” service available to the public. Plus authenticity is baked in, as the site is run by skiing meteorologists who keep track of their accuracy.

Direct download: Joel20Gratz.r.mp3
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Ronnie Dickson is a prosthetist by day and a professional boulderer by night. In 2005 at the age of 17, Ronnie lost his leg above the knee because of a congenital disorder called Trevor’s disease. After his amputation, he found the sport of climbing and never looked back. Since then Ronnie has been at the forefront of the disabled rock climbing movement in competitions around the world, and he is aspiring to be the first above the knee amputee to boulder the V10 difficulty grade.

Direct download: Ronnie20Dickson.r.mp3
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Steph Davis is a professional rock climber, base jumper, wing suit flier, and a passionate chef. She has an impressive list of accomplishments which include many first ascents some of which are free solo. She also owns and runs MOAB Base adventures which provides classes, guiding, and stunt and production work for climbing and base jumping.

http://mtnmeister.com/meister/steph-davis

Direct download: Steph20Davis.mp3
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Faith Dickey is a professional slackliner who specializes in highlining, longlining, and free soloing. She set the female world record for Highlining length at 345ft (105m) in Moab, Utah. She is also the first female to surpass the 100 meter mark in highlining. Her record for height was in the Swiss Alps at 4000ft (1200m) from the valley. Faith has more than 30 free solos (walking without a safety leash), the longest of which is 28m, also a female world record.

Direct download: Faith20Dickey.mp3
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Jason Haas is a math teacher, co-owner of Fixed Pin Publishing, and a rock climber (free solo climbing on occasion). He has done climbing in Alaska, Africa, Asia, South America and all over the continental US. Jason has completed over 550 first ascents, many of which are done to create guidebooks for Fixed Pin.

Direct download: Jason20Haas.mp3
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David Chancellor and Daniel Chancellor are the owners of So iLL Inc, which is in the business of manufacturing climbing holds and more recently offering a premier climbing gym called Climb So iLL in the Saint Louis area. When asked to describe each other's appearance, Dan describes Dave as a "white Bob Marley, and Dave describes Dan as "maybe a comic book character or a terrorist".

Direct download: The20Chancellors.mp3
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There are many different ways to describe who a Meister is. Perhaps a good phrase would be "good at what he/she does." Yet, no matter how much someone has mastered something, or "Meistered" something, risk remains. Mark Kogelmann and Meredith Eades first met in Chile at Nevados de Chillan, a ski resort about six hours south of Santiago. Mark, a Meister from episode #4, ran into some trouble at Nevados de Chillan, and he might not be around today if it wasn't for his new friend Meredith.

Direct download: Meredith20Eades.v2.mp3
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Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson are both professional white water kayakers. In 2009, they decided to join forces through the bond of marriage to create what can only be called a kayaking power couple. In 2013, Nick and Emily had a baby who, unless the gene skips a beat, will be a paddling prodigy. 

Direct download: Nick20Troutman.mp3
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Tim Medvetz is the founder of The Heroes Project, a non-profit organization that works with veterans, soldiers, marines, and military families and communities on all levels. They have taken disabled veterans to the tops of mountains all over the world, they are currently in the process of training an injured marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan, Charlie Linville, to the top of Mt Everest. Tim also has an amazing story of his own. An ex-Hell’s Angel, Tim was in a serious motorcycle accident where he broke countless bones and nearly had his foot amputated. If that wasn’t enough, he awoke from his accident on September 11th, 2001. A year after his accident, he set out to climb Mount Everest.

Direct download: Tim20Medvetz.r.mp3
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Trevor has hiked some of the most legendary and difficult treks in the US including an unassisted, solo, end-to-end, thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (2,175 miles in 2008). In 2009, he completed the 2,654 mile Pacific Crest Trail. What makes these treks even more impressive is that Trevor is blind. In 2005, Trevor became blind in only a few months’ time, abd after a period of mourning, he set out to regain the skills he needed to function in society (and much, much more).

Direct download: Trevor20Thomas20Repeat.mp3
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For the past five years, Mark and Janelle Smiley have been working on a demanding project: completing the 50 classic climbs in North America. If they complete it Mark and Janelle will be the first people to have done all of the climbs. The climbs are based off of a legendary book called Fifty Classic Climbs of North America written by Allen Steck and Steve Roper.

Direct download: Mark20and20Janelle.mp3
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Ann Trason is a legendary ultrarunner and was one of the best in the world in the 80’s and 90’s. She has broken 20 world records, many of which remain today. She won the Western States 100 14 times, and her time of 18:06:24 at the Leadville Trail 100 is woman's world record. This was written about extensively in Christopher McDougall's Born To Run.

Direct download: Ann20Trason.mp3
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Sasha DiGiulian is a professional climber and a full time student at Columbia University in New York City. She is a 3 time US national champion, a female overall world champ, and has completed numerous iconic first female ascents all over the world. In addition to climbing and school, she is an active athlete ambassador for many organizations.

Direct download: Sasha20Digiulian.mp3
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Fredrik Marmsater is a professional adventure photographer doing work in both commercial and editorial environments. His photographs have been featured in just about every major outdoors publications, most recently with magazine covers on Alpinist and Backcountry.

Direct download: Fred20Marmsater.mp3
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In this episode of MTNmeister, Ben Schenck reflects on how the Meisters helped him in the 2014 NYC Marathon. Highlights of episodes featuring Dean Karnazes, Rebecca Rusch, Dave Hahn, and more are included. 

Direct download: Ben20Schenck.vf.mp3
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Vanessa O’Brien is a mountain climber, explorer, public speaker and former business executive. She has climbed the highest mountain peak on each continent and has also skied the last degree to the South Pole in Antarctica and the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. Vanessa is the fastest woman to climb the 7 summits (10 months) and the fastest woman to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam (just under 11 months). O'Brien is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of The Explorers Club.

Direct download: Vanessa20O27Brien.mp3
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Debra Searle is a British professional adventure, author, BBC Sportscaster, Gender Equality Ambassador,  a wife and mom. Most notably in 2002, she rowed across the entire Atalntic Ocean solo after her then husband and rowing partner had to be rescued. Debra is also a motivational speaker and works with companies world wide to help them achieve greater gender balance at senior level.

Direct download: Debra20Searle.mp3
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Dave Hahn is one of the world's most accomplished mountain guides, with an impressive list of summits. These include but are not limited to 275+ summits of Mount Rainier, 20 summits of Mount McKinley, 33 summits of Antarctica's Vinson, and 15 summits of Mount Everest. 

Direct download: Dave20Hahn.mp3
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Robert Young, or “MarathonManUK” is in the process of running at least 367 marathons in 365 days. He wakes up no later than 3am every morning to run a marathon before heading to work for the day. Rob is running to raise awareness for charities which support disadvantaged children who have suffered from child abuse and illness – NSPCC, GOSH and Dreams Come True (links at the bottom of this page). This topic is near and dear to Rob’s heart, as he was brutally abused as a child.

Direct download: Rob20Young.mp3
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Joel Gratz is the co-founder opensnow.com, a website hosting weather forecasts and information with an added flair. They include personable forecasts, LiveSnow reports direct from the hill, custom snow alerts, and many other services to help you find the powder.  

Direct download: Joel20Gratz.mp3
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Dr. Eric Meyer is an anesthesiologist and a high altitude mountaineer based out of Steamboat Springs, CO. During the 2008 K2 tragedy where 11 climbers died near the summit, Meyer chose not to proceed into that dangerous territory. With Sherpa Chhiring Dorje, Meyer has also explored who summited Everest first. Officially, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first, but there is evidence to suggest that Mallory may have done it almost 30 years earlier.

Direct download: Eric20Meyer.mp3
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Adrian Ballinger is the founder of Alpenglow Expeditions, a guiding service dedicated to getting clients to the summit…fast. While a typical Everest expedition takes 2.5 months, Alpenglow averages around one month. Alpenglow has guided over 100 clients to the summit of Everest and other mountains around the world. Adrian has both AMGA/IFMGA certifications, has summited Everest six times, and skied two 8,000 meter peaks.

Direct download: Adrian20Ballinger.mp3
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Ronnie Dickson is a prosthetist by day and a professional boulderer by night. In 2005 at the age of 17, Ronnie lost his leg above the knee because of a congenital disorder called Trevor’s disease. After his amputation, he found the sport of climbing and never looked back. Since then Ronnie has been at the forefront of the disabled climbing movement in competitions around the world, and he is aspiring to be the first above the knee amputee to boulder the V10 difficulty grade.

Direct download: Ronnie20Dickson.mp3
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Steve Casimiro spent 11 years at Powder Magazine, most of those as editor; launched Bike Magazine as founding editor; and contributed to National Geographic Adventure for 11 years, most of those as West Coast Editor. He is the founder of the ever so popular Adventure Journal where he writes essays, posts other interesting pieces of writing, talks about gear, posts videos, and just about everything else you’ll need, except for a podcast.

Direct download: Steve20Casimiro.mp3
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What does it take to be a MTNmeister? Erik is a professional photographer and whitewater kayaker that has been featured in numerous adventure films. In 2011, he and his adventure partner Jon Turk became the first to ever circumnavigate Canada’s Ellesmere Island – a 1500 mile journey that took 104 days. Erik was selected as one of the 2012 National Geographic Adventurers of the year.

Direct download: Erik20Boomer20repeat.mp3
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Rachael is a professional big mountain skier based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been featured in films for Teton Gravity Research and has spent time in the competition circuit, winning the Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012. In 2013, she started FemaleWolfPack, a website serves as a platform for inspiration and a way for female athletes to get eyes on their videos. Rachel’s story has been featured in ESPN, Powder Magazine, and other publications.

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Darcy Piceu is one of the best female ultrarunners in the world. She has placed first three times in a row at the Hardrock 100: a 100 mile race through the Colorado San Juan mountains. It covers the vertical climb of more than the elevation of Mount Everest - Over 33k feet. In addition to competing, Darcy coaches other runners and is a mother.

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Melissa Stockwell is an American paratriathlete and former Paralympic swimmer and U.S. Army officer. A first lieutenant, she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. For her service in Iraq she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. She works as a prosthetist and is the co-founder of Dare2Tri, a Chicago-based paratriathlon club.

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Burnd Heinrich is a professor, author, and long-distance runner. Burnd has made major contributions to the study of insect physiology and behavior, and has written 18 books, the majority of which examine the physiological and behavioral adaptations of animals to their physical environment. Some of his other writings pertain more to Burnd’s running career, including Why We Run, which was formally known as Racing the Antelope. Burnd has set numerous records in American ultra-running including a 24 hour run where he covered 156 miles and a 100 mile run that he covered in 12 hours and 27 minutes. 

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Melissa has made her life about exploring the beautiful mountains of the world. Melissa has summited Mt. Rainer over 100 times and she has summited Mt. Everest not once, not twice, not three or four times but 5 times – the most out of any non-sherpa female in this universe. She is passionate about climbing and pushing her own limits, but her ultimate joy comes from taking that journey with others, helping them push their limits and get to their own summit.

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Tim Medvetz is the founder of The Heroes Project, a non-profit organization that works with veterans, soldiers, marines, and military families and communities on all levels. They have taken disabled veterans to the tops of mountains all over the world, they are currently in the process of training an injured marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan, Charlie Linville, to the top of Mt Everest. Tim also has an amazing story of his own. An ex-Hell's Angel, Tim was in a serious motorcycle accident where he broke countless bones and nearly had his foot amputated. If that wasn't enough, he awoke from his accident on September 11th, 2001. A year after his accident, he set out to climb Mount Everest.

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Jennifer Steinman is a Film Director, Producer and Editor with over 18 years of experience in television and filmmaking. Her work has aired nationally on ABC, PBS, Discovery, Nat Geo, and a bunch of different festivals like SXSW and Sundance. Jennifer’s most recent documentary film project, DESERT RUNNERS was selected "Best of the Fest" at the 2013 Edinburgh Film Festival. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at both the Vancouver International and The Hamptons International Film Festivals, and was named by the Huffington Post as one of "The Top 10 Documentaries of 2013."

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Ultramarathonman Dean Karnazes has accomplished some of the most daunting feats in long-distance running. These include but are definitely not limited to: 50 marathons in 50 different states over 50 days, 350 continuous miles without sleeping for three nights. Ultramarathons in Death Valley at temperatures up to 130 degrees and a marathon in the South pole in negative 40 degrees. Dean was named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He’s been featured on 60 minutes, Howard Stern, ESPN, and, quite possibly his most prized media appearance, MTNmeister podcast.

 

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Jamie Greubel and Steve Langton are both American bobsledders who earned bronze medals in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Jamie competed in two-women bobsled and Steve in two-man and four-man. After successful track careers in college, both Jamie and Steve transitioned to bobsled full time. 

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Ted McDonald, most often referred to as Barefoot Ted, received this nickname when he began running barefoot and eventually achieved a Barefoot marathon. Barefoot Ted has also run a bunch of ultra-marathons, including the Leadville 100 which is one of the most miserable things that any human can decide to do to him or herself. Ted is the founder of Luna sandals, which double as both minimalist running sandals and also everyday footwear.

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Trevor has hiked some of the most legendary and difficult treks in the US including an unassisted, solo, end-to-end, thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (2,175 miles in 2008). In 2009, he completed the 2,654 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Trevor is blind. In 2005, Trevor became blind in only a few months' time. After a period of mourning, he set out to regain the skills he needed to function in society, and much, much more.

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Majka Burhardt has a passion for creating unusual connections. As an author, professional climber, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, Majka has spent two decades exploring the globe—usually by hand and foot—and her stories of challenge, humanity, and the fine line between extreme and acceptable risk continue to inspire audiences around the world. As a keynote speaker and writer Majka champions “Additive Adventure” — when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections that create a larger conversation of singular and collective human meaning. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Outside Magazine, The Weather Channel, NPR and she’s had articles in Men’s Health, Skiing Magazine, Backpacker, and numerous other publications. 

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Megan McJames grew up in Park City, UT doing many outdoor sports: soccer, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, but most notably, ski racing. Megan has had over 50 world cup starts and  won numerous NorAm championships, After many years on the US Ski Team, Megan failed to meet the criteria to make the team again. After putting together a team of her own, paying her own expenses, and finding her own training, Megan made the US Olympic team and finished in the top 30 at Sochi. Megan has secured world cup spots for the future, and will continue as an independent ski racer.

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Brendan Leonard is the creator of Semi-Rad.com and a contributing editor at Climbing Magazine, The Adventure Journal, and other outdoors publications. In August of 2011, after a break-up and economic downturn, Brendan hit the road in the search for answers. He lived out of a van and worked out of coffee shops all around the country three years and now lives in Denver, CO. His book, The New American Road-trip MixTape, is about this journey. 

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Dr. Jon Kedrowski is an author, speaker, ski-mountaineer and geographer. In 2011, Jon became the first person to camp and spend the night on the top Colorado’s 55 Official 14ers: peaks over 14,000′. He achieved the feat from June 23 to September 28 2011, a stretch of only 95 days from start to finish. In May 2012, Kedrowski successfully climbed Mount Everest while witnessing and surviving the one of the worst tragedies on Everest, where seven deaths occurred that night. More recently Jon just completed a project skied the 20 highest cascade volcanoes and slept on the ones where weather permitted.

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What does it take to be a MTNmeister? Eric Larsen is a polar explorer, expedition guide, dog musher, and educator. The list of Eric’s accomplishments in exploration is extensive. In 2006, he and his partner Lonnie Dupre completed the first ever summer expedition to the North Pole where they paddled modified canoes through 550 miles of the ocean and ice. In 2009, he completed a 750-mile ski traverse to the south pole. Eric was the first person in history to reach the world’s three poles (the third being Everest) within a 365-day period.

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What does it take to be a MTNmeister? Rebecca’s national and world titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing certainly impress, but they only set the stage. It’s the two-wheeled victories that really lengthen her resume. National wins across multiple off-road formats top the list, as well as record-setting victories at storied ultra-endurance races like the Leadville Trail 100, Dirty Kanza 200, and 24 Hour Mountain Bike World Championships. Rebecca has also created her own event, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, in her hometown of Ketchum, where she’s a firefighter and EMT with the Ketchum Fire Department.

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What does it take to be a MTNmeister? Join us as Chris shares his perspective on the 2008 K2 disaster, along with his expertise in high altitude mountaineering. Chris has been a part of or a leader of countless Himalayan expeditions over the past decade. Chris is also an accomplished photographer with credits in Men’s Journal, Outside, GQ, Rock and Ice, Alpinist, and several newspapers around the world.

Check out Chris's Meister Profile - http://www.mtnmeister.com/chris-klinke/

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Ben has been inspired to run the NYC Marathon for Challenged Athletes Foundation. Find out more here. 

Garett is a contributing editor of Trail Runner Magazine and an avid ultra marathoner who lives in Lafayette, CO. He has completed 13 trail races of 100-miles in length, including the Leadville Trail 100 and HardRock 100, which takes place mostly at altitudes above 11,000 feet in Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains. He is the Director of Marketing for Boa Technology, the maker of the Boa Closure System which can be found on athletic footwear and equipment in golf, cycling, snowboarding and other categories.

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What does it take to be a MTNmeister? Join us as Jon shares what it’s like to walk on a one inch wide line hundreds of feet off the ground. Jon has been slacklining for 7 1/2 years. He helped establish several new highlines in the Southern California area over the last four years. Jon was selected to walk a highline on the Mandalay bay hotel during Andy Lewis’s urban highline world record event last year. He has been traveling and working with Gibbon Slacklines helping to run their competition circuits, and he is always living for the next adventure. Check out Jon's Meister profile - http://www.mtnmeister.com/jon-fait/

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What does it take to be a MTNmeister? Join us as Muffy shares her inspiring journey from a tragic ski accident to three gold medals. She is a seven-time Paralympic medalist in both alpine skiing and handcycling. She has four overall World Cup Titles, four World Championships and over 30 World Cup titles in both sports. She is an inductee in the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the US Disabled Ski Hall of Fame.

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Anton is an American ultra-runner. He has won the Leadville 100 twice, the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler, the Miwok 100K, and many other races. Anton is known for his long hair and beard and his minimalist approach, where he often runs with no shirt, short shorts, and with very lightweight running shoes. He ran his first marathon when he was twelve years old, and during college and his early 20s, he often ran upwards of 200 miles a week.

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Sarah is an American ski jumper, 2013 World Champion, and a member of the Visa Team. Sarah was born in Salt Lake City, UT and at her current age of 19, she has 13 World Cup wins in total. On January 22, 2014, she was named one of three women to make the U.S. Olympic ski jumping team that would compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Sarah Hendrickson was the first woman ever to jump in the women's ski jumping event in the Olympics.

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Fitz has just about the coolest job anyone could ever want. He is a podcast host and the creator of The Dirtbag Diaries, one of the most popular outdoor podcasts. Fitz has worked in digital media and film since he made the leap from print in 2006. He owns Duct Tape Then Beer productions with his partner and wife Becca Cahall and has been an avid climber for 17 years.

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Rachael is a professional big mountain skier based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been featured in films for Teton Gravity Research and has spent time in the competition circuit, winning the Red Bull Cold Rush in 2012. In 2013, she started FemaleWolfPack, a website serves as a platform for inspiration and a way for female athletes to get eyes on their videos.

Check out Rachael's meister profile: mtnmeister.com/rachael-burks

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Cam is happy when he’s moving. He has traveled to Kenya where he successfully completed a first ascent, Iceland to teach wilderness medicine, and many other places all around the world. For Cam, life is about grasping opportunities which are presented, and he’ll be damned if anything slows him down.

Check out Cam's meister profile: mtnmeister.com/cam-doane

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Emily is a professional kayaker, a wife, a mother and a kayaking nomad. She grew up in an RV traveling to kayaking events to watch her world champion father, Eric Jackson compete. At 12 years old, she got tired of sitting on the sidelines and started competing as a junior on the pro circuit. She is now a two time World Champion, a Silver Medalist in the 2011 World Championships, 8x Teva Mountain Game Winner, and a slalom paddler. Another notable victory was at the Payette river games, where Emily competed at nine months pregnant. Check out Emily's Meister profile - http://www.mtnmeister.com/emily-jackson/

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Phil joined the American Alpine Club as executive director in May of 2005. Phil has led dozens of expeditions to South America, Alaska and Pakistan's Karakoram Range, including ascents of K2 and Gasherbrum II without supplemental oxygen. He continues to be an active climber and skier. He lives with his wife and children in Denver, Colorado. 

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Emily Harrington is professional rock climber, ice climber, mix climber, and basically all other types of climber. She became a member of the USA Junior Climbing Team in 1998 and transitioned to the USA Climbing team from 2004 - 2010. She’s a five-time National Champion, a two-time North American Champion, and has placed podium in World Cups. Recently, she has taken her talents to outdoor climbing. She summited Everest in 2012 and has rock, ice, and mix climbed all over the world.

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Lindsay is a senior guide for Rainier Mountaineering Inc. (RMI) and Pacific Alpine guides. She guides mountaineering on Mt. Rainier, McKinley, and is an Avalanche instructor. Lindsay has a geology degree from Dartmouth College and in 2007 was a part of the NCAA Championship Ski Team. When she is not guiding Lindsay lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she coaches alpine ski racing and enjoys backcountry skiing.

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Mark is the former president of the American Alpine Club, and in 2011, he, along with Freddie Wilkinson and Steve Swenson (at that time current pres of AAC) made the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, the second-highest unclimbed mountain in the world at 24,665 ft. An expert at all forms of climbing, he has made over 40 expeditions to the greater mountain ranges throughout the world with a focus towards technical alpine style ascents, exploratory climbing, and adventurous travel. Check out Mark's Meister Profile - http://www.mtnmeister.com/mark-richey/

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Dr. Roanne Houck is a licensed naturopathic physician specializing in optimal health and preventative medicine. In addition to owning her own practice, Roanne is the founder and creator of Acli-Mate, an all-natural sport beverage which helps promote optimal physical performance at elevation. Roanne currently lives in Gunnison where she enjoys being active in the outdoors with her husband and two children, ages 6 and 9.

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Jackie grew up skiing on the East coast where she was a part of the freestyle ski team at Sunday River. After many years as a competitive mogul skier, with one title as Jr. World Combined Champion she took a break from competitive skiing. A friend suggested that Jackie try big mountain skiing, and the rest is history. Jackie has become one of the best big mountain freeskiers in the world, and she was named one of the top 50 female athletes in action sports by XGames.

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What does it take to be a MTNmeister? Mike Pigg was a pioneer triathlete that dominated the sport through the much of the 80’s and 90’s. Known specifically for the Olympic distance and off-road triathlons, Mike has competed in over 150 races and won almost half of them. Mike still competes but now has another job and a family that takes up more of his time. Check out Mike's Meister profile - http://www.mtnmeister.com/mike-pigg/

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Russell and Ben relive some of the best MTNmeister moments by asking each other some of the tough questions that they’ve asked the MTNmeisters. Russell and Ben share adventures that they’ve had in their lives along with a reflection on the podcast journey thus far.

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Kelly has been Director of Research at SnowSports Industries America since 2007. With 20 years of experience in research and intelligence gathering, her career has taken her from evaluating Arizona universities’ learning and alternative education programs, to the National Institute of Standards and Technology where she built economic models used by the manufacturing industry. Kelly is most likely to be outside when she isn’t having fun crunching numbers. She is an avid trail runner, surfer, cyclist, and skier. Check out Kelly's Meister profile - http://www.mtnmeister.com/kelly-davis/

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