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. 
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 -
Direct download: 201520Goals.mp3
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