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Wild Ideas Worth Living Presented by REI

REI presents Wild Ideas Worth Living, a podcast that shares stories of adventure and beyond. On each show, host and adventure journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, scientists, athletes, adventurers, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. From people who have climbed the tallest peaks, to people who have started new businesses, broken records, surfed giant waves, sailed across the Pacific, travelled to every country in the world, or just stood up for something they believed in, some of the wildest ideas often lead to the most rewarding adventures. Previous guests include Climber Chris Sharma, Surfer Bethany Hamilton, Skier Caroline Gleich, Filmmaker Cyrus Sutton, Runner Dean Karnazes, Sailor Liz Clark, Snowboarder Kelly Clark, Freediver Kimi Werner, Minimalist and Activist Rob Greenfield, Photographer Chris Burkard, Author Chris McDougall, November Project Founder Brogan Graham, fasting expert Alan Goldhamer, Triathlete Brendan Brazier, Paralympian Alana Nichols, Comedian JP Sears, and more.
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Jul 26, 2017

Steve’s Wild Idea: To share deeper stories about travel and adventure by creating an online and print media company, Adventure Journal.

Steve Casimiro is the founder of Adventure Journal, an online magazine with a beautiful quarterly book that covers the deeper side of adventure. Steve has worked in journalism for years. He got his start in newspapers, then worked at Powder Magazine, helped start Snowboarder Magazine, was the founding editor of Bike Magazine, and then the west coast editor of National Geographic, before he jumped into the world as a media entrepreneur. 

Becoming an entrepreneur, and starting a media company, especially at the height of the recession wasn’t easy, but Steve had the experience and the willingness to do every single job necessary, even packing and delivering magazines, to make it happen. He shares tips about starting your own business, why failure is important, and how art and adventure go hand in hand. 

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You love adventure.
  • You love old school journalism, great stories and beautiful magazines.
  • You are a photographer. 
  • You want to start a business.
  • You want to know what it really takes to start a thriving adventure magazine.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/34

Jul 19, 2017

Shanti’s Wild Idea: To improve people’s lives, health, and communities by getting families outside through Hike it Baby.

Shanti Hodges is a journalist, writer, and mom who started a community called Hike it Baby. The non-profit organization’s mission is to connect families and get them outside, especially when their children are young. Hike it Baby is now responsible for bringing families and babies on over 3,000 hikes a month in over 330 cities.

Shanti is an inspiring woman who had a wild idea and made it a reality. She shares insights on how Hike it Baby grew so rapidly, what it takes to start a movement, why nature is so good for babies and adults, and why Facebook called up Shanti and personally invited her to their headquarters.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You love hiking, nature and being outside.
  • You’re a parent or love kids, and want to spend more time with family outdoors.
  • You are a city slicker and intimidated by the outdoors.
  • You want to start a community.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/33

Jul 12, 2017

Damien’s Wild Idea: To chase his dreams of being a professional athlete while spreading positivity everywhere he goes.

Damien LeRoy is a professional and world renowned kiteboarder, paraglider, stuntman, and athlete. Last year he had a terrifying crash where he fell over 150 feet from the air into a forest of mangrove trees and broke his leg, ribs, punctured his lung, and more. He could have easily died, but ten months later he is almost completely recovered and already back on his board. 

Damien shares his story with me and talks about what was going through his head while his lines were tangled and he began to spin out of control in the air. He also talks about his unique upbringing (dad was in James Bond movies and he was a pro skier and lived in the mountains for many years). He also shares about working on the new Baywatch movie with the Rock and Zach Efron, how his approach to kiteboarding has changed since his accident, what it is like to be a professional athlete, what he always takes on the road, and why he strives to be positive 100% of the time.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You love adventure.
  • You want to hear a crazy story.
  • You kiteboard, ski, paraglide, or use a GoPro camera.
  • You want to know why Damien took off his clothes at the OutFound Series.
  • You saw the movie Baywatch.
  • You strive to live a life of purpose and positivity.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/32

Jul 5, 2017

Cyrus’s Wild Idea: To continue to learn about our planet, people, and our passions by making films about these topics and sharing them with the world. To be interested instead of just interesting.

Cyrus Sutton is an incredibly thoughtful and introspective person. A director, filmmaker, surfer, adventurer, and sought-after brand ambassador, Cyrus has produced Emmy Award-winning films, including Stoked and Broke, and is the founder of Korduroy TV, a website that explores creativity and sustainability in the outdoors. His latest film, Island Earth, documents how we grow our food, and explores the challenges between using conventional agricultural practices (including the use of science and chemical solutions) versus using ancient techniques to feed our population and our planet.

Cyrus has travelled all over the globe, lived in California and even spent some time living and working out of a van. He now resides in the Pacific Northwest where he is working on growing his own food and enjoying documenting others who also live off the land and are interested in permaculture and sustainable ways of living. I’ve always been interested in Cyrus’s ideas and films, and enjoyed this conversation a lot. There are some true gems about following your dreams, the unique world of social media, the power of storytelling and the reality of what it takes to make a career around your passion.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You are interested in pursuing your passion full-time.
  • You care about organic, non-GMO food.
  • You love adventure sports. 
  • You like watching surf films or you are a surfer.
  • You are a curious person who loves learning.
  • You love Hawaiian culture.
  • You want to know the pros and cons of living, working or traveling in a van.
  • You grow your own food or want to learn how.
  • You want to be a filmmaker.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/31

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