BONUS EPISODE: The Coastal Adventure Trail of Oregon
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by Aaron Millar
3w ago
This week, listen to an episode from Armchair Productions' newest series, The Hidden Trails of Oregon! Join us on the Coastal Adventure Trail for a documentary road trip, following award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar from Florence to Port Orford and beyond.  We begin at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, in Florence, for a sand-boarding lesson from world champion rider Gabe Cruz. Then, we head south down the coast, stopping at the sleepy seaside town of Port Orford for wild beaches, windswept headlands, ocean swells and one of the greatest wildlife experiences on Earth ..read more
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The Herd at the End of the World: Traversing Siberia with the Nenet Reindeer Herders
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1M ago
“This style of reindeer herding is truly the last of its kind…and I wanted us to be the first group to experience it.” The Nenets of Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula are among the world’s oldest existing true nomads, making a living by herding reindeer in a place that literally translates to ‘the end of the world.’ And when Christine Amour-Levar learned that she had a third-degree connection to the tribe, she set about arranging an unprecedented trek to accompany them during their southward migration. Five months later, she was leading the largest - and only all-female - group that the Nenets had eve ..read more
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In the Footsteps of the Anwals through the Indian Himalayas with Travel Writer Juliet Rix
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by Aaron Millar
1M ago
The Anwals are the last remaining migrating shepherds of the Indian Himalayas. Each spring, they take their flocks from the heat of the valleys to graze among the high alpine pastures of the Himalayas. They won’t return until Autumn. It is a way of life that has remained unchanged for generations. Follow in their footsteps on this incredible journey, hiking village to village, and staying in small community owned guesthouses along the way. This is some of the most dramatic and breath-taking hiking on the planet. But it’s more than that too. The Anwals traditional way of life is under threat. A ..read more
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John Herrington Astronaut: Space Walk onboard the International Space Station
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by John Herrington
1M ago
John Herrington is the first Native American astronaut. Join him on an out-of-this-world adventure as he takes us on a space-walk onboard the International Space Station. Hear what it feels like to be blasted into orbit at 17,000mph, learn what it’s like to live in Zero-G, and then step outside the hatch for one of the scariest, and most profound, adventures on the planet: a space-walk 220-miles above the Earth.  But this is episode is about more than just adventure. Astronauts report a psychological phenomenon called The Overview Effect, a shift in cognitive awareness, when they return h ..read more
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Seeking Bluer Skies: Three Months in a Remote Buddhist Monastery
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1M ago
"Did you even hear a single word I just said?" This question, asked of writer Bruce Kirkby one morning by his ten year old son, catalyzed a life-changing journey. Bruce and his wife, Christine, decided to break the cycle of 21st-century distraction by relocating their family - complete with two young boys - to a remote Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, India for three months.  But before they would reach the monastery, they would travel for nearly 100 days - via container ship, fishing boats, horseback, and even by foot - to reach this remote valley.  This episode will whisk you away t ..read more
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Life in the Deep Blue: Diving the World’s Oceans with Author and Photographer Pier Nirandara
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2M ago
“You stand at the edge of the boat - and you take a giant stride into the unknown.”  Today we’re chatting with Pier Nirandara, a bestselling author, film producer, SCUBA diver and underwater photographer. She's dedicated her life to sharing the beauty and importance of this marine world about which we still know so little. With her work in photography, writing, and more, she's also helping to shape a new generation of divers and ocean advocates from all corners of the world.  In the episode, you’ll hear about the dive that changed her life and stopped her career path in its tracks ..read more
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Cliff Camping in the Rocky Mountains with Aaron Millar
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by Aaron Milar
2M ago
Cliff camping is extreme sleeping for insane people. Follow award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar up to the top of the Rocky Mountains for a terrifying night sleeping on a portaledge, suspended 500-feet above the ground on a sheer cliff face. Lighting strikes, emergency rappelling in the pitch dark, vertigo and the scariest pee in the world. But when the dawn breaks, and the mountains flood with color, we discover the true meaning and purpose of adventure. Dare to be truly alive. The Armchair Explorer podcast is adventure storytelling with beats, original music and cinematic effects. Each ..read more
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The Vagabond's Way: Lessons from Decades of Travel with Rolf Potts
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by Aaron Millar
2M ago
“The best way to travel? Dare to be lonely, lost, and bored.” Today we’re joined by travel-writing legend Rolf Potts, best-selling author and pioneer of indie travel. Long before the era of contemporary van life and digital nomadism, Rolf’s first book, Vagabonding, inspired countless travelers to forgo expensive, overly planned travel in favor of affordable, spontaneous exploration. And with his new book, The Vagabond’s Way, he’s sharing some of his best stories and pearls of wisdom from a lifetime spent traveling the world.  From cycling across Burma on a bike that's too small to diving ..read more
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Stories from the Edge with Legendary BASE Jumper Jeb Corliss
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3M ago
“I jump off buildings and cliffs for fun. And I don’t recommend it to anyone.” Dive into heart-pounding adventures with Jeb Corliss, one of the world’s most revered BASE jumpers and wingsuit pilots. In this episode, you’ll hear Jeb recount some of his most impactful stories, from the very first time he attempted BASE jumping to the incident that nearly put him off the sport for good. His energy and his vivid storytelling puts you right in the middle of the action - whether you’re plummeting off a 300-foot antenna in the middle of the night or soaring dangerously close to rocky cliffs. So buckl ..read more
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Land of Wonder: Four Weeks on Colombia's Magdalena River with Jordan Salama
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3M ago
What does it take to really know a place?  When Jordan Salama arrived in Colombia for the first time, he realized immediately that it was a country that was deeply misunderstood. For a place so often associated with violence, Jordan found himself in a country teeming with rugged beauty, welcoming communities, vibrant music, and astonishing art.  Jordan wanted to dive deeper. To do so, he heeded the advice of locals, who told him that to really know Colombia, he needed to sail along the Magdalena River. The Magdalena is the beating heart of Colombia’s countryside, flowing all the way ..read more
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