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Leading students on wilderness adventures make for some of the best stories. Join former National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) instructor and author of TEAMS ON THE EDGE Shawn Stratton each week as he interviews fellow outdoor educators from NOLS, Outward Bound, and other organizations to hear their most entertaining stories from leading expeditions with students around the world. Take a listen to these professional adventurers as they entertain you with stories of misadventures, wildlif ...
 
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Like many outdoor educators’ travel has been a constant theme in the life of our guests today. I'm thrilled to have Heather Hamilton join us on the show. Heather has always had a hard time answering, “where are you from?” – as she has lots of places that feel like home but was born in Wichita, Kansas, and has travelled a fair amount for a Kansas ki…
 
Today our guest is James "KG" Kagambi, Senior NOLS Instructor and the owner of KG Mountain Expeditions. He joined NOLS as a field instructor in 1987. KG has worked many curses types over the years but regularly works in NOLS mountaineering programs in Patagonia, Alaska, East Africa, and India. KG is not only a senior NOLS instructor; he is the most…
 
David Pool grew up in Ottawa and currently lives in North Vancouver with his wife Katey and his two kids. He worked for Outward Bound Canada from 2001-2007 and with Class Afloat. When David moved to the west coast of Canada, he started working in the outdoor education Explore Program at Collingwood School before moving into student services as a co…
 
David Berg began working in outdoor education in 1992 as a kayak guide in the San Juan Islands, just after graduating from college. He then spent several years in Southern California teaching open water kayaking, surf kayaking, and expeditions. David finished his NOLS Sea Kayak IC in British Columbia in 1999. His first course was in Baja the follow…
 
This week we speak with NOLS living legend Jim Chisholm. Jim has worked in the field with NOLS for over 35 years and has many outstanding stories to share. 8:15 Caiman, Anaconda, Electric Eel, Cat Fish ... 9:30 Jaguar hunting ground 19:45 I thought about my options 23:19 I WILL NOT DIE 34:50 I also know the Jaguar…
 
Shawn is an international leadership consultant, professional speaker, bestselling author, podcast host, Ironman and Ultramarathon competitor. Shawn has a bachelor’s degree in Experiential Education and a Master’s in Leadership. He devoted 15 years to leading teams on wilderness expeditions around the world into some of the harshest environments, a…
 
Born in Guelph, Ontario, our guest today, Jesse Pierce, grew up cross country skiing and hiking with her family. She remembers camping in Tobermory near Georgian Bay, Ontario as a teenager and having the tingling feeling that this is what she needed to be doing in the future. So after high school, she went on to earn a degree in Outdoor Recreation …
 
Ian Pineau has spent the past 45 years learning about and working in the Outdoor Education field. From a small PEI farm; close to the coast, his first outdoor education experience would be in a fishing boat with his grandfather. Ian’s first paid job in the field came at 18 when he was a facilitator with at-risk youth. As a student at the University…
 
Today, I speak with NOLS Instructor Mark Hamlin, from small-town Indiana and living in Lander, WY, full time for the past decade. He completed a NOLS student course in 1987, mountaineering in the North Cascades of Washington state and led his first backcountry trip at the age of 18 in 1988. Mark took his NOLS Mountain Instructor Course in 1990 and …
 
Marianne Dawson Alexander started working in outdoor education in 1995 at a YMCA summer camp in Ontario, leading two-week canoe trips in Temagami. From 2000-2005 she worked for Outward Bound Canada in Ontario and on the west coast of Canada, mostly leading hiking and canoeing course with youth at risk. She came to NOLS in 2004, taking a River Instr…
 
Jaret Slipp was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Nova Scotia and Ontario. He believes that anyone can be a leader and that as instructors, it’s our role to provide the environment and training to help people discover their full potential. He is currently living on a sailboat in the Caribbean with his wife and two adorable daughters for a cou…
 
Our guest, Erica Lorenzen Lengacher grew up in the Seattle area and has been a bit of a nomad since her high school years. Along with her husband, 8-year-old daughter, she is now happily settled in Whitefish, Montana. She took a NOLS semester in the Rockies in 1993 (during a year off from college) and was immediately smitten with all that NOLS had …
 
Today, our guest is a former NOLS Instructor and Chair of the NOLS Board of Trustees, but he is best known as the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, Marc Randolph. His incredibly successful career as an entrepreneur span more than four decades. He's founded or co-founded half a dozen other successful startups, including, most recently, Looker Dat…
 
Originally from Southern California, John Abel has worked in outdoor education from 1984 to 2019. He has worked in many different roles such as administrative, instructional, consultative – but the bulk of and the best of his work was as a field instructor for NOLS. John has been a NOLS instructor since 1991, mainly working hiking, climbing, and mo…
 
This week on the pod I speak with Andy Blair is a simple man with a craving to be outside. He completed his NOLS Instructors Course in 1992 and his Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training Course in 2001. He has acquired over 250 weeks in the field and taught over 50 Wilderness Medicine courses. His fieldwork includes mountaineering, rock climbing, …
 
Born in Boston, raised in New York City suburbs, our guest today, Atila Monteiro, went to the University of California Berkeley to study in 1984 and instantly fell in love with outdoor adventures. He worked for Cal Adventures and guided with ARTA river trips before taking a white water Instructors Course with NOLS in 1992. Atila mainly worked paddl…
 
MATT DEINES Hey everyone, welcome to the Hot Drinks podcast I am your host Shawn Stratton. Each week I sit down with an outdoor educator to hear some of their best stories leading students on wilderness expeditions around the world. This week’s guest, Matt Deines grew up in western Nebraska and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science fro…
 
Our guest today, Roger Yim, has over 430 weeks of leading and instructing wilderness-based expeditions, focusing on leadership, wilderness skills, personal development, environmental stewardship, and expedition behaviour. He started working in outdoor education in the early ’90s. In 1996 Roger began working for the Canadian Outward Bound School, an…
 
We have a very special show for you this week on the Hot Drinks podcast! In this episode, I am joined by NOLS Instructor Jen Klewitz and 3 Abagrigional Austrailna’s from the Bardi community who used to work with NOLS students during their cultural section semester courses. They are Irene Davey, a Bardi Elder, and leading voice in the Kimberly regio…
 
Ray Zahab is a Canadian explorer, runner and founder of the impossible2Possible. A recent recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada, Ray is an Explorer in Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was named one of Canada's best explorers by Canadian Geography in 2015. He has run…
 
This week on the show we have our first NOLS co-instructor interview. Shawn speaks with Rebecca Raynord and Gary Thompson who worked two epic canoeing courses together, one in Utah and one in Yukon.Rebecca started whitewater kayaking with a program at our high school on the Potomac River near Washington DC. She began teaching kayaking during the su…
 
David Yacubian has been working in Outdoor Education for more than 20 years and has over 15 years of risk management and emergency preparedness experience. He has worked with NOLS as an instructor and advisor on four different continents around the globe. Dave has also run over 100 NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in the San Francisco Bay Area thro…
 
This week I am thrilled to speak with my friend Elizabeth Hammond Born in California and raised in Washington State, Elizabeth (also Liz or Lizzie!) has led expeditions on land and sea in Mexico, the Western U.S., Alaska, and India. She sails, backpacks, sea kayaks, and often migrates like whales and birds – spending most of the year with her partn…
 
Our guest today Oscar Manguy was born in Baja, Mexico, and grew up exploring the Sonoran desert. At the age of nineteen, he participated in a 15-month long photography expedition where he developed a passion for outdoor photography. The "adventure life" led him to Alaska, New Zealand, Patagonia, USA, and Scandinavian Arctic leading expeditions for …
 
Being the Talk of the town for her professional diversity and multi-faceted spirit, today we present you our amazing guest Sarah Harvie. (she spent a decade of work with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), leading month-long backpacking, backcountry skiing, whitewater canoeing, and rafting expeditions internationally. Seeking the road le…
 
Today we have someone who is well-known for her thrills in the oceans. She is one of the most qualified ocean sports instructors in Australia. Our guest Jaclyn 'Crackers' Nicholl today has worked in outdoor education for over 15-years in many remote and isolated regions of the world. Some of her previous employers include; the Astrailas Department …
 
Leaving marks all over the world, our guest today is someone who started working in outdoor education in 1994 with Project USE in NJ, everybody, today we have Kate Koons! She is the bird with a search for peace who has Worked for ARCC summer 97-2001, worked wilderness therapy in Bend, OR for a year. Ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about the wo…
 
Like many outdoor educators’ travel has been a constant theme in the life of our guests today. I'm thrilled to have Heather Hamilton join us on the show. Heather has always had a hard time answering, “where are you from?” – as she has lots of places that feel like home but was born in Wichita, Kansas, and has traveled a fair amount for a Kansas kid…
 
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