The Gear Show with Lisa Gerber

78 EpisodesProduced by Lisa Gerber

Stories of achievement and creativity from the outdoors to help you gear up mentally and/or physically for your next big leap - for those of us who aspire to something more, and struggle daily with balancing ambition with happiness. More than the specific gear or activity, the discussions involve pu… read more

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77: Shelley Wood on Staying Loyal to Your Dream

March 1st, 2019


"Blogging is like going to the word gym. I practice writing in the same I would go to a gym to get stronger muscles. Writing is a muscle and I try to …

76: Vasu Sojitra on Finding Normality in our Differences

February 21st, 2019


It's hard enough being a kid trying to fit in. Imagine being a brown kid with one leg growing up an affluent and very white Connecticut town. Vasu Sojitra was diagnosed with septicemia at the age of nine months which …

75: Adrienne Lindholm on Writing and the Wilderness

February 14th, 2019


The long-term influence of seemingly small interactions. 


Adrienne Lindholm took a life-altering trip at the age of 11 - a cross-country camping …

74: Erik Murdock Advocates for our Recreation Interests on Capitol Hill

February 7th, 2019


Erik Murdock is the Policy Director for the Access Fund whose mission is to protect climbing access and conserve the environment. He represents …

73: Bob Legasa on Surviving a Grizzly Bear Attack and Good Fortune

January 31st, 2019


Bob Legasa is the owner of Freeride Media. He's a TV Host-producer in the snowsports industry, a snowsport event coordinator and a custom home …

72: Laurenne Ross on Ski Racing, Presence of Mind, Focus

January 24th, 2019


Laurenne Ross races the World Cup alpine circuit and is ranked one of the top-ten best speed skiers in the world. She’s been to four World Championships and raced in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and …

71: Hilary Eisen on Working Together to Save Our Winter Playground

January 17th, 2019


I first learned about Winter Wildlands Alliance when I attended the backcountry film festival this past fall. Turns out, that’s how today’s guest, Hilary Eisen also learned of the organization about five years prior to …

70: Jeff Scott on Living Life After a Spinal Cord Injury

January 10th, 2019


Imagine a world where adventure and outdoor recreation is accessible and affordable for everyone with a disability. That’s the vision behind the Live it Love Foundation, led by executive director Jeff Scott who is …

69: Kaylin Richardson on Ski Racing and Living Without Regret

January 3rd, 2019


An Olympic ski racer on the art of being deliberate in choices and living without regret.

Oh, do I have a fun conversation to start off your new year today. Kaylin Richardson is a ten-year U.S. Ski Team veteran, 2-time …

68- What to Carry in Your Backcountry Ski Pack

December 14th, 2018


Are you setting yourself up for success and preparing for worst-case scenarios? We like to think the stuff we read about in the news won't happen to us. BUT! Not to sound like an alarmist or anything - one bad turn of …

67: Libby Ludlow on Finding Happiness by Accepting Change

November 29th, 2018


A former professional ski racer and Olympian realized her destructive self talk was practically ruining her life. If we stop clinging to things that …

66: Kim Vinet on Resolving the Hypocrisy of Loving the Outdoors

November 22nd, 2018


Kim Vinet is a skier, an earth scientist and a public speaker. As we enter the crazy holidays here in the U.S., I hope this episode will serve as a …

65: Janet Curry: Finding Joy Again Through Meditation and Mindfulness 

November 15th, 2018


“Letting go of the tendency we have to want things to be different, allowing things to be as they are and allowing yourself to be as you are…” Jon …

64: Janette Sherman on Bikes, Women on Bikes and Marketing to Women on Bikes

November 8th, 2018


I wanted to have Janette on the show because she has come up in conversation about three previous episodes, all by guests mentioning Janette as a huge influence on them. For example, that's Ash Bocast of Roam Events

63: Rene Unser and the Allure of the Gore-Tex Trans Alpine Race

November 1st, 2018


Rene is an awesome and inspirational woman. She is a running coach, a race director for a fantastic race series in Western Canada. She is now on the communications team for the Gore-Tex Trans Alpine Race, a race she has …

62: Brendan Leonard on The Joy of Making it Small

October 25th, 2018


A huge reason I do this podcast is that I get to speak to people who are living their version of success; defining how we want to do life.  

Brendan Leonard embodies this perfectly. His message is a reminder to each and …

61: Kikkan Randall on Big Battles: Olympic Gold and Breast Cancer

October 18th, 2018


Kikkan Randall is an Olympic champion cross-country skier. She has won 17 U.S. National titles, taken home 17 U.S. Championships, made 16 podiums in the Stage World Cup, made five trips to the Winter Olympic Games and …

60: Amanda Batty: The ROI of Mountain Bike Racing vs. Giving Shit Away

October 11th, 2018


“I took risks because progression requires risk and because risk is the price of admission to the only game I ever cared about: improvement.” - Amanda Batty

Amanda is a former professional mountain bike racer, Bike …

59: Elinor Fish on Mindful Running

September 6th, 2018


Elinor Fish is the former editor of Trail Runner Magazine. She made the leap in 2010 from her career to start Wild Run Retreats with the mission to …

58: Katie Adams' Dream Trip to Norway with Salomon TV

August 30th, 2018


Salomon asked runners from around the world to share their #runningdreamtrip. Over 3000 people applied but only one was chosen. Katie Adams, of Sandpoint, Idaho. Katie took the trip with Emelie Forsberg and Ida Nilsson. …

57: David Victorson on Re-Entering Life After Cancer Treatment

August 23rd, 2018


It can take young adult cancer survivors a decade to get back into life after treatment. David Victorson is the founder of True North Treks. He, …

56: Mark Gibson on Pursuing Curiosity

August 16th, 2018


There has to be a certain kind of crazy to do some of the things Mark Gibson has taken on. He’s done things like skateboarded from capital to capital (Washington DC to Ottawa, Canada) with his son. He ran 276 miles …

55: Bonnie McDonald on Giving Purpose to Tragedy

August 9th, 2018


Backcountry Lifeline was founded in August 2015, following a crash on Stage 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro Series and Enduro World Series in Crested …

54: Randy Milanovic on Solving Problems, Not Checking Boxes

August 2nd, 2018


When you get a new lease on life, you stop checking boxes and do things differently. Randy Milanovic is the CEO and founder of Kayak Online Marketing. In 2009, a tough year for most of us, he had an even tougher year. …

53: Sarah Yancey on the Practicalities of Living the Dream

July 26th, 2018


Sarah and Mark Yancey bought Boulder Hut Adventures, a remote backcountry ski hut in the stunning Purcell Mountains in Southeast British Columbia, …

51: Lindsey Richter: Mountain Biking is Life

July 12th, 2018


Lindsey Richter is the director of inspiration (and co-creator) of Liv Ladies Allride, Her company is a by-product of a very difficult time in her …

50: Christian Little on Turning Suffering into Growth

July 5th, 2018


Christian Little had a mountain biking accident that would change her life forever. Honestly, it was a miracle she survived. Out of difficult times, …

49: Hilary Oliver on Giving Women in the Outdoors Voice Through Filmmaking

June 28th, 2018


Hilary Oliver is a writer, editor and filmmaker. She makes outdoor films for brands such as REI, Outdoor Research and Yeti Cycles. Her mission is to give voice to women in the outdoors  - to showcase a …

48: Brian Harder on ACL Injury: Advice from an Impatient Patient

June 21st, 2018


We don’t want to think about it but I’m sure lots of us do. What happens if/when we blow our knee? what does it mean when that happens, what are the mechanics that contribute to it; what choices need to be made for …

47: What To Pack For Summer Camping

June 14th, 2018


I have one more rerun this week and return to original interviews next week starting with Brian Harder on ACL injuries; turning suffering into growth with Christian Little, and some insight into making outdoor adventure …

46: Mike Ehredt on Trail Running and Treating Yo-self - To Nice Running Shoes

June 7th, 2018


Today, we talk with USATF Certified running coach, author, and speaker, Mike Ehredt about trail running, shoes, socks, and being pragmatic in competition.

No shoe is made for all runners. We have to take things like …

45: René Unser on Trail Running, Pushing Through Suffering and Achieving “Elephant Moments”

June 1st, 2018


I have a rerun for you this week but we have lots of new listeners since this episode ran originally last year so I think it won’t feel like a rerun …

44: Sarah Wood on Progression: From Beginning to Kicking Ass

May 24th, 2018


I am excited to introduce you today to Sarah Wood, director of operations for I9, or Industry Nine, makers of high-end mountain and road bike wheel sets. Everything Industry Nine does is handmade in their facility in …

43: Anne Galyean Busting Stereotypes and Taking the Path of Least Resistance

May 17th, 2018


Not that long ago, Anne Galyean was a full-time professional mountain bike racer and a full-time scientist and she had to make a choice, like being …

42: Jeff Thompson on Wildlife Encounters and Not Being First

May 10th, 2018


When I first scheduled Jeff to do this episode, I was thinking it was actually going to put my mind at ease. I’m not totally sure that happened. …

41: Eric Grace on Solving The World’s Problems with Access to Nature

May 3rd, 2018


In 2003, when I was in ski resort marketing, the snow reporters and I made a video called Powder for Peace. We had just invaded Iraq and we made a short movie where we took Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il and George Bush, …

40: Amy Schweim: The Net Positive Effect of Low Periods in Life

April 26th, 2018


Amy Schweim, today’s guest lives in Oaxaca, Mexico where she guides single and multi-day trips, there and in Spain and Peru. Her business, Women’s …

39: Sarah Rawley on Making Ideas Happen and Being a Improving your Mountain Bike Skills

April 19th, 2018


Sarah Rawley races pro in the enduro circuit, is the co-founder of Colorado’s first women’s only mountain bike race, the Yeti Beti Bike Bash, and the …

38: Meredith Terranova on Eating Smarter for Better Performance

April 12th, 2018


My favorite subject, food! is on the docket for today.


The last time I did a big race which for me is 25k trail mountain run, I posted on instagram …

37: Liam Fitzgerald on getting up Little Cottonwood Canyon Road Safely

April 5th, 2018


Liam Fitzgerald’s former job sets the bar for stressful job.  He was the lead avalanche forecaster for the Utah Department of Transportation (and the …

36: Ashley Rankin on Launching an Apparel Brand - One Step at a Time

March 29th, 2018


There are turning points in life where one decision leads to another and your path diverges from the one you had envisioned. Then, there are moments, shall we call them epiphanies? When you realize that turning point …

35: Dina Mishev on Chasing Dreams and Taking the Scenic Route to Get There

March 22nd, 2018


Today, travel writer Dina Mishev joins us and we’re going to talk about finding and pursuing your passion, not the direct route, but taking the …

34: Brian Harder on Training Principles for Your Next Big Leap

March 15th, 2018


I invited my friend Brian Harder back to the show to share his training advice he had for me in preparing for that 7-day backcountry ski trip I told …

33: Saying Yes to Adventure: Preparing for, Surviving, and Enjoying a Seven-Day Backcountry Ski Trip

March 8th, 2018


Hi everyone, we are BACK.

After taking the past two months off the show to take some time to interview a whole bunch of new guests, I’m excited to …

32: Ash Bocast Going All In on Business and Adventure

December 28th, 2017


I have some year- end/year-beginning inspiration for you today!

Ash started Roam Events with her savings and retirement plan. She was literally all …

31: Mark Paulsen on Looking Ahead to a Healthy and Productive Life

December 14th, 2017


Mark Paulsen took an NFL career and evolved it into a passion - nutrition to not only improve athletic performance, but so we can all have a long and …

30: Brian Harder on Comfort Zones and AT Boots

December 7th, 2017


Listen, the first thing when it comes to comfort zones are your feet. Because if you don't have happy feet, how can you possible be happy?

Today due …

29: Dan Fogarty on Travel and Life: Less Overthinking, More Serendipity

November 30th, 2017


Hiking and playing in the mountains of Europe is so civilized and Dan Fogarty is here to talk to us about it. 

Dan Fogarty is a brand consultant who …

28: Tracey Creedon, Japan Ski Guide with Skiing Beta on Japan, New Zealand and Australia

November 23rd, 2017


Who wants to dream with me of skiing in faraway places?

I have a long conversation with Tracey Creedon, an Australian-born ski guide based in Hokkaido, Japan and New Zealand. And Australia depending on the time of year. …

27: Chris Rubens on Ski Movie Shoots and Training for Ski Season

November 16th, 2017


I really enjoyed talking to today’s guest Chris Ruben - a professional skier whom you’ll find in many ski movies if you just search for him on …

26: Greg Hill on The Paradox of Taking Adventures and Trying to Be Environmentally Responsible

November 9th, 2017


Revelstoke-based Greg Hill’s linkedin profile simply states “Adventurer” He is sponsored by many brands such as  Arc'teryx , Salomon, Suunto and Gore-Tex. You can find him skiing in Salmon Freeski movies and in 2010, he …

25: Jordan Giarratano on Practical Self Protection and Defense in the Face of Sexual Harassment and Assault

November 2nd, 2017


Last March, Seattlite Kelly Herron fought off an attacker (a registered sex offender she later learned) in the middle of her mid-day run. I read this …

24: Where to Find Outdoor Gear at Great Prices: The Dirtbag Shopping Network

October 26th, 2017


Shopping season has arrived and if you’re like me, maybe you hate shopping. Not only does the change of the seasons come with the need for new gear …

23: Joe Johnson on Making Choices, Taking Leaps and Getting After Life

October 19th, 2017


Today, Joe Johnson - Salomon’s outdoor marketing manager in the Americas joins us to share his long and winding journey to a very cool job, and even …

22: Dan Abrams on Entrepreneurship, Perseverance, and a Goal of No Missed Powder Days

October 12th, 2017


Today’s episode will change the way you think about thinking big and what success really is. Dan Abrams had an idea. He didn’t know how it would …

21: Jill Damman on Moving Onward and Upward from Traumatic Injury

October 5th, 2017


Jill Damman had a biking accident that would change her life forever. She could let the incident define her, or she could decide how she would let it …

20: Staying Motivated Through Adversity to Finish Your Own Ironman

August 31st, 2017


The Gear Show will return October 5th with all new episodes!

“Encouragement doesn’t have a price”


We each have “our own Ironman.” It might be a 5k. It might be climbing Everest. Doesn’t matter.


today, my friend, Tom …

19: Boosting Creativity and Trail Running in France

August 17th, 2017


Research by Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, found that immersing yourself in a country outside your own can prompt mental …

18: What’s in Your Summer Backpack?

August 10th, 2017


Today’s episode is going to give you gear barn envy and if you are the type to love type A organization, you are going to love the way Jeff Thompson plans his summer camping trips. 


Jeff is director at Idaho Panhandle …

17: The Hydration Debate: Does Thirst Indicate Need? Or Not?

August 3rd, 2017


Today's episode might change the way you think about hydrating.


I like to overthink things. I often wonder if I need to be more methodical about how I’m hydrating when I go out for whatever it is I’m doing for longer …

16: Think Your Way from Mediocre to Elite

July 27th, 2017


Today’s episode is going to help you summon the mental strength to not crumble under pressure.

Do you ever wonder how the professional athletes do …

15: Science of the Mind: Training our Brains For Better Physical Performance

July 20th, 2017


Today is part 2 in our mini series on longevity, aging and wisdom. It’s the continuation of my conversation with Dave Leffmann, physical therapist, soon to be published author, and good friend and mountain playmate - …

14: Aging and Longevity: Playing in the Mountains at Age 80

July 13th, 2017


The best piece of gear we each have is our bodies. And I want mine to last. Every single time I find myself out running, skiing, mountain biking - having a blast - I take a moment to thank the universe that my body lets …

13: Can An Entrepreneur Run a Business, Stay Sane, and Be Fit at the Same Time?

July 6th, 2017


Today Toni Carey and I talk about staying sane while also running a business and the common denominator is some kind of movement. Although we talk primarily about running (and yoga), it doesn’t have to be about running …

12: A Seemingly Fearless Mountaineer on How To Be More Brave

June 29th, 2017


Today’s episode will change the way you think about tackling something that scares you, not just in the outdoors but also at work.

Brian Harder, a seemingly fearless mountaineer and former Exum Mountain Guide is the …

11: Trail running: Overcoming suffering and achieving "elephant moments"

June 22nd, 2017


Professional trail runner and coach, Rene Unser shares with us her training philosophy and habits and tips she incorporates into her every day life as it relates to rest, recovery, and hydration. Along the way, she …

10: Will a Better Mountain Bike Make Me a Better Rider?

June 15th, 2017


I often wonder if a better or different bike would have helped me ride that section I just got off my bike and walked. Or is trust in the bike and …

9: Fighting Your Monkey Brain and a Primer in Backpacking

May 18th, 2017


Sometimes we jump into something with such frenzy and ambition, we might not be properly prepared. We are in over our heads. It’s a theme many of us are familiar with, perhaps in our lives, perhaps from the news.

Powder …

8: Sarah Brown on Training for Olympic Trials Pregnant and Competing Postpartum

May 4th, 2017


We talk to Sarah Brown, 2-Time USATF World Championships team member and professional track & field athlete for Team New Balance about running and training while pregnant and postpartum, and when dreams go sideways …

7: Yoga and Existential Crises

April 27th, 2017


Mid-life crisis, existential crisis, epic freakout…. whatever you want to call it, we’ve all had one or more. Today’s episode is less about yoga and more about how to respond to a period of breakdown and come out better …

6: Trail Running Shoes and Pragmatism

April 20th, 2017


We talk running shoes with trail running coach, author, and speaker, Mike Ehredt. As in anything, no shoe is made for all runners. We have to take things like running conditions, the terrain you're running on and your …

5: Cross Training for Better Performance

April 13th, 2017


As we get older, we start to feel like a used car with nagging injuries: "I can’t run today because my knee, my achilles tendon, my shoulder.." …

4: What's in Your Backcountry Ski Backpack?

April 6th, 2017


Are you setting yourself up for success and preparing for worst-case scenarios? We like to think the stuff we read about in the news won't happen to us. One bad turn of events, and the game has changed. Today, we talk …

3: Backcountry Ski Series Part 3: How to Find True Love. In Your Backcountry Skis

March 30th, 2017


Guest and former Exum Mountain Guide Brian Harder walks us through the different features of backcountry skis and how to understand what features matter to you based on your objectives. Brian will also provide a few …

2: Backcountry Ski Series Part 2: AT Bindings and Safety

March 23rd, 2017


Today is part 2 of three in our backcountry ski equipment series with Brian Harder, former ski mountaineer racer and Exum Mountain Guide, based in Anchorage Alaska. Your gear will make or break the day, and often we …

1: Backcountry Ski Series Part 1: How to Buy Alpine Ski Touring Boots

March 14th, 2017


In the first in our series on backcountry ski equipment, we talk to former Exum guide, Brian Harder on the many things to consider when you do your backcountry ski research. Today we start with alpine touring boots? …

Preview | The Hard Part of Ideas: Making Them Happen

March 8th, 2017


It's pretty easy to come up with ideas and to, for example: register for a race or an event, an idea for a new business; even to come up with an idea for a new podcast! It's another thing altogether to make ideas happen …

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