The Gear Show with Lisa Gerber

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

March 8th, 2018

Episode description

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 bring you episode 33.

I have been having so much fun talking to outdoor active professionals and athletes about what makes them tick, how they overcome hurdles and make ideas happen. The only reason, after a year that I’m on episode 33 and not 52 is because of the time it takes to source and schedule interesting guests. If you know of someone who should be on the show, please send them my way. you can reach me on twitter @lisagerber or via email: lisa at big leap creative dot com.

We have a great round of episodes lined up for the coming weeks. Dina Mishev, a top travel writer for magazines like Sunset, Washington Post, Ashley Rankin, the founder of Shredly mountain bike shorts, the former avalanche forecaster for the Little Cottonwood Canyon highway. lots of interesting topics and people. 

But first, today, it’s just me sharing an experience I had last month at Selkirk Mountain Experience, a trip that pushed me beyond my limits. It’s was scary. it was awe-inspiring. It was amazing, after I knew I would survive it. 

This is about more than a 7-day backcountry ski trip. It’s about how I disconnected, got outside into the great silence, found some new emotions, new ideas, raised the bar on existing, you know, big deal shit like that.

If you are considering a trip like this, you’ll learn more about what to expect. Whether you are or not, there is something to be said for doing your own thing that scares the hell out of you. 

I do want to underscore the importance of subjectivity here. at times, it might seem like I’m making a big deal out of the impact this trip had on me. It was a big deal on me. For many. this trip would have been a cake walk. for others, it’s out of the question. These things are purely subjective. what matters is we do something that scares us, that raises the bar. If nothing else, according to a friend, it wards off dementia as you get older. So there’s that. 


Resources mentioned in the episode


Leg blasters workout

Skimo co

Selkirk Mountain Experience

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