Leif Whittaker, son of Jim Whittaker who was the first American to summit Mt. Everest, grew up on a sail boat with his family sailing the Pacific. Initially not interested in climbing, that all changed at age 15 when he and his older brother hiked 20 miles into the wilderness without their parents and climbed Mt. Olympus. Since then, he has traveled across the globe and climbed some of the world’s highest peaks, including Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson, Denali, and two ascents of Mt. Everest.
Leif worked for more than a decade as a Climbing Ranger for the U. S. Forest Service on Mt. Baker protecting it’s wilderness and engaging in emergency rescues. He is also a founding member and top coach for Evoke Endurance where he specializes in coaching mountaineers.
His book, My Old Man and the Mountain, was published by Mountaineers Books in 2016 and won several awards.
Follow Leif at his website leifwhittaker.com/
West Hansen is an ultra marathon canoe racer turned explorer to undertake paddling the Amazon from its source high in the Andes mountains to it's end at the Atlantic ocean. A journey of almost 4,000 miles across the continent of South America. West is a great story teller and he does not disappoint in this episode.
Follow West's expeditions at WestHansen.com
In this episode of Whiskey and a Map, we are joined by Jennifer Thomson who shares her stories of the wonders of deep ocean exploration. Waters lite up by a multitude of bioluminescent creatures, giant hammerhead sharks, translucent octopus are among the many experiences Jennifer shares in this episode. In addition, she shares her advice and inspiration for anyone considering the life of an explorer.
Robert Mads Anderson is a mountaineer and adventurer. His many world class accomplishments include: first ascents in Antarctica, including the Rolex Ridge which he made the first ascent of solo and has yet to see a 2nd ascent; climbing a new route on the Kangshung Face, Everest; flying across the Arctic in a vintage Russian biplane and many other adventures.
Robert is the Author of four books: Nine Lives - Expeditions to Everest, Seven Summits Solo, To Everest via Antarctica and Antonovs over the Arctic: Flying to the North Pole in a Russian biplane.
Steve Elkins is an award winning cinematographer and explorer. He is a fellow of the Explorer's Club and member of the Adventurer's Club.
In this episode, Steve recounts the search for the lost and fabled "White City" known to the indigenous people as the City of the Monkey God. Reputed to contain much wealth, but also cursed. It lay hidden somewhere in the jungles of Honduras. Over hundreds of years, adventurers and explorers have searched and died seeking this legendary city. It's secrets lost to time and the jungle, until Steve and his team took on the challenge.
Matthew Marriott is a fellow of the Royal Geographic society and a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.
His expeditions include walking across the Queensland, Australia tropical rain forest area, documenting the Cassowary and learning about the Djiru Aboriginal people and language. He traversed a transect of the Sahara from Eastern Morocco to the Algerian border on camel. Marriott retraced his great great grandfather's Challenger expedition to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
Follow Matthew via his Instagram account instagram.com/matthewmarriott/
James Dorsey returns with more stories from his lifetime of adventure. James talks about his trip through China encountering Mongolian shaman and the stone carvings of Genghis Khan. He then takes us south to the island of Papua New Guinea and his encounter with the infamous tribe known as the mud men. From there to the witch markets of South American then to encounters with whales.
Whiskey and a Map podcast opens it's 4th season with Brent Bishop: A mountaineer and explorer, Brent has climbed the highest peaks around the world. In the process, he has encountered Chechen mafia, murderous Papuans and killing avalanches.
In this episode we get to sit down with world class climber Brent Bishop who shares these experiences and more.
Brent Bishop, the son of the late legendary climber Barry Bishop, began climbing as a child with his father on the east coast and in the Rocky Mountains. When he was young, his parents moved to and worked in Nepal. Living among the Sherpa people, Brent developed close ties and personal friendships with many of them that continue today.
In 1994 he became the first American legacy to follow in his father’s footsteps and summit Mt. Everest. He reached the summit again in 2002 with the National Geographic Mt. Everest Expedition that marked the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest.
An accomplished climber and explorer in his own right, Brent has climbed and guided expeditions throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and the Antarctic. Brent has accomplished difficult first ascents and pioneered new routes up established peaks.
His climbing and environmental work earned him awards from the prestigious Explorer’s Club and the American Alpine Club.
Brent has a deep love of climbing and of the people and their cultures who live in these remote areas.