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Season 2 - Episode 11: Canoeing With Jose

In Episode 11, Colton and Sean discuss another book that followed (generally) the route of "Canoeing With the Cree." In the most recently released rendition of the trip, "Canoeing With Jose," the story takes on a unique twist. Less about the adventure, and more about the character dynamics, the paddling duo includes a 30-something journalist and recent divorcee, and an inner city 20-year-old of Puerto Rican and Lakota decent. The latter, whose life was riddled with violence, had never been...


Season 2 - Episode 10: Death on the Barrens

Death on the Barrens chronicles the fascinating, ill-fated, and ultimately tragic canoe expedition of the Dupawnt River of far northern Canada in 1955. Heralded as a story to describe the ways NOT to do expedition canoeing, Colton and Sean discuss the well-intentioned, albeit disastrous decisions, along with the merits of the 6-man crew in one of the first Arctic voyages of its kind. Buckle up!


Season 2 Episode 9: Wild

Growing up on the same Chaska, MN lake as Colton and Sean (and then eventually moving to northern Minnesota in her teens), Cheryl Strayed developed an early love and interest in the outdoors. That love however, did not manifest itself until the tragic and untimely death of her young mother, which eventually resulted in a failed marriage, drug addiction, and lost soul. Her path to finding that soul was the Pacific Crest Trail. Listen as Colton and Sean discuss the best-selling memoir, which...


Season 2 Episode 8: Cricket's Tales

Starting from his Minneapolis driveway three years ago, Paul Geving (Cricket) has biked 24,596 km, headed *generally* east, in his quest to circumnavigate Earth. Camping, staying with strangers, and immersing himself in the local cultures, Cricket's Tales are sure spark your next adventure idea! Listen to Episode 8 as college friends Sean and Cricket catch up and discuss Cricket's incredible adventures. (Photo Credit: Paul Geving)


Season 2 - Episode 7: 438 Days

Episode 7 covers perhaps the most extreme, albeit unintentional, "adventures" of the season. "438 Days" is the true story of a fisherman hitting a 16 day storm off the western coast of Mexico, and being pushed out to sea in his small boat with nothing but his First Mate and a fisherman's knowledge to sustain them. Listen as Sean and Colton discuss the harrowing journey that spanned over 6000 miles and lasted 14 months.


Season 2 Episode 6 - Annapurna

"Annapurna - A Woman's Place" is the incredible story of 13 women who, in 1978, when women and climbing were rarely mentioned in the same sentence, proved the doubters wrong by being the first American team to summit the 26,545 ft peak. Despite their successful summit, two members of the team tragically perished, and some members of the climbing community (and Americans in general) challenged their claims of "success." Listen to Sean and Colton discuss the book, dissect the climbing...


Season 2 Episode 5 - Paddleboarding The Mississippi Part 2

Continue on Dan's Mississippi paddleboard adventure from last week! We left off with Dan about to tell us about his St. Louis experience, and be sure to catch his run-in with a stolen paddleboard, wild boars infesting his campsite, and more stories from the river. Be sure to tune in next week for our story of the first all-woman Himalayan mountain climbing expedition!


Season 2 Episode 4 - Paddleboarding The Mississippi (Part 1)

Dan Lee of Mankato, MN set out to paddleboard the Mississippi River in the late summer and fall of 2017. Along the way he found companionship, loneliness, distress, and joy... sometimes all at once. The Adventure North Podcast crew made the trip down to Bent River Outfitter in Mankato to interview Dan, and what a story he has to tell! Listen to the trio talk candidly about the nature of long-distance adventures, the differences and similarities between paddleboarding and canoeing, and the...


Season 2 Episode 3 - A Walk In The Woods

Season 2 Episode 3 features another popular book, though quite different from the first two of the season. "A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson, chronicles the author's attempted hike along the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail. Humorous and informative, Bryson creates (at least in Colton and Sean's eyes) a new version of success along his journey. Listen to the duo breakdown the book and trip, go on a few semi-related tangents, and preview next week's episode!


Season 2 Episode 2 - Into The Wild

S2E2 of the Adventure North Podcast discusses an ultimate adventure, chronicled by the best selling book, "Into The Wild." A true story of Chris McCandless, "Into The Wild" follows a college graduate who donated his life savings to charity, ditched his vehicle in Arizona, and traveled the western US for two years, living off of little to no income. The story culminates (and begins) with the tragic death of McCandless, found by hunters in a bus along the remote Stampede Trail in Alaska....


Season 2 Episode 1 - Canoeing With The Cree

The Season 2 premier of Adventure North Podcast introduces the concept for the new season: Adventure Stories. Episode 1 dives into a review of the ultimate adventure story... the one that started it all, "Canoeing with the Cree." Additionally, Sean claims he is never coming out of retirement, and Colton downplays the difficulties of climbing Mount Everest. ANP Season 2 will cover a wide variety of adventure stories from around North America and the world. Intro and Outro music performed by...


Episode 55: Natalie Warren Interview - The Adventure North Podcast

Episode 55 features a guest who completed her own canoe journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Natalie Warren and her friend, Ann Raiho, left in June of 2011, two days after their graduation from St. Olaf College. They are the first and only known women to complete the trek. Learn about their experiences before, during, and after the trip, and keep an eye out for their book in the coming years!


Bonus Episode: Equipment Part II - The Adventure North Podcast

Equipment Part II picks up with further discussion of packs and the variety of maps used along the route. Finally, the motor (paddles) and vessel (canoes) are discussed in detail, with further explanation of the difference between the Bell North Bay and Bell Alaskan, each used for half of the route.


Day 49: Destination York Factory - The Adventure North Podcast

Without further delay, Day 49! Pardon the wait(equipment was stolen) but it is only fitting that the episode documenting the final paddling day of the Hudson Bay Trip fought back. Fitting in that as Sean and Colton neared the bay, angry beasts of the northern reaches reared their ugly heads. Both the Hayes River and North Atlantic Ocean fought fiercely, threatening one last time to force defeat amidst eminent victory. Our Interactive Map:...


Day 47: Into The Tundra - The Adventure North Podcast

Day 47 began with high spirits and expectations, but after several wildlife encounters (including a souvenir for Colton), a trip into the tundra changed everything.


Day 46: Rapids Section - The Adventure North Podcast

Chapter 1 of the book, "Adventure North," begins with a flash forward to the morning of Day 46, at the southwest corner of Swampy Lake. This setting was not chosen by accident. Day 46 marked the beginning of perhaps the most perilous forty miles of the entire journey... the "rapids section." Nearly constant rapids for its entirety, the battle between life and death on the Hayes River had officially begun.


Day 45: An Uncommon Calm Moment - The Adventure North Podcast

Little did they know, but Day 45 would be the last time Colton and Sean would see the sun for the remainder of their trip. And while the relative monotony of a warm, calm, day was appreciated, the string of quality weather-days provided breeding grounds for Canada's most dangerous creature: the mosquito. Swarming in packs that blocked out the sun, the mosquitos forced the paddling duo to contemplate for a brief moment the possibility that perhaps cold weather expedition canoeing had its...


Day 42: Welcome To The Rapids - The Adventure North Podcast

Sean and Colton got a rude awakening on Day 42. It marked the first day of the Hudson Bay Trip in which they would being running rapids. And those rapids started with near disaster. A coin flip decided they would run a set of rapids they had no business in riding, and it very nearly killed the young duo. Listen now for a complete rundown! Our daily updated map:


Day 40: Water That Flows In Two Directions - The Adventure North Podcast

The 40th Day of the Hudson Bay Trip started well but went downhill from there. It was a warm morning, relative to the season and area, and from the outset the duo navigated the maze that was the Nelson-Echimamish river confluence masterfully. But as the morning faded into lunchtime the weather went frigid. The temperature plummeted and a heavy downpour chilled the boys to the bone. In the evening they met their match: a beaver dam too big to pull over in their weather-weakened state....


Day 37: Food - The Adventure North Podcast

Day 37 of the Adventure North Podcast chronicles a day much like the previous. Shallow bays along the eastern shore of the north basin and four to six foot rolling waves created a continued sense of insanity. The desperate search for thought consistently landed on one thing: food.