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S2:E4 Emily Harrington

In episode four of Afterglow, we sit down with Emily Harrington, one of the most accomplished all around rock and mountain climbers of the last 25 years. Our conversation provides a revealing glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the most badass women alive. Not only has Emily climbed some of the hardest 5.14a sport climbs in the world, she’s one of only a few athletes to have free climbed Golden Gate, a 5.13b route on Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. She has also summited Mt. Everest, been...


S2:E3 Adrian Ballinger

We return in episode 3 with notable high altitude climber Adrian Ballinger, one of America's most accomplished mountaineers. Besides being the only American to ski two 8000-meter peaks in one day, Adrian holds the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th tallest peak in the world. He has also summited Mt. Everest six times, the most recent without supplemental oxygen. He is also the owner of Alpenglow Expeditions, arguably the premier guiding outfit in North America, and calls Squaw Valley,...


S2:E2 JT Holmes

JT Holmes is a world-class professional skier and aerial athlete. Holmes grew up on the slopes of Squaw Valley and as a 15-year-old fell in with freeskiing legend Shane McConkey. McConkey taught Holmes that existence as a professional skier was a possibility .... and that anything was possible in life. Holmes has never turned back. A tremendously focused person, Holmes knew from a young age that he always wanted to be a professional skier. This passion has never faded and sits at the core of...


S2:E1 Hilaree Nelson

Hilaree Nelson (formerly O'Neill) is one of the world's premier ski mountaineers. She is most recently known for the first descent of the 29,940 foot Lhotse couloir, one of the most coveted and sought after high altitude ski lines in the world. Nelson's CV is absolutely staggering. She is the first woman to climb two 8,000m peaks in 24 hours (Everest and Lhotse). She’s also skied from the Himalayan summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet and climbed and skied several high peaks in Bolivia and Argentina....


Afterglow S2:E0

Season Two of Afterglow is finally here! Starting this Friday, October 26th, enjoy another round of long-form conversations that travel deep into heart, mind and soul of world renowned adventure athletes. Subscribe today ... and tell a friend.


S1:E6 Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell is perhaps the most well-known and accomplished rock climber on the planet. ​ ​He is best known for his recent ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall​ with partner Kevin Jorgensen​,​ ​a project that​ several years to complete and garnered major mainstream media attention. ​Tommy has also climbed ​the hardest rock routes in the United States, including sport climbs of 5.15 and is also a world-class alpine climber. ​In the sixth and final episode of season one of Afterglow, Tommy...


S1:E5 Chris Noble & Doug Robinson

C​hris Noble is ​one of the world’s leading adventure photographers​. Also an accomplished author, his new book "Why We Climb" is a celebration of the aspects of the climbing life that are most universal, meaningful, and long-lastin​g. These include ​the strong connection to partners and nature, ​the ​physical and mental mastery​ of the sport​, and the rewards of exploring oneself and the world through climbing. ​His work asks what compels men and women to dedicate their lives to the...


S1:E4 Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard is the creator the popular website He is also the author of Sixty Meters to Anywhere, a deeply honest and original story of substance abuse, addiction and recovery. Leonard ultimately found personal redemption and identity through a “transformative personal journey, that shows the power of climbing and the courage that lies within.” His “unflinchingly honest” memoir depicts how he deals with addiction through skills he’s learned while climbing, namely...


S1:E3 Will Gadd

Red Bull athlete Will Gadd is the most accomplished ice climber on the planet. In addition to his cutting edge feats in the ice climbing arena, Gadd is also a world-class paraglider and kayaker that holds world records in both genres. However, Gadd would be the first to tell us that he’s really not a gifted athlete, but rather “a serial obsessive compulsive about learning sports.” In our conversation Gadd speaks to how his success comes from wrestling, and ultimately dancing, with fear…. but...


S1:E2 Dave Nettle

Dave Nettle is a rock climbing legend responsible for a litany of first ascents across the globe, with a noted emphasis in the Sierra Nevada High Country. Nettle possesses an undying love of climbing and skiing, as long as it is done with good style, laughs and with great partners. He is known as one of the world’s premier adventure storytelling athletes. We talk at length about the power of shared stories, the heritage of Alpenglow Sports (which Dave managed for nearly 20 years) and those...


S1:E1 Adrian Ballinger & Cory Richards

Approximately 200 people have ever summited Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest peak, without using supplemental oxygen. In 2016, elite high altitude climbers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards attempted to do so. Cory made it to the top. Adrian had to stop just before the summit. The first episode of Afterglow is a deeply personal and inspirational conversation with both climbers, recorded in February of 2017. Ballinger opens up about how he was able to process and harness his “failure” for...


Afterglow S1:E0

Welcome to the new Afterglow Podcast! A series of organic, long-form and intimate conversations that reveal the personalities, motivations and inspirations of iconic mountain athletes. Join host Brendan Madigan on December 1st, 2017 for a different kind of mountain story telling. Subscribe now.