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Ep. 25 Pat O'Neill | Every Grand Traverse | Teaching in CB

1/9/2019
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Over twenty five years ago, Pat O'Neill got the call he was hoping for and began his career as a teacher in Crested Butte. Over that time, he's been able to watch the school grow from the small location where the town offices are now located, to the much larger K-12 school on the edge of town. Not only has the school grown, it's also become one of the highest rated schools in Colorado, public or private. We discuss the reasons for that success, as well as some of his favorite books from...

Duration:00:46:40

Ep. 24 Ben Eaton | Paragliding and Blacksmithing

12/26/2018
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Like many other Crested Buttians, Ben Eaton is an East coast transplant, originally from the small ski town of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Ben grew up ski racing before attending St. Lawrence University in upstate New York to study art. After college, he found his way to Vail, both to coach ski racing and to further his knowledge of working with metal, aka blacksmithing. One thing led to another and he found himself in Crested Butte, and working as a full-time Blacksmith making...

Duration:00:46:01

Ep. 23 | Carrie Jo Chernoff | Synergy Athlete

12/12/2018
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Carrie Jo Chernoff Hicks has a great story to tell, and I'm so glad she was able to join me for this episode. Originally from Maryland, Carrie Jo grew up loving karate, but then she didn't... Instead of giving it up, she stuck with it, however, eventually earning a black belt. That experience taught her many life lessons that stayed with her, even today. Once Carrie Jo moved to the Crested Butte area, she took up outdoor sports like so many of us have. In Mountain Biking, she took on the...

Duration:00:42:38

Ep. 22 | Krista Powers | Vermont Sticky and ICELab

11/28/2018
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Krista Powers moved from Vermont to Crested Butte in the late 90's- but that doesn't mean she forgot her Vermont roots. Those roots include maple syrup production starting back with "Grandpa Archie" back in 1959. Recently, Krista has taken that small business to new levels with her company Vermont Sticky, that can be found in many local establishments throughout the Gunnison Valley. During a Grand Traverse Ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, Krista also started to think about making...

Duration:00:38:03

Ep. 21 | Andy Eflin | Ski Area Founding Family

11/14/2018
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Andy Eflin was born in Crested Butte the same year the ski area started- 1961. His dad, Dick Eflin, started the resort, along with Fred Rice. Class sizes were just a bit smaller back then- Andy had only one other kid his age and eventually he attended school in Gunnison, as kids did through the 1990's. After time in Durango and Steamboat, Andy returned and opened Eflin sports which he ran along with his father. Eflin Sports was eventually purchased and renamed Peak Sports- a Vail-owned...

Duration:00:49:35

Ep. 20 | Karen Hoskin | Montanya Rum

10/31/2018
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Karen Hoskin can be described as a serial entrepreneur, having started a number of businesses over the years. She is perhaps best known for Montanya Distillers, however, which produces craft rum right here in Crested Butte. The tasting room, located in the heart of Crested Butte across the street from the post office, has become one of Crested Butte's go-to visits for small plates and a delicious rum cocktail. In this podcast episode, Karen and I discussed her business endeavors, the...

Duration:00:44:32

Ep. 19 | Johnny Biggers- From Oz to CB in the 70's

10/17/2018
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Johnny Biggers moved to Gunnison to attend Western State College in 1979. (The college has since been renamed Western Colorado University) What makes his story unique is that he grew up halfway across the world in Australia, but his love of skiing, along with a magazine article, brought him to the mountains of Colorado. After his plane landed, the first thing he did was hitchhike up to Crested Butte to see the ski area, which he has now called home for nearly 40 years. Johnny quickly...

Duration:00:48:12

Ep. 18 | Ben Pritchett Avalanche Forecasting

10/3/2018
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Ben Pritchett grew up, well, everywhere. Somehow, he still developed a love of outdorr sports like mountain biking and skiing. Eventually finding himself in the Gunnison Valley, Ben attended Western State College (now known as Western Colorado University). One day, he decided he should stay home and study rather than go backcountry skiing with his friends. Sadly, his friends had a fatal avalanche accident that day, which sent Ben down a path of learning as much as he could about...

Duration:00:41:02

Ep. 17 | Tim Poppe Mountain Town Physio

9/19/2018
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Tim Poppe originally hails from Houston Texas, as do so many of our residents and visitors. After a move to Denver further shaped his love of outdoor sports, Tim was able to relocate to Crested Butte. Tim is a physical therapist, so on the one hand you hope you'll never meet him. If you do need physical therapy, however, you'll probably get to know him well, and thankfully he's a pretty good guy. We discuss his own [long!] laundry list of personal injuries, and his favorite activities in...

Duration:00:40:03

Ep. 16 Maddie Rehn | Gunnison Public Lands

9/5/2018
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Maddie Rehn is a rarity in Crested Butte- she grew up in the mountains of Colorado. Spending time in the Colorado Outdoors gave Maddie a love for our public lands, and now she works to protect our public lands. 78% of Gunnison County is public land, and it's the reason why so many of us live here- to ski, bike, hike, snowmobile, hunt and more. Public lands are literally our backyard, and it's important that we protect it, while also continuing to enjoy it. The Gunnison Public Lands...

Duration:00:40:57

Ep. 15 Tim Kugler | Gunnison Trails

8/22/2018
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Tim Kugler grew up in Northern Virginia and developed a love for mountains and mountainbiking in college there. After some time in California and elsewhere, a roadtrip led Tim to Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. Tim furthered his education here at Western State Colorado University, with a Master's degree, and landed what many would consider a dream job as executive director of Gunnison Trails. Gunnison Trails is the Gunnison equivalent of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike...

Duration:00:40:59

Ep. 14 "Big Air Barb" Peters | Early "Extreme" Comps and the Rendezvous

8/8/2018
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Barb Peters grew up in 1980's Crested Butte- a place far different than the Crested Butte of today. And yet in some ways, it wasn't that different- the kids of those times grew up as athletes just as many do today. Because of that, Barb competed in the first US Extreme Skiing Championships and quickly earned her nickname- Big Air Barb. In one of the most memorable moments of that competition that still exists today, Barb dislodged a huge car-sized chunk of snow which tumbled down the slope...

Duration:00:40:00

Ep. 13 Cooper Ott| Enduro Mountain Bike Racing

7/26/2018
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Another midwesterner now calling Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley home, Cooper Ott has been dominating the professional Enduro mountain bike racing circuit for the past couple of years. Enduro racing requires the stamina to make it up to the top of the trails, but the timing doesn't really start until the downhill- so in some ways it's a mix of downhill racing and cross country racing. Cooper is also a coach with the local Devo team, teaching the next generation of riders the skills...

Duration:00:34:41

Ep. 12 Tara Tafi | Mine Reclamation

7/12/2018
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Hailing from Pennsylvania, Tara Tafi moved west for college and eventually put down roots in Crested Butte. Today, she works for the state of Colorado, travelling to mines across the western half of the state, developing plans for their reclamation. Colorado is a state born from mining, and Crested Butte is a former coal mining town (not a hard rock mining town like Telluride or Aspen, which is why we've always been different). So many of the roads and trails that we all hike, bike, and...

Duration:00:45:50

Ep. 11 Mary Boddington | Talk of the Town

6/27/2018
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Chances are, you've run into Mary Boddington somewhere in Crested Butte. Perhaps you've seen her snowboarding down Crested Butte Mountain Resort, or maybe she's poured you a drink at her bar, the Talk of The Town. In episode 11, Mary and I talk about her childhood in Colorado Springs, riding horses, skateboarding, and learning to snowboard. Her competitive snowboarding career took her from victories in Crested Butte to biggest mountains of Europe. Today, however, she is the new owner of...

Duration:00:34:16

Ep. 10 Dave Nornes | Irwin Brewing

6/21/2018
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What could be better than an episode about beer! Dave Nornes has been brewing for over twenty years, and his talents have taken him to Crested Butte's Irwin Brewing company, which opened in early 2017. We talk about Dave's start as a brewmaster in Colorado Springs, a brewing hiatus in British Columbia, and his return to Crested Butte. We recorded this episode onsite, and the new brewery is a beautiful facility, but more importantly it's brewing some great beer. I'd recommend the stout,...

Duration:00:34:54

Ep. 9 JC Leacock | Landscape Photography

6/13/2018
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J.C. Leacock is one of the most well-known landscape photographers in Crested Butte. With a career that began in 1988, J.C. built a business and a following by capturing some of the most well-known scenes from Crested Butte. In this episode, we talked a lot about the changes in professional photography thanks to the digital revolution. The barriers to entry may be smaller today, but it's harder to become recognized with so much quality imagery in the marketplace. Moving beyond photography,...

Duration:00:34:41

Ep. 8 Steve Banks | Mountain Guide

6/7/2018
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Steve Banks is an IFMGA mountain guide based right here in Crested Butte, CO. Steve's IFMGA certification means he can (and does!) guide across the globe, and he guides all the different disciplines including ski mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, and more. Learn more about Steve's childhood growing up in an active outdoors family (indeed, his brother is also a guide) that led him to becoming a guide. Wondering about skiing in Iceland? Japan? Chamonix? What it takes to become a...

Duration:00:42:57

Ep. 7 Pat Rauch | Shed Hunting and Combat Tuning

6/1/2018
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Pat Rauch grew up at the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery, between Crested Butte and Gunnison. We discuss what it was like growing up there, and how things have changed over his lifetime. Pat's passion is shed hunting, which is searching for deer and elk antlers for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term. We spend a lot of time discussing that topic, as well as the new rules which limit when you can search for antlers in Colorado. Finally, we discuss ski and bike tuning- Pat has worked as...

Duration:00:36:35

Ep. 6 Bart Laemmel | Forensic Carpenter

5/29/2018
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Bart Laemmel has a lifetime of experience in the science of building homes and businesses. Years of seeing buildings fail took him to where he is now- a "forensic carpenter" hired to fix buildings that have moisture, energy, and other problems. Bart works with builders throughout the Crested Butte and Gunnison area, consulting them on proper building techniques, in addition to working with homeowners. If your home seems particularly drafty, or you're worried you might have a problem with...

Duration:00:45:38