The Caroline Gleich Show
The Caroline Gleich Show
Caroline Gleich
On this show, we’re going to be exploring a variety of topics – adventure and activism, climate change messaging, outdoor adventure, allyship, relationships and how we can use sport to change the world.
30: Disrupting Implicit Bias in the Outdoors with the Avarna Group
For episode 30 of the Caroline Gleich Show (and to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.), we are releasing a special episode about disrupting implicit bias in the outdoors with the Avarna Group.  On this episode, I sit down with Ava Holliday and Aparna Rajagopal, the founders o the Avarna Group. We take a deep dive into how we can embrace inclusivity to build resiliency for the environmental movement and create an equitable future for people and the planet. We hear the origin story, what they do now, and we share our own experiences with bias in the outdoors. We hear about their work with the Avarna Group  About the Avarna Group: "We envision a more resilient and connected world where all humans sustain healthy relationships with ourselves, one another, and our planet. We manifest this vision by creating pathways, providing resources, and innovating strategies that support the outdoor and environmental sector in their evolution toward justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (collectively, JEDI). Specifically, we provide this sector and its leaders with learning experiences, assessments, implementation planning, mentorship and coaching, intentional convenings, and resources. Learn more about our approach and values here. The Avarna Group fills a gap for organizations working with fulfill their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by supporting with resources and services to navigate through cultural change toward a more sustainable future." Learn more and support their work: https://theavarnagroup.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Jan 18
1 hr 41 min
Environmental Advocacy for Backcountry Skiers and Snowboarders With Winter Wildland Alliance: Stories From the Skintrack Bonus Episode
How can backcountry skiers, snowboarders and human-powered snowsports enthusiasts use their knowledge and experience to protect the places they love to play? Today's guests are Hilary Eisen and David Page from non-profit organization Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA).  Hilary Eisen is the Policy Director, holds degrees in wildlife biology and conservation and works on National Forest winter travel management and other policy issues that affect backcountry skiers. She's based in Bozeman, MT. David Page is the Advocacy Director at WWA. He's an award-winning journalist, avid backcountry skiers and is based in Mammoth, California. In this episode, we talk about their love of human-powered snowsports, what WWA does, what the biggest threats are to the human-powered snowsports experience, and they share their best tips for folks taking up backcountry skiing or snowboarding for the first time. They also share how backcountry enthusiasts can show up and speak up to protect the places we love to play.  This episode is part of "Stories from the Skintrack", a special series on the show to help you learn about avalanche and mountain safety through the personal experiences of special guests. We will be talking about close calls and fatalities, tips and tricks on getting into backcountry skiing and splitboarding, climate change, inclusion, mentorship and much more. Stories from the Skintrack is brought to you in partnership/collaboration with Backcountry.com. The first item ever sold on Backcountry.com was an avalanche beacon out of a garage in Park City, UT way back in 1996. For over 20 years, Backcountry has been dedicated to gearing up folks for safe & unforgettable experiences on the skintrack.  Whether you are thinking about getting into backcountry skiing this year, or just need to make sure you are adequately prepared with the right gear, the Backcountry Gearheads are amazing resources that can help you find exactly what you need. And be sure to also check out your local avalanche forecast center for additional education & information….  gear + knowledge = safety and fun for all! Check out the backcountry.com gear guide: https://www.backcountry.com/sc/winter-gear-guide Protect NEPA and get involved with Winter Wildlands Alliance: https://winterwildlands.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Jan 5
48 min
Ski Mountaineering and Pregnancy with Janelle Smiley: Stories From the Skintrack Episode 4
Today’s guest is Janelle Smiley, five time national ski mountaineering champion, endurance mountain runner, mom and an intuitive mindset coach. She completed the first ski descent of Huandoy East, a 6000 m peak in Peru, she ski toured across the entire Alps Range in 36 days, and has climbed the 48 classic climbs of North America. On this episode, we discuss how she got into mountaineering and backcountry skiing, skimo racing, avlanache safety, the Alps Traverse, team dynamics, gear, and being the only woman on the skintrack. We transition into talking about her pregnancy and birth experience and training as a new mom. She shares tips about getting into the mountains with children for new or existing parents. Janelle has been a longtime inspiration of mine and I was so excited to spend this time learning from her. This is Stories from the Skintrack, a special series on the show to help you learn about avalanche and mountain safety through the personal experiences of special guests. We will be talking about close calls and fatalities, tips and tricks on getting into backcountry skiing and splitboarding, climate change, inclusion, mentorship and much more. Stories from the Skintrack is brought to you in partnership/collaboration with Backcountry.com. The first item ever sold on Backcountry.com was an avalanche beacon out of a garage in Park City, UT way back in 1996. For over 20 years, Backcountry has been dedicated to gearing up folks for safe & unforgettable experiences on the skintrack.  Whether you are thinking about getting into backcountry skiing this year, or just need to make sure you are adequately prepared with the right gear, the Backcountry Gearheads are amazing resources that can help you find exactly what you need. And be sure to also check out your local avalanche forecast center for additional education & information….  gear + knowledge = safety and fun for all!  Thanks for listening today & stay tuned for the next episode of Stories from the Skintrack. Check out their gear guide: https://www.backcountry.com/sc/winter-gear-guide Be sure to follow Janelle on social media at:  https://www.instagram.com/janelle.smiley/?hl=en Check out Mark and Janelle's online avalanche course: https://www.mtnsense.com/ Check out Janelle's Mindset Coaching: https://www.janellesmiley.com/mentor Special thanks to Avery Sandack for his help with the audio on today’s episode, to my partner Rob Lea for being extra quiet while recording and to Jonah Cuddy for the beautiful intro and outro music. If you liked today’s episode, please rate, review and share it with a friend. Until next time. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Dec 29, 2020
54 min
Mentorship and Inclusion in Avalanche Safety with Brooklyn Bell: Stories from the Skintrack Episode 3
Welcome to Episode 3 of Stories from the Skintrack, a special series on the show to help you learn about avalanche and mountain safety through the personal experiences of special guests. We will be talking about close calls and fatalities, tips and tricks on getting into backcountry skiing and splitboarding, climate change, inclusion, mentorship and much more. My guest on this episode is Brooklyn Bell, an artist, mountain biker and backcountry skier based in the Pacific Northwest. Even though Brooklyn is a ripping mountain biker, we focus on her athletic career in snowsports for this winter episode. We talk about how background, how she wanted to be a graphic designer, and how she merged her love of art with backcountry skiing, mountain biking and packaged into a career she loves. She gives us technical tips about avalanche safety, finding partners, managing expectations and gear selection. Brooklyn is one of my favorite people in the outdoor industry and you won’t want to miss this conversation! Stories from the Skintrack is brought to you in partnership/collaboration with Backcountry.com. The first item ever sold on Backcountry.com was an avalanche beacon out of a garage in Park City, UT way back in 1996. For over 20 years, Backcountry has been dedicated to gearing up folks for safe & unforgettable experiences on the skintrack.  Whether you are thinking about getting into backcountry skiing this year, or just need to make sure you are adequately prepared with the right gear, the Backcountry Gearheads are amazing resources that can help you find exactly what you need. And be sure to also check out your local avalanche forecast center for additional education & information….  gear + knowledge = safety and fun for all!  Thanks for listening today & stay tuned for the next episode of Stories from the Skintrack. Check out their gear guide: https://www.backcountry.com/sc/winter-gear-guide Be sure to follow Brooklyn on social media at: https://www.instagram.com/badgal_brooky/ Support her artwork through her shop: https://www.brooklynbelldesign.com/shop Special thanks to Avery Sandack for his help with the audio on today’s episode, to my partner Rob Lea for being extra quiet while recording and to Jonah Cuddy for the beautiful intro and outro music. If you liked today’s episode, please rate, review and share it with a friend. Until next time. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Dec 9, 2020
47 min
How to be a Splitboard Mountaineer with Rafael Pease: Stories from the Skintrack Episode 2
Welcome to Episode 2 of Stories from the Skintrack, a special four-part podcast series on the show to help you learn about avalanche and mountain safety through the personal experiences of four special guests. We will be talking about close calls and fatalities, tips and tricks on getting into backcountry skiing and splitboarding, climate change, inclusion, mentorship and much more. My guest on this episode is Rafael Pease, a splitboard mountaineer and environmentalist and founder of Connections Movement, an award-winning production company telling stories from remote corners of Earth to inspire action and create change.  I’ve been so impressed by his ability as an athlete and storyteller on human-powered, high-altitude expeditions and I’m excited to chat with him today about his background and accomplishments, the role of skiers and snowboarders as activists and advice for people who want to become mountaineers. Stories from the Skintrack is brought to you in partnership/collaboration with Backcountry.com. The first item ever sold on Backcountry.com was an avalanche beacon out of a garage in Park City, UT way back in 1996. For over 20 years, Backcountry has been dedicated to gearing up folks for safe & unforgettable experiences on the skintrack.  Whether you are thinking about getting into backcountry skiing this year, or just need to make sure you are adequately prepared with the right gear, the Backcountry Gearheads are amazing resources that can help you find exactly what you need. And be sure to also check out your local avalanche forecast center for additional education & information….  gear + knowledge = safety and fun for all!  Thanks for listening today & stay tuned for the next episode of Stories from the Skintrack. Check out their gear guide: https://www.backcountry.com/sc/winter-gear-guide Special thanks to Avery Sandack for his help with the audio on today’s episode, to my partner Rob Lea for being extra quiet while recording and to Jonah Cuddy for the beautiful intro and outro music. If you liked today’s episode, please rate, review and share it with a friend. Until next time. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Nov 17, 2020
56 min
Talking Avalanches with Bruce Tremper: Stories From the Skintrack Episode 1
Welcome to "Stories from the Skintrack", a special four-part podcast series on the show to help you learn about avalanche and mountain safety through the personal experiences of four special guests. We will be talking about close calls and fatalities, tips and tricks on getting into backcountry skiing and splitboarding, climate change, inclusion, mentorship and much more. My first guest is Bruce Tremper, one of the top avalanche experts in the US, author of the well-known book Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, former director of the UAC for 30 years, and an avid photographer, skier and adventurer. I met Bruce when I was 15 years old, at the site where my half-brother’s body was recovered after his party encountered a glide avalanche during their ascent into Stairs Gulch in Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon. On this episode, we talk about how that shaped my desire to learn about avalanche safety, to develop my mountain sense and to always come home to my family and how I plan to honor my half-brother, Martin’s, legacy. Bruce shares his backstory, his why and his tips for people getting into the backcountry. Stories from the Skintrack are brought to you in partnership/collaboration with Backcountry.com. The first item ever sold on Backcountry.com was an avalanche beacon out of a garage in Park City, UT way back in 1996. For over 20 years, Backcountry has been dedicated to gearing up folks for safe & unforgettable experiences on the skintrack.  Whether you are thinking about getting into backcountry skiing this year, or just need to make sure you are adequately prepared with the right gear, the Backcountry Gearheads are amazing resources that can help you find exactly what you need. And be sure to also check out your local avalanche forecast center for additional education & information….  gear + knowledge = safety and fun for all!  Thanks for listening today & stay tuned for more Stories from the Skintrack. Check out their gear guide: https://www.backcountry.com/sc/winter-gear-guide Special thanks to Avery Sandack for his help with the audio on today’s episode, to my partner Rob Lea for being extra quiet while recording and to Jonah Cuddy for the beautiful intro and outro music. If you liked today’s episode, please rate, review and share it with a friend. Until next time. Thanks to Adam Clark for the photo! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Oct 29, 2020
1 hr 7 min
Sen. Martin Heinrich Q&A on Public Lands and Climate Change: Episode 24
On this episode, I chat with New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich about his backstory as an outdoorsperson, how he got into politics, and about current policy on public lands and climate change. Follow Senator Heinrich on Twitter: https://twitter.com/martinheinrich Follow Senator Heinrich on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/senatormartinheinrich/ Read the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1665?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22recreation%22%5D%7D&s=5&r=3 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Oct 22, 2020
39 min
Pregnancy as an Elite Athlete with Jenn Shelton: Episode 23
Note: This episode contains strong language.  On this episode, I talk to Jenn Shelton, ultrarunner and fellow Patagonia ambassador about her experience with pregnancy as an elite athlete.  Thank you to Rising Appalachia for generously allowing me to use their music for the opening and closing jingles. https://www.risingappalachia.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Oct 12, 2020
1 hr 5 min
How to Elevate Indigenous Leadership in the Outdoors with Connor Ryan: Episode 22
How can we use our privilege as outdoors people to protect the environmenta and elevate Indgienous voices? Today, I talk to Natives Outdoors ambassador Connor Ryan, a Lakota skier, cyclist and outdoors person abut his background as a skier, his upcoming ride across the West coast, and how we can call in the outdoor industry to do better as environmental and social justice activists. Follow Connor on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacredstoke/ Support Break the BI(CYCLE): https://www.gofundme.com/f/breaktheBIcycle Learn more about Natives Outdoors: https://natives-outdoors.com/ Thank you to Rising Appalachia for allowing me to use their music in the opening and closing for the podcast: https://www.risingappalachia.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Sep 16, 2020
53 min
How to Talk To Elected Officials With Park City Mayor Andy Beerman: Episode 21
If you’re like me, you’re always emailing and contacted my elected officials. But what are the best practices for creating the changes we want to see in government? On this episode, I talk to Andy Beerman, mayor of Park City, UT about his background as a climber, how he got into policy, how trails are built, models of land conservation, best practices for every day citizens can influence their elected officials, climate change, renewable energy goals, Mountain Towns 2030 and how we can further the goals of BLM.  You won't want to miss this one.  https://mt2030.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caroline-gleich/message
Sep 6, 2020
52 min
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