I originally started my podcast – then named ‘The Grapplearts Radio Podcast’ – because I wanted to share some of the amazing conversations I was having with the athletes, competitors and coaches in the BJJ, submission and mixed martial arts space with my audience.
The format of this podcast has evolved over the years. For example it now includes Q&A sessions and rants as well as interviews and conversations.
There are now 77 episodes of the Grapplearts Radio Podcast and it’s time for it to evolve once more…
The talks with grapplers and fighters AREN’T going to stop, but I’m going to start including more conversations with people who are pushing themselves to the limits and living what Theodore Roosevelt called ‘the strenuous life‘.
The first instalment of that new format is now out – and it’s episode 78.
In the inaugural episode of The Strenuous Life Podcast (episode 78 of my feed) I talk about a story that has haunted me since I first heard it, life and death in the mountains, and one of my personal heros: the amazing Swiss climber Ueli Steck.
If you like this new format I would love to hear about it (and I would also really appreciate a rating or a review on the Apple App Store)!
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Today’s podcast was recorded in the shadows of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains in Switzerland’s Berner Overland.
From my vantage point sitting on a rock in a sunny meadow I could hear the ever-present cowbells clanging in the distance.
But I could also see the infamous route up the north face of the Eiger that has claimed so many lives over the years.
And I couldn’t stop thinking about a couple of things…
Firstly, my mind kept going back to the disastrous attempt by four men to do a first ascent on the north face back in 1936. I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but three men ended up dying quickly, and one ended up dying… well… not so quickly.
At the same time it was also impossible to look at this giant vertical rock face, more than a mile straight up, and not think of the amazing speed records set by Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck.
He shattered the Eiger North Face record 3 times, free soloing it in 3 hours and 54 minutes in 2007, 2 hours and 47 minutes in 2008, and then 2 hours and 22 minutes in 2015.
Sitting at the base of this mountain you simply can’t believe that someone can scramble up wall of vertical rock this big that fast. It boggles the mind.
In the rest of the podcast I talk about Ueli’s other accomplishments, including perhaps his most audacious attempt on a different trio of mountains in the Himalayas: Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.
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I hope you like it!