In episode 295 of The Strenuous Life Podcast I talk with Frank Wolf who exemplifies endurance, determination and perseverance.
His first major expedition 25 years ago was an epic 8,000 kilometer paddle across Canada in a single season and he hasn’t slowed down since. Whether it’s cycling 2,000 km on the frozen Yukon River in winter or paddling the entire coast of British Columbia he’s constantly out there and pushing himself, exemplifying the strenuous life.
I really enjoyed our conversation and he had some amazing tips for getting out into the deep wilderness on the cheap. I guess you could call him a wilderness travel hacker who is willing to share his secrets!
00:53 – Travelling in the arctic during Covid-19
06:06 – Bad experiences travelling with people
17:09 – How Frank chooses and tests potential companions for trips
23:45 – How Frank pays for his trips and his lifestyle
30:43 – Losing weight on a trip
38:12 – Inuit documentary
40:30 – Hunting and fishing while travelling
42:11 – How does Frank’s body hold up in these trips
46:43 – Why Frank wants to do these trips
50:54 – Advice for people who want to do a wilderness expedition
The Frank Wolf Episode in Video Format
The Frank Wolf Episode on The Strenuous Life Podcast
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I was thrilled to have him on my podcast, and I hope you enjoy his tales of adventure as much as I did!
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