The Off Trail Podcast hosted by Ryan “Constantine” Bunting focuses on”the who and the how, not necessarily the what” in the world of trails and long-distance hiking.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with him for an episode of his podcast where we discuss my recent Grand Canyon river trip, how I got started thru-hiking, my struggle to find a balance between work, the outdoors, and doing things for myself, and more.
It was a great conversation that will hopefully shed a bit more light on who I am and where I’m at in my journey anywhere.
Have a listen below!
Here’s the synopsis from Off Trail:
Today we begin the show by getting completely enthralled and enveloped in river stories. What do you do when a rapid becomes a Class 9 (we also learn that the Grand Canyon has a special rating scale of 1-10), what do you do if your boat flips in rapids, when are you supposed to wear what the cool kids call a PFD?
We talk with Mac about his most recent Grand Canyon rafting trip. As his “adventure roots” come from backpacking we learn how he is beginning to branch out into bike packing, rafting, and adventuring in his own unique way.
We dive deep into the responsibilities along with the freedom of combining your work and your play. We learn about his progression into working and running his website, Halfway Anywhere, full-time and how it is a constant game of catch up. When you work for yourself, the task is never done, because you are always creating more tasks. We learn about how the feeling of having enough work for multiple employees can be a blessing, but also a curse, when the work is a creation of your own tone, voice and feelings. It cannot be work that is spread out, instead all the responsibility once again singularly lands in your very own lap. We dive deep into the mentality of work and play.
We learn about the sacrifices needed to live a life of adventure. Every life has sacrifice, no matter what it is, and we learn what Mac has had to let go of to grow.
We chat scuba diving, Australia and Tasmania, trail feelings, overseas adventures, using a whiteboard for Pictionary, and much more!–Off Trail Podcast
You can stream the entire episode here or by employing the podcasting app/streaming service of choice.
If I made any glaring factual errors, feel free to let me know in the comments.