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Hosts Dave McAllister and Fidi Naj fall down the rock climbing rabbit hole, and they take down a bunch of folks with them. Interviews with professional climbers impacting the sport, industry insiders, gym rats (trainers/setters/coaches), road dawgs, photographers/writers/artists, and everyday ladies and gents that have chosen to make climbing a non-negotiable facet of their everyday lives. From low-ball bouldering to big wall slogging, the Thunderpod will introduce you to the folks keeping climbing weird, iconoclastic, and most importantly, entirely bad ass.

Latest Episodes

Episode 14: Brendan Leonard — “If you’re gonna suffer, get in there…”

Brendan Leonard has this incredible knack for making you feel like you could do just about anything you set your mind to, while simultaneously filling you with existential dread that you'll never realize your full potential. How can that be? Because fulfilling potential, doing incredible things, all of it -- it's hard as shit. And he's the most distilled reflection of gritty, gumption-seeping grinding I can conjure. Brendan's made a career out of setting his jaw and getting down to the work, week after week, year after year. In 2011, struggling to build a steady adventure writing career, he launched Semi-Rad.com, a celebration of outdoor life -- by, for, and about the average athlete and adventurer. All these years later, never missing a week without at least one entirely free and generally great essay, Semi-Rad retains a loyal fanbase. Brendan leveraged this success into a number of writing gigs, from Contributing Editor at Climbing Magazine to his first memoir to award winning filmmaker. He's currently a Contributing Editor at the Adventure Journal and columnist for Outside Magazine. He's written eight books with a ninth on the way. He's only 40-years-old, for god's sake... After witnessing and aiding in a rescue on Castleton Tower, Brendan took a break from climbing and decided, you know, to start ultrarunning. As one does. His most recent film, "How To Run 100 Miles," solidified his directorial chops with millions of views on YouTube and a Staff Pick selection on Vimeo. Just so you understand: He's writing full-time (books, essays, articles), directing short films, regularly logging 26-mile days, teaching writing workshops, and probably a dozen other things he's secretly fomenting in the raging creative torrent that serves as his brain. Sit down, pour a cup of coffee, and enjoy listening to one of the finest storytellers working today. And keep a pen and paper handy. Not only does Brendan offer some insight into making one's way as a creative in the outdoor industry, but he also drops a couple bushels of movie, podcast, book, and music recommendations along the way. Want to write for Thundercling? Have a recommendation, comment, or criticism? Shoot us an email at thunderclingpodcast@gmail.com. We read and respond to every email. AND REMEMBER THE TEE SHIRT CONTEST! As always, thanks to Ryne Doughty for the sound nuggets in our brain parts!

132 MIN1 weeks ago
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Episode 14: Brendan Leonard — “If you’re gonna suffer, get in there…”

Episode 13: Sauce Night — “That is Correct!”

It's game night at the Thundercling dinner table! Dave takes Fidi and return Sauce Night veterans, Lynn and Travis, through a couple of arduous trivia combat tours, the gang trying to hold it together after a few too many beers. First, Fidi hopes to take the lead in a lightning round of the Thunder Quiz. The contestants get 80 seconds to answer climbing trivia questions; some topical, some historical, and some embarrassingly personal. Dave is accused of nepotism, Fidi flexes a bit of muscle, and Travis begrudgingly surrenders ground. Between games the table erupts in some role playing of "climber wrongs." Spray, crowded crags, mansplaining, and wild crag dogs speed up the boozing and ratchet up the vitriol. It's what we wish we could say... Next, Travis and Lynn eye a rebound in a full round of Geo Party (we're not supposed to type "Jeopardy," for copyright reasons). The categories, "Oopsy Daisy...Chain," "Sharma Dharma," and "Holy Shit," bring some interesting answers and a couple of ridiculous stories. Travis comes out of the gate strong, Fidi shows some serious focus, and Lynn launches an improbable comeback. Thanks for listening to this curse-laden, booze-soaked, climbing ephemera-infused monstrosity! Maybe next time we'll skip the beer...but I doubt it. Although we'll have regularly scheduled programming up for the next couple months, tell us what you thought of game night! Want to pen an essay for Thundercling? Have an idea for the next Sauce Night? Get a hold of us anytime at thunderclingpodcast@gmail.com. We read and respond to every email we receive. Thanks as always to Ryne Doughty for the bad ass tunes. Finally, cheers to Chris Weidner, from whom I mined some questions here.

77 MIN3 weeks ago
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Episode 13: Sauce Night — “That is Correct!”

Episode 12: Podiums, Petitions, and the Poopocalypse — The Assorted Adventures of Maureen Beck and Emmett Cookson

The team in repose, Emmett squatting on the left and Maureen standing in the center. Maybe you've seen the award-winning film, Stumped, which introduced much of the world to adaptive climber Maureen Beck. Maybe you know that her trophy room includes numerous national titles and world championships. Perchance you've heard that National Geographic named Mo this year's incredibly prestigious Adventurer of the Year. You probably know that she's accomplished this all while being born without a left hand. You might not know that she chairs USA Climbing's Paraclimbing Committee or that she works diligently with Paradox Sports and the Front Range Adaptive Climbers Club. She was also responsible for the petition which tore across social media a couple weeks ago, responding to the IFSC decision to split the para- and able-bodied World Championships. Let me also notify you that, when properly motivated, she can drink whiskey like a cross-eyed sailor on leave. She'd hate me writing this, but Mo is a fighter and a hero for our sport and it's wide-breadth of athletes. She'd be okay with me telling you that she once punched a little boy in the nether-regions with a robot hand (she was also a little girl; I'm fairly certain she no longer punches boys in the junk). Emmett Cookson ran a winding road from Division I college cross country to the world of competition climbing and coaching. After cutting his teeth with Justin Sjong, Emmett began coaching Mo and was eventually named USAC's Paraclimbing Head Coach. Although he still doesn't know how to take a compliment, Emmett is one of the finest young coaches in the United States, expertly co-mingling pummeling workouts and good-natured ribbing with a stolid belief that his athletes can achieve far more than they imagine. He doesn't like it when Mo eats cupcakes. He's not sure she should pound beers with a paraclimbing team that sometimes resembles Animal House more than a squad of elite adaptive climbers. Luckily, he knows when to leave the room when a post-competition round of "tequila pong" cranks on late into the night. He'll be ready for the bleary-eyed champs in the morning... It was a unique honor and pleasure for Fidi and I to sit down with these two. I believe the young folks call the following episode a "banger." Enjoy. Thank you, as always, to Ryne Doughty for the musical stylings. Have a question, concern, pitch, or criticism? Drop us a line at thunderclingpodcast@gmail.com. Toss us a DM on Instagram @thethundercling. We read and respond to every note we receive.

111 MINAPR 16
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Episode 12: Podiums, Petitions, and the Poopocalypse — The Assorted Adventures of Maureen Beck and Emmett Cookson

Latest Episodes

Episode 14: Brendan Leonard — “If you’re gonna suffer, get in there…”

Brendan Leonard has this incredible knack for making you feel like you could do just about anything you set your mind to, while simultaneously filling you with existential dread that you'll never realize your full potential. How can that be? Because fulfilling potential, doing incredible things, all of it -- it's hard as shit. And he's the most distilled reflection of gritty, gumption-seeping grinding I can conjure. Brendan's made a career out of setting his jaw and getting down to the work, week after week, year after year. In 2011, struggling to build a steady adventure writing career, he launched Semi-Rad.com, a celebration of outdoor life -- by, for, and about the average athlete and adventurer. All these years later, never missing a week without at least one entirely free and generally great essay, Semi-Rad retains a loyal fanbase. Brendan leveraged this success into a number of writing gigs, from Contributing Editor at Climbing Magazine to his first memoir to award winning filmmaker. He's currently a Contributing Editor at the Adventure Journal and columnist for Outside Magazine. He's written eight books with a ninth on the way. He's only 40-years-old, for god's sake... After witnessing and aiding in a rescue on Castleton Tower, Brendan took a break from climbing and decided, you know, to start ultrarunning. As one does. His most recent film, "How To Run 100 Miles," solidified his directorial chops with millions of views on YouTube and a Staff Pick selection on Vimeo. Just so you understand: He's writing full-time (books, essays, articles), directing short films, regularly logging 26-mile days, teaching writing workshops, and probably a dozen other things he's secretly fomenting in the raging creative torrent that serves as his brain. Sit down, pour a cup of coffee, and enjoy listening to one of the finest storytellers working today. And keep a pen and paper handy. Not only does Brendan offer some insight into making one's way as a creative in the outdoor industry, but he also drops a couple bushels of movie, podcast, book, and music recommendations along the way. Want to write for Thundercling? Have a recommendation, comment, or criticism? Shoot us an email at thunderclingpodcast@gmail.com. We read and respond to every email. AND REMEMBER THE TEE SHIRT CONTEST! As always, thanks to Ryne Doughty for the sound nuggets in our brain parts!

132 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Episode 14: Brendan Leonard — “If you’re gonna suffer, get in there…”

Episode 13: Sauce Night — “That is Correct!”

It's game night at the Thundercling dinner table! Dave takes Fidi and return Sauce Night veterans, Lynn and Travis, through a couple of arduous trivia combat tours, the gang trying to hold it together after a few too many beers. First, Fidi hopes to take the lead in a lightning round of the Thunder Quiz. The contestants get 80 seconds to answer climbing trivia questions; some topical, some historical, and some embarrassingly personal. Dave is accused of nepotism, Fidi flexes a bit of muscle, and Travis begrudgingly surrenders ground. Between games the table erupts in some role playing of "climber wrongs." Spray, crowded crags, mansplaining, and wild crag dogs speed up the boozing and ratchet up the vitriol. It's what we wish we could say... Next, Travis and Lynn eye a rebound in a full round of Geo Party (we're not supposed to type "Jeopardy," for copyright reasons). The categories, "Oopsy Daisy...Chain," "Sharma Dharma," and "Holy Shit," bring some interesting answers and a couple of ridiculous stories. Travis comes out of the gate strong, Fidi shows some serious focus, and Lynn launches an improbable comeback. Thanks for listening to this curse-laden, booze-soaked, climbing ephemera-infused monstrosity! Maybe next time we'll skip the beer...but I doubt it. Although we'll have regularly scheduled programming up for the next couple months, tell us what you thought of game night! Want to pen an essay for Thundercling? Have an idea for the next Sauce Night? Get a hold of us anytime at thunderclingpodcast@gmail.com. We read and respond to every email we receive. Thanks as always to Ryne Doughty for the bad ass tunes. Finally, cheers to Chris Weidner, from whom I mined some questions here.

77 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Episode 13: Sauce Night — “That is Correct!”

Episode 12: Podiums, Petitions, and the Poopocalypse — The Assorted Adventures of Maureen Beck and Emmett Cookson

The team in repose, Emmett squatting on the left and Maureen standing in the center. Maybe you've seen the award-winning film, Stumped, which introduced much of the world to adaptive climber Maureen Beck. Maybe you know that her trophy room includes numerous national titles and world championships. Perchance you've heard that National Geographic named Mo this year's incredibly prestigious Adventurer of the Year. You probably know that she's accomplished this all while being born without a left hand. You might not know that she chairs USA Climbing's Paraclimbing Committee or that she works diligently with Paradox Sports and the Front Range Adaptive Climbers Club. She was also responsible for the petition which tore across social media a couple weeks ago, responding to the IFSC decision to split the para- and able-bodied World Championships. Let me also notify you that, when properly motivated, she can drink whiskey like a cross-eyed sailor on leave. She'd hate me writing this, but Mo is a fighter and a hero for our sport and it's wide-breadth of athletes. She'd be okay with me telling you that she once punched a little boy in the nether-regions with a robot hand (she was also a little girl; I'm fairly certain she no longer punches boys in the junk). Emmett Cookson ran a winding road from Division I college cross country to the world of competition climbing and coaching. After cutting his teeth with Justin Sjong, Emmett began coaching Mo and was eventually named USAC's Paraclimbing Head Coach. Although he still doesn't know how to take a compliment, Emmett is one of the finest young coaches in the United States, expertly co-mingling pummeling workouts and good-natured ribbing with a stolid belief that his athletes can achieve far more than they imagine. He doesn't like it when Mo eats cupcakes. He's not sure she should pound beers with a paraclimbing team that sometimes resembles Animal House more than a squad of elite adaptive climbers. Luckily, he knows when to leave the room when a post-competition round of "tequila pong" cranks on late into the night. He'll be ready for the bleary-eyed champs in the morning... It was a unique honor and pleasure for Fidi and I to sit down with these two. I believe the young folks call the following episode a "banger." Enjoy. Thank you, as always, to Ryne Doughty for the musical stylings. Have a question, concern, pitch, or criticism? Drop us a line at thunderclingpodcast@gmail.com. Toss us a DM on Instagram @thethundercling. We read and respond to every note we receive.

111 MINAPR 16
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Episode 12: Podiums, Petitions, and the Poopocalypse — The Assorted Adventures of Maureen Beck and Emmett Cookson
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