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The Wild Podcast is a show about the outdoors. In each episode, we talk with world class adventurers, athletes, scientists, and creatives to unpack the untold stories of high performers, modern explorers, and our wild places.
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Dave Shaw is the founder, creator and cameraman behind The Hunters Club TV show and he's just released a new book called 'Off the Beaten Track: Hunting Tales from the New Zealand Backcountry'. In this episode, Andy talks with Dave about his background in zoology, the origin of The Hunters Club TV show, his new book, and, of course, all things hunting in New Zealand.Whether or not you're into hunting yourself or not, Dave's story will resonate with anyone who's into the outdoors. //EPISODE EXTRAS//Follow The Hunters Club on Facebook and Instagram.Watch the latest episodes of The Hunters Club on Prime here.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.com
David Cary is the founder of Empty Packs, a new brand of ultra-light tramping packs custom-made in a shed in Te Anau, New Zealand.David's story is similar to many of the great outdoor brands of today. Patagonia started with Yvon Chouinard creating hand-forged mountain climbing gear in the 1950s.  Macpac started with Bruce McIntyre making backpacks in his Christchurch garage in the 1970s.Empty Packs has started with David teaching himself how to sew ultra-light tramping gear in a small workshop in Te Anau. In this episode, we talk about how Empty Packs got started, why David thinks heavyweight, factory-made tramping packs are unnecessary for most outdoors people, and putting Empty Packs to the test on some epic adventures.The remarkable thing about David is that he's not driven by profit, rather he wants to do as much good in the world as possible. If Empty Packs becomes the next big thing in tramping gear - which we think it could - you heard it here first.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Check out the Empty Packs website here. Follow Empty Packs on Instagram here.Follow David on Instagram here.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.com
The Whanganui River in New Zealand is the first river in the world to be granted the status of a legal person. But what does that really mean?In this episode, Andy talks with Jonny about the short documentary he produced on the Whanganui River, called Ko Au Te Awa (I Am The River). The film explores the concept of legal personhood from a Māori worldview.When the legislation passed in 2017 there was a lot of confusion around how a river could be seen as a living entity. In this conversation, we talk about how legal personhood isn't a Māori concept at all, the 150-year struggle by iwi to have their relationship to the river recognised at law, and what this potentially means for the health and conservation of the river going forward.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Watch the documentary Ko Au Te Awa here.Follow Jonathan on Instagram.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.comThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Levi Harrison is a modern day hunter-gatherer who lives in a tipi in the forest somewhere at the Top of the South Island of New Zealand. After living most of his life in a big city, Levi felt the call of the wild and decided to unplug himself from society.Levi hunts, fishes and forages for 90 per cent of his food, he bathes in a stream, and experiences a deep connection to nature.However, in his own words, he lives between worlds. Despite his hunter-gatherer lifestyle, he still lives in close contact with the modern world.He works as a freelance voice actor for major companies and has to leave the wild to spend time with his children.In this episode, Jonny talks with Levi about how he came to be living this way, how he balances work and family life with living in the wild, and the way that he’s come to see himself as part of nature not apart from it.While living like a hunter-gatherer is not for everyone, Levi says there a simple steps we can all take to live a life that's more simple and connected to nature.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Watch the short documentary about Levi, Becoming a Wild Man, on Youtube.Visit Levi's website Living Wild to learn more about the workshops he leads.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.comThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Gavin Lang is a New Zealand mountain guide and photographer who combines self-development with nature and adventure to help people overcome the mountains within themselves.In this episode, Jonny talks with Gavin about how he developed a passion for mountaineering, despite growing up in Ireland where the highest mountain is about 1000m.They also talk about his Seeking the Light project, in which Gavin is climbing the 24 New Zealand mountains higher than 3000m to tell the story of the mental health benefits of adventure, challenge and the outdoors.It's a really inspiring conversation that goes deep into the healing power of nature and the mind.One quick note, the neck injury that Gavin talks about that led to some of his darkest days happened while he was rock climbing and he twisted his neck in an awkward way - they don't actually cover that back story in the conversation, so it's helpful to have that context going in.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Follow Gavin on Facebook and Instagram.Check out his guiding company First Light Guiding.Find more information on Gavin's Seeking the Light project here.Watch the video of the Peru expedition Gavin led with Penny Brothers (mentioned in the podcast starting at 27:50).Get a glimpse of what Gavin's Self Mastery Through Mountaineering course is like here.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.comThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Billy Stairmind is a record-holding 7x New Zealand surfing champion, future Olympian, and a competitor on the World Qualifying Series.Growing up in Raglan, the surfing capital of New Zealand, Billy got introduced to the ocean at a young age. Since turning pro, he's won seven New Zealand titles and recently qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games, which have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.In this episode, we talk about his backstory, turning pro, qualifying for the Olympics, the time he beat Kelly Slater, the greatest surfer of all time, in a heat, and his love for the ocean.Billy also opens up about a particularly difficult period in his life a few years back and how he's built himself back up to achieve some of the best results of his career.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Follow Billy Stairmind on Instagram and Facebook.Check out the video of Billy beating Kelly Slater in a heat in 2011. It's epic!Watch a short clip of Billy talking about making the New Zealand Olympic team.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.comThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Geoff Reid is a passionate environmentalist, talented photographer and reluctant social media influencer from New Zealand.He uses activism and storytelling to campaign for fresh water, healthy marine reserves, protecting forests and to help deepen environmental awareness and the need for biodiversity restoration.In this episode we talk about everything from dirty dairying to invasive weeds, his campaign to save the world's last giant rātā forest, and the power of social media to create change. Geoff is extremely passionate about being a voice for nature and helping to build a more sustainable future for people and wildlife.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Follow Geoff on Facebook and Instagram.Watch the video from TVNZ News about Geoff's campaign to save the Akatarawa Giant Rātā Forest. Sign the petition here.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.com
Amber and Serena Shine are The Wild Twins and they well and truly live up to their name. They hunt, fish, dive, hike, climb, snowboard, skydive... They've climbed Mount Cook, attempted Denali, completed the world's highest marathon in the Himalayas on a day's notice and, most recently, they became New Zealand's first contestants on the survival TV show, Naked and Afraid.In this episode, we talk about their rural upbringing, Amber's snowboarding injury and her somewhat miraculous recovery, the incredible challenges of Naked and Afraid, and what it's like being social media "influencers" while staying true to who they are.Amber and Serena are inspiring, down to earth, Kiwi women who are all about making the most of the limited amount of life they have. We're sure you'll all enjoy and learn something from their story.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Follow The Wild Twins on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. Watch the full episode of the twins on Naked and Afraid here.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.comThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Chloe Phillips-Harris is a New Zealand explorer and expedition leader. The unique thing about Chloe is that her adventures around the world almost always involve animals. She completed the world's most gruelling horse race, The Mongol Derby, leads expeditions across the Gobi Desert on camels in temperatures below -40 degrees Celsius, and she's spent time with the nomadic Dukha people, the world's last reindeer herders, in the mountains of northern Mongolia. In this episode we talk about her introduction to horses and adventure through her intrepid parents and how she went from her first pony to taming and training the wild Kaimanawa horses at her family farm in the Bay of Islands. We go deep into adventure stories, including overcoming crippling pain on the Mongol Derby, camel snowboarding in the Gobi Desert, a harsh winter spent with the Dukha tribe, and Chloe's philosophies around fear and perseverance. Chloe's story will inspire anyone who has a goal or a dream to chase after it - to feel the fear and do it anyway.//EPISODE EXTRAS//If you enjoy this episode, make sure to grab a copy of Chloe's book, Fearless: The life of adventurer, equestrian, and endurance rider Chloe Phillips-Harris. You can follow Chloe on Facebook and Instagram.//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.comThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Guy Cotter is one of New Zealand's most accomplished mountaineers, having summited Mount Everest five times and led many other expeditions on the world's highest mountain. He has completed a long list of first ascents on some of the world's most impressive peaks.As CEO of Adventure Consultants, a mountain guiding company, he has helped countless numbers of people achieve their dream of climbing Everest. In this episode, we talk about Guy's history in the mountains, including the influence of his father, Edmund Cotter, who was on New Zealand's first Himalayan expedition with Sir Edmund Hilary. We also touch on the deaths of his two mentors Gary Ball and Rob Hall in the mountains and how that impacted him.And of course, we go deep into Everest and the romance and climbing culture that surrounds it.Guy is someone who will go down in history as one of New Zealand's great mountaineers and it's a privilege to bring you part of his story."My favourite mountain is the next one I'm gonna go to." -- Guy Cotter //EPISODE EXTRAS//For a full list of Guy's mountaineering accomplishments, go here.Guy featured in the 2015 film Everest, played by actor Sam Worthington. //SUPPORT THE SHOW//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon. We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors. Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.It would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes. Thanks, -- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.com The Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Sam Smoothy is a New Zealand professional freeride skier and filmmaker who pushes the limits of what's possible on some of the world's most threatening mountains. Sam competed on the Freeride World Tour for close to a decade before deciding to focus on making epic ski films.In this episode, we talk about Sam's backstory and how he was thrust into the world of skiing from an extremely young age (we're talking from just a few weeks old). We go into a couple of his film projects, including the documentary 'Skypiercer' about climbing up and skiing down Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, and infiltrating the iron curtain of North Korea. We also talk about flow states, balancing risk and reward in an environment where one wrong decision could end everything, and the joy and interconnectedness of nature.If you enjoy a good adventure story with some deep and meaningful chats sprinkled in, you're going to love this episode with Sam Smoothy.//EPISODE EXTRAS//There are a tonne of extras for this episode. To truly appreciate this conversation, you should go and check out the following films.Skypiercer (the Mount Cook documentary)Inside North Korea Sam's Near Death Crash Sam on the Freeride World Tour in what's described as "the best run ever"There are a whole lot more you can check out on Youtube.Follow Sam on Instagram and Facebook//SUPPORT US//Follow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. The Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nz
Marco de Kretser is a 19-year-old music producer, photographer, environmental science student and adventurer. In March 2019, he went on an expedition to Antarctica as an Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorer. Marco's idea was to record the natural sounds of Antarctica and transform them into music. The result is his epic electronic track, The Frozen Wild. In this episode we talk about how Marco went about capturing audio on the ice and turning it into a song, the highlights (and lowlights) of the expedition, and his bizarre introduction to photography which started with photographing video game worlds.Marco is a super talented young guy who tends to work at the intersection of the natural and digital worlds. //EPISODE EXTRAS//Check out Marco's work at www.marcodekretser.com Follow him on Instagram here.Listen to his music on Soundcloud here.//SUPPORT US//Follow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. 
Elina Osborne is a New Zealand filmmaker who hiked 4270 kilometres from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail over 4.5 incredible months. The PCT was her first thru-hike. She did it to prove to herself what she was capable of and push beyond her personal limitations. The PCT was a life-affirming experience for her and, luckily for us, she documented the entire journey in a short film called It Is The People.In this episode we talk about Elina's reason for hiking the PCT (her 'why), as well as the many highlights and lowlights along the way. This is a great episode for anyone who's interested in learning more about thru-hiking, especially if you're considering the PCT.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Watch Elina's short film on the PCT 'IT IS THE PEOPLE' here.Check out her other videos from the trail here (there are 8 chapters so far). Follow Elina on Instagram here.//WELCOME TO SEASON 2//This episode officially marks the start of season 2 of The Wild Podcast. Nothing really changes for you, but we just wanted to celebrate kicking into another year of awesome guests and epic adventure stories. If you want to celebrate with us, please read the 'Support Us' section below.//SUPPORT US//Follow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. 
Dylan van Winkel is a renowned Kiwi wildlife ecologist and herpetologist, which means he studies reptiles and amphibians like lizards and frogs. He literally wrote the book on reptiles and amphibians in New Zealand. In this episode, Andy talks with Dylan about how his interest in lizards from a young age developed into a life devoted to research and conservation. His conservation work has led to the recognition of new species, including an endemic gecko, and his career has seen him undertake projects in New Zealand, Tasmania, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea.New Zealand has at least 123 different species of reptiles and amphibians and yet they aren't nearly as recognised as our native birds. The work Dylan is doing is helping to change that and he says there's been a surge of interest in the reptile world in recent years.We're sure you'll come away from this episode with a new appreciation for the many wonderful creatures of the reptile world.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Buy Dylan's excellent book Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A Field Guide here.Read Dylan's adventure blog //SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.com
Crystal Brindle is a nature photographer, a community ranger at the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, and a keen adventurer.She grew up in the United States where she worked for the National Park Service (following in her parents' footsteps) before moving to New Zealand. A talented landscape photographer, Crystal uses her creativity to try and foster deeper connections between people and the land.In this episode, Andy and Crystal cover a lot of ground, including her photography, thoughts on social media influencers, what it's really like working for DOC, encountering bears in the parks of Alaska, and a few of her favourite adventure stories.Crystal's energy and love for nature is infectious, so be prepared for a sudden urge to get into the outdoors after listening to this episode.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Follow Crystal on Facebook and Instagram. Check out her photography and blog here//SUPPORT THE WILD PODCAST//If you like what we do, please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon.We've set it up so you can choose from:1. The cost of staying in a backcountry hut in New Zealand2. The cost of staying in a serviced hutWe thought that was cool because our goal with every episode is to transport you from wherever you are into the outdoors.Your support helps us to cover our costs and keep bringing you stories of explorers, adventure, and the great outdoors.You can also support the show by leaving a five-star rating and/or a short review on iTunes.Thanks heaps,-- Andy & Jonnywww.thewildpodcast.com
Canyoning is one of the world's fastest growing adventure sports, and Dan Clearwater is one of New Zealand's true canyoning pioneers. Dan literally wrote the book on canyoning in New Zealand, as well as founding the New Zealand Canyoning Association. Canyoning is a bit of a catch-all adventure sport, combining aspects of hiking, climbing, caving, abseiling, and even swimming. It's all about exploring places that seem to be inaccessible, exploring between the cracks. Dan's completed at least 40 first descents and has many more on his to-do list.Dan is a passionate explorer and you can hear it in his voice as he describes many of his adventures and favourite locations around New Zealand in this episode. As well as canyoning, Dan is also into hiking, paragliding, and packrafting. He even does what's called "hike & fly" where you hike up to a decent elevation, stay the night, and then "fly" back down on a paraglider the next morning. This episode will resonate with anyone who has an appetite for adventure, especially if you're interested in giving canyoning a go sometime. This is your chance to learn from the best.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Buy Dan's book Canyoning in New Zealand here.Follow the New Zealand Canyoning Association here.//HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US//This episode marks our first birthday as a podcast. It's been an incredible first year and we've been blown away by the calibre of our guests and their amazing, inspiring stories. It's been a privilege to share the stories of many of New Zealand's great adventurers. We also couldn't have done it without you - our listeners. Thank you so much for all your support, messages & emails. They've helped to give us a lift and make the hours we put into this thing so much more worth it. Here's to an even better second year. We can't wait! -- Andy & Jonny//SUPPORT US//Follow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. 
Lisa Tamati is arguably New Zealand's most well known ultra runner, clocking up over 70,000km, racing everywhere from the Himalayas to the Outback of Australia. In addition to ultra running Lisa runs a successful coaching business, a podcast (Pushing The Limits) and has authored 3 books.In this episode we talk about her path to becoming an ultra runner, overcoming adversity, and how challenging yourself can set you up for success in everyday life.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Follow Lisa on Facebook and Instagram.Pre-order her new book Relentless here.Check out her podcast Pushing The Limits here.Watch the documentary about Lisa taking on the world's highest ultramarathon - La Ultra - a 222km race in the Himalaya. //SUPPORT THE SHOW//Follow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. 
Mat Goodman is pretty much the David Attenborough of New Zealand (our words, not his), except he's behind the camera not in front of it. He's been all over the world making wildlife documentaries, having intimate encounters with lions and tigers and bears - and a whole lot more.The latest project he worked on is a documentary series for the BBC called Serengheti, which is all about the wild animals of Africa.We talk about his unlikely path to becoming a filmmaker, some of his craziest work stories, including being charged at by bull elephants, and many of the conservation issues he's come face-to-face with on the job.// EPISODE EXTRAS // See the trailer for Serengeti here.Watch the series on TVNZ On Demand here.You can follow Mat on Instagram here.//SPONSORS//This episode is brought to you by Absolute Wilderness, delicious free-dried meals to fuel your next adventure, made locally in Nelson, New Zealand. Try their new range today. Visit absolutewilderness.co.nzThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nzFollow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. 
Isobel Ewing is a New Zealand journalist and all-round adventurer, who recently cycled part of The Silk Road with her brother, Jack. It was a 2500-kilometre, 49-day journey along the ancient trade route in Central Asia, made famous by medieval explorer, Marco Polo. Isobel was feeling burnt out from the 9-5 grind and wanted a journey that presented a significant challenge and would allow her to reconnect with the beauty and simplicity of nature. The Silk Road delivered on all counts.Isobel shares her story through beautiful vignettes, like only a TV reporter could. We cover the culture, the scenery, the risks, and the rewards of a journey that pushed her to the limit of what she thought she was capable of, and then pushed her some more.She also recounts one of the most legitimately terrifying wild animal survival stories that you'll ever hear on this show. That starts at around the 30-minute mark and you don't want to miss it. Seriously! If you enjoy adventure stories that  you're going to love this episode. //EPISODE EXTRAS//You can read more about Isobel's Silk Road journey on her website - isobelewing.comYou can also follow Isobel on Instagram hereSee a short clip of Isobel training for the Silk Road here//SPONSORS//This episode is brought to you by Absolute Wilderness, delicious free-dried meals to fuel your next adventure, made locally in Nelson, New Zealand. Try their new range today. Visit absolutewilderness.co.nzThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nzFollow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. 
Will Trubridge is a 7x world champion freediver from New Zealand who has 18 world records to his name, including the record for the deepest unassisted free dive (102 metres). He's an incredible athlete who's redefining what the human body is capable of. He's also spent a lot of time exploring the nature of the human mind. This episode gets deep - pun intended. We talk about pushing the limits of the human body, the risks and rewards of free diving, consciousness and flow states, and Will's recent world first underwater swim between the North and South islands of New Zealand to raise awareness of the plight of the Hector's and Māui dolphin.//EPISODE EXTRAS//Watch Will's incredible world record 102m free dive hereWe reference Will's TED Talk 'This is Why I Free Dive' quite a lot during the episode. You can watch it hereWatch the short documentary about Will's underwater crossing of the Cook Strait hereFollow Will on Instagram here and on Facebook here//SPONSORS//This episode is brought to you by Absolute Wilderness, delicious free-dried meals to fuel your next adventure, made locally in Nelson, New Zealand. Try their new range today. Visit absolutewilderness.co.nzThe Wild Podcast is produced by The Content Lab, content marketing, copywriting, and brand storytelling services for New Zealand businesses that want to build audiences and authority online. Visit contentlab.co.nzFollow The Wild Podcast on Instagram and FacebookIf you enjoyed this episode it would mean a lot to us if you could leave a five-star rating and/or a short review. This helps us to reach more people and to keep producing more episodes. We love doing this, but it does cost money and take time, so we really appreciate all the support we can get from our awesome listeners. 
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