Do It In Nature Podcast

A weekly podcast by outdoor lovers for outdoor lovers.
Founders of OME Gear, Jules & Stace, interview inspiring people who make it their mission in life to be outdoors. Our goal is to inspire you to step away from the things that need to be charged or plugged in and go Do It In Nature.

Episode 60: CARMINE DENISCO & CHRIS GUERRERA - The Experts for Manufacturing and Inventors

It is an unusually tough road being an inventor and trying to take a product to market. So many decisions, so much learning, so many sharks out there trying to take advantage.

Enter stage right - Carmine Denisco and Chris Guerrara. These two brothers from another mother have helped more inventors than they can count. They are two of the "good guys". Known as the "King of Manufacturing", Chris currently is President & CEO of PACE Systems, is the Vice President United Inventors Association, is the host of the Made in America podcast, and was on Shark Tank's Season 12 as the Grand Finale episode. He has been featured on Good Morning America and his resume is a mile long of high level leaderships positions at places like Ford and BMW. Carmine is a successful Entrepreneur, Inventor, Author, Podcaster, Investor and sought after business startup consultant. Entrepreneur Magazine picked him as one of its top 5 emerging entrepreneurs. Many of the products he has developed or aided in the design of over the years have sold in retail stores, TV shopping channels, online and infomercials some have gone on to be licensed by major corporations. Carmine is dedicated to helping inventors correctly navigate the invention and manufacturing process, giving each inventor their best shot at success. These two have hearts of gold and we are truly honored to call them friends.

Episode 59: KENJI HAROUTUNIAN - A Legend In The Outdoor Industry With A Heart for Change

If you've spent any time in the outdoor industry, you've likely heard of Kenji Haroutunian.

Kenji is an independent agent for change focused on events and the great outdoors experience. He has spent 33 years organizing outdoor events and expos and has been a teacher of outdoor skills (including advanced climbing and wilderness navigation courses) during/after completing his Geography/Environmental Policy degree at UCLA. Many of those years, he worked for Outdoor Retailer and helped grow it into one of the largest B2B outdoor expos in the world. n 1999 he began working for Outdoor Retailer, building an authentic brand story and growing the business into one of the premier b2b shows in the world. Kenji has spearheaded multiple industry-focused programs, and has served on the board of several influential groups and nonprofits. Kenji has a heart for change and is spending his life making our world a better place.

The Owners of One of Our Favorite RV Campgrounds

Over the last year, we've stayed in a bunch of RV parks. A lot of them are very nice, but there is something uniquely special about Poche's Rv Park & Fish-N-Camp.

When Greg and Devie bought and took over the management of Poche's, they wanted to build a legacy. Something they were proud of and could pass down to their children. And that's exactly what they are doing. Poche's sits on 100 acres, 50 of which are ponds. And these ponds are stocked with more fish than you can imagine. A perfect peaceful activity - to grab your rod and bait and snag a fish or five. We felt "at home" here in Breaux Bridge, LA with the crawfish, boudin, cracklins, and our new friends. If you're ever passing through, definitely put Poche's on your list!

Episode 57:
SAM CALHOUN & BRIAN SWENK: Two Hearts Behind One Of The Best Music Festivals, FloydFest

There are music festivals. And then there is FloydFest.

FloydFest is pure magic. It'd be inadequate to describe it any other way. If you know, you know. Located in the beautiful mountains of Floyd, VA, their mission is to be the best music festival experience of our time. And they accomplish this year after year by selling a limited quantity of tickets to the highest-quality event experience, bar none, celebrating music, art and life in an intimate, visually stunning environment. There are few places in this world that combine music - both rising and well-known artists, art, comedy, vendors, acceptance, and genuine love like FloydFest. Lucky us to get to have Sam and Brian on the mic for this episode.

Episode 56:
JEN HINTON: The Co-Founder of Carve Designs

One of the worst parts of outdoor recreational activities for women is being able to find clothes that are made for women, by women.

Until you discover Carve Designs. The idea for Carve began on a surf trip to San Pancho, Mexico. As two lifelong friends, Jennifer Hinton and Thayer Sylvester, lounged in a hammock waiting for the waves to roll back in, they lamented how hard it was to find boardshorts that could keep up with them – real women with real bodies and a real passion for adventure. And just like that, Carve Designs was born. It began as a surf apparel company selling rashguards and boardshorts in 2003, but has since grown into a complete beach lifestyle brand; offering surf, swim, balance, and lifestyle clothing.

The sustainable Carve Designs styles represent their spirit: fun-loving, hardworking, confident, and inclined to get where they want to go.

Episode 55:
DREW WHITED: The Founder Committed to Healthy Hydration for Pets

Have you ever been out on an adventure with your pet and forgot a water bowl, or worse yet, forgot water for your fur baby?

Yeah, us too. That's why we loved meeting and talking with Drew Whited, founder of Waggin Water. Coming from his own need to keep his fur baby, Mickey, hydrated while out and about, Drew came up with the simple, yet ingenious, idea of packaging water for dogs, but not only water. They also offer water infused with all the nutrients that your dog needs to stay healthy! And all of this for "on the go" adventurers. Drew and his team work closely with pet experts, veterinarians, and industry veterans when building their products so you know they are expert approved!

Episode 54:
DANIEL BASHARA - The Actor Turned Lavender Farmer

Lavender has a way of calming, healing, and soothing a body and a soul. Imagine what a whole field of it does for you.

Daniel Bashara was on a path to pursue his talents of acting in Los Angeles. But when his family's lavender farm, Purple Rain Lavender, needed him, he traded in the hustle and bustle of the big city for the healing powers of lavender. Mostly a self-taught farmer, Daniel and his mom, Gretchen, have harvested and processed fields and fields of lavender since 2013, and shipped their hand-made with love products all over the world. Purple Rain Lavender, in the beautiful town of Fallbrook, CA, uses 100% natural organic ingredients because they believe in using the medicinal benefits from herbs to promote wellness.

Episode 53:
PAUL MANGUM - The Founder/Inventor Of The Best Outdoor Toilet

When nature calls, we must answer the call. But more often than not, we prefer a little privacy while taking the call.

Paul Mangum has come up with the solution with the ingenious InstaPrivy. And Paul is one of those guys who you can't help but just love. His company is an energetic startup company with an innovative new product that will greatly improve your next outdoor experience. His product, the InstaPrivy, is a super compact, lightweight and functional portable toilet and privacy shelter system. The difference? The InstaPrivy is truly portable and sets up in seconds! And the best part is it folds up super compactly into a backpack. It's designed for your adventurous lifestyle to provide you the freedom to get away from the city, campsite or smelly plastic porta-johns with comfort and confidence. Every car, boat, campsite, etc. needs an InstaPrivy for those "emergency gotta go" situations.

Episode 52:
SASHA WASHUT - The Outdoor Enthusiast Influencer With A Gigantic Heart

“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit” -Unknown

This quote sums Sasha Washut up perfectly. She lives in the PNW - Washington state to be more specific - and is a Family Services Coordinator in a school district, helping families who are struggling financially, foster care students, and students/families experiencing homelessness. But she's also an "influencer". Her love for hiking and being in the great outdoors has created a following that has led her to be an ambassador for Eddie Bauer. Whether hiking, skiing, mountain biking, running, or doing yoga, being in nature is her favorite place to be.

Episode 51:
BRANDON & KELLIE: The Overlanding Adventurers Who Believe Less Is More

Kellie and Brandon's like-minded desire to break out of typical “society’s box” drove them to go all in and pursue a dream that few others would consider.

Their unusual adventure began in May of 2020 when they met for their first date during the beginning months of the COVID-19 pandemic, which due to COVID, was a hike. This two hour long hike turned into seven hours of tailgating in the parking lot of a Total Wine store with takeout sandwiches and a 6-pack of beer. Their second date was a weekend of camping. They connected deeply over the outdoors being their mutual place of freedom, calm, clarity and joy. As founders of BYOE Overland (Bring Your Own Everything), Kellie and Brandon have committed to living on the road full-time out of their pickup truck (“Tank”) with an off-road trailer (“Pigpen”) in order to experience the world in a way that not many would be brave enough to try - one backroad dirt trail at a time.

Episode 50:
PETER RUSHFORD: The Maker Of Impossibly Good Trail Mix

There are trail mixes. And then. there. are.
t r a i l m i x e s.

Shār (pronounced "share") definitely falls in the 2nd camp. Peter Rushford spent 36 months and 59, yes FIFTY NINE, iterations in his discovery and creation of the p e r f e c t trail mix. During this time, he landed on just 9 ingredients with the exact right combination of flavors, textures, and proportions. Once the combination of ingredients was perfected, he then spent the next 12 months searching for the best of each ingredient from around the world to make sure each was organic and responsibly sourced from small family-owned farms. Ingredients that are grown the way nature intended, free of chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides. So, this trail mix isn't just trail mix. It's crafted with love, intentionality, and precision. And it's Good for your body. Good for the earth. Good for your taste buds.

Episode 49:
COKIE COX: The Perfect Day Seeking Adventurist Who Summited Mount Everest

Quite literally: of the 5,788 people to have summited Everest since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary raised their flags there in 1953, just 653—around 8 percent—of climbers have been women.*

And, Cokie Cox is one of them. Cokie's mantra over the last number of years has been "Perfect day". It's what she seeks, it's what she encourages others to pursue, and it's the message that she preaches. What if we all really did pursue every day a "perfect day" for us? How would life be different? How many regrets would be eliminated? Cokie doesn't sit around talking about her perfect day - she goes for it. Even if it means putting herself at insane risk in places like the side of a very large mountain. Listen in, this is a story sure to inspire!


Episode 48: COLBY BAUER - The Founder And Wallet Designer Who Helps Us Carry On

A wallet can be a boring, functional accessory.
Or... it can be an expression of who someone is.

Colby and McKenzie Bauer started Thread out of a need for expression. As a surfer, snowboarder, skateboarder, and a lover of the outdoors, Colby wanted - even needed - something for his credit cards, license, and money that was minimalistic but had lots of character, function and durability. So, through trial and error, they brought life to a category that was saturated with bulky and boring. Their purpose at Thread is to offer functional products that allow individuals to do what they love and to look good doing it.

Episode 47:
TROY BROOKS - The Man With Influence Who Is Creating A Legacy

Sometimes you meet people who come and go quickly in your life. Other times you meet people who you just know will be around for a while.

Such is the case for us with Troy Brooks. Troy is a man with influence. He lives his life in such a way that you are better for having gotten a few moments in his presence. His is a Wellness Professional providing , and he has been an ambassador with companies like Lululemon, L.L. Bean, Traeger, Men's Health, Dyson, Garmin, Kind, and so many more.

Troy can help elevate a lifestyle, wellness, brand or fitness potential through his company, The TB Effect. As a Content Creator, he offers content creation + creative strategies, focused on telling authentic brand stories that add value + inspire positivity.

Episode 46: LEA ANNE POWELL - The Angler To Look Up To

Some people fish just for fun. But some people fish because it's an innate passion and they are really good at it.

Lea Anne Powell is definitely the latter. Growing up she loved "boy" things - racing, fishing, outdoors, cars. As much as people wanted her to be involved in the "girl" things, she found out she was really good at those things that most girls didn't pursue. Because of this and Lea Anne's success in both racing and fishing, she is an inspiration to every girl coming behind her showing them they can accomplish whatever they dream. Give a listen and we promise you'll be hooked (pun intended, of course) on Lea Anne's contagious energy!

Episode 45: PUJA SETH - The Designer of Modern Outdoor Apparel for Women

Some people love the outdoors. Others are obsessed with it.

By her own definition, Puja Seth falls into the "obsessed" category. As an avid adventure traveler, she realized that the majority of outdoor gear was designed for men by men. So she set out to change this. She interviewed over 300 women, asking, listening and diving deep into what they needed from their outdoor & travel gear - finding out what was missing, what sucked, what was great, what was on their wish list. After listening to all the feedback she distilled down into three core values that seemed unanimous amongst those women: Obsess over quality + fit. Make it sustainably. Build an outdoor culture for women. And that's exactly what she's doing with Drifted.

Episode 44: EARL & ELKA HODGES -
The Winery And RV Park Owners

What do RV Parks and vineyards have in common?

Besides people who like to drink... ;) They both require lots of land. And this is something that Earl and Elka have a bunch of. This beautiful couple are in their late 70's and are still going strong making wine, running multiple RV parks, and herding cattle. In this episode, we hear how they met in Germany and have since built a beautiful life together in the hills of Alabama. Listen in to hear wisdom from a couple lives that are being well lived in the great outdoors!

Episode 43: JULES + STACE: The Podcast Hosts & Entrepreneurs On The Open Road

It's one thing to build an outdoor company.
It's another thing to build an outdoor brand in an RV.

But that's exactly what we (Stace and Jules), co-founders of OME Gear and hosts of this podcast are doing. We hop on the mic this week to talk about our last several months since setting out on the dusty trail in our wrapped OME Gear RV, affectionately named Olive. In this episode, we talk about our company, OME Gear and we tell stories, both scary and funny, of things that have happened to us en route - 2 fifty year old ladies with not an ounce of RV experience prior to taking on this adventure.

Episode 42: PARKER GIBBONS: The Reptile & Amphibian Whisperer

It's probably safe to say that many people have a significant fear of snakes and other slithery things.

Parker Gibbons is most definitely not one of them. Getting inspiration from his Grandfather who is a well-known herpetologist, Parker also wants to pursue a life in Herpetology after graduating high school. Ever since he caught his first snake at 6 years old, Parker's been hooked on learning everything he can about reptiles and amphibians. Parker is our youngest guest, to date, on our show, but the amount we learned from him about snakes was incredible. In this show, he tells stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Episode 41: COLIN DOUGHERTY: The Photographer Turned Entrepreneur

Photographers work so hard to have their images stand out, but typically their camera just blends in.

Colin Dougherty found himself in this position. He created CAMSKNS out of a need to be different. As he immersed himself in the world of photography, he realized there had been zero innovation in giving your camera some personality and he wanted to point some color into the otherwise black and white world. All skins are designed, manufactured, and shipped out of Charleston, South Carolina.

Episode 40:
BECKY WADLEY: The RV Park Entrepreneur

People say that once camping gets in your blood, it becomes something you want to do all the time.

Becky Wadley, owner of Whitewater RV Park, seems to agree with this. After buying a camper RV and spending many weekends living "on the road", Becky wanted to find a way to write her travels off, so she started a blog called Home Is Where We Take It. One thing led to another and entrepreneurs Becky and her husband, Glynn, then decided they wanted to make a living out of this adventurous lifestyle so they bought an RV park. After spending much time renovating the park, they now welcome campers from all over to stay with them in this quintessential small town America town of Mountain View, Arkansas.

Episode 39: Natalie Van Dusen & Deejay Newell: The Community-Driven Coffee Roasters

Sometimes inspiration for a new idea comes in the most unlikely of places. Such was the case for Natalie Van Dusen.

Natalie discovered the ancient craft of coffee roasting while traveling across Colombia on a motorcycle adventure. Driven by curiosity and a fierce love of coffee, she was inspired by her visit with a farmer, Don Eilas, who not only taught her about the growing process but also invited her into his home to show her how he roasted freshly harvested coffee over an open flame.

Fast forward years later, Natalie and her now co-owner, Deejay (affectionately referred to as her sister) own Treeline Coffee Roasters, a fully formed roastery with two cafes, in Bozeman, MO. But, all of this is about more than just coffee to them. It's a way to create community and be a part of telling lasting stories.

Episode 38: NICK McCANN & PETER AWAD: The Founders of Mission Meats

Many founders build companies and create products to make money as their primary goal. Others build something great and their driving force is to make a positive impact on this world.

Such is the case with Mission Meats. They are making the world a better place with every grass-fed beef snack that is produced and purchased. They give 10% of their profits to social good organizations, such as BonZeb who helps fight deforestation in Haiti, Perspectives Minnesota who works to transform the lives of homeless mothers and their children, Educate in Africa to invest in leaders and entrepreneurs, and 100+ Dream Centers across the country.

Episode 37: KELLY McCOMBS: The Inventor of Innovative Pants for Women

If you're a female and love the outdoors, you know that a BIG issue is what to do when you have to go to the bathroom.

Do you bare your backside to the world? Do you attach a FUD? Both of these can be awkward and even embarrassing. We women know this is a challenge.

Kelly McCombs has invented a pair of pants with a patented zipper that 100% solves this problem. Through Kelly’s own embarrassing experience and the shared experience of many others, she recognized the need to design a pair of pants that enabled women to discreetly, comfortably, and quickly answer the call. And that's when Elira Apparel was born. Kelly's mission is start a revolution of women who want to pursue Freedom, be Empowered, and Explore the Great Outdoors without hindrances.

Episode 36: MARCI NAULT: The Woman Inspiring Other Women to Explore, Experience, And Thrive

Marci Nault, tried to buy her first dry-top from a brand name. When she looked at the sizing chart she realized that she was a small, medium, large, and an extra large measurement all in the same garment. How was that possible?

Researching the women's outdoor apparel industry, Marci found that the words "Shrink it and pink it". Take men's clothing... make it smaller, and pink. THAT's how they made clothes for women.

Marci is a go-getter, an adventurer, and risk taker, and doesn't take "no" for answer, so she set out to solve the problem herself with her company E2T. Realizing that she’s spent her life feeling as if she didn’t “fit” in the outdoor adventure world she set out to change an industry while inspiring more women to get out and explore.

Episode 35: RONNIE GREEN - The Charismatic Host of "A Fishing Story" TV Show

A good reality TV show is one that feels real and not scripted. Such is the case with A Fishing Story and its inspirational host, Ronnie Green.

Ronnie was an all-American sprinter in college and an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He became very successful in corporate America selling a variety of medical devices for many years. But his love for fishing started young as he reeled his first fish in at 5 years old with his Dad. Loving that thrill so much, he then could be found most days fishing with his great-grandmother who was an avid fisherwoman. The fishing bug bit him hard and he's grown quite the successful reputation within the BASS, FLW, and ABA fishing circuits.

Ronnie had a vision for a reality fishing show that would celebrate the small things in life. Things like catching a fish. Many said it couldn't be done and be successful. Ronnie has showed them otherwise by being featured on CBS Sports Network, Amazon Prime Video, World Fishing Network, and Discovery Go, and the Outdoor Channel.

Episode 34: HEATH ROWLAND: The Giant-Hearted Adventure Climber

When you are lucky enough to find that activity in nature that becomes "your thing", you've found a piece of heaven.

Such is the case for Heath Rowland and climbing. So much so that he's started his company, Ground Up, based on his love of the sport. A self-proclaimed hillbilly from Kentucky, Heath grew up in mining and construction, building things. After 13 years of that, he was offered a job as an inside sales rep for Rab USA. It was there that he learned business, and learned how much he loved establishing traditional rock climbs with a ground up ethic. With a history in building things, Heath will tell you he's working on his biggest, and most exciting, build to date as he grows Ground Up.

Episode 33: CHRIS WINN: The Brewmaster Bicyclist

Some days there is nothing better than being outside and taking that first sip of a cold beer.

Chris Winn has made it his profession to help people do just that. As co-founder of an incredible brewery in Charleston, SC called Tradesman Brewing Co. , Chris and his team consistently put out some seriously delicious beer.

In addition to pouring beverages that make people smile, Chris is an avid bike rider. He's never met a bike he doesn't like - mountain, road, or a hybrid of the two. Chris' belief is that you ride bikes so that you can drink the beers afterwards. And, well, who can argue with that?

But one of the things we love most about Chris is that he is just genuinely a nice guy. He doesn't meet a stranger, and to be in his circle is to be loved.

Episode 32: TIA CLARK: The Professional Crabber Who Creates Memorable Experiences

It's virtually impossible to get on AirBnB's list of Top 4 Experiences.

nless you are Tia Clark, founder of Casual Crabbing With Tia. Just three months into opening her crabbing experiences to the public in Charleston, SC, she was named among the 4 top AirBnB experiences in the world. Quite an accomplishment and very well deserved, but no one is more humble and grateful for this honor than Tia. She started crabbing for her health, literally, and crabbing has provided her more than she ever could have imagined.

Episode 31: ALLEGIANCE FLAG SUPPLY: The Entrepreneurs Bringing Craftsmanship Back To Old Glory

The American flag brings with it a deep sense of patriotism and pride.

But too often the red, white, and blue flags we fly are cheaply made in another country, tattered, torn, mildewed and only last a short time. Katie & Wes Lyon wanted something different. They wanted a flag that would stand the test of time. One they could fly proudly on the front of their Charleston home. So they partnered with childhood friend, Max Berry, and set out to build a company that would manufacture exactly what they were looking for. With their company, Allegiance Flag Supply, they are committed to sourcing everything from the US and providing jobs for American workers making American flags. They take their flags seriously so that you can fly yours proudly.

Episode 30: COKIE COX: The Mountaineer With An Abundance Mindset

It's a relatively small group of people who can say they've reached the top of even one of the seven highest mountain summits on each continent of the world.

Cokie Cox is on a mission to summit all seven of these peaks. She is a mother of two girls, newly married, owner of two asset management companies and a consulting practice, author of two books, and the founder of two non-profits - Everyday Everest and She Climbs. As an avid mountaineer, she has already conquered Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa (multiple times), Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, and Mount Denali in Alaska. Next on her list is the great Mount Everest. To her, one of the best places on this earth is being above the sun and watching it rise.


Episode 29:
SANDY & STEVE SCHOETTLE: The Artists Who Forge With Love

Few outdoor memories are better than the ones by a roaring fire pit with those you love.

Sandy and Steve Schoettle, founders of Sea Island Forge, know this well. With a love for family and friends, artistry, the outdoors, and creating meaningful traditions, they began their company with their signature product, the Sea Island Forge Fire Kettle. They made their successful debut with it at the Sea Island Farmers Market in 2014, and they and their growing team of talented metalsmiths haven’t looked back as they debut new heirloom quality designs regularly. There is a difference between products you buy and throw away because they have no value or significance to you, and high quality, hand-crafted products that get passed down through the generations with the memories attached. The difference is the love that is forged in the latter.

Episode 28: NATHAN PETTIJOHN: The Travels Of A Man And His Dog

Sometimes the very best healing in life comes from time with man's best friend.
After Nathan Pettijohn went through a tough breakup, he needed to get away from it all and clear his head. So he rented an RV and set off on a road trip with his beloved pup, Hafa. Recently, he wrote a book about their travels called Travels With Hafa. Nathan is no stranger to writing as he was coauthor on Zen and the Art of Admin Tasks and he's a regular contributing writer for Forbes on topics relating to what business leaders need to know about innovations in media and technology. In addition to being an author, he also founded a digital strategy agency called Cordouroy and is a talent manager in Los Angeles.

Episode 27:
JOEL FORD: The Quintessential Extreme Adventurist

There's likely not an extreme adventure that Joel Ford wouldn't at least try once.
Joel is the kind of guy who is most alive when he's outside. But not just outside hanging out, more like outside and pushing himself to the extreme. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (AT), which is 2,190 miles, and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which is 2,653 miles. He regularly participates in expedition racing, which is a multidisciplinary co-ed 2-5 person team sport involving navigation via compass over an unmarked wilderness course with races extending anywhere from two hours up to two weeks in length. His upcoming challenges included applying for the ECO Challenge and trying to break the speed record on canoeing the entire Mississippi River. Joel is definitely a guy you want with you when you get lost in the woods.

Episode 26: SHAWNTÉ SALABERT: The Adventurous Writer

Some people like to hike. Others are legit h-i-k-e-r-s. And there's a big difference.
Shawnté Salabert is the latter. She has hiked the Colorado Trail, Kilimanjaro, the High Sierra, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and many other hikes that a mile or so in would make most people turn back. But what makes Shawnté unique is that it's not uncommon for her to turn an incredible hiking adventure into a story. In her words, deserts and mountains – those big locations where one can feel very small – are her favorite places to spend time, and write about. She spent nearly two years hiking and writing about the Pacific Crest Trail... snapping photographs, recording impressions, and hoofing many miles for her book Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California, which was released via Mountaineers Books in November 2017. For Shawnté, every day is an adventure. And we certainly can't argue with that.

Episode 25:
CHRIS SINGLETON: The Inspirational Speaker Who Experienced Profound Loss And Forgave With Unexplainable Love

Not many can truly forgive when someone you love deeply has been brutally taken from you. But Chris Singleton is in a class all his own. As a college athlete and a former pro baseball player, Chris' life was headed in a promising direction. Until, at 18 years old, he lost one of the people most important to him. Chris' mom, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of the nine who were killed at the hands of a white supremacist who invaded Mother Emanuel Church on June 17, 2015. That moment changed everything for Chris. His mantra, "Love is stronger than hate." is now heard all across the country as he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, schools, churches, and other groups. There is nothing more beautiful in this life than someone who has every right to be angry, release that, and love recklessly.

The Kayak Adventure Survivors

Water can be peaceful and an oasis for rest, but it can also be an incredibly powerful force of nature. Kerri and Carly Lawson have always been adventurers at heart. But even the strongest of adventurers sometimes can't hold their own against Mother Nature. In this episode, these two fantastic humans recount their thrilling and terrifying experience of when their kayaking trip on the Yellowstone River went terribly bad, ending up with a Black Hawk helicopter rescue.

Episode 23:
KATIE BLOMQUIST: The Spreader Of Joy

Katie Blomquist believes strongly that the most basic childhood right is a right to joy. And we couldn't agree more. Katie is a former teacher who worked in the low income, high poverty school district. When one of her little 1st grade students, Jawan, asked her for a bike for Christmas, it broke her heart. So much so that she decided to start a Go Fund Me and her non-profit called Going Places, to enable every child in her school to have a bike. Her Go Fund Me went viral and her story was featured all across the country on places like Good Morning America, Steve Harvey, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Huffington Post, ABC World News Tonight, and so many more. We absolutely love how Katie is changing lives... one custom bike at a time.

Episode 22:
VERNICE ARMOUR: The Gutsy, Courageous "FlyGirl"

To say Vernice Armour has accomplished a lot in her lifetime is an incredible understatement. She has two honorary doctorates, has been featured extensively in the media to include Oprah Winfrey, CNN, MSNBC and the View and is a member of the COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She has received awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department’s motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton’s 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton’s annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women’s professional football team. Vernice has also authored Zero to Breakthrough™ (Penguin 2011) where she chronicles the process she utilized to transition from beat cop to America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. She is an internationally recognized inspirational leadership keynote speaker for premier leadership conferences and Fortune 500 companies.

Episode 21:
MICHAEL FIEM: The Captain Of The Water Sports

There are few people who don't love a good day on the water. Michael Fiem, his twin brother, Mark, and their good friend, Michael Malley, started their company in 1996 to help people do just that. Tidal Wave Water Sports is one of only 103 similar companies in the US where they offer parasailing, jet ski safari adventures, wakeboarding, tubing, banana boats, and boat rentals. They enable people to safely discover all the unique wonders of Charleston from the water and experience the local wild life from an entirely new perspective.

Episode 20:
JEN RIPPLE: The Fly Fishing Expert

If you want to learn from the best in fly fishing, look no further than Jen Ripple.
She has devoted her life to educating others on the beauty and history of the sport. Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine. She's also on the Board of Directors for the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and was a former board member for AFFTA (American Fly Fishing Trade Association). When not on the water, Jen loves to spend her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing, and devoting her time to conservation efforts through nonprofits. Jen has become a sounding board for women in a currently male-dominated sport by providing them a place to connect and gain knowledge and experience in fly fishing.


Episode 19:
DR. RUSTY DAY: The Fun Scientist Of The Sea

Dr. Rusty Day has spent a good portion of his life studying living things in the ocean. He wrote a Master's thesis on the levels of mercury in sea turtles, he's published research on coral, and he's taken countless students to the Caribbean for school credit to teach them about the underwater sea life. Cap'n Rusty is an adjunct professor at College of Charleston and has founded MANTA (Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy). The "cool" part about Dr. Rusty is that he is wildly smart and still does an incredible job of making learning fun. He lives on a beautiful 1971 80' Burger Yacht in the Charleston Harbor where his view is always the ocean and sunsets.

Episode 18:
CINDY CHACE & DIANE SEARS: The Powerhouse Founders of Go For The Greens

Women, Business, Relationship Building, and Golf... it's a powerful combination. And few have experienced that more than Cindy Chace and Diane Sears through their non-profit organization, Go For The Greens. In 2008, their vision of connecting entrepreneurial women over the interactive sport of golf came to fruition and its impact has continued to increase exponentially ever since. The conference is produced by an all volunteer team and is held every year in Orlando at Disney World. Go For the Greens is based on four important pillars: generating revenue, growing companies to create more jobs, exchanging environment-friendly business practices, and developing business strategy through golf. These women are making a difference and using the outdoors to do it!

Episode 17:
The Sister/Brother Dynamic Duo For Dogs

Dogs are a special part of our world. They offer unconditional love without strings attached. Tori and Tony have made it their mission to care for as many as they can through their full spectrum dog service company called, Fetch, in Park City, UT. This sister / brother combo have hearts of gold and, together with their parents, utilize their 50 acre farm for a doggy day care, a doggy hospice, and a doggy foster for pups with special needs through their non-profit organization called Fetch Cares.

Episode 16:
JENNIFER KAUFFMAN: The 2013 Boston Marathon Survivor

Sometimes things happen in our lives that we don't expect, making it hard to understand or explain them. Such was the case for Jennifer Kauffman, a spectator only 15 feet away from the horrific bombings that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon. In that very moment, everything about Jennifer's life and career changed forever. This episode gives you insight into her courageous path of healing and her new outlook on life as she evolved into an inspirational speaker, a best selling author, and a breakthrough results coach.

Episode 15:
MEECHE WHITE: The Inspirational Founder of the National Ability Center

Meeche White had an innate desire 30+ years ago to help individuals increase their self-esteem. Little did she know that desire would turn in the internationally acclaimed National Ability Center in Park City, UT. NAC is simply put, an extremely magical and special place. By NAC's own definition, they are the seekers and explorers, the fun-makers and adventurers. They believe life doesn’t stop unfolding just because someone has a (dis)ability. They're adaptive, and they work with people of all abilities, harnessing the power of specialized equipment, techniques, teaching methods and over 1,900 volunteers. This is the inspiring legacy Meeche has invested her life in that has and continues to impact countless people.


Episode 14:
HOBY DARLING: The Dynamic Servant Leader

If there's anyone with rich and deep experience in the outdoor world and human performance, it's Hoby Darling. He has been on the executive teams of major companies including Logitech, Jaybird, Skullcandy, Converse, Nike, and Volcom. He has sat on and led boards for many companies, and has founded and led outdoor and human performance collaboratives. He was named to Sporting Goods Business' 40 Under 40 in Sports in 2010. He's competed in Ironman races and the CrossFit games, and he's an avid trail runner. During one of his transitions in his career, Hoby travelled for 8 months with his family making lifelong memories in Africa and Asia. Hoby has an impressive resume, to be certain, but what we love and respect most about him is his kind nature and his desire and commitment to invest in and see others succeed.

Episode 13:
JILLIAN VOGTLI - The 2x Olympian In Freestyle Skiing Of Moguls And Dual Moguls

The number of people in this world who can claim they are a two-time Olympian are few and far between. Jillian Vogtli is among that rare group of extreme athletes and the stories she tells are fascinating. But she also is wildly connected to her heart, and therefore one who is committed to helping others find and live in their true selves through her coaching business, Jillian Vogtli. Born from a cumulation of her skills as an Olympic Athlete, her love of fitness, coaching, Shamanic training and teaching while working with clients worldwide in helping them to step into their highest and best selves. We think you'll agree that her holistic view on fitness, health and overall wellbeing (healing).

Episode 12:
LILA STEWART - The Inventor Of The Elevated Flip Flops

Flip flops are an important staple in any wardrobe, especially if you love the outdoors. But if you're anything like us, just any ol flip flop won't do. After living in Jakarta, Indonesia for three years, Lila Stewart and her husband, Jeremy, returned back to Texas and they designed with intention a flip flop that was different. They wanted fun colors, they wanted to be design-forward with clean aesthetics, and they wanting to eliminate any discomfort and breaking in period. Essentially, they hyper-focused on three things: simplicity, color, and comfort. And they accomplished all these in spades with their company, Hari Mari. As a nod to their time in Indonesia, Hari means "of the sun" and Mari means "of the sea". These lifestyle flops will raise your expectation of what a good flip flop should consist of. But, even more awesome is that proceeds of all sales go to support pediatric cancer patients through their non-profit, Flops Fighting Cancer.