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The Trail Less Traveled

Deep Dive into the Outdoor Industry and Gear with Rick Saez

Join us deep within the forests of Northern Vermont for an interview with the host of the Outdoor Biz podcast to talk about every aspect of the outdoor gear industry. Featuring an interview with outdoor industry expert and podcast host, Rick Saez. 


Rick has 20+ years of boundless focus in the Outdoor industry as an award-winning product innovator, brand marketer, consultant, content creator, eco-educator, guide and podcaster. He is the former Director of Product, Marketing, and Sales for Outdoor industry trailblazers Eagle Creek, JanSport, Umpqua, Dana Design, and Lowepro. Learn more by visiting https://ricksaez.com/


This episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads of gratitude to Xplorer Maps for their generous support of this podcast and international outreach programs paired with conservation projects. Learn more at XplorerMaps.com and be sure to follow the adventures of their story maps on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.


Xplorer Maps is a small family business based in Missoula, Montana with deep roots in Africa. Xplorer Maps has over 60+ hand drawn story maps of destinations from all over the world, including our national parks. Xplorer Maps and The Trail Less Traveled both share the vision of connecting people and place through storytelling, conservation, art, history and culture. We're collaborating to Bring Cartography to Life through story maps, podcasts, live presentations and a multimedia visual series on social media.


Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!


The radio version of the show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FM

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  • Fishing, Filming and Conservation in Montana

    50:08
    This episode was recorded on a drift boat while floating down the Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana. Matt Devlin was born and raised on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, but has lived “Out West” so long now, that autocorrect had to step in for the assist in the spelling of the aforementioned estuary.  He has made his living off of the water for over half his life and for the past 10+ years has been involved with photography and video production. Transitioning out of a life as a full time fly fishing guide he is focusing on running the Montana Fishing Film Festival and his small studio PMD Productions. He has done work for NRS, SIMMS, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, G Loomis Rod Co., Trout Unlimited, The Montana Wildlife Federation, Casting for Recovery, Cheeky Fishing, CD rods, True Lacrosse, and Patagonia. He believes that all outdoor sports documentaries, at their best, are human interest stories. And that while camera and post production tricks come and go, good storytelling is timeless. He won a 2018 Drake Magazine film award for "best story" for his work on the film LANDSICK and was nominated in 2020 for "best story" for his film "Denny's Fly Box"He worked on and near the rivers of Missoula as a fishing guide for 11 seasons. Also earning a USCG captain's license in Key West FL during that time. Ultimately choosing to throw himself at creative pursuits full time. Started the Montana Fishing Film Festival simply to show a film a buddy had made about fishing in Montana and the rest is history.***Mandela van Eeden and Steve Saroff just released their FIRST SINGLES on Spotify. You can support their music by searching for "Didgeridoo River Meditation" and "Didgeridoo Taboo" then adding them to your playlist on Spotify or Apple Music! Thank you so much for supporting this original music.You can support this podcast by donating a few dollars per month on Patreon! We really appreciate any contribution, no matter how small.Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FMThis episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads of gratitude to Xplorer Maps for their generous support of this podcast and international outreach programs paired with conservation projects.
  • Starting a School + Nature Reserve in South Africa

    43:08
    Recorded in the thatch hut at the most southern tip of Africa, Mandela sits down with her grandmother's best friend to discuss how they saved the landscape and permanently protected the ecosystem and wildlife in the area. Adriaan Mocke build a school and opened it to all races during the years of apartheid in South Africa. He is now 93 years old and he continues to give back to this community, garden, work at his school and tend to his public library everyday. His life experiences and wisdom are carefully passed down through his talent for story telling and teaching.***Mandela van Eeden and Steve Saroff just released their FIRST SINGLE on Spotify. You can support their music by searching for "Didgeridoo River Meditation" and adding it to your playlist on Spotify or Apple Music! Thank you so much for support this original music and stay tuned for the second single which will be released on July 19, 2024.Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FMThis episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads of gratitude to Xplorer Maps for their generous support of this podcast and international outreach programs paired with conservation projects. Learn more at XplorerMaps.com and be sure to follow the adventures of their story maps on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.#travel #podcast #travelpodcast #adventure #adventurepodcast #adventureradio #thetraillesstraveled #xplore #xplorermaps #connectingpeopleandplace #conservation #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #publiclands #storytelling #inspiration #outreach #stewardship #bethechange #giveback #travelmedia #mandelavaneeden #traillesstraveled #smallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #didgeridoo #didjeridu #ambientmusic #spotify #applemusic
  • Connection Through Yoga, Hunting, Foraging and Kayaking in Alaska.

    47:27
    Jodee Dixon is a multitalented and incredibly humble woman who has traveled the world as a professionally sponsored and world renowned whitewater kayaker. Jodee is the founder of "The Yoga Path" and teaches many forms of Yoga. She is an Artemis Sportswomen ambassador and avid hunter/angler. She lives in Juneau, Alaska and enjoys hunting black bear, Sitka blacktail deer, elk, Dahl sheep and grouse. She is an inspiration to all who are graced by her presence. ***Mandela van Eeden and Steve Saroff just released their FIRST SINGLE on Spotify. You can support their music by searching for "Didgeridoo River Meditation" and adding it to your playlist on Spotify or Apple Music! Thank you so much for support this original music and stay tuned for the second single which will be released on July 19, 2024.Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FMThis episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads of gratitude to Xplorer Maps for their generous support of this podcast and international outreach programs paired with conservation projects. Learn more at XplorerMaps.com and be sure to follow the adventures of their story maps on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.#travel #podcast #travelpodcast #adventure #adventurepodcast #adventureradio #thetraillesstraveled #xplore #xplorermaps #connectingpeopleandplace #conservation #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #publiclands #storytelling #inspiration #outreach #stewardship #bethechange #giveback #travelmedia #mandelavaneeden #traillesstraveled #smallbusiness #supportsmallbusiness #didgeridoo #didjeridu #ambientmusic #spotify #applemusic
  • Cycling from Alaska to Mexico (and then around Spain)!

    35:30
    Our adventures behind Big Sky Bikes continue with Josh Tack and Sarah Raz. This time we will cycle with them from Alaska to Mexico on a test run before getting married and then cycling around Spain for the Honeymoon. They share some excellent advice on multi day cycling trips and life in general. This is part two of our two part interview with Josh and Sarah.This episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads of gratitude to Xplorer Maps for their generous support of this podcast and international outreach programs paired with conservation projects. Learn more at XplorerMaps.com and be sure to follow the adventures of their story maps on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.Xplorer Maps is a small family business based in Missoula, Montana with deep roots in Africa. Xplorer Maps has over 60+ hand drawn story maps of destinations from all over the world, including our national parks. Xplorer Maps and The Trail Less Traveled both share the vision of connecting people and place through storytelling, conservation, art, history and culture. We're collaborating to Bring Cartography to Life through story maps, podcasts, live presentations and a multimedia visual series on social media.Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FM
  • Adventure Cycling Basics and Exploring Peru with a Missoula Power Couple

    42:32
    Josh Tack and Sarah Raz met while working at Adventure Cycling. They have bicycled around the world and still love cycling around Missoula and supporting local bike shops such as Big Sky Bikes and Free Cycles. For this episode we look back at how they got into cycling and their first international trip cycling around Peru. This is part one of our two part interview with them!This episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads of gratitude to Xplorer Maps for their generous support of this podcast and international outreach programs paired with conservation projects. Learn more at XplorerMaps.com and be sure to follow the adventures of their story maps on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.Xplorer Maps is a small family business based in Missoula, Montana with deep roots in Africa. Xplorer Maps has over 60+ hand drawn story maps of destinations from all over the world, including our national parks. Xplorer Maps and The Trail Less Traveled both share the vision of connecting people and place through storytelling, conservation, art, history and culture. We're collaborating to Bring Cartography to Life through story maps, podcasts, live presentations and a multimedia visual series on social media.Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST, streaming live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FM
  • Tracking Lions, Myth, and Wilderness in Samburu

    48:09
    Tracking Lions, Myth, and Wilderness in Samburu is provocative look at the vital connection between human beings, the natural world and meaningful knowledge.While tracking a lion with a Samburu headman and then, later, eluding human assailants who may be tracking him, Jon Turk experiences people at their best and worst. As the tracker and the tracked, Jon reveals how the stories we tell each other, and the stories spinning in our heads, can be moulded into innovation, love and co-operation — or harnessed to launch armies. Seeking escape from the confusion we create for ourselves and our neighbours with our think-too-much-know-it-all brains, Jon finds liberation within a natural world that spins no fiction.Set in a high-adventure narrative on the unforgiving savannah, Tracking Lions, Myth, and Wilderness in Samburu explores the aboriginal wisdoms that endowed our Stone Age ancestors with the power to survive – and how, since then, myth, art, music, dance, and ceremony have often been hijacked and distorted within our urban, scientific, oil-soaked world.Dr. Jon Turk is a scientist, author, and National Geographic award-winning explorer whose worldview was altered by extended visits with Moolynaut, a Siberian shaman.He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1971 and was nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Between these bookends, Jon co-authored the first college-level environmental science textbook in North America, followed by 35 additional texts, and five books about my adventures. At the same time, he kayaked around Cape Horn, across the North Pacific from Japan to Alaska, and around Ellesmere Island. Jon has also made numerous first ski descents and first rock climbing ascents around the globe. Jon's current work focuses on honoring the power of Nature as a means of achieving Presence within the modern opulent, scientific, corporate, and uber-political 21st century. He relies heavily on the teachings of indigenous peoples who lived sustainably on this planet for millennia. Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show includes copyright music and premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST. You can live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FMThis episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps.
  • Emergency medicine and working as a Life Flight Nurse

    43:19
    \Casey was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and started her education at a nursing school on the east coast. The beach was calling her name and she moved to Daytona Beach, Florida just after college graduation. Her hospital experience includes ICU and ED and she started her flight nursing career in 2003. She has worked at several transport programs across the country to include Orlando, Salt Lake City and now in Missoula, Montana. Currently, she is one of the Clinical Education Managers for Life Flight Network. The best part of her job is she gets to be directly involved with the flight crew’s education and she also works a 24 hour shift each week flying in Montana. Education and kindness are her two professional passions. Teaching crew members some of the hard lessons she has learned and perpetuating kindness make her heart happy.Casey is married to a very patient man, has two little girls and a Golden Doodle. Her house is in a constant state of chaos however, this is just the way she likes it. She loves to travel, which has not worked out well since COVID. Casey is hopeful that 2024 brings health, more hugs and new travel destinations. Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show includes copyright music and premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST. You can live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FMThis episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps.
  • Wildlife Conservation in Tennessee with Game Warden and Wildlife Biologist, Don Chance.

    43:58
    This was Recorded in Catoosa Wildlife Management Area in Tennessee. We sit in the Catoosa Savanna Project with Wildlife Biologist and Game Warden, Don Chance. Don talks about what the landscape looked like 200 years ago and the work he is doing in order to bring back the savanna of Tennessee while restoring habitat for wildlife. We learn about Tennessee and why it is the most biodiverse state in the USA. We discuss the connection between hunting, fishing and conservation. We talk about the path to becoming a Game Warden and how fulfilling it can be to work in wildlife conservation. Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!The radio version of the show includes copyright music and premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST. You can live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FMThis episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps.