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Bikes or Death is a podcast centered around the growing sport of bikepacking, adventure cycling, and the outdoors. The show features the amazing people who participate in these activities and contribute so greatly to the cycling community. The Bikes or Death Podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of these individuals with the hopes that it inspires others to get outside, get on their bikes, and experience what our natural world has waiting for them. At its heart Bikes or ...
 
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The inaugural East Texas Showdown is over and now comes the podcasts! Hearing everyones stories after their rides as we shared food and beverages was a true pleasure, enjoyed by all. It was really probably the magic sauce that made this event special. I went to Austin shortly after the race and recorded 3 episodes with five guests and I look forwar…
 
[Intro: 12:50]Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen, historian of religion and founder of the Nordic Animism project, returns to the podcast to discuss animism and the Raven totem flag project he, and others, have created to define and symbolize humanity's role in the climate disrupted present we find ourselves in.Through years of in-depth research into the histor…
 
This is a segment of episode 305 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Storytelling Is An Emergency: In Our Bones, We Knew This Was Going To Happen w/ Sophie Strand.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/sophie-strandLearn more about Sophie and her work: http://sophiestrand.comWriter, poet, and essayist Sophie Stra…
 
This is a segment of “A Well-Oiled Propaganda Machine w/ Dan Hanrahan” on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-series-w-56403440In this segment of this Patron Appreciation conversation with Dan Hanrahan, we do a reading of two short plays he has been working on, ‘What Do You Wanna Be When You Grow Up?’ (https…
 
[Intro: 11:43]Writer, poet, and essayist Sophie Strand joins me to discuss the "emergency of storytelling" in our climate disrupted present and future, and the subjects she explores in her upcoming book releases, 'The Madonna Secret,' and 'The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Ma…
 
In 2018 I took on the biggest challenge in my life, a 500 miles bikepacking race. To prepare mentally I relied heavily on the book "How Bad do You Want it" by Matt Fitzgerald. Matt is an endurance athlete himself and has made a career out of the study of endurance. He's written over 20 books on the subject, coaches endurance athletes, host his own …
 
This is a segment of episode 304 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Why We Fight: Paths To Power & Antifascist Resistance In The Apocalypse w/ Shane Burley.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/shane-burley-2Purchase a copy of 'Why We Fight from AK Press or Bookshop: https://www.akpress.org/why-we-fight.html / …
 
[Intro: 8:59]Journalist Shane Burley joins me to discuss his newest book, 'Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse,' published through AK Press.Smoke choked cities. Supply chain disruptions. Pandemic. Riots. Fascist violence. The calamitous events of 2020 sent shock waves through the social fabric of the United Sta…
 
This is a segment of episode 303 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Operating System: A Contemporary Anarchist Theory Of The State w/ Eric Laursen.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/eric-laursenPurchase ‘The Operating System’ from Bookshop or AK Press: https://bit.ly/3klRpZ3 / https://www.akpress.org/ope…
 
On this episode my buddy Miles Arbour is back on the podcast for a 3rd time to talk about his newly published route called the Tree to Sea Loop. This was a great excuse to catch up with Miles and also hear all about this epic new 1,000 km route in British Columbia. Because Miles works at Bikepacking.com he is exposed to a lot of different facets of…
 
[Intro: 12:43]Journalist, activist, and author Eric Laursen joins me to discuss his recent book ‘The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State,’ published through AK Press.Anarchism presents a unique challenge to State power. Since it emerged as a coherent political and social movement in the 18th and 19th centuries, anarchists of v…
 
This is a segment of ‘Infinite Growth, Renewable Energy, & The Fossil Fuel Industry w/ Anonymous’ on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-series-w-55701356This is the third conversation I've recorded in the Patron Appreciation Series, and the individual I speak to for this asked that their name not be include…
 
This year the Tour Divide produced a new record, but one that wasn't set to be beaten. Quinn Brett just became the first person to complete the Tour Divide on an adaptive handcycle, with a time of 25 days. For her, this was more about showing the world what is possible for disabled people and that adventures like this are not only for the abled bod…
 
This is a segment of episode 302 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Cultures Of Animals: Ecology, Community, & Beauty w/ Carl Safina.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWsafinaLearn more about Carl Safina and The Safina Center: https://www.carlsafina.org / https://www.safinacenter.orgEcologist and prolific author Carl Safina joins me to…
 
Join me in the van as I scout a re-reoute for this years East Texas Showdown and Slowdown. Back in July on a scouting mission we discovered a 25 mile section of road that looked good on the maps, but once we saw it in person it was an obvious "no go" for safety reasons. This left a huge hole in the route and with only 4 months until race day I had …
 
[Intro: 9:24]Ecologist and prolific author Carl Safina joins me to discuss his work with the more-than-human (animal) world, particularly his writings about the cultures and emotional lives of various animal communities, beautifully documented in two of his most recent books, 'Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel' and 'Becoming Wild: How Anima…
 
This is a segment of episode 301 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Girlhood: Empty Consent & Defining Granular Harm w/ Melissa Febos.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWfebosPurchase ‘Girlhood’ through Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/24168/9781635572520Critically acclaimed author Melissa Febos joins me to discuss her most recent collecti…
 
This episode is all about determination and perseverance. In 2007 Jeff Kerkove took on the Colorado Trail Race (CTR) as his first bikepacking race. He came into the bikepacking world with an accomplished racing career in 12 and 24 hour events. That year he DNF'd due to trench foot, a mistake he never made again. He would go on to attempt the CTR 5 …
 
[Intro: 6:52]Critically acclaimed author Melissa Febos joins me to discuss her most recent collection of essays, ‘Girlhood’ — "a gripping set of stories about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become."I first became aware of Melissa and her book Girlhood from an essay she published in The New York Times Magazine titled ‘I Spent My Lif…
 
Chris and Marni Plesko, aka The Parent Trap, just became the first couple to complete the Colorado Trail Race on a Tandem. And I had a lot of questions. How is there relationship doing? How did they train while working and being parents of two boys? Who's idea was it and how did it go? We talked about the bike and their attention to detail with the…
 
This is a segment of 'Land & Reproductive Sovereignty w/ Hannah Dwyer' on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54684987In the second of my series of conversations with patrons of the podcast, I speak with Hannah Dwyer. She has been a listener and supporter of Last Born for some time, and I first became aware of her …
 
Oh goodness, finally, it’s done.It took too long to produce — a month or so longer than I intended to put this all together. I became exhausted, weary of hearing my own voice, editing hours of audio, listening and trimming and organizing and reorganizing and recording my wandering commentary, cutting and slicing and trimming, exporting, finding mis…
 
This week I had an opportunity to catch up with Neil Beltchenko, who raced the 2021 CTR under the pseudonym Ned Bachanko. Neil is no stranger to ultra endurance racing, he's been pushing his limits on the most demanding routes since 2013. In 2014 he and his wife Lindsay started Bikepacker Mag which was an online publication about bikepacking, route…
 
Finally, we have reached the end—in more ways than one.This long series has been a labor of love. It took too long to produce, but ultimately, preparing and releasing each of these parts has been a gratifying, and even cathartic, experience. This last part, fittingly, is a meditation on endings, transitions, the death of things. And, most important…
 
Cameron Sanders is a man of many hats. He's worn a spelunking helmet, a bicycle helmet, a race directors cap, and a work hat as the VP of Product Development and Marketing for Wren Sports. On this episode we focus on the Stetson hat he donned as a Park Ranger shortly after a armed group of far-right extremists seized and occupied the headquarters o…
 
This is a segment of 'Exploring the Theological Fringe' w/ Rachel Grace Blanton Walker on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54312483Subscribe to Rachel's channel Exploring the Theological Fringe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwYQIO-eZX23rSPSZuqOzNAIn the first of my series of interviews with patrons of the po…
 
We are haunted beings. Unintegrated traumas, like ghosts, possess us, poison us — until they don’t. Colonization, rupturous, severs the body from its relations, from ancestors and earth. It flattens the diversity of human experience, relying on the multifaceted dynamics of intergenerational trauma to replicate itself, in perpetuity. Like ghosts, th…
 
Jefe Branham's just completed the Colorado Trail Race for the 9th time, and he's won 4 of them! He lives in Gunnison, CO which puts the Colorado Trail in his "backyard", his relationship with the trails goes back almost 30 years. He is also the race director, so you can see why he's earned the title Mr. Colorado Trail. This year he completed the ra…
 
At the beginning of 2020 Tyler Wacker quit his engineering job to cycle the circumference of USA on his Surly Long Haul Trucker. His plans were derailed when COVID shut down reliable camping and provisions along the way. When he did continue his tour, it wasn't to complete his tour around USA, instead he pointed his bike NE towards Boston. Where he…
 
Sarah Swallow was introduced to bicycles, and the cycling community, at the young age of 12 when she started working for a bike rental company in Ohio. She wasn't a cyclist at the time and had no idea that one day she'd be a sponsored Adventure Cyclist. Today Sarah has carved out a cool career for herself that allows her to pursue the things in lif…
 
Let us gaze into the void at the heart of this country.What happened on January 6th was neither the beginning, nor the endpoint, of the fascist trajectory this nation has been lurching headlong toward. It was a flashpoint.The events that led to this explosion of violence did not happen in a vacuum. Donald Trump’s rise to the highest political offic…
 
When Brendan Heinig lined up to the start of this years Tour Divide "Classic" he didn't have any idea he'd be at the pointy end of the race with TD veteran Jay Petervary. If you didn't watch the dots as this race unfolded you missed a 1,500 mile "nail-biter"!!! That's because Brendan and Jay were able to put a lot of distance between them and their…
 
I've been familiar with Jessica peripherally as a member of the Austin cycling scene and also from her published work in Bikepacking.com. She's penned two works for them, Discovering Aloneness on the Arkansas High Country can be found online. Her other piece, River Road Rendezvous, is featured the in the 2021 edition of the Bikepacking Journal. So …
 
Many of you will know Bobby Wintle as the larger than life figurehead of District Bikes and MidSouth Gravel (formerly Land Run 100). That's how I knew him too until my interview with Dr. Seth Wood, when I learned how he had donated a portion of the proceeds from the very first Land Run to help with Seth's medical bills, and then continued to foster…
 
Everything changed after the 3rd Precinct fell.In 2020, a pandemic began to course its way through the collective body, and the dead began to pile up. Tens of millions of U.S. citizens lost their jobs, and the capitalist system shuttered. As it turns out, these are the perfect conditions for revolt.On May 25th, George Floyd was murdered by a white …
 
On this episode I get a private tour of the new Texas Hill Country Overnighter with it's creator Maxwell Johnston. This is one of only four routes listed on Bikepacking.com in Texas and two of those are in Big Bend, which is beautiful, but also very remote, requiring a 10+ hour drive from Central Texas. When I got into bikepacking I quickly learned…
 
May we live in interesting times.The fertile grounds that bred a novel, deadly coronavirus and the misinformation that accompanied its spread is our subject. Over the last year-and-a-half since COVID spilled over, and more specifically, when our collective reaction to it began to reshape every aspect of our lives, I conducted numerous interviews to…
 
On May 22nd Liam Glen lined up at the start of the Highland Trail 550 on his fully rigid single speed Stooge Cycles Scrambler against the likes of James Hayden, Josh Isbett, and others. He would go on to win with a time of 3d, 10h, 55m which was good enough to get the SS Course Record and almost enough to best the Course Record set by Neil Beltchen…
 
Let's proceed to part two.From December 2019 to February 2020, I was in Brazil. Without full comprehension, I (we) stood on the edge of a pandemic. The global scope of the crisis had yet to be fully felt and realized. Before "normal" ended. Before lockdowns, mask burnings, social isolation, uprising—I was in Brazil, with its complexities, beauties,…
 
Bear with me on this. I wanted to do something different, original, for this episode, this milestone of 300. As you will hear in my introduction, I will be releasing seven parts for this, covering numerous themes that I've explored over the past 100 episodes of Last Born In The Wilderness. This first part is quite substantial, in and of itself. Wea…
 
Like many of you I didn't know who Andrew Onermaa was before he signed up for the 2020 Arkansas High Country Race. And if you still don't recognize his name, maybe you'll know him as the guy who was going toe to toe with Ted King before he ultimately went on to set an FKT. Andrew withdrew from the race around mile 700 after pushing himself further …
 
I met Dr. Seth Wood at a wedding in Oklahoma back in 2019. I was early in my podcasting journey and I was shocked when I learned that he was using the Bikes or Death Podcast as part of his circulam at OSU, where he still teaches today. So shocked, that I completely blanked when he told me about it! I took this opportunity to indulge myself and find…
 
This is a segment of episode 299 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Work Of Men: Emerging Masculinities In The Crater Of Calamity w/ Ian MacKenzie.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWmackenzie3Learn more about The Mythic Masculine podcast and subscribe: https://www.themythicmasculine.comIan MacKenzie — visionary filmmaker, storyteller, …
 
[Intro: 10:22]Ian MacKenzie — visionary filmmaker, storyteller, and host of The Mythic Masculine podcast — returns to discuss manhood, mythology, and emerging masculinities in the wake of calamity. This conversation runs deep. Ian and I attempt to navigate the complexities and shadows of men's work in our time of emerging inquiries and contemplatio…
 
When we did our Bikepacking Basics episode earlier this year we got a lot of questions, but the most asked questions where about route building. So I reached out to Kevin Prentice with RideWithGPS to see if they would be interested coming to do a episode on route building and (spoiler alert) they said yes! On this episode we get to know Kevin and s…
 
This is a segment of episode 298 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Wyrd Against The Modern World: The Opposite Moment Begins w/ Ramon Elani.” Listen to the full episode and read the article: http://bit.ly/LBWelani2 / http://bit.ly/GRramonPurchase ‘Wyrd Against the Modern World’: http://bit.ly/wyrdagainstAcausal heathen poet and author Ramon Elani joi…
 
This is a segment of episode 297 of Last Born in The Wilderness “The War On Cuba: Ground Level Impacts Of The U.S. Blockade w/ Liz Oliva Fernández.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWfernandezLearn more about Belly of the Beast Cuba: https://bellyofthebeastcuba.comLiz Oliva Fernández, Cuban journalist and lead protagonist of ‘The War on …
 
When I contacted Ryan Stoyer about coming on the podcast it was with the idea that we would talk about his unique lifestyle and how it allows for him to life a more fulfilled life. I still like that topic, but Ryan had other ideas. After the official BoD instagram invite was sent, his reply was an enthusiastic yes, followed by a suggestion, "how ab…
 
[Intro: 9:52 | Article: http://bit.ly/GRramon]Acausal heathen poet and author Ramon Elani joins me to discuss his new book 'Wyrd Against the Modern World' published through Night Forest Press. This audio interview is actually a reading of a written interview I conducted with him, originally published at the Gods&Radicals Press supporter-only blog A…
 
[Intro: 9:38 | Transcript: http://bit.ly/LBWbeast]Liz Oliva Fernández, Cuban journalist and lead protagonist of ‘The War on Cuba’ documentary series, joins me to discuss her work with Belly of the Beast Cuba — a Havana-based media project made up of Cubans and foreigners that highlight the daily lives and experiences of the Cuban people from the gr…
 
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