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No Excuses Interview Series: Tosch Roy

The No Excuses Interview Series explores the approaches and personalities of athletes who are inspiring in both the quality and consistency of their achievements. They’re real people doing great things. What they do, you can too, if you want it.

For part three of the no excuses interview series, we’re joined by Tosch Roy, a nordic racer turned skimo mutant at the helm of a svelte technical pack company, Free Range Equipment.

Bio

Forced on to a pair of skis at the age of three, Tosch trained and raced as a nordic skier through high school, at which point, the mountains around Central Oregon proved to be too much of a distraction to a career in cross-country skiing. Tossing aside the skinny skis for something (slightly) wider, the Oregon Cascades became a training ground for his fast and light adventures.

Tosch Roy in his playground-- the Oregon Cascades.

Tosch Roy in his playground– the Oregon Cascades.

After traveling abroad for a year, he decided that “studying” (read: skiing/climbing) at Montana State University would give him the best chance of finishing a college degree. While it was a worthy attempt, Roy dropped out after two years to start his business Free Range Equipment which manufactures ski mountaineering and climbing backpacks in his hometown of Bend, OR. Read on →

No Excuses Interview Series: Ethan Linck

The No Excuses Interview Series explores the approaches and personalities of athletes who are inspiring in both the quality and consistency of their achievements. They’re real people doing great things. What they do, you can too, if you want it.

Ethan Linck chasing powder on Mt Hood.For part two of the no excuses interview series, we’re joined by Ethan Linck, a West-coast Vermont transplant, mountain runner, and inspiring friend.

Bio

Ethan Linck is best known in the Pacific Northwest endurance community for setting the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for an unsupported run around Mt Rainier’s Wonderland Trail (93 miles, over 22,000′ of climbing) last year in 27 hours and 19 minutes.

He has also run around Mt St helens, Mt Hood, the Three Sisters, and placed in several PNW trail races and ultras. Most impressively, he accomplished all of this while a biology student at Reed College. His resume is impressive, and he catalogs his adventures and observations on his blog Beyond the Ranges

A self-described would-be naturalist, he also “nurtures particular interests in the ecology of New Guinea and Melanesia, mountain running, and backcountry skiing. He’s currently spending the winter in Gothic, Colorado”. He joins us by email to talk about what goes into his big endurance efforts,where his naturalism and athletics meet.
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No Excuses Interview Series: Brody Leven

Intro

Today, I am very happy to roll out a new series on Mountain Lessons: the No Excuses interviews. Any semi-serious athlete knows that it’s damn hard to maintain momentum and keep growing in their sport. Families, commitments, work, laziness– all threaten us with mediocrity. To turn our goals into reality is a monolithic job that we take on in addition to the other challenges of our lives. It’s amazing that we get anything done.

But there are those among us, mere humans all, who get the job done over and over again. While you’re on the sofa, they’re running hills. While you pine for your two weeks of vacation, they’re planning expeditions. In today’s world of managed media personalities and slick Instagram streams, it is too easy to forget that these people weren’t born with some innate advantage. They don’t live in a magical world that makes their dreams happen for them. They work for it, like we do.

This interview series will seek to explore the approaches and personalities of athletes who are inspiring in both the quality and consistency of their achievements. They’re real people, people I know, and people whom I admire. I hope that you find inspiration in their words and that this little look into their psyches will serve as a reminder– what they do, you can too. If you want it.

Brody Leven

Brody Leven (Adam Clark Photo)

Bio

Brody Leven. Pro Skier.

Brody Leven. Pro Skier.

Professional athlete; self-mocking vegetarian; mountain runner; full-time alpine bum; rock climber; bike tourist; photographer; adventurer. No one of these titles is sufficient to describe Brody Leven.

A fellow midwesterner, Brody hails from the quietly flat state of Ohio. But unlike the rest of Ohio, he climbs on Denali with Conrad Anker, and skis away his North-American summer on South-American snow. A prolific writer, photographer, and social media adventure maven, he’s proud to be a self-made professional skier. And made it he has: in the last year he has traveled to Patagonia, Denali, Iceland, Romania, Ukraine, South America, Whistler, Mt Hood, and several more locations around the globe to ski and climb.

Recently featured in a Grit Visual video piece, Brody repeatedly accomplishes feats of endurance as impressive as running the Grand Teton, and he does it all with a goofy smile, approachable attitude, and seemingly unflagging energy. He joins us today to talk about how he realized his dream of going Pro and the challenges of staying fit for the mountains while traveling and whiling away weather days in an expedition tent.

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