Episode 008: Matt Landry - Author (Forward, Upward, Onward)


In this episode I interview Matt Landry, author of the new book 'Forward, Upward, Onward'.  He shares about his experiences with his hiking challenge of 48 peaks in New Hampshire of 4000 feet within a year.

What is your climbing/hiking experience?   
I can say that I've hiked fairly extensively in the Southwest, and parts of Colorado, though (anlong with the 48 highest mountains in NH). I've also been hiking in one form or another for over 35 years.

What inspired you to write this book?  It was the personal challenge of trying to convey the feeling of both accomplishing a major goal, by taking you along with the steps involved with it (both good and bad), and the lessons I learned along the way. The lessons don't come at the end, they happen during the journey.

When/how did you get started in hiking?  
I had a mountain local to me, and I used to climb it often as a kid. I've always loved the outdoors. Hiking over 35 years

What is your favorite place to hike?  My favorite place is still in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It's not just the logistics of the location (it's a very driveable place for me), it's probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever encountered in the United States.

Next place or mountain you would like to hike?  Yosemite is pretty high on that bucket list, along with some Alaska peaks.

Favorite quote:  “You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.” - Jim Whittaker

Fun fact:  I wrote my first book last year at the age of 49.


Newest book:  Forward, Upward, Onward

First book: Learning to Be Human Again -

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Episode 007: Alex Hutchinson - Author (Endure)

I interview Alex Hutchinson, author of the newly released book Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance (Click here to check it out).  

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What is your writing Experience? I am a National Magazine Award-winning science journalist focusing on endurance sports.  I currently write the Sweat Science column for Outside, and was a former columnist for Runner’s World. My writing also appears regularly in a variety of other publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Globe and Mail. I’m written three books, the latest of which (published by HarperCollins in February 2018) is ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.

What is your experience with sport?  I competed as a middle- and long-distance runner through high school and university, and then for the Canadian national team in track, cross-country, road racing, and mountain running.

How were you inspired to begin writing about sport?  I actually started out as a physicist. I did a Ph.D. in Britain, then worked for the U.S. National Security Agency as a postdoctoral researcher for a few years. In my late 20s, I made a switch to journalism, and one of my key motivations was wanting the opportunity to spend more time being involved in the things I was passionate about—like sports. Since I had a science background, writing about the science of sport seemed like an obvious route to stay involved in that world.

What is your favorite article that you have written (other than this book)?  This is a tough one. If I skip the various sports science articles I’ve written in the course of reporting my new book over the past seven or eight years, my favorite is probably this one about how navigating with GPS may be changing our brains.

Alex Hutchinson

Favorite Quote:  “A book is like a mirror. If an ass peers in, you can’t expect an apostle to peer out.” (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg) That’s what I plan to say to anyone who doesn’t like my book. :)

Fun fact:  My best 1,500 meter run was 3:42.43—which, unfortunately, is just slightly slower than the equivalent of a four-minute mile. According to the IAAF tables, it’s worth about 4:00.03. That still hurts.