Hold Fast

Conrad Anker with his soulful tone and compassion talks about the recent deaths of David Lama, Hansjörg Auer and Jess Roskelley. With full vulnerability he discusses his experience with the death of his best friend, coping mechanisms and survivors guilt. 
Thank you Andy Brinkman for sharing this powerful podcast. If you have a story, podcast or article please PM SOAR as we are always looking to provide resources to help others.

The Aftermath- The Story of SOAR


Starr Jamison suffered the agony of watching a good friend die in an avalanche in Colorado. He was one of three friends she lost to avalanches in a single year. In this episode, Starr describes the first accident and the painful, disorienting aftermath, how she recovered, and how she’s working to help others deal with similar experiences.

Click here to read the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s report on the incident discussed in this episode. And here’s a link to the Survivors of Outdoor Adventures and Recovery website that Starr created.

Images showing the power and scale of the avalanche near Ophir Pass, Colorado, that is discussed in this episode. Photo and Google Earth image courtesy of Colorado Avalanche Information Center


A podcast from Accidents in North American Climbing

Presented by Mammut

Each month, the Sharp End brings to life stories from the pages of Accidents in North American Climbing, the annual publication of the American Alpine Club (AAC). Host Ashley Saupe interviews the climbers and rescuers involved in life-threatening incidents and shares their lessons, helping all of us become safer climbers. Join the more than 20,000 climbers who listen to the Sharp End by following along on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play or Stitcher. New episodes are shared the 1st of each month!


Taking it to the extreme: Counseling and adventure sports By Bethany Bray

There is a saying often repeated among people who skydive, bungee jump, white water raft or take part in other adventure sports: “We take risk not to escape life but to keep life from escaping.”

This phrase that encapsulates the adventure sports subculture also shines a light on the disconnect that can occur between counselors and their clients who participate in adventure sports, says Colin Ward, a practicing counselor, counselor educator and mountaineer. Read more