The Adventure Podcast Episode 42: Adventure News and the Ethics of Exploration

After a two week hiatus The Adventure Podcast returns with an all-new episode this week, during which we catch up on some of the bigger news stories that took place while we away. Some of the topics we touch upon include updates on the progress of Antarctic skiers, a new winter expedition to K2, and the introduction of some amazing electric adventure vehicles that will be hitting the road in 2020.

Our main topic of the week stems from the story of John Allen Chau, an American missionary who was recently killed on a remote island off the coast of India. Chau wasn’t suppose to be on the island at all, as visiting the place is illegal. An isolated tribe calls the island home and they have been existing there for nearly 5500 years, continuing a way of life that stretches back for millennia. Any outside contact can threaten their very existence, which is why no one is allowed on the island. Chau went anyway, determined to bring the word of God to the tribe, who ended up killing him when he trespassed on their land. Was Chau a modern day martyr or did he overstep his bounds. You can bet that my cohost Dave Adlard and I have some strong opinions and we’re here to share them.

Of course, we wrap up the show with some gear news and reviews. I take a look at a couple of heated jackets that I’ve been testing recently, while Dave shares his favorite headlamp for active endeavors.If any of that sounds interesting to you, you can listen to the episode using the embedded player that is attached to this post below. Alternatively, you can also download and subscribe to the show from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher, or Spotify. If you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions, you can also reach out to us through social media, connecting through our Facebook pageTwitter, or email. As always, thanks for listening!

Kraig Becker