In episode 8 we hear from one of my inspirations, Laval St Germain. Laval is the only Canadian to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen, holds the record for the fastest solo row of the Atlantic, is a pilot, loving husband and father.
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Laval St. Germain

November 1, 2017

In episode 8 we hear from one of my favourite adventurers Laval St Germain. Laval is an adventurer, outdoor athlete, air pilot, public speaker, climber, runner, rower, and also a great husband and father.

Laval is an expert at turning dreams intro reality. Through hard work and thoughtful execution, he has managed to accomplish an amazing list of daring feats. He holds the record for the fasts solo crossing of the North Atlantic via row boat, is the only Canadian to summit Everest without supplemental oxygen, is the only person to have climbed and skied Iraq's highest peak, and has climbed 6 of the highest 7 peaks on earth. And that's all before breakfast!

We delve into his journey into adventure, how he thinks about risk management on these dangerous endeavours, losing his son in a tragic canoe accident, the role of luck in life, accomplishing goals, losing 3 fingers to frost bite, his use of checklists, diet, fitness, his heroes and so much more.

Take a listen and take action today to move one step closer to becoming the hero in your own story.

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show notes

  • Intro
  • Rapid response questions
  • Becoming a pilot
  • Getting in the bad books with the wife
  • Bricking it on a plane in Bolivia
  • Why do planes crash?

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Laval’s journey into adventure
  • What is it that draws you to adventure?
  • Experiencing cerebral edema on Bolivia's highest mountain
  • Which adventure are you most proud of?

Rowing 4,500km across the Atlantic for cancer research

  • Shit does hit the fan
  • We do not rise to the level of our expectation. We fall to the level of our training. Archilochus
  • Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Seneca
  • The role of luck in life
  • How do you think about risk management?
  • The selfishness of adventure
  • The hardest part about these adventures
  • The double standards for adventurers
  • The price you pay for adventure
  • Losing a beloved son in a tragic canoe accident
  • Advice for others dealing with tragedy
  • How to accomplish goals
  • The importance of checklists

  • The caveat of setting goals
  • Eating clean
  • Laval’s morning shake:

Blue berries, frozen brocolli sprouts, spinach, kale, vegan protein powder, tablespoon

collagen, tbps full fat greek yoghurt, tbps 100% peanut butter

  • Eating clean
  • Laval’s heroes:

Terry fox - running across the second largest country in the world with ONE LEG

Ernest Shackleton


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