On Episode 243 of the Enormocast, I sit down with guide and climber, Miranda Oakley. Miranda busted out of Maryland just after college and never looked back. A job washing dishes in Tuolumne made her climbing dreams come true, but soon she was guiding hikes then climbs in Yosemite. Meanwhile, she was building skills for wall and trad climbing culminating in a NIAD rope-solo, first ascents in Patagonia, 5.13 flashes in Indian Creek. Miranda’s mother is Palestinian which has prompted Miranda to explore climbing in the Middle East and become an active liaison for the nascent Palestinian climbing community. On the verge of having a baby, Miranda is now preparing for her next life-adventure: momming hard and climbing hard.
On Episode 226 of the Enormocast, Stacy Bare (episode 103) returns to the Enormocast with an urgent message. At this moment, Afghanistan is in crisis and evacuations are underway for allies and Afghans who worked for, collaborated with, and trusted the American mission in their country. Through his Adventure Not War initiative, Stacy travelled to Afghanistan in 2019 to ski and film the nascent ski mountaineering community which had begun to flourish around Kabul. But now, not only are outdoor pursuits like climbing and skiing curtailed, the practitioners, promoters, and liaisons in Afghanistan’s outdoor community, especially the women, are under direct threat. Stacy returns to the Enormocast to implore us not just to help our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan right this minute, but to think about our relationship with the global outdoor community and what it means to be an American abroad climbing, skiing, and seeking our spiritual connections with the mountain people of the globe.
Stacy’s Current gig at Happy Grizzly Adventures