October 9, 2018

137: Pete Ripmaster-battling depression and winning the Iditarod

Show Notes

Rick Saez
137: Pete Ripmaster-battling depression and winning the Iditarod
Pete shows up with so much inspiration and energy, I love it, and thank you! We talk about his experience with depression, how he discovered running, his Iditarod success, and many more. This is another must-listen episode! Thanks Pete!
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Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I kinda grew up in that generation where I was outside all the time you know, mom would have to ring the bell and get us inside. The opposite of kids today.

I was outside all the time. That’s around the woods and mostly it was sports. I was big into ball sports growing up, but I always had a heart for the outdoors. I felt more comfortable there than inside, so it’s just been a lifelong love affair really with the outdoors. I don’t like to be boxed in by you’re an ultra runner or you’re a hiker. I get out there. The titles don’t mean much to me, I’m just the outdoorsman.

Things we talked about

Darby Communications


Breast Cancer

Iditarod Trail Invitational

50 State Marathon Club

The Seaveys

Susan G. Komen

Advice, tips

I love helping people and say get your ass outside. Being outside and being running and sweating have just been my biggest antidepressant.

I would definitely say also to open up to people you know. Open up to the people you love and if there’s someone in your life that you feel could help or at least be an ear and not judge you, go there. Because there are people that love you and want to help you and might not even understand the extent of your darkness. So just open up and that will probably bring some accountability. And so I hope people can kind of get through that because I know how tough it’s been for me and I’m not saying that I’m through it. I mean, I still deal with it and I think I always will, but I’ve found little hacks to help me through.

Other Outdoor Activities


Stand up Paddle

Rock Climbing


Ice climbing



Favorite Books/Apps

To Build a Fire by Jack London

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Best Gear Purchase under $100

Fenix headlamp

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