I’m excited and honored to have Richard Bangs on episode 200 today. Not only is this a milestone for the podcast but I had a great time catching up with Richard.
One of the founders of the Adventure Travel Industry Richard has racked up first descents and numerous other adventures around the world. He is an author, television personality and we talk about those early days on the Omo River, the founding of Sobek and some innovative new projects he’s working on.
Introduction to the Outdoors
I grew up on the East coast outside of Washington DC and it’s not that far from a number of really profound wilderness experiences. Practically in my backyard was the Potomac River and that’s really where I got started on rivers. I used to, to raft down the great falls section of the Potomac, which is a wild section in a canoe there. And then not much further, you get to add the Shenandoah’s and the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge mountains. So we used to go climbing, hiking, caving. We did a lot of spelunking. So almost every weekend when I was in high school, we would take off with a group of friends we would explore the remote offerings of the region and had a blast every time.
Things we talked about
Other Outdoor Activities
I would say find your passion, right? Because I know that there are many circumstances where it doesn’t work out, but sometimes it does. And if the passion is strong enough you become enterprising enough to try to figure out how to do it. We were constantly, constantly challenged with how to get around the next bend, you know, as a company, um, as a guide, you know, from rivers to the boardroom. You had to navigate all the bends. If you believe in what you’re pursuing enough, you figure out a way. And that’s what we did.
Horizon by Jerry Lopez
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Favorite Outdoor Gear under $100
Connect with Richard