Wild West

A window into the movers and shakers of the natural places where we love to play. Hosted by San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor Greg Thomas, the show features in-depth interviews with world-class professional athletes pushing the bounds of human achievement, as well as the influencers and advocates shaping our ideas about the outdoors.

Places & Travel
Cody Townsend on 'The Fifty' Project and Life a...
Pro skier Cody Townsend reflects on his career so far, his conflicted thoughts on social media, performing "marketing turns," and his latest project to ski 50 iconic lines across North America.
63 min
Dean Karnazes on Recovery, Aging, and Running i...
The ultramarathon pioneer and best-selling author talks about getting older, how the sport of ultrarunning has grown and changed, and his big project to run in every country on Earth.
51 min
Bianca Valenti On Fighting For Pay Equity In Pr...
San Francisco big-wave surfer Bianca Valenti on being the only woman in the lineup, surfing 50-foot waves, and fighting for pay equity in professional surfing.
48 min
Climber/Filmmaker Cedar Wright on Filming in An...
Cedar Wright's new film, "Queen Maud Land," follows a group of elite climbers, including Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin, as they scale unclimbed peaks in Antarctica in sub-zero temperatures.
56 min
Marathon Rower Lia Ditton On Training For 5 Mon...
Rower Lia Ditton is preparing for a 5-month solo voyage across the Pacific, from Japan to San Francisco, in her tiny rowboat. We talk about how she's training her mind and body and what she'll do to stave off boredom.
60 min
Jeremy Jones On Disappearing Winters And His Ne...
Big-mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones talks about how naturalist John Muir inspired his new documentary, 'Ode to Muir,' and what's at stake if we let climate change go unchecked.
42 min
Everest Guide Adrian Ballinger & Climber Emily ...
Power couple Ballinger and Harrington talk about "lightning ascents" on Everest, the importance of athletes being politically active on social media, and much more.
62 min
Alex Honnold + Filmmakers Behind 'Free Solo' do...
Alex Honnold, Jimmy Chin, Chai Vasarhelyi and Sanni McCandless answer audience questions about the making of the new documentary film 'Free Solo' at a late-night screening of the film in San Francisco.
22 min
Alex Honnold on filming 'Free Solo' and pushing...
Free soloist rock climber Alex Honnold talks about the challenges of filming 'Free Solo,' the documentary of his epic solo of El Capitan in Yosemite, as well as #vanlife, the inherent danger of rockfall in Yosemite, and the future of free soloing.
51 min
What's Next for Martins Beach? With Surfrider C...
The US Supreme Court this week declined to take up the case of tech billionaire Vinod Khosla's attempt to privatize a popular beach near Half Moon Bay, California. But the fight isn't over.
41 min
Kim Chambers on swimming with sharks
Open water swimmer Kim Chambers talks us through her famous swim between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Farallon Islands, 32 miles off the coast of California.
51 min
Rock climber Kevin Jorgeson on 'The Dawn Wall' ...
Yosemite climber Kevin Jorgeson talks about pulling off one of the most difficult climbs in the history of the sport, which is captured in the highly anticipated documentary "The Dawn Wall", hitting theaters this month.
29 min