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