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George Kourounis

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Ep. 747: Climbing in North Korea, Nepal & Siberia - Revisited - George Kourounis

Adventure Sports Podcast

Originally aired May 10, 2018One of our favorite recurring guests, George Kourounis, is back on the show today. George recently returned from Nepal where he visited Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas to film a TV show. They decided to try visiting the base camp with no acclimatization. So they took a helicopter up with no time to adjust. George immediately experienced the effects of hypoxia during this trip. George was also fortunate enough to meet Kancha Sherpa on this helicopter ride. Kancha Sherpa is the last surviving member of Sir Edmond Hillary's 1953 expedition to be the first people to reach the summit of Everest.On our last show with George, he was preparing to head to North Korea for a rare opportunity to mountain trek, climb and camp. He was approved by the government and was able to travel there in May of 2017. He fills us in on what it was like to be a western-world guest in this secretive country during tumultuous political times. His experience is an interesting one that most of us never get to hear much less experience. Listen in to hear about what the mountains and surroundings are like over there.George tells about his continued trips to volcanoes including 11,384 ft Mt Nyiragongo which is an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He explains that the lake nearby, Lake Kivu,  which is susceptible to exploding due to the vast amounts of dissolved carbon dioxide at the bottom. The volcano holds the world's largest boiling lake of lava.He traveled down the Road of Bones to visit a village in the middle of Siberia, Oymyakon, which is known as the coldest place on earth. He tells us a story about visiting a preserved woolly mammoth frozen in the permafrost and when no one was looking, George snapped off a little mammoth to have a taste. Listen in to hear what that experience was like for him.Then we discussed the difficulty of ice climbing on icebergs to place satellite tracking devices on them for tracking the path of the icebergs as they float through the ocean. It's never a dull hour when our friend George Kourounis joins us on the show. www.furiousearth.comwww.cloud9tours.comwww.youtube.com/user/gkourouniswww.twitter.com/georgekourouniswww.facebook.com/explorergeorgekourouniswww.explorers.orgIs the price of gear holding you back from going on your next adventure or have extra gear you don’t need? Rerouted.co is offering a sustainable option to purchase and sell high-quality used gear to save it from the landfill, and save your wallet. Check it out at www.rerouted.coSupport Adventure Sports Podcast monthly by going to Patreon.com/AdventureSportsPodcast or make a one-time donation to the show here. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/adventure-sports-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

57mins

15 Jul 2021

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Life’s Tough, but George Kourounis is TOUGHER… This Storm Chaser is Fascinated with the Line Between Natural Force and Natural Disaster

Life’s Tough, Explorers Are TOUGHER!

Most explorers study the weather charts to look for clear weather before starting an expedition. Our recent guest on the Explorers podcast, George Kourounis, does the exact opposite! His passion and appreciation for science and nature have helped him become one of the world's most famous storm chasers.  George, the host of the television show, Angry Planet, sat down with Explorers podcast host Richard Wiese. They talked about his attraction to the extreme elements and his obsession with the line between natural force and natural disaster.  As a child, George always had a fascination with science and nature. He loved being outdoors, where he grew up in Canada.  As a young teenager, his mother gave him the gift of a waterproof camera, which opened up a whole new world of possibilities for him.  When chasing tornados, George recounts the full-body experience involving all the senses.  These tornados are exciting and photogenic – while evoking terror and the realization that they can kill.    His teams are all first aid trained. When they are on the scene at an extreme weather event and see someone who needs help, they stop the chase to help a person in need.  At the heart of it, explorers are storytellers. It’s been said of George that he communicates science well.  He’s made a career of it. He tells us the trick is to report without letting your ego get in the way and making it about yourself.  As Richard spoke with his guest about the COVID pandemic, George remarked that the pandemic is an extraordinary force of nature and has encouraged in all of us the essential skill in an expedition… The ability to adapt to ever-changing conditions.  George hopes to leave a legacy of curiosity.  He views curiosity and fear as two sides of the same coin. His hope is that people grow to know why curiosity matters and why we should love being curious.  To learn more about explorer George Kourounis and his adventures as a storm chaser and explorer, visit his website. Watch the television series Angry Planet on Amazon Prime Video for an in-depth study of his exploration. To hear about other explorers, join us for new episodes of Life’s Tough: Explorers are TOUGHER! At https://www.lifestough.com/podcast/explorers/.  Richard Wiese, the host of this podcast, is an American explorer. He is the author of the guidebook, Born to Explore: How to Be a Backyard Adventurer. He became the youngest person to become president of the Explorers Club in 2002. Richard is also Executive Producer and Host of the PBS weekly television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese. 

35mins

13 May 2021

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What If You Explored the Deepest Points of Earth? - with George Kourounis

What If, discussed.

Let NetSuite show you how they’ll benefit your business with a FREE Product Tour at www.netsuite.com/WHATIF We've explored a lot on this planet, but how deeply have we truly gone? The Earth's core is over 6000km deep...and the deepest we've drilled is roughly 12km! Not even 1%, and we haven't talked about the Earth's Oceans. Join Peter and Richard as they welcome long time host of "Angry Planet" George Kourounis, and they take their deepest dive yet with "What If we explored the deepest parts of the Earth?" on What If Discussed. Show notes: https://whatifshow.com/podcast Join hosts Peter Schmiedchen and Richard Garner with some of the world’s top thinkers in science, astronomy, technology, academia and futurism to ponder some of your most popular What If videos. Subscribe to this podcast and please rate & review us. Thanks for being part of the What If community as we embark on an epic exploration of possibilities. Join us online:Website https://whatifshow.com/podcastYouTube https://www.youtube.com/WhatIfScienceShowFacebook https://www.facebook.com/What.If.scienceInstagram https://www.instagram.com/whatif.show If you’d like to sponsor this podcast, please get in contact with our partners at Notorious - Sales@Notorious.llc Hosts: Peter Schmiedchen and Richard GarnerExecutive producer: Steve HulfordSupervising producer: Richard GarnerProducers: Demid Tumanov and Stephen HenrikChannel supervisor: Raphael Faeh Social media: Saida MirzalimovaResearch: Jay MoonTrailer: Evan YueArtwork: Alex GriffithProduction: UnderknownSupport the show: https://www.patreon.com/whatifshowSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

8 Jan 2021

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#16 - George Kourounis - Explorer - Host, Angry Planet - Swimming with Great White Sharks

Discovering The Story

Hello everyone out there in podcast land, welcome to episode 1 of the Explorers Series! I would like to introduce you to George Kourounis. He hosted the tv show Angry Planet on the OLN network, has worked inside active volcanoes, chased the wildest storms, traveled the world, is an Explorer in Residence and yes, even been in the water with Great White Sharks! He is a one of a kind individual with plans to climb the highest peak in Antartica and he's a kind, humble guy who loves our planet! I had a blast talking with him, enjoy the show.

2hr 34mins

13 Nov 2020

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Exploring the World’s Most Extreme Natural Phenomena with Storm Chaser George Kourounis

Stories of Transformation

George Kourounis is no stranger to fear or uncertainty. In fact, it’s basically his job to live in fear and uncertainty. George Kourounis is a global explorer, adventurer and storm chaser. George has spent years photographing some of Mother Nature's most elusive and dangerous phenomena, such as tornadoes, giant hail, dust storms, hurricanes, avalanches, volcanoes and lightning among other things, and has explored all 7 continents and 75 countries. He shares his experiences through television, photography, Youtube, and in person speaking engagements. In this episode of Stories of Transformation, we talk about the most magnificent places in the world George has explored, how he interprets what it means to be human through the lens of our experience with nature, the story of his most life-threatening expedition, and what conclusions can be drawn around COVID-19 and climate change.If you’ve been feeling stagnant at home, this story will get your heart pumping. Be sure to share it with a friend and leave us a rate and review if you’ve enjoyed this episode!For full show notes, please visit: https://www.baktashahadi.com/podcastResources Mentioned:George recommends to visit Iceland!George refers to the Giant Crystal Cave connected to the Naica Mine, located in Chihuahua, Mexico, which can only be visited for scientific investigation.Connect with George Kourounis: http://www.stormchaser.ca/Stormchaser.htmlFollow/Support Stories of Transformation and Baktash Ahadi:Donate to the production of this podcast Follow on Instagram Follow on Facebook  Produced by: Dana Drahos Edited by: Joseph Gangemi Digital Marketing by: Katherine An Theme music by: Qais Essar Artwork by: Masheed Ahadi 

43mins

9 Jun 2020

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Chasing Death With George Kourounis (Re-Release)

Sickboy

This week on Sickboy, we sit down with George Kourounis. He is an adventurer, explorer, storm chaser and defier of death. George has made his living by going to the most dangerous places on earth, and catching it all on camera so people like you and I can experience it all from the couch. We talk life, passion, fear and death with one of the most interesting men on the planet.

53mins

23 Dec 2019

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Explore: A Canadian Geographic podcast - Episode 6: George Kourounis

Explore: A Canadian Geographic podcast

When stormchaser and extreme adventurer George Kourounis talks about his scrapes with Mother Nature, his excitement is almost palpable. The host of award winning television series like Angry Planet and Stormhunters, Kourounis has built a career out of running toward the things most people run away from, all in the name of science and public education. On any given day, you’re likely to find Kourounis in the crater of an active volcano, snapping photos of a tornado, or hiking in North Korea. In this episode of Explore, Kourounis and host David McGuffin discuss Kourounis’ adventures.

41mins

23 May 2019

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Ep. 513: Chasing Danger for a Living Revisited - George Kourounis

Adventure Sports Podcast

Originally published September 18, 2015 George Kourounis has always been intrigued with Earth's forces of nature and the amazing weather patterns it unceasingly throws at us. His adventurous life has landed him in the middle of tornadoes, deep inside 1,000 ft caves, dangerously close to raging forest fires, and violently erupting volcanoes. George shares his passion for this way of life as the host of Angry Planet and has filmed various documentaries including projects for National Geographic Channel, CNN, and the BBC. www.furiousearth.com www.angryplanet.tv www.cloud9tours.com ANNOUNCEMENT ADVENTURE GRANT APPLICATION OPEN  Go to athleticbrewing.com/adventure-grant-application to apply for our first ever $1,000 adventure grant, funded by Athletic Brewing Company!  Follow the link for all the rules and instructions for how to apply! Athletic Brewing Company is a pioneer in craft non-alcoholic beer. They make great-tasting beer for the healthy, active, modern adult. Athletic uses certified all organic grains and only 50-70 calories a can. With IPA, Golden Ale, stouts, and tons of seasonal style offerings. Save 15% by using ADVENTURE at athleticbrewing.com @athleticbrewing If you're in need of some personalized advice before buying your gear, go to backpacktribe.com. You're not only able to purchase the gear you need on their website but talk with someone with the experience and know how. They also offer gear bundles and free shipping. @backpacktribal CS Instant Coffee is 100% Arabica Instant Coffee. Their compostable packaging provides guilt-free convenience that is perfect for the trail, office, and fitness.  Visit csinstant.coffee and use promo code 'Adventure' for 20% off at csinstant.coffee @c.s.coffee The Nomadik, the first outdoor subscription box that helps you go more adventures with the latest gear by delivering themed monthly boxes with innovative products and an outdoor challenge to match!  Free giveaway at win.thenomadik.com/adventuresportspodcast @thenomadik Support the Adventure Sports Podcast by giving as low as $1/month to our efforts to produce this show at patreon.com/AdventureSportsPodcast Call and leave us a voicemail at 812-MAIL-POD or 812-624-5763 or send an email to info@adventuresportspodcast.com Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/adventure-sports-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

53mins

2 May 2019

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Ep. 373: Climbing in North Korea - Woolly Mammoths - Nepal & Siberia - George Kourounis

Adventure Sports Podcast

One of our favorite recurring guests, George Kourounis, is back on the show today. George recently returned from Nepal where he visited Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas to film a TV show. They decided to try visiting the base camp with no acclimatization. So they took a helicopter up with no time to adjust. George immediately experienced the effects of hypoxia during this trip. George was also fortunate enough to meet Kancha Sherpa on this helicopter ride. Kancha Sherpa is the last surviving member of Sir Edmond Hillary's 1953 expedition to be the first people to reach the summit of Everest. On our last show with George, he was preparing to head to North Korea for a rare opportunity to mountain trek, climb and camp. He was approved by the government and was able to travel there in May of 2017. He fills us in on what it was like to be a western-world guest in this secretive country during tumultuous political times. His experience is an interesting one that most of us never get to hear much less experience. Listen in to hear about what the mountains and surroundings are like over there. George tells about his continued trips to volcanoes including 11,384 ft Mt Nyiragongo which is an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He explains that the lake nearby, Lake Kivu,  which is susceptible to exploding due to the vast amounts of dissolved carbon dioxide at the bottom. The volcano holds the world's largest boiling lake of lava. He traveled down the Road of Bones to visit a village in the middle of Siberia, Oymyakon, which is known as the coldest place on earth. He tells us a story about visiting a preserved woolly mammoth frozen in the permafrost and when no one was looking, George snapped off a little mammoth to have a taste. Listen in to hear what that experience was like for him. Then we discussed the difficulty of ice climbing on icebergs to place satellite tracking devices on them for tracking the path of the icebergs as they float through the ocean.  It's never a dull hour when our friend George Kourounis joins us on the show. www.furiousearth.com www.cloud9tours.com www.youtube.com/user/gkourounis www.twitter.com/georgekourounis www.facebook.com/george.kourounis.7 www.explorers.orgSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/adventure-sports-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

59mins

10 May 2018

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George Kourounis Chasing Climate

Terra Informa

Photo by: California National Guard  This week on Terra Informa, we dip into the archives to bring back an interview with the infamous George Kourounis, a world-renowned storm chaser, adventurer, and host of the international TV show Angry Planet. His work has taken him around the world to document extraordinary natural events like tornadoes and bizarre […]★ Support this podcast ★

28mins

12 Feb 2018

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