EP17 – From Big Mountains to Bold Business Pursuits, Alpenglow Expeditions Founder, Adrian Ballinger

Have you ever thought about climbing Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, or starting a global expedition guiding company specializing in rapid ascents on the world’s biggest mountains? Adrian Ballinger has.

Adrian Ballinger is a professional climber, big mountain skier, mountain guide, and the Founder of Alpenglow Expeditions. He’s climbed Everest 8 times, once without oxygen, and he’s gearing up for something even bigger…

If you’re a total logistics nerd (like Emily and Adrian) and obsessed with operations, or if you’re just drawn to pursuing crazy challenges, listen, learn, and be inspired as Adrian shares his story.

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On this episode:

  • Learning to trust your team and delegate tasks when you start to scale beyond yourself
  • The grind of growing guiding company, Alpenglow Expeditions
  • Balancing a career as a professional athlete with running a business and keeping relationships alive
  • How Adrian got his start as an adventure athlete
  • Learning to reframe failure as success
  • Altitude training systems and big mountain speed ascents
  • The Lake Tahoe Via Ferrata and Adrian announces his quest to climb K2 without oxygen!


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Jonathan Ronzio
Jonathan Ronzio

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Founder, Explore Inspired | CMO, Trainual | Co-Host of The Stokecast Podcast | Mountain Athlete | Award-Winning Adventure Filmmaker | Keynote Speaker


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