Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best of AngryMountainBiker: Rob Raker Talks About His Experience Battling Cancer, Guiding Erik Weihenmayer, and More


Hi everyone, Will Niccolls here. In today’s show I thought I’d do something different now that I have a few more listeners and the show has grown a bit. I’ve dug into the back catalogues for one of my favorite interviews of the past few months. It’s with my dear old friends Rob Raker. Rob is an incredibly talented guy and a true inspiration. He’s been a rock climber and outdoor adventurer for fifty years and a professional filmmaker and documentarian for over 20.  We met on the rocks in Morrison Colorado many years ago and have renewed our friendship in the last year as he has traveled to the DC area to undergo treatment for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

Rob is a man of many talents, rock climbing, filmmaking, kayaking, cycling, birding, photography. One of the many interesting things he’s done over the past years is work with Erik Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind climber to reach the summit of Everest. You’ll hear Rob talk about some of his adventures with Erik here.

Now, I’m still pretty new to podcasting and listening back to this I wish I was a better interviewer and that I’d figured out some of the audio engineering tricks that I now know, but I went ahead and remastered the original track so that the sound may be a bit better, and Rob is such an interesting guy that I think the interview holds up ok despite my weaknesses. His candid discussion of his experience battling cancer is particularly important so I hope you enjoy this and I’ll be back with new shows in the next days. Meanwhile enjoy this and let me know your thoughts!



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